SOUTHAMPTON: Rain has washed out the play of the third day of the second Test between Pakistan and England at Southampton today (Saturday). Not a single delivery was bowled on the third day of the contest.
The action of the first two days has been interrupted by murky weather and so far, only 86 overs of play have been possible. Pakistan finished day two on the score of 223-9 in their first innings after winning the toss.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan batted with huge skill and remained not out on 60 whereas young pacer Naseem Shah has managed to score just one.
This was Rizwan’s second fifty in eight career Tests following his 95 against Australia in Brisbane in November 2019. Opener Abid Ali (60) and Babar Azam (47) also performed well and helped Pakistan in overcast and swing-friendly conditions.
England’s James Anderson and Stuart Board destroyed Pakistan’s batting lineup after taking 3,3 wickets respectively. Meanwhile Stuart Broad became the first England bowler since off-spinner Graeme Swann to take at least three wickets in seven consecutive Test innings.
Broad has now taken 25 wickets in four Tests so far this season at a miserly average of 12.88.
England had made two changes in its playing XI. Top-order batsman Zak Crawley is in instead of Stokes whereas left-arm pacer Sam Curran comes in for Jofra Archer.
On the other side, Pakistan has also made the solitary change with left-handed batsman Fawad Alam included instead of all-rounder Shadab Khan.