Not a single ball was bowled on Day 3 of the second Test in Southampton.© AFP
Rain meant there was no play at all on the third day of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton on Saturday in a match already suffering from stoppages for unhealthy climate. Play ought to have resumed at 11:00 am native time (1000 GMT) however mild rain meant the pitch and sq. remained absolutely coated, with the floodlights then on full beam. Had the gamers been on the sphere, play might properly have continued given the rain was solely of the spitting sort.
But, with no spectators current in a collection being performed behind closed doorways due to the coronavirus, the floodlights had been then switched off in a transparent indication the umpires had determined there wouldn’t be any motion earlier than lunch.
The officers held three inspections within the afternoon earlier than, with rain now coming down tougher onto Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl headquarters, they deserted play for the day at 5.16 pm (1616 GMT) with out a ball having been bowled.
Pakistan, 1-Zero down in a three-match collection, will resume Sunday on 223-9 of their first innings.
Mohammad Rizwan batted with large ability and resolve in overcast, swing-friendly situations, to be 60 not out on the finish of a second day the place solely 40 overs’ play passed off.
In partnership with dogged tailender Mohammad Abbas (two off 20 balls), the wicketkeeper took Pakistan previous 200 in a ninth-wicket after they’d come along with the vacationers struggling at 176-8.
This was Rizwan’s second fifty in eight profession Tests following his 95 towards Australia in Brisbane in November.
Pakistan had been additionally indebted to opener Abid Ali (60) and Babar Azam (47) for painstaking innings when the situations had been stacked towards the batsmen.
Meanwhile in-form paceman Stuart Broad turned the primary England bowler since off-spinner Graeme Swann 11 years in the past to take a minimum of three wickets in seven consecutive Test innings due to a return of 3-56 in 25 overs.
Broad has taken 25 wickets in 4 Test to date this season at a miserly common of 12.88.
Victory on this match will see England safe their first collection win over Pakistan since 2010.
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