Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date: 13 August-17 August, 2020
RR: 2.54 | England drew with Pakistan
That is it from this Test. England cannot lose the series now. Unfortunately we hardly got much cricket from the second Test as it was marred by rain and bad light. The third Test is not far away. The final Test will begin on Friday, 21st August. The game will begin at 1100 local (1000 GMT). We hope to see you then and hopefully with a lot more of cricketing action than weather updates. Till then, goodbye and take care!
Man of the Match, Mohammad Rizwan says, he enjoyed his knock, it was unfortunate the whole game couldn't be played and he was looking forward to it. Further adds it is not easy keeping in England but he has worked hard and he hopes he can continue that. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the next game and he is positive and confident his team can do well.
England skipper, Joe Root says that the boys did the best they could. Adds they were disappointed not to get much of it but is happy they are 1-0 up. Credits Crawley for his innings as he is a young top-order batter and feels that he played well. Says that they can start the game 30 minutes early in England. Credits the groundstaff for their hard work as he says they hardly see bad light play such a part in all 5 days. On having pink ball for Tests, Root says that there is a time and place for pink ball and says is not sure of using it in between of a Test match. Suggests that maybe a different shade of red ball could be useful. Tells everyone in the squad is fit and is happy to have a lot of choice to choose from. Tells the last game is a huge one as he wants to finish the summer on a high and end the series 2-0.
Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali says that it has been frustrating for both teams and feels the game was set up nicely as he thought they had a good total but admits unfortunately weather was the winner. Says he expected the heat to play a part but the weather changed very quickly and the guys kept fighting against the quality of Broad and Anderson. On personal form, he says he felt good as his balance in the first Test was not good but he felt good in this Test but rues not to have converted his start. Laughs and says the best thing out of this Test was the bowlers did not have to bowl much.
Not a lot you can write about this game! Most of the match passed away in hoping for the weather to clear. There were still a few highlights like Rizwan's knock with the tail. Abid Ali's fight against the new ball. Broad's four-fer and also Pakistan's 5 overs with the new ball. This could well have been an exciting game had there been no rain but we weren't fortunate to witness one. Stay tuned for the presentation.
England declare and so have the handshakes been done! The game ends in a draw! What more can you expect when we have not even had one full day of cricket. However, this small session was fun to watch. We saw some solid batting from Sibley and Crawley before Abbas weaved his magic. Overall though it has been a frustrating Test but it ended with us getting to watch some cricket.
Jos Buttler is the new man in.
Pope has been adjudged LBW and he does not look too happy. He has taken the review. Let's see if it hit his bat first.
Ollie Pope walks out to bat.
Joe Root is the new man in.
Crawley has been adjudged LBW. He reviews. Looks out though.
Abbas is back on!
Shaheen Afridi is back on.
Naseem Shah is on!
Finally after hours of wait we are finally on the way to have some action on Day 5. Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley walk out to the middle to resume their innings. The Pakistan players are out on the field and it will be Mohammad Abbas who will bowl the first over of the day.
UPDATE 1500 local (1400 GMT) - Tea has been taken on Day 5 but the good news is that in about 20 minutes we will have some cricket as we are set to see first ball being bowled today provided if it does not rain again.
UPDATE 1435 local (1335 GMT) - Okay! Now then, I still can’t believe I’m going to write this but we have a start time - 1520 local. Which is about a little more than 45 minutes from now.
UPDATE 1356 local (1256 GMT) - Well, the story continues, there was supposed to be an inspection after Lunch but now that has been pushed forward and we have another one at 1420 local.
Update 1300 local (1200 GMT) - Lunch it is then! The umpires are done with their inspection but aren't happy with the conditions out there. They have scheduled for another inspection in 40 minutes. Stay tuned.
Hopefully we can come back then and report the start time. It will be a test of the drainage facility though as it has been raining constantly.
Update 1217 local (1117 GMT) - Well we have a positive news to report. The rain for the moment has stopped and there will be an inspection at 1255 local (1155 GMT).
Update 1115 local (1015 GMT) - Another inspection was scheduled at 1200 local but guess what? It has started to rain once again. It isn't surprising anymore to be honest, a starting time would have been a surprise to many. All we can do now is continue to do what we have been doing for most parts of this Test - that is wait and hope it clears soon.
