Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020

England vs Pakistan - 3rd Test

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date: 21 August-25 August, 2020

Pakistan 187/4

RR: 2.24 | England drew with Pakistan

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That's all from this game and the series! England end up winning it 1-0 and it has been a terrific Test summer for them. All credit to Pakistan, they gave a tough fight in all the Test matches. Now, we move onto the T20I series which will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester. The first T20I begins on 28th August, 2020 at 1800 local (1700 GMT). Join us for that. Until then, cheers.

England skipper, Joe Root says that he is happy with the boys for their performance and for the win. On what was said to Anderson, Root says that he said to enjoy and celebrate and adds Broad said some things and compared this cold windy Wednesday night in the Premier League. On the young players, Root says Crawley's work ethic and reading of the game has been there to see and hence he is not surprised by his performance. Adds the way he played spin and seam was fantastic. Tells they knew they had to play well to win the series. Ends by thanking everyone involved in the series.

Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali says that he regrets the final session of the first Test but congratulates England for winning the main session of the Test and playing good cricket. Adds they were good and were competitive and credits his boys for that. Tells there is always room for improvement but credits his boys for staying together and sticking together with each other and also for showing a fight in the games. On his personal form, he says that it was important for himself and also for his side as they were in trouble. Adds that an innings like that can boast the confidence of any player.

Pakistan's Man of the Series, Mohammad Rizwan says that he was practicing some drills before the series and that helped him. States that he was told by his teammates that keeping is tough in England and he tried to practice it here and that worked. Says that it is difficult to stand near the stumps to Abbas but it has been nice to play in England. Goes onto say that he looked to play a compact innings and it is difficult to play with the tail but that is the beauty of Test cricket.

Player of the Series for England, Jos Buttler says when asked about Anderson that his variety and skills makes him stand out along with his longevity and adds he is an inspiration for all the boys in the dressing room. Adds it was a shame that there was no crowd to witness it. Says he was confident and kept his calm which is important in both success and failure. Tells anytime he can hit one past the bowler makes him feel like it is his day. Adds it was a good pitch and he was happy to make a contribution. On Crawley and Pope, he says that they have a good future and is excited to watch them bat. Adds Sibley and Burns also have a great future. Admits he is happy to go out of the bubble as it has been long and hard. Thanks the Pakistan side for coming to play in these tough situation.

Man of the Match, Zak Crawley, says that he cannot believe that he has the 10th highest score by an England player and says it is a huge honour. Tells that he was happy to get off to a start and ease the nerves and says he was happy to cash in on the start and get on a big score. Tells he had a very good preparation and he was preparing for these bowlers when he was out of the side. Says Stokes coming back in the side later on was not on his mind and when he got past 100, he wanted more. Tells it has not sunk in yet but he is sure that it will give him confidence.

England enforced the follow-on but rain had started to dominate and the pitch too had started to slow down and became flat like a biscuit. The openers took their time and with some luck built a 49-run stand. Azhar Ali then joined Abid and the pair did what they had to do, eat away the balls and ensure they get closer to rain. Abid's 162 balls 42 helped them get closer. Azhar Ali and Babar Azam then ensured there was no more damage at the end of Day 4 before rain came down heavily and killed all hopes of an England win on Day 5. The final day became more of a formality and about Anderson's unbelievable milestone which he got when he got rid of the Pakistan skipper. Asad failed to make the most of the formal day and got out to another low score before both sides decided that a result was not possible. Not much to talk about England's bowling. It was hard and they tried their best. Archer and Bess bowled their hearts out but to no success. Anderson got his 599th and 600th wicket while Root and Broad finished with one to their name.

Pakistan in reply got off to a terrible start and were staring at an innings defeat with the team struggling at 75/5 but the skipper, who was under tremendous pressure gave them hope along with Rizwan. The duo stitched together a 138-run stand and ate away a lot of deliveries. Azhar stayed unbeaten on 141, though that was not enough to avoid the follow-on but it was good enough to drag the game to days which had rain forecasted. The fine-wine, Anderson was the star for the England side as he finished with yet another 5-wicket haul. His partner-in-crime, Stuart Broad finished with 2 while Woakes and Bess had one apiece.

A little recap of this rain-marred Test, after winning the toss and opting to bat, England did not get off to a good start but a marathon 267 from Zak Crawley and a superb 152 from Buttler took the game away from the Asian side. The pair added a 359-run stand and took their side out of a danger position from 127/4. The hosts declared for a gigantic total of 583/8. It was a tough job for the bowlers with Mohammad Abbas going wicketless while the trio of Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Fawad Alam getting two. Asad Shafiq and Naseem Shah bagged one each.

That is it! The players are shaking hands and that is the end of the Test match and the series. It was another day marred by rain but this day will go down in history as Jimmy Anderson became the first-ever pace bowler to get to 600 wickets. A result was always unlikely after so much of the day being washed out by rain and wet outfield. England have won the series but with another draw, Pakistan add 13 points in their World Test Championship kitty.

83.1
0
S Broad to Azam, Full delivery outside off, Azam offers no shot to this one. Both the teams shake hands and THE MATCH ENDS IN A DRAW! ENGLAND WIN THE SERIES 1-0!
82.6
0
J Anderson to Alam, Full delivery outside off, left alone.
82.5
0
J Anderson to Alam, Outside off, not played at.
82.4
0
J Anderson to Alam, Back of a length ball on middle, Alam blocks it back to the bowler.
82.3
1
J Anderson to Azam, Good length ball on middle, Azam flicks it through square leg for a single.
82.2
4
J Anderson to Azam, FOUR! What a shot that one! Full delivery outside off, Azam drives it through the covers. The fielder chases after it but fails to stop it.
82.1
4
J Anderson to B Azam, FOUR! Beautifully flicked! Full delivery on the pads, Azam flicks it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
81.6
0
S Broad to Alam, Full delivery on middle, Alam plays it towards mid on.
81.5
0
S Broad to Alam, An appeal for LBW turned down! Good length ball on the pads, Alam looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
81.4
1
S Broad to Azam, Full again on middle, Azam flicks it through square leg for a single.
81.3
0
S Broad to Azam, On a length on the pads, Azam looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls to the leg side and the batters pick up a couple of leg byes.
81.2
0
S Broad to Azam, On a length on middle, Azam defends it out back to the bowler.
81.1
0
S Broad to Azam, Good length ball outside off, Azam looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.
80.6
0
J Anderson to Alam, Good length delivery on off, Alam offers a solid defense on this one.
80.5
0
J Anderson to Alam, Outside off, Alam offers no shot to this one.
80.4
3
J Anderson to Azam, Full delivery on middle, Azam flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs.
80.3
0
J Anderson to Azam, Outside off, Babar offers no shot to this one.
80.2
0
J Anderson to Azam, Back of a length on off, Azam defends it off the front foot.
80.1
0
J Anderson to Azam, Length delivery outside off, Azam shoulders arms to this one.
79.6
0
Joe Root to Alam, Floated ball on middle, Alam defends it back to the bowler.
79.5
0
Joe Root to Alam, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
79.4
0
Joe Root to Shafiq, OUT! Caught! A wicket against the run of play. Root has a wicket to his name. Asad's poor series comes to an end. Had a chance to get some runs today but he has failed to take that. Tossed up delivery on middle and off, it spins in a bit. Asad looks to defend but the ball takes an inside edge, clips the pad and goes low to short leg. Substitute Bracey takes a very good catch. 4 down, the new ball around the corner and anything can happen here.
79.3
1
Joe Root to Azam, Loopy ball on middle, Azam defends it out.
79.2
0
Joe Root to Azam, Floated ball on middle, Azam defends it out.
79.1
1
Joe Root to Shafiq, The batsman has driven it through mid-on. They pick up a single
78.6
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Loopy ball on middle, Babar blocks it out.
78.5
1
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Flighted on middle, Asad flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
78.4
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, On off, defended out.
78.3
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Tossed up ball on middle, Shafiq defends it back to the bowler.
78.2
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, On middle, flicked to square leg.
78.1
1
Dom Bess to Azam, Floated on the pads, Azam flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
77.6
0
Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Flighted on middle, Shafiq defends it back to the bowler.
77.5
0
Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Tossed up on middle, Shafiq defends it to mid on.

