England vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 2
After Rain on the first day, bad light proves to be a spoiler on the second day of the second test match between England and Pakistan that forced early stumps at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Only 40.2 overs could be managed today in which Pakistan were reduced to 223/9 at stumps.
Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan was the highlight of the day with his unbeaten knock of 60 not out that helped Pakistan pass over 200 run mark or else they would have bundled around 180-190.
It was another start-stop day with bad light and rain limiting the number of overs bowled in the day to 40.2, in which 97 runs were scored.
Babar Azam and Rizwan jointly added 38 runs for the sixth wicket. Rizwan batted well with the tail after Pakistan lost quick wickets, with his 39-run partnership with Mohammad Abbas helping Pakistan end the day at 223 for 9. James Anderson and Stuart Broad had three wickets apiece at the end of Day 2.
The start of the day was delayed by an hour and a half due to wet weather, and the opening session lasted for an hour with Babar and Rizwan keeping the England bowlers at bay. Chris Woakes and Anderson operated at the start, while Sam Curran and Broad bowled in tandem later but none managed a wicket as the fifth-wicket pair built a watchful partnership.
Babar and Rizwan showed good application, concentrating on scoring off deliveries pitched on the pads while wary of the deliveries outside off, and looked pretty much in control barring a few play-and-misses.
Only 29 runs were scored off 15.2 overs in the shortened session but the Babar-Rizwan combo ensured that Pakistan did not lose any wickets.
However, Broad found the outside edge of Babar’s bat in the third over after Lunch, ending a hard-working sixth-wicket partnership that had lasted for 20 overs and yielded 38 runs. It also ended Babar’s streak of fifty-plus scores in the first innings as he missed a sixth successive one by three runs.
The tail tried to stick around with Rizwan, who attempted to get Pakistan closer to the 200 mark. Yasir Shah’s stay lasted for 16 deliveries in a 13-run stand before he became Anderson’s third scalp while Shaheen Afridi, who hung around 19 deliveries, was run out for a duck.
Pakistan were in danger of being dismissed for under 200 at 176-8. But Mohammad Abbas, who made two off 20 balls, gave Rizwan staunch support in a stand of 39 before he was lbw to Stuart Broad before bad light stopped play and forced early stumps in Southampton.