Live Updates

  • 3:14 PM IST

    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.

  • 3:08 PM IST

    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.

  • 3:07 PM IST

    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!

  • 3:03 PM IST

    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 really tired and in a position to win but this is just a day of formality as we are sure of this match ending in a draw.

  • 3:02 PM IST

    … Day 5, Morning Session …

  • 8:29 PM IST

    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!

  • 8:28 PM IST

    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.

  • 8:03 PM IST

    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!

  • 7:31 PM IST

    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!

  • 6:51 PM IST

    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!

  • 6:17 PM IST

    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!

  • 6:17 PM IST

    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!

  • 6:15 PM IST

    … Day 4, Session 2 …

  • 5:34 PM IST

    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!

  • 5:16 PM IST

    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.

  • 4:45 PM IST

    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!

  • 4:33 PM IST

    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.

  • 4:30 PM IST

    4.6 Shaheen Afridi to Dom Sibley, no run, Very full and on middle, Sibley is solid in defense.

  • 4:29 PM IST

    4.5 Shaheen Afridi to Dom Sibley, no run, Fuller and outside off again, Sibley once again leaves it alone.

  • 4:29 PM IST

    4.4 Shaheen Afridi to Dom Sibley, no run, Goes slightly fuller but this one is outside off, another leave from Sibley.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    4.3 Shaheen Afridi to Dom Sibley, no run, Good leave! He has allowed it to go to the keeper on the length. It is just behind good length around off, Sibley reads it well and lets it go to the keeper.

  • 4:28 PM IST

    4.2 Shaheen Afridi to Dom Sibley, 2 runs, Sibley is up and running as well. Fuller one on middle, he flicks it through mid-wicket and gets two.

  • 4:27 PM IST

    4.1 Shaheen Afridi to Dom Sibley, no run, Outside off, left alone!

  • 4:26 PM IST

    3.6 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, Good length ball around off, Crawley is out of his crease again but this one bounces a bit extra and beats the bat and hits him high on the thigh pad.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    3.5 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, Good length ball on off, Crawley takes a step further and keeps it out.

  • 4:25 PM IST

    3.4 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, In the channel outside off, Crawley lets it be.

  • 4:24 PM IST

    3.3 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, 2 runs, On the pads, this time Crawley flicks it to deep square leg and gets easy two.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    3.2 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, Gets behind this length ball to block it off his front foot.

  • 4:23 PM IST

    3.1 Mohammad Abbas to Zak Crawley, no run, Half and appeal! A length ball around off, Crawley looks to defend but misses. A muted appeal from behind the stumps but nothing from the bowler.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    2.6 Shaheen Afridi to Zak Crawley, 3 runs, Runs! Crawley and England open their account! A length ball around middle, Crawley looks to play it towards mid on but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes in the deep at square leg. Three taken before the fielder from fine leg can come around.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test, Southampton, Highlights: Rain Ruins Play On Day 4
Only 10.2 overs were possible on Day 4. (AFP)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 4 of the second Test between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.


Rain and bad light frustrated England and Pakistan on Day 3 of the second Test at The Rose Bowl, Southampton as the day’s play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

After a couple of inspections play was called off at 21:47 IST.

Only 45.4 overs were possible on Day 1 after Pakistan chose to bat, with the tourists finishing the day on 126/5. Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 60 pushed Pakistan past 200 on Day 2 despite quick wickets. Having batted for 40.2 overs on Day 2, Pakistan were 223/9 at stumps.

Poor weather is forecast for the final two days of the Test, which means a draw is the most likely result.

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, was disappointed with the ‘light issues’ leading to no play.

“It is frustrating for everyone,” Vaughan told BBC Test Match Special.

“I don’t think there has been any urgency. You think of the amount of time and cost that everyone has put in for series to happen.

“Over the three days there have been times when it has been raining, and you can’t play in the rain, but there have been 60 or 70 overs when we could have been playing.”

England lead the three-match series 1-0. The third and final Test will be played at the same venue from August 21 (Friday).