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Narrow vs Pak Test: England reach 7/1 as rain washes away the day’s game

Southampton: England reached 7/1 against Pakistan on Sunday 4 on Sunday 4 of the rain-powered second Test, which took place here at Ageas Bowl on Sunday.

No play was possible in the second session, as the ground level concluded that it would take 2.5-3 hours to get the field ready and longer to catch the outside field. At halftime, Dom Sibley batted at 2 with Zak Crawley at 5. England scored Pakistan with 229 runs. No continuous play on day 3 due to persistent rain and bad light.

Mohammad Rizwan, who resumed at 223/9, reached the top for the tourists with a fight 72, while Stuart Broad and James Anderson returned figures of 4/56 and 3/60 respectively to bowl out Pakistan for 236.

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England lost Rory Burns (0) in the first victory, while Shaheen Shah Afridi had his left hand caught in second place by Asad Shafiq.

Only 5 overs were possible before the air reopened and early lunch was taken. On day 2, England made the Baba tail work quickly after Baba Azam’s dismissal by quickly getting rid of Yasir Shah and Shaheen Afridi. However, Rizwan went on the counter after his team passed the 200 run.

Early tea was taken after the referees led the players away due to bad light. Broad managed to make a breakthrough in the first full innings of the session with the wicket of Mohammad Abbas, but at the end of it the referees left the players again due to bad light. They never returned and about two hours later stumps were called.

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Short counts: Pakistan 236 (Mohammad Rizwan 72, Abid Ali 60, Babar Azam 47; Stuart Broad 4/56, James Anderson 3/60) vs England 7/1 (Dom Sibley 2 bat, Zak Crawley 5 bat)

Source: Telangana Today

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