77.5: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, NO BALL! On off, defended out solidly. Another No ball.

77.4
0
Dom Sibley to Shafiq, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
77.3
0
Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Loop ball on middle, Shafiq flicks it to mid-wicket.
77.3
0
Dom Sibley to Shafiq, No Ball! Floated on off, Shafiq pushes it to cover.

77.2: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Full delivery on middle, Shafiq pushes it to mid on.

77.1: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Full toss outside off, Shafiq drives it through extra cover and picks up a couple.

77.1: Dom Sibley to Shafiq, Starts with a rank long-hop but gets away with it! He bowls a short ball outside off, Asad punches it towards the cover region for a couple. No ball signalled.

What do we have here? Dom Sibley is being brought into the attack. He bowls leg spin.

76.6
4
Dom Bess to Azam, FOUR! He has hit that really hard! Azam is going after the spinners here! Floated outside off, Azam uses his feet and powers it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
76.5
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Down the leg side, Babar looks to flick but misses.
76.4
2
Dom Bess to B Azam, Flatter on off, Azam guides it through the gully region and picks up a couple.
76.3
4
Dom Bess to Azam, FOUR! Hammered away! This is too short on this pitch and it sits up to be hit! Short and outside off, Azam thrashes it through the cover region for a boundary.
76.2
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Flatter one outside off, Azam shoulders arms to it.
76.1
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Tossed up on middle, Azam defends it back to the bowler.
75.6
0
Joe Root to Shafiq, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
75.5
1
Joe Root to Azam, Floated on middle, Azam flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
75.4
0
Joe Root to Azam, Full on middle, driven to mid on.
75.3
4
Joe Root to Azam, FOUR! Nicely cut away from Azam! Short ball outside off, Azam cuts it through the point region. Broad comes across and looks to stop but fails as the ball reaches the fence.
75.2
0
Joe Root to Azam, Quicker one on middle, Azam works it to mid-wicket.
75.1
0
Joe Root to Azam, Loopy ball on off, Azam defends it to the off side.
74.6
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, On off, Shafiq solidly defends it to cover. 23 overs to go in the day.
74.5
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Bess bowls this on off, Asad is solid in defense.
74.4
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Flighted around off, Shafiq lunges forward and defends it out.
74.3
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Floated on off, Shafiq leans forward and defends it to the cover fielder.
74.2
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, On middle, pushed back to Bess.
74.1
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Quicker one on middle, Shafiq defends it out onto the pitch.
73.6
0
Joe Root to Azam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
73.5
0
Joe Root to Azam, Tossed up on middle, Azam defends it back to the bowler.
73.4
0
Joe Root to Azam, Floated on middle, worked to short leg.
73.3
2
Joe Root to Azam, Short outside off, Azam cuts it through the cover-point region and picks up an easy couple.
73.2
0
Joe Root to B Azam, Quicker ball on middle, Azam defends it back to the bowler.
73.1
0
Joe Root to Azam, Short and outside off, Azam punches it straight to cover.
72.6
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Tossed up ball on off, Shafiq defends it out onto the pitch.
72.5
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Full on middle, Shafiq pushes it back to the bowler.
72.4
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Bess flights this on off, Shafiq blocks it to cover off the front foot.
72.3
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, On off, Shafiq leans forward and defends it to cover.
72.2
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Floated on middle, Asad plays it back to Bess off the front foot.
72.1
2
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Flatter one outside off, Shafiq cuts it through the point region and collects a couple before the fielder cuts it off.
71.6
0
Joe Root to Azam, Full on off, Azam comes forward and defends it back to the bowler.
71.5
4
Joe Root to Azam, FOUR! Goes for the big shot! Looped up ball on middle, Azam dances down the track and launches it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
71.4
0
Joe Root to Azam, On middle, Azam solidly blocks it out.
71.3
1
Joe Root to Shafiq, Short and outside off, Shafiq punches it to deep cover for a single.
71.2
0
Joe Root to Shafiq, Flatter on off, Shafiq defends it back to the bowler.
71.1
0
Joe Root to Shafiq, Loopy ball on off, Asad defends it out onto the pitch.

Joe Root comes into the attack. Just the two overs for Broad then.

70.6
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Full on middle, Babar flicks it to mid-wicket.
70.5
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Quicker one outside off, cut to point.
70.4
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Quicker one on middle, Azam tucks it to the leg side.
70.3
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Full on middle, Azam works it to mid on for another dot.
70.2
1
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Tossed up on middle, Shafiq looks to defend but it takes the inside edge and it goes towards square leg. A single taken.
70.1
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Loopy ball on off, Shafiq blocks it towards the bowler.

Drinks Break! An hour of Test cricket with one mega highlight, i.e., Azhar Ali becoming Anderson's 600th Test victim, apart from that nothing much has happened. The pitch is very flat and unless a miracle from England, we are heading for a draw.

69.6
0
S Broad to Azam, Good length ball outside off, Azam cuts it straight to point. 28 overs remain in the day.
69.5
1
S Broad to Shafiq, On a length on off, Asad defends it to cover and takes a single.
69.4
0
S Broad to Shafiq, Good length ball on middle, Shafiq nudges it to mid-wicket.
69.3
0
S Broad to Shafiq, On off, pushed to point.
69.2
0
S Broad to Shafiq, Full delivery on middle, Asad defends it back to the bowler.
69.1
0
S Broad to Shafiq, Good length ball around off, Asad looks to defend but it takes the inside edge and goes onto hit the pads.
68.6
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Tossed up on middle, Azam blocks it out onto the pitch.
68.5
1
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Loopy ball on middle, Asad pushes it to long on for a single.
68.4
1
Dom Bess to Azam, Shorter ball outside off, Azam cuts it through the cover-point region for a single.
68.3
4
Dom Bess to Azam, FOUR! Lovely cover drive from Azam! He is a class player! Flighted ball outside off, Azam creams the drive through the cover region for a boundary.
68.2
1
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Flighted ball on off, Shafiq leans forward and defends it to point and takes a single.
68.1
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Flatter on off, Shafiq defends it back to the bowler.
67.6
0
S Broad to Azam, Good length ball on off, Babar drives but does not mid off. No run.
67.5
0
S Broad to Azam, Full delivery on middle, Babar solidly defends it to mid on.
67.4
0
S Broad to Azam, Good length ball on off, Babar leans forward and defends it to cover.
67.3
2
S Broad to Azam, Full delivery on middle, Babar flicks it to the deep square leg region and picks up a couple.
67.2
0
S Broad to Azam, Full delivery outside off, Azam lets it go to the keeper.
67.1
0
S Broad to Azam, Full delivery on off, Azam pushes it to mid off.

Stuart Broad comes back into the attack. 11-5-23-1 are his figures so far.

66.6
0
Dom Bess to Shafiq, Floated on middle, Shafiq defends it back to the bowler.
66.5
1
Dom Bess to Azam, On middle, worked to deep square leg for a single.
66.4
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Tossed up on off, Azam defends it to cover.
66.3
4
Dom Bess to Azam, EDGY FOUR! No chance for Root at first slip! Flat one outside off, Azam looks to cut but it takes the bottom edge and goes past Root at first slip for a boundary.
66.2
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Full on middle, Azam prods forward and defends it back to the bowler.
66.1
0
Dom Bess to Azam, Flatter on middle, Azam flicks it to square leg.

Dom Bess is into the attack for the first time on Day 5. 14-3-27-0, his figures so far.

