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  • 3:12 PM IST

    UPDATE 1030 local (0930 GMT) – While we still have 20 minutes for the start time, we have a bad news. The rain has made appearance and the covers are protecting the wicket right now. The light isn’t great either. So, like Day 2, most probably, we will not begin on time! Wait for the official word though.

  • 3:03 PM IST

    2 days over and not even 90 overs bowled. As we get ready to begin Day 3, the first question will be about the weather. Well, to be honest, the forecast isn’t promising but we can always keep hopes. We will do that again as Rizwan will try to score a few more vital runs for his team while the hosts would look to close the innings soon. Welcome everyone to our coverage of Day 3 of the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan.

  • 3:01 PM IST

    … Day 3, Session 1 …

  • 11:04 PM IST

    That’s all then! 45.4 overs on Day 1 and just 40.2 on Day 2. Pakistan would be the happier side after today’s performance. With 1 wicket still to go, Rizwan will look to tonk a few more out of the park to take Pakistan further. England will look to get rid of the last wicket quickly to close the innings. And again, for all these things and any sort of action to happen, we will need support from weather god. As per the forecast, they are not too happy and will look to play a spoilsport on Day 3 as well. Anyway, all we can do is hope for a better day. Join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT) on 15th August 2020 for all the action on Day 3. Until then, take care and stay fit.

  • 11:04 PM IST

    After failing to find any success in the curtailed first session, England returned with a different plan as they bowled fuller to the batters. Broad removed Babar to break the promising stand. They struck twice before giving away the advantage as they went easy on Rizwan (allowed him easy singles) and tried to remove Abbas. That didn’t do any good as the duo added vital 39 runs. Light deteriorated and we went off. We returned for the final session where only 9 balls were bowled but Broad got the wicket of Abbas. And we went off and just waited and waited, only to get disappointed because the light never got better.

  • 11:03 PM IST

    We had a delayed start of the first session due to a bit of rain and damp conditions. We got 1 hour of play eventually that belonged to Pakistan as Babar and Rizwan saw off the challenge calmly. The 2nd session began on time and it was England who struck a few times and threatened to bowl Pakistan well short of 200. However, Rizwan stayed and with a fine 50 helped Pakistan go well over 200 with support from Abbas.

  • 11:03 PM IST

    There you go! Didn’t take much time. Rain and bad light on Day 1 won the contest together! On Day 2, bad light ditched rain and has taken the center stage to force STUMPS ON DAY 2.

  • 11:01 PM IST

    UPDATE 1830 local (1730 GMT) – So, in all likelihood, this should be out final update regarding the weather! It’s good to be optimistic but with just around 30 minutes left, don’t think we will have any action on Day 2. Stay with us for the final word.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    UPDATE 1758 local (1658 GMT) – Right! We are about to enter into the final hour of Day 2. There is no improvement with regards to light. So, sit tight and wait for the next update!

  • 10:07 PM IST

    UPDATE 1735 local (1635 GMT) – Well, the wait continues. No rain at all but light remains an issue. Can’t really risk the players under such light with the red cherry. So, let’s hope the sun sneaks out from somewhere and we witness a few more overs of play!

  • 9:43 PM IST

    UPDATE 1710 local (1610 GMT) – Nothing positive to update as bad light keeps us all at bay. Let’s hope it gets better as we have quite some time left before Stumps. For now, let’s wait!

  • 9:22 PM IST

    So, just 9 balls bowled so far in this session. England would be pleased to get rid of the frustrating stand between Rizwan and Abbas. It was Broad who trapped Abbas in front of the wicket to send him packing. Rizwan though is still there and if and when we return, he will look to swing hard and find a few more boundaries. Stay with us for the further update.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    Umpire Richard Kettleborough has the light meter and he looks very unpleased. The umpires are having a word. Frustrating sight for any cricket fan as the umpires takes the players off. Another stoppage due to Bad Light.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    85.6 Stuart Broad to Mohammad Rizwan, 1 run, Now he gets a single and keeps the strike. Length ball around off, Rizwan taps it behind point and takes the vital run.

