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England vs Pakistan live, second test, day 3: England look to finish Pakistan innings quickly | Cricket news

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Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Day 3 of the second round between England and Pakistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Summary, day 2

Mohammad Rizwan scored a brave and undefeated half-century to guide Pakistan past 200 against increasingly frustrated England before bad light at the Rose Bowl brought an early end to day two of Test 2 in Southampton.
The teams left the field before tea due to twilight, with Pakistan at 215-8, and reappeared for only nine other balls, during which Stuart Broad took his third spot from the innings and the tourists moved to 223-9. The umpires took another meter reading and kicked the players out again, this time for good.
Rizwan will return on Saturday at 60, the wicketkeeper’s second-highest test score, along with Naseem Shah (1).
England appeared poised to wrap up Pakistan’s innings, which resumed at 126-5 on Friday, after star hitter Babar Azam (47) took the lead behind a brilliant ball from Broad that tied and squared Babar.
That brought the score 158-6 and two more wickets fell for 18 runs, with Yasir Shah (5) flashing on a Jimmy Anderson delivery and advancing to give goalie Jos Buttler another catch. Shaheen Afridi (0) was eliminated by Dom Sibley at the non-forward end after a mix-up.
England’s bowling game unraveled in the last half hour before forced tea, with the field set by captain Joe Root perhaps too negative under threatening skies and with two lower-tier hitters in the middle. On occasion, there were five or six near the boundary as Root spread the field.
Anderson has the best bowling figures, at 3-48. Broad was 3-56.
The Tourists go 1-0 in the three-game series after losing the opener by three wickets in Manchester. Another England win will secure a first test series against Pakistan in 10 years, and a second series this pandemic-stricken summer after they have beaten the West Indies.



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