65.6
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, On off, Shafiq is solid in defense.
65.5
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, Full delivery on middle, Shafiq defends it to mid on.
65.4
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, Good length ball on middle, Shafiq works it to mid-wicket.
65.3
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, BEATEN! Lovely from Anderson! Good length ball outside off, Shafiq looks to defend but misses it altogether.
65.2
1
J Anderson to Azam, On a length on off, Azam blocks it to the point region for another single.
65.1
1
J Anderson to Shafiq, Good length ball on off, Shafiq prods forward and pushes it to point for a single.
64.6
0
J Archer to Azam, Outside off, Azam leaves it alone.
64.5
0
J Archer to Azam, Defended off the back foot by Babar.
64.4
0
J Archer to Azam, Length ball on off, Babar keeps it out.
64.3
2
J Archer to Azam, Good length ball on off, Babar looks to play but it goes off the outer half through cover-point and gets two.
64.2
0
J Archer to Azam, On the pads, Babar flicks it to the on side.
64.1
0
J Archer to Azam, On off, Babar blocks it.
63.6
2
J Anderson to Shafiq, On the pads, Shafiq glances it through mid-wicket and gets a couple to get through the over.
63.5
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, Outside off, left alone.
63.4
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, Outside off, Shafiq leaves it alone.
63.3
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, Fuller on off, Asad defends it.
63.2
2
J Anderson to Shafiq, Again on the pads, Shafiq glances it through mid-wicket and gets a couple.
63.1
1
J Anderson to Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it and gets a single.
62.6
0
J Archer to Shafiq, On the pads, Asad works it to the leg side. Another Archer maiden.
62.5
0
J Archer to Shafiq, Bouncer! Asad ducks under it!
62.4
0
J Archer to Shafiq, Full outside off, Shafiq leaves it alone.
62.3
0
J Archer to Shafiq, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
62.2
0
J Archer to A Shafiq, Fullish on off, Shafiq pushes it to mid off.
62.1
0
J Archer to Shafiq, On off, Asad blocks it.
61.6
0
J Anderson to B Azam, Length ball on off, Azam looks to defend but does so off the outer half of his bat.
61.5
0
J Anderson to Azam, On off, Azam blocks it.
61.4
3
J Anderson to A Shafiq, Good length ball on off, Shafiq punches it through cover-point and gets three to get off the mark.
61.3
0
J Anderson to Shafiq, On off, Shafiq defends it.

Asad Shafiq is the new man in.

61.2
0
J Anderson to A Ali, OUT! There it is! A mountain no pace bowler has been able to scale before, Jimmy Anderson has scaled that as well. Joins an elite list of Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble to become only the 4th player and the first pace bowler to get 600 Test wickets. What a milestone! Take a bow legend! With that mystical number, Anderson carves his name into history books and enters the Mount Rushmore of greatest ever Test bowlers. It has been a frustrating wait from wicket 598 to 600 but he has got it. Azhar Ali becomes a milestone victim for Jimmy and his expressions have changed. He is up in joy and has the ball in hand and waves it to the empty stands but all his teammates applaud. Finally Anderson gets a bit of help from the slip. Anderson bowls it in the channel of uncertainty around off, the ball bounces a bit off the surface which takes Azhar by surprise. He looks to defend it with a horizontal bat but the extra bounce surprises Azhar, takes the outside edge of his bat and goes to Root at widish first slip. The England skipper makes no mistakes and takes the catch. A perfect role model for all the youngsters in the world watching this game. Anderson has aged like a fine wine!
61.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Outside off, Azhar leaves it alone.
60.6
1
J Archer to Ali, On the pads, Azhar flicks it fine away from short leg for one.
60.5
0
J Archer to Ali, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
60.4
3
J Archer to Azam, Length delivery on off, Babar punches it through mid on and gets three as Bess and the slow outfield stop it from getting to the ropes.
60.3
0
J Archer to Azam, Another short ball, Azam ducks again.
60.2
0
J Archer to Azam, Bouncer! Babar ducks under it.
60.1
0
J Archer to Azam, On the body, Azam tucks it to the right of short leg. Substitute Bracey does well to stop it with a dive.
59.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, Another ball safely negotiated by the Pakistan skipper.
59.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, On off, Azhar defends it.
59.4
3
J Anderson to Azam, Good shot. Length ball on off, Babar punches stylishly through covers. Broad gives it a chase as the outfield is slow and stops it before the ropes. 3 taken.
59.3
0
J Anderson to Azam, On the pads, Babar turns it to the leg side.
59.2
0
J Anderson to Azam, Good length ball around off, Azam keeps it out.
59.1
0
J Anderson to Azam, Length ball on off, Azam defends it.
58.6
0
J Archer to Ali, Ouch that must have hurt! Short ball around off, Azhar looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto his box. He bends down in pain. No surprise there.
58.5
0
J Archer to Ali, Now Archer comes around the wicket and bowls it on middle and leg. It is short but makes Azhar play. He does well to hop and tap it onto the ground.
58.4
0
J Archer to Ali, The ploy is not working as of now as the pitch is slow and the ball is not bouncing a lot. It is around the body, Azhar ducks again.
58.3
0
J Archer to Ali, Another short one, this time down the leg side. Azhar ducks under this as well.
58.2
0
J Archer to Ali, Shortish ball outside off, Azhar sways away.
58.1
0
J Archer to Ali, Full on off, Azhar taps it back to the bowler.
57.6
0
J Anderson to Azam, Fuller on off, Babar plays it to the man at fly mid on.
57.5
1
J Anderson to Ali, Late call but safe call. Good length ball on off, Azhar taps it in front of point. Initially does not think of the run but then he sees the fielder is well behind so takes a run with ease.
57.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball around off, Azhar gets behind the ball and blocks it.
57.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, Length ball on off, Azhar keeps it out.
57.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on off, Azhar defends it and calls a confident wait to his partner.
57.1
1
J Anderson to Azam, Anderson starts with a length ball on the pads, Babar flicks it to the on side and gets the first run of the day.

Jimmy Anderson to start the day from the other end in hunt for his 600th Test wicket.

56.6
0
J Archer to Ali, Down the leg side, Ali looks to flick but misses. Maiden from Jofra.
56.5
0
J Archer to Ali, Another short ball but not that speedy as it is bowled at 134 kph. Archer ducks under it.

Some issue with the run-up for Archer as he pulls out.

56.4
0
J Archer to Ali, On off, Azhar blocks it.
56.3
0
J Archer to Ali, Archer changes his angle and comes over the wicket. He dishes another short ball and once again Azhar sits under it.
56.2
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball on off, Azhar defends it with a straight bat and gets bat to ball for the first time today.
56.1
0
J Archer to Ali, Jofra starts with a bouncer! It is around the body, Azhar ducks under it.

After a lengthy, lengthy delay the players are finally all set to walk out to the middle. The England players are out. Pakistan's Test captain, Azhar Ali and T20I captain Babar Azam stride out to resume their innings. Jofra Archer to bowl the first over of the day. He will come around the wicket.

Update 1600 local (1500 GMT) - Official! After a long, long delay we will have first action of the final day at 1615 local (1515 GMT).

Update 1547 local (1447 GMT) - Finally, better late than never as we finally have a good news to report. There will be another inspection at 1600 local with play likely to start at 1615 local (1515 GMT). Finally!

Update 1500 local (1400 GMT) - The inspection is done and we wish we could say that we will resume in sometime but that is not the case. The only positive news to update about right now is that there will be another inspection at 1535 local (1435 GMT). Hopefully, then we can update you about the start time and have some action on the final day of this final Test of the English summer.

Update 1400 local (1300 GMT) - The umpires are done with their inspection and the result of that is another inspection which is scheduled at 1500 local (1400 GMT). Let's hope that the news is positive that time.

Update 1345 local (1245 GMT) - The umpires are out there for the inspection and they are having a chat with the groundsmen. The pitch is still covered. Stay tuned for further updates.

Update 1300 local (1200 GMT) - We have some news! The run-up covers have been taken off and the groundsmen are at work but there is still some drizzle and the ground is wet. All we can do is hope. Stay tuned.