  • 9:17 PM IST

    85.5 Stuart Broad to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR, FOUR! Glorious, absolutely glorious from Rizwan! Broad overpitches it slightly on off and swings it away. Rizwan gets on his front foot and drives it with the swing through covers to perfection for a boundary.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    85.4 Stuart Broad to Mohammad Rizwan, no run, That is the line England should keep bowling to Rizwan. Good length ball around off, in the channel of uncertainty. Rizwan looks to defend but misses.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    85.3 Stuart Broad to Mohammad Rizwan, 2 runs, Rizwan comes down the track and slams it over mid off. He does not time it well but gets a couple as there is no one in the deep there.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    85.2 Stuart Broad to Naseem Shah, 1 run, Good length ball around off, Naseem works it towards the leg side and gets to the other end.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    Naseem Shah is the new man in.

  • 9:15 PM IST

    85.1 Stuart Broad to Mohammad Abbas, out, OUT! LBW! Three reds it is, so Abbas has to go. It looked plumb in real time and the DRS confirmed the same. A fuller one around off, Abbas looks to keep it out but misses to get hit on the pads. They appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Abbas goes to his partner and signals the ‘T’, probably just for the sake of it. Time for the replays. Clearly no bat, says the third umpire. It is hitting the wickets as well, so the DRS doesn’t save Abbas. A vital stand for Pakistan but a frustrating one for England comes to an end.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Abbas has been given out LBW! He goes for the review. Looked out. Let’s see if he survives.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    Stuart Broad with the ball from the other end. He has got 6 balls at Abbas.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    84.6 Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, no run, Short and outside off, Rizwan lets it be.

  • 9:10 PM IST

    84.5 Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, no run, Beauty to end the over! A length ball around off, Rizwan pokes at it to get beaten.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    84.4 Chris Woakes to Mohammad Rizwan, no run, A good length ball outside off, left alone.

  • 9:08 PM IST

    Right! We are back for the final session! The lights got better. The players are back on the field. Rizwan to face Woakes first.

  • 9:07 PM IST

    … Day 2, Session 3 …

  • 8:48 PM IST

    It looked like England will roll over Pakistan well ahead of 200 when they got wickets early in the session. Broad got rid of Babar 3 short of 50 and then Pakistan lost a couple of wickets quickly. However, Rizwan stayed at his end and scored vital runs. England looked frustrated as they failed to get past these two. Let’s hope when we return for the final session, the light is improved and we get to witness another fine session of play!

  • 8:48 PM IST

    Brilliant effort from Rizwan and Abbas to take Pakistan over 200. Especially, Rizwan. He has battled hard to add 39 runs with the no. 10 whose contribution is just 2 runs but he has negotiated the English bowlers really nicely.

  • 8:46 PM IST

    The light meter is out and looks like we will have to go off. England would not mind this as they were giving away a few vital runs. Also, the umpires have taken TEA on DAY 2.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test, Day 2, Southampton, Highlights: PAK 223/9
Mohammad Rizwan. (AFP)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the second Test between England and Pakistan in Southampton.

WHAT HAPPENED ON DAY 1? 

England bowlers rose to the occasion on the rain-affected Day 1 of the second Test against Pakistan as the tourists were 126/5 at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat, but James Anderson (2/35) struck early to dismiss Shan Masood (1).

The hosts dropped catches as Abid Ali (60) and Azhar Ali (20) took Pakistan to 78/1 before the visitors’ captain fell to Anderson.

England bowlers struck in between the rain breaks – Sam Curran, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes doing the job before bad light ended play with only 45.4 overs possible.

Babar Azam (25) and Mohammad Rizwan (4) were unbeaten at stumps.

Anderson Bounces Back

It took Anderson, who was criticised after posting poor figures of 1/97 in Manchester last week, just eight balls to get rid of Masood.

His second scalp was of Azhar as the seamer moved to 592 Test wickets.

Soon after Azhar’s dismissal, Abid reached his fifty.

Consecutive boundaries then took Pakistan past 100, before Abid nicked a delivery from Curran to Rory Burns.

Dom Sibley then took a low catch to send Asad Shafiq (5) back to the pavilion. In the very next over, Fawad Alam – making his first Test appearance since 2009 – was trapped LBW by Chris Woakes, with England successfully reviewing.