Update 1100 local (1000 GMT) - It's inspection time in Southampton! The umpires make their way out to the middle. Let's hope we get some good news once this is done. Fingers still crossed.
We can confirm an hour's delay at least. The umpires are going to inspect the ground at 11 am local, so hard to see the game resuming before 1030 GMT. Still, fingers crossed.
Ironically, on Sunday, just after we shut shop, the ground was bathed in bright sunshine. Then, at around 4 this morning, there were thunderstorms which has left the ground soaked again. No word on when we can begin but we are hopeful of not too big a delay. There will be an inspection at 1100 local (1000 GMT).
Rain and Bad Light have dominated the preceding 4 days with just over 96 overs bowled so far. We had a lot of overnight rain and some in the morning as well but let's hope that we have some cricketing action on the final day. The weather forecast is the best we have had so far in Southampton over the course of the Test but the showers from early on have had an affect on the outfield. Fingers crossed, lets hope we start on time and get some cricket to cherish!
Hello and welcome to Day 5 of the second Test between England and Pakistan. We are into the final day of the Test and usually we enter the fifth day of a Test with at least one side in a position to win but this is just a day of formality as we are sure of this match ending in a draw.
… Day 5, Morning Session ...
The day though started off on a promising note with it beginning on time. Pakistan were probably the ones who enjoyed the amount of cricket that was played as they not only added a few runs at the start but also managed to take a wicket. Rain though then played spoilsport and ensured that there is no more action on Day 4. A draw is for certain in this game but let's still hope we get a full day's play on Day 5 so that we can enjoy some cricket. Do join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
So, the inevitable has happened! IT IS STUMPS ON DAY 4! The rain did not have any mercy and it has for sure washed away all hopes of us getting a result in this game.
UPDATE 1530 local (1430 GMT) - It continues to rain and any chance of the game is pretty difficult now! We might get the final words soon as even if it stops raining right now, the groundstaff will need a lot of time to dry the pitch and ground! Stay tuned!
UPDATE 1500 local (1400 GMT) - Well, how long can one be hopeful? To be very honest, I think the writing is on the wall now as it is hammering down in Southampton!
UPDATE 1420 local (1320 GMT) - So, no respite from the rain. It is pouring down right now and things look bleak for any play! Well, stay with us though and let's see if there's any hope!
UPDATE 1346 local (1246 GMT) - Things were so good for the bowlers and the Pakistani bowlers would've loved to use the cherry to trouble the few batters! Now, result looks to be a distant dream in this game, they would've loved to crank a few batters up and have a good practice going into the final game. Well, they'd be praying for things to get better. So do we! Let's see if the prayers are heard!
UPDATE 1345 local (1245 GMT) - Well, Lunch time is over but rain is here to stay! All we can do is, wait and hope things get better for some action!
... Day 4, Session 2 ...
LUNCH IT IS! Right! 32 balls from England to get rid of the final wicket and then another 5 from the Pakistani bowlers to knock off Burns, one of the England openers. Shaheen Afridi removed him for a duck in the first over itself. And then, the bad light and the rain combination got together again to cut short the session. Let's hope when we return for the 2nd session, things are better and we get some action!
UPDATE 1245 local (1145 GMT) - Nothing much to say really! The rain has returned, quite heavy as well. Gloomy clouds! Same, old story. Hang in there.
UPDATE 1215 local (1115 GMT) - So, we went off due to poor light and now it has started to drizzle as well. So, we are back to the waiting game again!
Well, well! The light has deteriorated and the players are going off. Frustrating times! Just 5 overs from the Pakistani bowlers but they looked threatening! England, to be honest, wouldn't mind this. Let's hope things get better and we return again. Stay tuned.
The groundstaff are ready on the sideline as it has got darker and the clouds have taken over. Not a good sign as they predict that it will rain soon but let's hope the clouds are playing just a teasing game and make way for the sun to pop out.
Mohammad Abbas will bowl from the other end!
Review time! Crawley has been given not out but Azhar asks for third umpire's assistance. Looked to be going down! Let's see what the replays suggest! There is a spike! So, Pakistan lose the review.
Zak Crawley is the new batsman in. He is going to be tested here!