Update 1212 local (1112 GMT) - Well, well, well, it has started to drizzle again in Southampton and this will make matters worse for the groundsmen. Let's stay hopeful. Stay with us.

Update 1140 local (1040 GMT) - So, it's confirmed that there will be no play before Lunch. It is not raining currently and the umpires have scheduled an inspection for 1340 local (1240 GMT). Stay tuned.

Update 1127 local (1027 GMT) - Well it has stopped raining in Southampton but there is a lot of water on the ground and it will take some time for the groundsmen to clear it. Let's stay positive and hope that we get to see some action. Stay with us.

Update 1100 local (1000 GMT) - If you had not guessed it already, the start is delayed due to rain. The forecast is slightly better for later on in the day. Hoping that it clears soon. Stay with us.

Update 1050 local (0950 GMT) - The conditions are very wet and it is still raining. It is unlikely that any play will be possible at least till Lunch. Stay with us.

We have been greeted with some bad news! It is currently raining in Southampton and is unlikely that the action will start on time. Let's hope that it clears soon. Stay tuned for further updates.

Welcome all! Pakistan had a good Day 4, losing only 2 wickets and now they have a realistic chance of saving this Test match. They were helped by rain as well and with the weather forecast not great for Day 5, they would hope that they are able to achieve a draw. England, on the other hand, were poor with the ball. They looked tired and they still need 8 wickets for a victory. Anderson is still short of 600 Test wickets and he would want to get it today as England will not play their next Test for a long time. Will England be able to achieve a victory or will Pakistan manage a draw?

... Day 5, Session 1 ...

So that is it from Day 4 from Southampton. Pakistan will be the happier of the two sides at the end of the day's play as they now have a realistic chance to rescue this Test match. Anderson will have to sleep 1 shy of 600 Test wickets. The predicted weather forecast is not a pleasing one for all neutral and England fans but let's hope that rain stays away. Join us on Tuesday, 25th August, 2020 at 1100 local (1000 GMT) for the all-important 5th and final day of this Test and the series. Until then, cheers and take care.

A tough day for the English bowlers. The pitch did offer a little bit of movement early on in the day but after that there were hardly any demons on it. Anderson's hard luck continued as Buttler early in the day denied him his 599th scalp. Broad did manage to break the opening stand later on. With the ball getting softer and the pitch getting easier to bat on, the hosts' bowling struggled to get the breakthroughs. The 38-year old though finally managed to get to 599 wickets later on in the day but his wait for victim number 600 goes on. Tough day for all the bowlers in a nutshell as the pace has gone off the pitch.

STUMPS ON DAY 4! A very strong fight from Pakistan and with a very strong support from rain, the hosts have given themselves a very good chance of stealing a draw from this lost cause. They have lost just 2 wickets and will enter the final day with 8 wickets in hand. Shan Masood and Abid Ali started the day with a fighting stand of 49. The former was given a lifeline early in the innings by Jos Buttler who dropped a sitter. Though Masood did not score much, he did eat away 66 balls. Abid was then joined by his skipper and the pair fought on, playing some classical Test match cricket. Abid though became Anderson's 599th Test victim. The Pakistan Test skipper, Azhar Ali and the T20I skipper, Babar Azam then ensured there was no further damage before dark clouds and bad light came to the tourists' rescue.

Update 1840 local (1740 GMT) - And to add to the misery, it has started to rain as well and that might as well be the final nail in the coffin for Day 4. We are still waiting for the official confirmation though.

Update 1832 local (1732 GMT) - The umpires get together and they check for the light. They have decided that it has gone too dark and off go the players. That will probably be Stumps. Still no confirmation yet. Stay tuned.

55.6
1
Joe Root to Ali, On middle and leg, Ali flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
55.5
0
Joe Root to Ali, Loopy delivery on middle, Azhar keeps it out.
55.4
0
Joe Root to Ali, On middle, Ali flicks it to mid-wicket.
55.3
1
Joe Root to Azam, Full toss on middle and leg, Azam flicks it through square leg for a single.
55.2
0
Joe Root to Azam, Tossed up delivery on leg, Azam flicks it to square leg.
55.1
0
Joe Root to Azam, Flighted delivery on middle, Azam flicks it towards the leg side.
54.6
1
Dom Bess to Azam, On middle, Azam flicks it towards square leg for a run.
54.5
3
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on off, Azhar guides it towards third man. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it. The batsmen get three runs.
54.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy delivery on middle, Ali defends it out.
54.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Full delivery on off, Azhar looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
54.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flighted delivery on middle, Ali blocks it off the front foot.
54.1
1
Dom Bess to Azam, Tossed up delivery on off, Azam pushes it towards point for a run.
53.6
0
Joe Root to Ali, On middle, Azhar blocks it off the back foot.
53.5
0
Joe Root to Ali, Floated delivery on off, Azhar offers no shot and gets hit on the thigh pad.
53.4
0
Joe Root to Ali, Loopy delivery on off, Azhar defends it off the front foot.
53.3
1
Joe Root to Azam, On middle, Azam flicks it through square leg for a run.
53.2
0
Joe Root to Azam, Tossed up delivery on middle, Azam blocks it off the front foot.
53.1
0
Joe Root to Azam, Flighted delivery on off, Azam keeps it out.

Joe Root brings himself into the attack.

52.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On off, Azhar blocks it off the back foot.
52.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on middle, Ali defends it off the front foot.
52.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy delivery on off, Azhar keeps it out.
52.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Full delivery on middle, Ali drives it to mid on.
52.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on middle, Azhar drives it towards mid on.
52.1
2
Dom Bess to Ali, Full delivery on off, Ali drives it through covers. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen pick up a couple.

Ominous signs! The umpires have the light meter out and the groundsmen are getting ready. Root is involved in a discussion with the umpire. Probably the discussion is about that they will have to bowl spin with the light deteriorating. Root obliges and brings Dom Bess back into the attack.

51.6
0
J Anderson to Azam, Back of a length delivery on middle, Azam blocks it off the back foot.
51.5
0
J Anderson to Azam, Length delivery on off, Azam keeps it out.
51.4
1
J Anderson to Ali, Full delivery on middle again, Ali flicks it through square leg for a single.
51.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, Full delivery on middle, Azhar flicks it to mid-wicket.
51.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Back of a length on off, Azhar offers a solid defense on this one.
51.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Length delivery on middle, Azhar defends it off the back foot.
50.6
0
J Archer to Azam, Short of a length delivery outside off, Babar looks to pull but misses it.
50.5
0
J Archer to Azam, Archer bowls a bouncer outside off, Azam lets it sail through to the keeper.
50.4
0
J Archer to B Azam, Short delivery on off, Babar pulls it towards the bowler.
50.3
0
J Archer to Azam, Archer bowls a bumper on off, Azam ducks under it.
50.2
0
J Archer to Azam, Archer bowls a bouncer on leg, Azam does well to duck under it.
50.1
1
J Archer to Ali, Length delivery on leg, Azhar flicks it towards fine leg for a single.

Jofra Archer is back on. 8-5-7-0 are his figures so far.

49.6
0
J Anderson to Azam, On a length on off, Azam defends it to cover region.

Babar Azam makes his way out to the middle.

49.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, OUT! LBW! Umpire's call it is and Abid Ali has to go! Wicket number 599 for Anderson! What a bowler he has been for England! Finally, something goes right for him. Can he get to 600 wickets before Stumps? This is terrific bowling from Anderson and he is pumped up. Good length ball on middle and leg, Abid looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. England appeal and Michael Gough, the on-field umpire, raises the dreaded finger. Abid consults his partner and takes the review. The Ultra Edge rolls in and is shows no bat on it while the Ball Tracker shows umpire's call on hitting the stumps. Abid Ali played really well and fought really hard but it has ended and he has to walk back. Review retained.

Abid Ali has been given out LBW! He takes the review after consulting with Azhar Ali. It looks close. Let's see what happens.

