PAK vs ENG Test 2 Day 3 was abandoned without a ball being Bowled
PAK vs ENG Test 2 Day 3 was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to bad weather. Heavy rain and bad light dominated the third day as both teams desperately waited for play to resume, but it did not happen.
Under the current party situation, Pakistan is 223-9 with Mohammad Rizwan and Naseem Shah present in the fold.
Rizwan shone on Day 2 after he rescued Pakistan and led them into an all out fight. The right-handed hitter defied all odds and scored 60 no-outs to lead Pakistan to 223-9 before the bad light left the game on the second day.
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Resuming at 126-5, Pakistan’s hitting was no different than the other day as they continued to lose ground after regular intervals.
Babar Azam and Rizwan added 32 races to their 38-race partnership on Day 2 before Stuart Broad eliminated Babar, who fell just three races out of his fifty.
From then on, Rizwan won entry for Pakistan by managing the English bowlers and keeping the tail at the other end most of the time. Meanwhile, Yasir Shah lost his wicket by 5, Shaheen Shah Afridi by nothing and Mohammad Abbas by 2.
Rizwan 60’s no-out remained in the fold with Naseem Shah scoring just one run.
Earlier, Pakistan struggled at 126-5 before rain stopped the game and later, in bad light, left on opening day.
After winning the toss, Pakistani captain Azhar Ali made the surprising decision to hit a green wicket. A first-run from Shan Masood in just 6 races put the tourists under immense pressure. Masood, who scored by fighting 156 runs in the opening test, caught the legs of James Anderson.
Abid Ali and Azhar Ali led the inning quite well for Pakistan, as the right-handed duo scored 72 runs together. Anderson was there again to produce a breakthrough for Pakistan by sending Captain Azhar for 20.
Abid fought hard and scored 60 on 111 balls, but couldn’t continue as Sam Curran did the work for the home team by taking away the first goal. Asad Shafiq once again failed to score as the veteran hitter managed to add just 5 runs to the team total.
Fawad Alam, who was returning to the test after 11 years, was able to play only four balls and returned to the pavilion for nothing.