England v Pakistan: Rain stops play again in second Test

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2020

Rory Burns fell for a duck as England's first innings finally got under way on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan.

Rory Burns was dismissed by the fourth ball of England's reply before rain stopped play with the hosts 7-1. Zak Crawley then survived a leg-before review, with the UltraEdge showing a spike, while Dom Sibley was struck on his belly by a Mohammad Abbas delivery that rose off a length, and was also beaten on the outside edge multiple times.

When the umpires called a halt, Sibley was two not out and Crawley, recalled in place of Ben Stokes after the star all-rounder withdrew from this match to be with his ill father in New Zealand, five not out.

With just 86 overs possible in the first three days and Saturday's play abandoned entirely it was a relief to see the teams take the field at the Ageas Bowl, with Pakistan resuming on 223 for nine.

And there was a further delay to the scheduled 1000 GMT start when, despite having had hours to prepare for the possibility, a member of the groundstaff had to bring out sawdust for the bowlers' run-ups.

The wicketkeeper, in partnership with dogged tailender Abbas (two off 20 balls), had taken Pakistan past 200 in a ninth-wicket after they had come together with the tourists struggling at 176-8.

Earlier, jumping down the track to James Anderson off the first ball of the day, Rizwan made his intentions clear although he did not make any contact with the ball.

The draw now seems a formality and with England 1-0 up in the three-match series, Pakistan will need to win the third Test, starting on Friday in Southampton, to avoid defeat.

Rizwan batted for three and three-quarter hours, facing 139 balls with seven fours.

Broad, who had already become the first England bowler since off-spinner Graeme Swann 11 years ago to take three wickets in seven consecutive Test innings, led the attack with 4-56 in 27.2 overs. Rizwan (72) registered the second highest score by a Pakistan No. 7 in England before falling to Stuart Broad, who finished with a four-wicket haul.

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