49.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, On a good length on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
49.3
1
J Anderson to Ali, Full delivery on middle, Azhar flicks it through square leg for a single.
49.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Length delivery on off, Azhar defends it off the back foot.
49.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Back of a length delivery on middle, Azhar pushes it to mid on.
48.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on off, Abid blocks it well.
48.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Abid blocks it off the back foot.
48.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy delivery on off, Abid defends it out.
48.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Abid flicks it towards the leg side.
48.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on middle, Abid looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
48.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flighted delivery on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
47.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, Length delivery on middle, Azhar offers a solid defense on this one.
47.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Back of a length on off, Azhar defends it to point.
47.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length delivery on off, Azhar keeps it out.
47.3
2
J Anderson to Ali, Back of a length delivery on off, Azhar taps it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
47.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Length delivery on off, Azhar blocks it off the back foot.
47.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, BEATEN! Back of a length and outside off, Azhar looks to push at it but misses it.

James Anderson is back into the attack. 9-3-14-0 are his figures so far.

46.6
0
Dom Bess to A Ali, Full delivery on off, Abid drives it to covers.
46.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on off, Abid offers a solid defense on this one.
46.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Abid defends it out.
46.3
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy delivery on off, Azhar pushes it through point for a run.
46.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flighted delivery on off, Azhar blocks it off the front foot.
46.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on middle, Azhar keeps it out.

DRINKS! Another engrossing hour of play but Pakistan will be a little happier as they continue to fight and not let things slip. England, on the other hand, have been a little off-colour today and they are struggling to bowl the right lines and lengths. They need to be patient and bowl better than they have done. An interesting final passage of play coming up.

45.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Again outside off, Abid leaves it alone.
45.5
0
S Broad to Ali, Outside off, Abid lets it go.
45.4
0
S Broad to Ali, Short delivery on middle, Abid keeps it out.
45.3
0
S Broad to Ali, Full again on middle, Abid pushes it back towards the bowler.
45.2
0
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery on off, Abid drives it towards the bowler.
45.1
0
S Broad to Ali, Length delivery down the leg side, Abid does not bother to play at that.
44.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on middle, Azhar drives it back towards the bowler.
44.5
2
Dom Bess to A Ali, Full delivery on off, Azhar drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
44.4
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy delivery on off, Abid guides it towards third man for a single.
44.3
0
Dom Bess to A Ali, Floated delivery on middle, Abid looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
44.2
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Flighted delivery on off, Azhar pushes it towards point for a run.
44.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on middle, Azhar pushes it back towards the bowler.
43.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery on leg, Abid looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
43.5
0
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery on off, Abid drives it back towards the bowler.
43.4
0
S Broad to Ali, Broad bowls a bouncer, Abid does well to duck under it.
43.3
0
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery on leg, Abid flicks it to square leg.
43.2
0
S Broad to Ali, Broad bowls a bouncer on leg, Abid ducks under it.
43.1
0
S Broad to Ali, Short delivery down the leg side, Abid lets it go.
42.6
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on middle, Abid flicks it towards square leg for a run.
42.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Abid flicks it towards short leg.
42.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on off, Abid blocks it off the front foot.
42.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy delivery on middle, Abid defends it towards the leg side.
42.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Abid looks to defend but misses it.
42.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
41.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
41.5
0
S Broad to Ali, BEATEN! Lovely follow-up delivery! Good length ball outside off, Azhar looks to defend but misses.
41.4
0
S Broad to Ali, An appeal for caught behind turned down! Short ball down the leg side, Azhar looks to flick at first and then decides to leave it. He seems to have missed it but England think that there is bat on it and go up for an appeal. The umpire is not interested. The Ultra Edge shows that it has gone off the shirt of Azhar.
41.3
0
S Broad to Ali, Good length delivery on off, Azhar blocks it off the back foot.
41.2
0
S Broad to Ali, Broad bowls a bouncer, Azhar does well to duck under it.
41.1
0
S Broad to Ali, Length delivery on middle, Azhar defends it towards the leg side.
40.6
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Full delivery on off, Azhar looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
40.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On off, Azhar defends it off the back foot.
40.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on middle, Azhar blocks it well.
40.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flighted delivery on off, Azhar keeps it out.
40.2
0
Dom Bess to A Ali, Loopy delivery on middle, Azhar drives it to mid on.
40.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up delivery on off, Azhar defends it off the back foot.
39.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Back of a length ball on off, Abid defends it to cover.
39.5
0
S Broad to Ali, Down the leg side, Abid leaves it alone.
39.4
0
S Broad to Ali, Bouncer bowled around the off stump line, Abid sways away from it.
39.3
0
S Broad to Ali, Short ball on middle, Abid tucks it to short leg.
39.2
0
S Broad to Ali, Short ball around middle, Abid ducks under it.
39.1
4
S Broad to Ali, FOUR! This is poor bowling from Broad! Needs to be straighter than this! Good length ball on the pads, Abid just helps it on its way to the fine leg region for a boundary.

Stuart Broad is back into the attack. 7-2-19-1 are his figures so far.

38.6
4
Dom Bess to Ali, FOUR! Bess strays on the pads and pays the price! Floated down the leg side, Azhar flicks it to the fine leg region and picks up a boundary.
38.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Azhar blocks it off the front foot.
38.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Full delivery on off, Azhar drives it to covers.
38.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Azhar keeps it out.
38.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated delivery on middle, Azhar tucks it to mid-wicket.
38.1
3
Dom Bess to Ali, Flighted delivery on middle, Abid sweeps it towards fine leg. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
37.6
0
C Woakes to Ali, On a length on middle, Azhar tucks it to square leg.
37.5
0
C Woakes to A Ali, Full and outside off, Azhar taps it to point.
37.4
4
C Woakes to Ali, FOUR! That is a lovely shot from Azhar Ali! Good length ball on the pads, Azhar flicks it wide of the mid on fielder and into the fence.
37.3
0
C Woakes to Ali, Full delivery on middle, Azhar defends it back to the bowler.
37.2
1
C Woakes to Ali, Short ball on the pads, Abid flicks it to fine leg for a single.
37.1
0
C Woakes to Ali, Back of a length ball outside off, Abid blocks it out back to the bowler.
36.6
1
Dom Bess to A Ali, A single! Flighted on off, Abid looks to defend but it takes the outside edge and it goes past the slips. A single taken.
36.5
0
Dom Bess to A Ali, On off, played to cover.
36.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on off, Abid blocks it off the back foot.
36.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up on off, Abid drives but finds the cover fielder.
36.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Full on middle, Abid sweeps it to mid-wicket.
36.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Quicker one on off, Abid blocks it onto the pitch.
35.6
0
C Woakes to Ali, Full delivery on off, Azhar pushes it to point.
35.5
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball on off, Azhar defends it to the off side.
35.4
2
C Woakes to Ali, TOP EDGE BUT SAFE! Woakes bowls a short one around middle, Azhar looks to pull but it takes the top edge and goes over the slip cordon. Burns chases after it but it falls short. A couple of runs taken.
35.3
0
C Woakes to Ali, On a length on off, Azhar solidly defends it to cover.
35.2
0
C Woakes to Ali, Full delivery outside off, Azhar pushes it to cover.
35.1
0
C Woakes to A Ali, Back of a length ball outside off, Azhar plays it back to the bowler.
34.6
0
Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on middle and leg, Abid looks to defend but it goes off his pads to short leg. There is a big appeal for a catch but the umpire is unmoved.
34.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Full delivery on off, Abid plays it to mid off for another dot.
34.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On off, pushed to mid off.
34.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Quicker one on middle, Abid is solid in defense.
34.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Floated on the pads, flicked to the leg side.
34.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flatter one on middle, Abid defends it to short leg.
33.6
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length delivery around off, it shapes away a bit. Azhar looks to defend but misses.
33.5
0
C Woakes to Ali, On the pads, Azhar flicks it but once again finds the fielder.
33.4
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball around off, Azhar plays it to mid on.
33.3
0
C Woakes to Ali, Length ball on off, Azhar keeps it out.
33.2
0
C Woakes to Ali, Fuller outside off, Azhar shoulders arms to it.
33.1
0
C Woakes to Ali, Woakes starts his new spell with a full ball on the leg side. Azhar flicks it nicely but straight to mid-wicket.
32.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, BEATEN! Much better from Bess! He needs to be more on this channel! Floated outside off, Abid looks to defend but gets beaten.
32.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Quicker delivery on middle, Abid nudges it to mid-wicket.
32.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flatter on middle, Abid works it to mid-wicket.
32.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on middle, Abid blocks it to short leg.
32.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flatter on middle, Abid tucks it to mid-wicket.
32.1
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Very full delivery on off, Azhar digs it out to point and takes a single.

