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16-Aug-2020 15:37:00 GMT
Eng vs Pak - 2nd Test, Southampton, day 4

Again rain plays spoilsport after tantalising first hour

Southampton: The second Test between England and Pakistan is set to end in a draw after more rain meant there was only an hour's play on day four at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Sunday.

Just 96.2 overs have been bowled in the match from a possible 360 because of rain and bad light.

Play resumed at 11:00 BST on Sunday and England finally bowled Pakistan out for 236 when Mohammad Rizwan fell to Stuart Broad for 72.

Rory Burns was dismissed by the fourth ball of England's reply but rain stopped play with the hosts 7-1.

The players were taken from the field at 12:00 BST and the initial light rain became heavier.

The rain stopped about 15:45 but the umpires abandoned play soon after because the outfield would take at least two and a half hours to dry.

Brief scores:
England 7 for 1 (Crawley 5*, Sibley 2*, Afridi 1-5) trail Pakistan 236 (Rizwan 72, Abid 60, Broad 4-56) by 229 runs

England's Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley survived a gripping five-over spell as Shaheen Afridi, who removed Burns, and Mohammad Abbas found significant movement.

More rain is forecast for day five, meaning a positive result is all but impossible.

England would have to find time to bat beyond Pakistan and then bowl out the tourists cheaply to force the victory that would give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The third Test begins on Friday at the same ground.

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