Rizwan 60* retains Pakistan afloat on one other start-stop day


A gutsy half-century by Mohammad Rizwan was the spotlight of Day 2 of the in Southampton, which was one other start-stop day with dangerous gentle and rain limiting the variety of overs bowled within the day to 40.2, wherein 97 runs had been scored.

Having added 38 for the sixth wicket with Babar Azam, Rizwan batted nicely with the tail after Pakistan misplaced fast wickets, along with his 39-run affiliation with Mohammad Abbas serving to Pakistan finish the day at 223 for 9. James Anderson and Stuart Broad had three wickets apiece on the finish of Day 2.

The beginning of the day was delayed by an hour and a half resulting from moist climate, and the opening session lasted for an hour with Babar and Rizwan conserving the England bowlers at bay. Chris Woakes and Anderson operated in the beginning, whereas Sam Curran and Broad bowled in tandem later however none managed a wicket because the fifth wicket pair constructed a watchful partnership. Babar and Rizwan confirmed good software, concentrating on scoring off deliveries pitched on the pads whereas cautious of the deliveries outdoors off, and appeared just about in management barring just a few play-and-misses.

Solely 29 runs had been scored off 15.2 overs within the shortened session however the Babar-Rizwan combo ensured that Pakistan didn’t lose any wickets. Nevertheless, Broad discovered the surface fringe of Babar’s bat within the third over after Lunch, ending a hard-working sixth wicket partnership that had lasted for 20 overs and yielded 38 runs. It additionally ended Babar’s streak of fifty-plus scores in first innings as he missed a sixth successive one by three runs.

The tail tried to stay round with Rizwan, who tried to get Pakistan nearer to the 200 mark. Yasir Shah’s keep lasted for 16 deliveries in a 13-run stand earlier than he grew to become Anderson’s third scalp whereas Shaheen Afridi, who hung round 19 deliveries, was run out for a duck.

Pakistan had been diminished to 176 for eight when Rizwan upped his scoring price, managing boundaries off Woakes and Curran, and did nicely to not expose Abbas a lot to the bowlers. Intelligent retention of strike and scoring at a great price, Rizwan introduced up a superb fifty, a lot to the frustration of England who weren’t capable of profit from the second new ball.

The second session ultimately got here to an finish with the gamers strolling off for dangerous gentle. They had been again on the sector after Tea, however just for 1.Three overs – throughout which Broad trapped Abbas in entrance to finish the ninth wicket stand – earlier than they walked off for dangerous gentle once more, and didn’t return this time.

Temporary scores: Pakistan 223/9 (Mohammad Rizwan 60*, Abid Ali 60; James Anderson 3-48, Stuart Broad 3-56) vs England.

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