Guwahati: Pakistan’s hopes of pushing for a series-leveling victory against England in the second Test seems going down and down, as no play was possible on Day 3 due to low light and rain at the Ageas Bowl, on Saturday.
The match which was already dented by rain and low light stoppages, with almost 90 overs being lost in the first two days, got completely washed out on Day 3, without a ball being bowled. Had the players been on the field, play may well have continued as the rain was only of the spitting kind, but in such rains, only a running period of play can be continued, but play cannot be resumed after a pause.
With constant drizzling throughout the day, the outfield became extremely wet, that couldn’t be dried in the absence of any wind or sun. The officials held three inspections in the afternoon before the rain once again started pouring onto the Ageas Bowl. When the time for the final inspection of the day was set, the light meter readings were poor, lower than the previous day which also ended early due to low light, thus forcing the umpires to call off play for the day at 5:16 pm (GMT).
Pakistan 1-0 down in the series, had ended the Day 2 of the Southampton Test with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 60 of 116 taking them to 223/9 before bad light forced an early stump on the given day as well.