DRINKS! Pakistan are fighting it out! They need to continue doing that and make England work hard for their wickets. England, on the other hand, have not looked good so far. They have not shown the same energy that they showed in the previous two overs. They are still on top and they need to be patient. Abid is getting some spray put on his hand as well.

31.6
0
J Archer to A Ali, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
31.5
0
J Archer to Ali, Full delivery on middle, Abid defends it to mid on.
31.4
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Abid flicks it to mid-wicket.
31.3
0
J Archer to Ali, Short ball around middle, Abid ducks under it.
31.2
0
J Archer to Ali, Outside off, left alone.
31.1
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid lets it go to the keeper.
30.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tossed up on middle, Azhar flicks it to mid-wicket. 3 runs from the over.
30.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on middle, Azhar leans forward and blocks it back to the bowler.
30.4
0
Dom Bess to A Ali, On middle, Azhar tucks it to mid-wicket.
30.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flatter on off, Azhar defends it out to the off side.
30.2
1
Dom Bess to Ali, Flatter one on the pads, Abid works it towards square leg for a single.
30.1
2
Dom Bess to Ali, Nicely played! Full delivery outside off, Abid leans forward and drives it through the cover region and picks up a couple.
29.6
0
J Archer to Ali, Short ball around off, Azhar sways away from it.
29.5
0
J Archer to Ali, Outside off, not played at.
29.4
0
J Archer to A Ali, Archer goes full on middle and leg, Azhar drives it but finds the mid on fielder.
29.3
0
J Archer to Ali, Back of a length ball on off, Azhar stands tall and defends it to the off side.
29.2
0
J Archer to Ali, Full delivery outside off, Azhar lets it go to the keeper.
29.1
0
J Archer to Ali, Full delivery on middle, Azhar drives it back to the bowler.
28.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on middle and leg, Abid plays it to the leg side for a dot. Maiden over from Bess.
28.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Bess tosses this one on off, Abid prods forward and defends it out onto the pitch.
28.4
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on middle, Abid defends it solidly to square leg.
28.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Quicker on middle, Abid blocks it off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
28.2
0
Dom Bess to Ali, On off, Abid rocks on his back foot and punches it to cover.
28.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flatter one on off, Abid pushes it to mid off.
27.6
2
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball on the pads, Azhar flicks it to the deep square leg region and picks up a couple.
27.5
1
J Archer to Ali, On a length on middle, Abid nudges it to deep square leg for a single.
27.4
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball on off, Abid blocks it to cover off the back foot.
27.3
0
J Archer to Ali, BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Abid ducks under it.
27.2
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid leaves it alone.
27.1
0
J Archer to Ali, BOTTOM EDGE! Good length ball outside off, Abid looks to defend but gets a bottom edge back to the keeper.
26.6
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Flat one on the pads, Azhar works it to mid-wicket.
26.5
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Loopy ball on the pads, Azhar tucks it to short leg.
26.4
1
Dom Bess to Ali, On middle, Abid works it to square leg and picks up a single.
26.3
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Tosses this one on off, spinning in. Abid prods forward to defend but gets hit on the thigh pads.
26.2
0
Dom Bess to A Ali, Floated on off, Abid prods forward and pushes it to mid off.
26.1
0
Dom Bess to Ali, Bess starts with a flatter one on middle, Abid blocks it back to the bowler.

Dom Bess comes into the attack for the first time in this innings.

25.6
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Azhar shoulders arms to it.
25.5
0
J Archer to Ali, Back of a length ball on off, Azhar pushes it to cover.
25.4
0
J Archer to Ali, Short ball outside off, Azhar sways away from it.
25.3
0
J Archer to Ali, Fullish and outside off, left alone.
25.2
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Azhar lets it go to the keeper.
25.1
0
J Archer to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Azhar flicks it to mid-wicket.

He has been bowling short spells in this Test as skipper, Joe Root said before the game that his job is to bowl fast and in his short spells, he has bowled quick but has not got a wicket to his name.

Jofra Archer comes into the attack.

24.6
2
J Anderson to Ali, Around off on a length, Abid punches it through covers and gets a couple to end the over.
24.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Length ball on off, Abid keeps it out.
24.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, Short ball. Abid ducks.
24.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on off, Abid looks to defend but the ball shoots off the surface and once again hits Abid on his gloves.
24.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Full on off, Abid lunges forward and defends it.
24.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Full on off, Abid defends it with a dead bat.
23.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Azhar defends it back to the bowler.
23.5
0
S Broad to Ali, On a length on middle, Azhar flicks it to mid-wicket.

Azhar Ali, the skipper, comes out to bat.

23.4
0
S Broad to Masood, OUT! LBW! Umpire's call it is and Masood has to go! His fight in this innings is over! Excellent delivery from Broad and he deservedly gets a wicket. This partnership comes to an end but needed to continue. Masood showed promise but fails to carry on. Good length ball around off, angling in. Masood looks to leave it alone but gets rapped on the pads. England appeal and the umpire raises his dreaded finger. Masood thinks for a while and signals for the 'T'. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows that it is umpire's call on hitting the stumps. The impact will not matter as there was no shot played. Masood has to walk back. Pakistan do not lose the review. England are 9 wickets away.

Shan Masood has been given out LBW! He takes the review! As there was no shot played, the impact won't matter. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows that it is umpire's call on hitting the stumps. Review retained.

23.3
0
S Broad to S Masood, Fullish on the middle stump line, Masood drives it but straight to mid on.
23.2
0
S Broad to Masood, Full delivery on middle, Masood lunges forward and blocks it back to the bowler.
23.1
0
S Broad to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood leaves it alone.
22.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, BEATEN! Excellent delivery! Good length ball outside off, Ali looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.

Abid Ali seems to have got hurt on his thumb. The physio is coming out to have a look at him. The magic spray is out and this will help Abid in numbing the pain.

22.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Back of a length ball around the pads, Ali looks to flick but gets hit on the gloves.
22.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, Short ball around middle, Abid tucks it to square leg.
22.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, On a length on off, driven to cover off the back foot.
22.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Ali defends it back to the bowler.
22.1
2
J Anderson to Ali, A couple now! Good length ball on middle, Ali looks to flick but gets an inside edge and it goes through square leg. Two taken before the fielder cuts it off.
21.6
4
S Broad to Masood, FOUR! Nicely driven from Masood! Gets the first boundary of the session! Full ball on middle, Masood drives it through the mid on region for a boundary.
21.5
0
S Broad to Masood, BEATEN! Wow, that is some delivery from Broad but unlucky not to find the edge! Good length ball outside off, moving away. Masood looks to defend but misses it altogether.
21.4
0
S Broad to S Masood, Short ball on middle, Masood pulls it to mid-wicket.
21.3
0
S Broad to Masood, On off, Masood prods forward and plays it to the cover region.
21.2
0
S Broad to Masood, Good length ball on middle, Masood defends it back to the bowler.
21.1
0
S Broad to Masood, Broad comes around the wicket and bowls a full delivery on middle, nudged to square leg.
20.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, A beautiful nut to end! Good length ball around off, Ali looks to defend off the back foot but he seems to have missed it. There is an appeal for caught behind but the umpire is unmoved. England do not take the review. The Ultra Edge shows no spike as it passed the bat.
20.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Ali flicks it to mid-wicket. Ali wants the single but Masood sends him back. Good decision from Masood as there was never a run there.
20.4
0
J Anderson to A Ali, On a length on off, Ali taps it to the gully region for another dot.
20.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on off, defended to point off the back foot.
20.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Full delivery on off, Ali goes on his front foot and blocks it to the cover region.
20.1
1
J Anderson to Masood, Good length ball on the pads, Masood flicks it to fine leg for a single.
19.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Broad dishes a full delivery on off, Ali prods forward and drives it to mid off. A maiden over.
19.5
0
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery outside off, Abid lets it go to the keeper.
19.4
0
S Broad to Ali, On a length on middle, Ali rocks on his back foot and then defends it to the on side.
19.3
0
S Broad to Ali, Another fuller one on middle, Ali defends it to mid on.
19.2
0
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery outside off, Abid shoulders arms to it.
19.1
0
S Broad to Ali, Broad starts with a length ball on off, Ali blocks it to gully off the front foot.

Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end. 4-0-15-0 are his figures so far.

18.6
0
Anderson to Ali, Pakistan are underway in this session! Full delivery on the pads, Ali looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls to square leg and they take a leg bye. There is an appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
18.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Ali watches it carefully and leaves it alone.
18.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, Anderson dishes a good length ball on middle, Abid works it to square leg for another dot.
18.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Ali shoulders arms to it.
18.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on off, Ali is solid in defense as he plays it to the cover region.
18.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Anderson starts with a full delivery on off, Abid defends it to the cover region off the front foot.

We are all in readiness to resume! The England players make their way out to the middle and they are followed by Abid Ali and Shan Masood. James Anderson will start the proceedings with the ball.

... Day 4, Session 3 ...

TEA ALSO HAS BEEN TAKEN! That is a very good decision. We are hearing that 52 overs are left in the day and play can be extended till 1930 local (1830 GMT). Stay tuned.

Update 1510 local (1410 GMT) - Great news! The umpires have completed their latest inspection and we have a start time! The action will resume at 1545 local (1445 GMT), provided there is no further rain. The groundsmen have done an exceptional job to get the ground ready. Stay tuned.

Update 1456 local (1356 GMT) - More positive news coming in as most of the covers are off and the conditions have brightened up. There is still an area of concern though near the square of the pitch. Stay tuned.

Update 1425 local (1325 GMT) - The umpires are done with their inspection and they still are not happy with the ground conditions. There is another inspection scheduled at 1500 local (1400 GMT). Stay with us.

Update 1335 local (1235 GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped for now but the ground has taken a lot of water and it will take some time to drain. The umpires have decided to have an inspection at 1420 local (1320 GMT). Stay tuned.

Update 1310 local (1210 GMT) - The Lunch break is over but it is absolutely pelting down in Southampton. It looks like we are in for a long delay. Let's hope that it clears soon and the players get back on the field. Stay with us for further updates.

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

England, on the other hand, were not upto the mark with the ball today. They did not bowl the perfect line and length and remain wicketless so far. Anderson could have had a wicket but Buttler dropped an easy chance of Masood. With the weather forecast not great, they will need to find breakthroughs sooner rather than later. Stay with us.

Update 1230 local (1130 GMT) - Early Lunch has been taken on Day 4. 18 overs were bowled in the session before rain forced the players off. Pakistan did really well in this session, not losing any wickets and batting sensibly. They have scored runs when available and respected the good deliveries. They would hope that they continue doing the same when the game resumes.

Update 1220 local (1120 GMT) - Another day and another rain interruption as it has started to rain and a bit heavily so the players are off. Pakistan have done well so far and have managed to have all their 10 wickets intact. They won't mind this rain and they will hope that it continues. England have not been good themselves this morning. As a neutral, let's hope that we can resume quickly.

17.6
0
C Woakes to Masood, Fullish ball outside off, Masood lets it go to the keeper.

It has gone a bit dark and the fourth umpire is ready to bring on the light meter.

17.5
0
C Woakes to Masood, Good length ball on the pads, Masood looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but it is going down leg.
17.4
0
C Woakes to Masood, Full on off, pushed to the point region.
17.3
0
C Woakes to Masood, Good length ball on off, Masood plays it to point and looks for a single but Abid sends him back.
17.2
0
C Woakes to Masood, Back of a length ball on off, Masood blocks it to cover off the back foot.
17.1
1
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Ali flicks it to square leg for a single.
16.6
0
J Archer to Masood, Length ball on off, Shan defends it off his back foot.
16.5
0
J Archer to Masood, Comes around the wicket to the left-hander and uses the angle to bowl it outside off. Masood looks to defend but misses.
16.4
0
J Archer to Masood, Way outside off, Shan shoulders arms to it.
16.3
1
J Archer to A Ali, Length ball on off, Abid strokes it to the right of mid on and rotates the strike.
16.2
1
J Archer to Masood, Length ball on the pads, Masood turns it to the leg side and gets to the other end.
16.1
0
J Archer to Masood, A very full ball on leg, Shan manages to block it.
15.6
0
C Woakes to A Ali, Length delivery on off, Abid keeps it out.
15.5
0
C Woakes to Ali, Short delivery outside off, Ali cuts it to point.
15.4
0
C Woakes to Ali, Back of a length delivery outside off, Ali shoulders arms to this one.
15.3
2
C Woakes to Ali, Full on middle, Ali flicks it through the square leg region for a couple.
15.2
0
Woakes to Ali, Going down leg probably! Good length ball on the pads, Ali looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls to the leg side. There is an appeal for LBW but the umpire is not interested.
15.1
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball on off, Abid blocks it to the cover region.
14.6
0
J Archer to Masood, Outside off, left alone by Masood.
14.5
2
J Archer to Masood, Good length ball on middle, Masood works it to deep square leg. Masood wants a couple and takes off. The fielder collects it and throws it to the bowler's end but misses. Ali was in though.
14.4
0
J Archer to Masood, On a length outside off, Masood makes a leave to this one.
14.3
0
J Archer to Masood, Good length ball on middle, Masood tucks it to square leg.
14.2
0
J Archer to Masood, Archer bowls a good length ball outside off, Shan has no problems in leaving it alone.
14.1
0
J Archer to Masood, Full delivery on middle, Masood blocks it back to the bowler.

DRINKS! Pakistan have done really well to negotiate the first hour of play as they have not lost any wickets. Abid Ali and Shan Masood have looked solid but they need to continue the good work. England, on the other hand, would have had a wicket if Buttler held onto a chance. They have been off colour today and will look to bowl better in the next hour.

