Shaheen Afridi made the early breakthrough for Pakistan, dismissing Burns for a four-ball duck
Shaheen Afridi made the early breakthrough for Pakistan, dismissing Burns for a four-ball duck|ICC Twitter
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Eng Vs Pak: Rains play spoilsport again, draw likely

Southampton: Day 4: 2nd Test: England at 7/1 trailing Pakistani score by 229 runs

Abdul Wadood

Abdul Wadood

A total of 10.2 overs were possible on Day 4 (Sunday) in the 2nd Test in Southampton before rain took over again, forcing another day of the Test match to be brought to an early end, with England at 7/1 trailing the Pakistani score by 229 runs.

Unlike Saturday when not a single ball was bowled, the morning hour on Sunday saw some action, with Mohammad Rizwan adding some crucial runs to his overnight score taking Pakistan to a respectable first innings total of 236 all out, after he got out trying to flick one off Broad getting caught by Crawley.

Coming out to bowl for a very short period in the day, Shaheen Afridi made the early breakthrough for Pakistan, dismissing Burns for a four-ball duck.

He almost had a wicket first ball but Burns' nick to Asad Shafiq at second slip didn't quite carry. Shafiq gobbled up the catch a short time later though, to send Burns on his way and put England at 0 for 1 in reply to Pakistan's first-innings 236.

After cutting short the first session. the persistent rain completely washed out the second session, eventually washing out the whole day with just 10 overs of play being possible in the Day 4.

With chances of a result growing very dim with every abandoned day, it seems the third Test will only be an opportunity for the visitors to draw the series level, which England lead by 1-0.

SCORECARD (Day IV)

ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS

BATSMEN

RJ Burns c Asad Shafiq b Shaheen Shah Afridi 0

DP Sibley not out 2

Z Crawley not out 5

Extras: 0

TOTAL (5 Ov, RR: 1.4)7/1

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.4 ov)

BOWLING O M R W

Shaheen Shah Afridi 3 1 5 0

Mohammad Abbas 2 1 2 0

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