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PCB: Shaheen’s dismissal of Burns highlight of rain-curtailed day four

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Photo Credit: Pakistan Cricket Board

Weather continued to play spoilsport in the second ICC World Test Championship fixture between England and Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, as only 10.2 overs were bowled on Sunday.

The match progressed into the second innings after Pakistan were bowled out for 236.

Mohammad Rizwan, the only Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman to register a half-century in England since Zulqarnain Haider’s 88 in 2010, added 12 runs to his overnight score to finish with 72 off 139 balls, which was studded with seven boundaries. The 28-year-old was dismissed by Stuart Broad, who took four wickets in the innings, on the 32nd ball of the morning session.

When the England openers came out to bat, Shaheen Shah Afridi ensured Rory Burns had a brief stay. The 20-year-old left-arm fast bowled a lovely delivery that moved away from Burns, which the left-handed batsman edged to second slip for Asad Shafiq to safely pouch it.

After four balls, England were none for one.

England’s troubles compounded on the first ball of the next over as Mohammad Abbas beat Dom Sibley’s leading edge with a ball that moved off the surface to hit the batsman just above his hipbone.

England’s account was opened on the last ball of the third over with a thick inside edge from Zak Crawley that yielded the hosts three runs.

As the clouds continued to get heavier resulting in bad light, the play had to be interrupted after five overs with the scorecard reading five for one. Subsequent heavy showers meant this was the only play possible in the day.

On Monday, the final day of the match, Dom Sibley (two) and Zak Crawley (five) will resume the England innings.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan 236 all-out, 91.2 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 72, Abid Ali 60, Babar Azam 47, Azhar Ali 20; Stuart Broad 4-56, James Anderson 3-60)

England 7-1, 5 overs (Zak Crawley 5 not out; Shaheen Afridi 1-5)

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