Solely 10.2 overs had been potential earlier than play was deserted on one other irritating day within the second take a look at as Pakistan’s possibilities of a series-tying win additional dwindled on Sunday.
Pakistan added 13 runs to scramble to 236 all out of their first innings, and had diminished England to 7-1 earlier than the most recent bout of rain arrived on the Rose Bowl midway via the primary session of the fourth day.
The gamers had been taken off and by no means re-emerged, with play deserted at tea as a result of it will have taken as much as three hours to get the sector match to play and the outfield even longer because it was extraordinarily moist. It left England trailing by 229 runs with someday remaining.
The vacationers had England’s batsmen precisely the place they needed them earlier than the rain got here, with Shaheen Afridi eradicating Rory Burns for 0 off the fourth ball of the innings and each Zak Crawley (5) and Dom Sibley (2) struggling to cope with a swinging and seaming ball.
Solely 5 overs have been potential in England’s innings to this point, however they had been encouraging ones for Pakistan.
Resuming on 223-9 after the third day’s play was fully worn out by rain, Pakistan added 13 runs earlier than being dismissed when Mohammad Rizwan scooped a ball from Stuart Broad excessive into the air, with Crawley taking the catch at cowl level to finish an necessary lower-order knock of 72 by the wicketkeeper.
Broad completed with figures of 4-56.
Burns had already nicked Afridi simply in need of the slips off the primary ball of the reply when the paceman discovered the surface edge once more, and this time it carried to Asad Shafiq at second slip.
The left-handed Burns solely made 4 and 10 within the first take a look at in Manchester, which was gained by the English by three wickets to earn them a 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence.
One other victory for England will clinch a primary take a look at sequence towards Pakistan in 10 years and a second sequence of this pandemic-affected summer time having already crushed the West Indies.
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