England vs Pakistan 2nd Test: Rain wipes out most of Day 4

Pakistan added 13 runs to scramble to 236 all out in its first innings, and had reduced England to 7-1 before the latest bout of rain arrived.

Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi celebrates with teammates after dismissing Rory Burns during the fourth day of the second Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.   -  AP

Only 10.2 overs were possible before play was abandoned on another frustrating day in the second Test as Pakistan’s chances of a series-levelling win further dwindled on Sunday.

Pakistan added 13 runs to scramble to 236 all out in its first innings, and had reduced England to 7-1 before the latest bout of rain arrived at the Rose Bowl halfway through the first session of the fourth day.

The players were taken off and never returned, with play abandoned at Tea because it would have taken up to three hours to get the field fit to play and the outfield even longer as it was extremely wet. It left England trailing by 229 runs with one day remaining.

England vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 4 Highlights

Before the rain came, Shaheen Afridi removed Rory Burns for a duck off the fourth ball of the innings with both Zak Crawley (5) and Dom Sibley (2) struggling to deal with a swinging and seaming ball.

Only five overs were possible in England’s innings so far, but they were encouraging ones for Pakistan.

Resuming on 223-9 after the third day’s play was completely wiped out by rain, Pakistan added 13 runs before being dismissed when Mohammad Rizwan scooped a ball from Stuart Broad high into the air, with Crawley taking the catch at cover point to end an important lower-order knock of 72 by the wicket-keeper.

Broad finished with figures of 4-56.

Burns had already nicked Afridi just short of the slips off the first ball of the reply when the paceman found the outside edge again, and this time it carried to Asad Shafiq at second slip.

The left-handed Burns only made 4 and 10 in the first Test in Manchester, which was won by the Englishmen by three wickets to earn a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Another victory for England will clinch a first Test series against Pakistan in 10 years and a second series of this pandemic-affected summer having already beaten the West Indies.

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