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Test 2: Rizwan of Pakistan frustrates England with a fine of fifty on day 2 reduced by rain | Cricket news

SOUTHAMPTON (UK): Mohammad Rizwan frustrated England when he marked Pakistan’s Independence Day with a fine of fifty undefeated in the second test in Southampton on Friday.
Pakistan was 223-9 when bad light, despite the Ageas Bowl floodlights in bright light, caused an early close of the second day.
Rizwan was not 60 after more than three hours in the fold.
They were the wicketkeeper’s second fifty in eight career events after his 95 against Australia in Brisbane in November.
Pakistan was in danger of being fired for less than 200 at 176-8.
But Mohammad Abbas, who made two with 20 balls, gave Rizwan unconditional support at 39 before he was beaten by Stuart Broad.
Fortunately for the umpires, in a series that was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus, there were no angry spectators when they stopped the game due to bad light 10 minutes after tea, with neither batters nor fielders appearing to be in greater danger of injury. than they had been moments before.
In cloudy conditions ideal for England’s four-man pace attack, Pakistan credibly overcame the hour-long play that took place in the morning after a rain delay without losing a wicket when they reached lunch at 155-5.
But Babar Azam, who was close to two and a half hours, was finally undone at 47 when he beat an excellent full-length Broad delivery that walked away late to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
But England’s glove couldn’t have a tough chance when Rizwan, at 14, missed a hook from Broad.
Yasir Shah, who had briefly thwarted England with the bat during Pakistan’s three-pitch loss in the first test at Old Trafford last week, found himself trapped behind James Anderson.
His outing saw Anderson move seven wickets away from becoming the first quarterback to take 600 proving grounds.
And Pakistan was 176-8 when Shaheen Afridi ran out of a duck with Dom Sibley, running from the slip cord, throwing the stumps on the bowler’s end.
Rizwan, however, deftly uppercut Sam Curran’s left arm over the slips for four before taking Chris Woakes through additional coverage for another limit.
England took the new ball but interestingly enough, they still kept six fielders back to Rizwan even when conditions were clearly in their favor.
Rizwan’s two from Broad led him to fifty of 104 balls, including four limits.
Broad’s spoils in 3-56 form in 25 overs made him the seventh England bowler to take three wickets in seven consecutive test innings.
Pakistan got into trouble again at 126-5, with Babar 25 unbeaten and Rizwan unbeaten with four.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the draw and hit Thursday.
But his team lost three wickets for 18 races on a rain-shortened first day where the humid atmosphere helped the bowlers.
Pakistan’s plight would have been worse if starter Abid Ali hadn’t slipped twice on the way to 60.
Meanwhile, left-handed hitter Fawad Alam saw his nearly 11-year wait for a trial retirement finish with a four-ball duck when pounding Woakes in review.
Victory in this match would put England 2-0 up in a three-game campaign and lead them to their first series win over Pakistan since 2010.

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