13.6
0
C Woakes to Ali, Length ball on the stumps, Abid defends it.
13.5
0
C Woakes to Ali, Down the leg side, Abid looks to flick but the ball kisses his thigh pad and goes to Buttler to his left.
13.4
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid blocks it.
13.3
0
C Woakes to Ali, On off, Abid defends it.
13.2
0
C Woakes to Ali, BEATEN! Excellent delivery from Woakes! Good length ball around off, Ali looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.
13.1
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid shoulders arms to it.
12.6
0
J Archer to Masood, Outside off, left alone.
12.5
0
J Archer to Masood, Full on middle, Shan works it to mid-wicket.
12.4
0
J Archer to Masood, On off, pushed to point.
12.3
0
Archer to Masood, An appeal for LBW turned down! Good length ball around off, angling in. Masood looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
12.2
0
J Archer to Masood, Full delivery on middle, Masood defends it back to the bowler.
12.1
0
J Archer to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood shoulders arms to it.
11.6
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball around off, it zips away from Abid. He looks to defend but misses.
11.5
1
C Woakes to Masood, Length delivery on middle and leg, Shan turns it to mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
11.4
0
C Woakes to Masood, Length ball on off, Masood defends it.
11.3
0
C Woakes to Masood, Length ball outside off, Shan looks to defend but misses.
11.2
1
C Woakes to Ali, On the pads, Abid tucks it to the on side and gets to the other end.
11.1
0
C Woakes to Ali, Outside off, Abid leaves it.
10.6
0
J Archer to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood leaves it alone.
10.5
0
J Archer to Masood, On middle, defended solidly.
10.4
0
J Archer to Masood, Good length ball on middle, Masood blocks it out onto the pitch.
10.3
0
J Archer to S Masood, Driven through mid on by the batsman.
10.2
0
J Archer to Masood, On a length on middle, Masood lets it go to the keeper.
10.1
0
J Archer to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood leaves it alone.
9.6
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Ali looks to defend but misses it altogether.
9.5
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball on middle and leg, Ali looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. The Ultra Edge shows that it is going over the stumps.
9.4
2
C Woakes to Ali, Back of a length ball outside off, Ali punches it through the cover region and picks up a couple.
9.3
0
C Woakes to Ali, On a length outside off, Ali leaves it alone.
9.2
0
C Woakes to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid cuts but straight to the point fielder.
9.1
0
C Woakes to Ali, PLAY AND A MISS! Nothing shot from Ali! Good length ball outside off, Ali looks to cut it but fails to make any connection.

Chris Woakes replaces Broad into the attack.

8.6
0
J Anderson to Masood, Outside off, left alone.
8.5
0
J Anderson to Masood, Good length ball on off, Masood blocks it back to the bowler.
8.4
0
J Anderson to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood leaves it alone.
8.3
3
J Anderson to Ali, Three this time! Good length ball on middle, Ali plays it through mid off and before Archer can give chase, they take three.
8.2
2
J Anderson to Ali, Nicely driven from Ali! Full delivery outside off, Abid leans forward and drives it through the mid off region. The batters pick up a couple before the fielder cuts it off.
8.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on the pads, Ali looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
7.6
0
S Broad to Masood, BEATEN! Just past the outside edge! Back of a length ball outside off, Masood pokes at it but fails to make any connection.
7.5
4
S Broad to S Masood, FOUR! Squirted away! Good length ball on off, Masood plays it with soft hands and guides it through the gully region for a boundary.
7.4
0
S Broad to Masood, Good length delivery outside off, left alone by Masood.
7.3
0
S Broad to Masood, Good length ball on middle, Masood plays it back to the bowler.
7.2
0
S Broad to Masood, Back of a length ball on off, Shan pushes it to cover off the back foot.
7.1
0
S Broad to Masood, Full on middle, Masood blocks it back to the bowler.
6.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, Anderson bowls a good length ball on middle, Ali defends it back to the bowler.
6.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, On a length on off, Abid blocks it solidly to cover.
6.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball on off, defended to point.
6.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, PLAY AND A MISS! This is poor! He could have left this alone but he goes for it. Full delivery outside off, Ali looks to drive but misses it altogether.
6.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, BEATEN! Another one beats the outside edge! Anderson has bowled really well but is yet to pick up a wicket in this innings! Good length ball outside off, Ali looks to defend but misses.
6.1
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Ali does not bother to play at that one.
5.6
0
S Broad to Masood, Full delivery on middle, Shan nudges it to mid-wicket.
5.5
3
S Broad to Ali, Good length ball on middle and leg, Ali tucks it through the mid-wicket region and picks up three before the fielder cleans it up.
5.4
0
S Broad to Ali, On a length on middle, Ali works it to mid-wicket.
5.3
0
S Broad to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Abid flicks it to short leg where Bracey, the substitute, makes a good stop. Saved a few runs there.
5.2
0
S Broad to Ali, Full and around off, Ali solidly blocks it to the off side.
5.1
0
S Broad to Ali, Good length ball on middle, Abid defends it back to the bowler.
4.6
0
J Anderson to Masood, On middle, defended back to the bowler.
4.5
0
J Anderson to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood lets it go to the keeper.
4.4
2
J Anderson to Masood, Full delivery on middle, Masood flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
4.3
0
J Anderson to Masood, Is that a drop? It certainly looks like from the reactions from the England players! The replays show that it is as there was a big outside edge on that and another catch is dropped off Anderson's bowling. Buttler took a blinder of a catch on Day 3 but drops a sitter today. Anderson bowls a full delivery outside off, Masood looks to drive without moving his feet but it takes the outside edge and goes towards Buttler. It wobbles and Buttler fails to hold on. Andersons's wait continues. He has his hands on his head.
4.2
0
J Anderson to Masood, On a length outside off, nipping in. Masood leaves it alone.
4.1
0
J Anderson to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Masood lets it go to the keeper.
3.6
0
S Broad to Ali, Outside off, not played at.
3.5
4
S Broad to Ali, FOUR! This is a gift from Broad! Pakistan have started positively here! They are looking for runs and not just defending! Good length ball on the pads, Ali flicks it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
3.4
0
S Broad to Ali, Good length ball, angling in. Ali covers his stumps and leaves it alone.
3.3
0
S Broad to Ali, BEATEN! Beautiful from Broad! Good length ball outside off, Ali looks to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge and into the mitts of the keeper.
3.2
0
S Broad to A Ali, Back of a length on off, Abid looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards second slip where it falls short of Burns. We have seen it many times that the edge has not found the fielder at slips in this Test.
3.1
2
S Broad to Ali, Full delivery on off, Ali drives it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
2.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, FIVE LEG BYES! That was really unnecessary! Good length ball on the pads, Ali looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls to square leg and they take off for a leg bye. James Bracey, the substitute fielder, collects and has a shy at the bowler's end. He misses and the ball goes to the long off fence for five leg byes.
2.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Wayward from Anderson! Good length ball down the leg side, Ali looks to flick but fails to get any bat on it.
2.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, BEATEN! A beauty from Anderson! Good length ball around off, moving away. Ali looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.
2.3
1
J Anderson to Masood, Well played! Back of a length ball on off, Masood defends it to the off side and takes a single. Anderson runs ahead and then tries to throw it at the keeper's end but misses. Ali was well in though.
2.2
1
J Anderson to Ali, A quick single! Good length ball on off, Ali defends it to the cover region and picks up a single.
2.1
0
J Anderson to A Ali, Edgy! Good length ball on off, Abid looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge towards gully.
1.6
0
S Broad to Masood, Full delivery on middle, Masood defends it back to the bowler.
1.5
0
S Broad to Masood, Good length ball outside off, Shan makes a leave to this one.
1.4
0
S Broad to Masood, Full delivery outside off, Masood shoulders arms to this one.
1.3
0
S Broad to Masood, On a length on middle, Masood flicks it to square leg.

Pope is going off! As he went to field the ball off the second ball, he knew that something was wrong with his shoulder and is going off.

1.2
2
S Broad to S Masood, Masood is off the mark in an edgy manner! Good length ball on off, Masood looks to defend but it takes the outside edge and it goes through gully. Pope chases after it and cleans it up but cannot stop the batters from taking two.
1.1
0
S Broad to Masood, Back of a length delivery on leg, Masood looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
0.6
0
J Anderson to Ali, A dot to end the first over! Good length ball outside off, Abid Ali carefully lets it go to the keeper. Good start from Anderson.
0.5
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid shoulders arms to it. A watchful start from Pakistan.
0.4
0
J Anderson to Ali, On a length outside off, Ali makes another leave to the keeper.
0.3
0
J Anderson to Ali, Full delivery outside off, Ali lets it go to the keeper.
0.2
0
J Anderson to Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid covers his stumps and leaves the ball alone.
0.1
0
J Anderson to Masood, Anderson starts with a gentle loosener and Pakistan are underway! Good length ball on the pads, Masood looks to flick but it goes off his pads towards the keeper. Buttler dives and makes a half stop. A leg bye taken.