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England vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 3: Day abandoned without a ball bowled

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 2nd Test Day 3: No play was possible on Day 3 due to low light and rain. Pakistan had ended the Day 2 of the Southampton Test with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan's resilience taking them to 223/9.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 15, 2020 10:08:31 pm
england vs pakistan, eng vs pak, Day3 of eng vs pak live score, eng vs pak Day 3 live, eng vs pak 2nd test, eng vs pak 2nd tesEngland vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 2nd Test Live Cricket Score Updates: Pakistan batsmen have not been upto the mark so far in the first innings. (AP)

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 2nd Test Highlights: No play was possible on Day 3 due to low light and rain. Pakistan had ended the Day 2 of the Southampton Test with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s resilience taking them to 223/9 before bad light stopped play.

In the conventional sense, the score is incompetent. But given the amount of swing the surface generated, and the fast-bowling ammo at their disposal, Pakistan would be sufficiently pleased with their comeback. Even 200, at one stage, had looked dreamy. A lot would also be expected of the bowling brigade of Pakistan to bundle English batting line up for a minimum score possible on Day 4.

Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020The Rose Bowl, Southampton 23 September 2020

England 110/4 dec (43.1)

vs

Pakistan 236 (91.2)

Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test ) England drew with Pakistan

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21:51 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Day 3 abandoned without a ball bowled

The inevitable announcement is in. Day 3 has been abandoned without a ball bowled. 

21:18 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Light not good enough

The umpires have had a walk out to the middle and they have had a look at the light meter and have gone back inside. The light has gotten worse from one hour ago. So chances of any play on Day 3 happening look slim.

19:35 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Inspection at 8 pm IST

Some news: The umpires will follow up their unofficial inspection with an official inspection of the playing conditions in 25 more minutes. The rain is away at the moment and the light has also improved from before. Fingers crossed on what the verdict shall be at 3:30 pm local time, 8 pm IST.

19:12 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Umpires come out

There seems to be a 'dry slot' happening right now though. No rain and the light has improved too, according to reports. 'Umpires have emerged. There is some standing around going on. Which is an improvement on no-one standing around. Still no idea why the covers aren't being removed,' tweets Andy Zaltzman.

19:07 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Weather forecast does not look good

If you're waiting for some good news, your wait could last a while today, so settle in. The forecast from BBC says the Southampton situation is not likely to improve much today. 'Some dry slots in between'. However, the forecast does look good for the next few days. So might be a bit of a cracker of a contest given how this pitch has behaved even after all this. Pakistan, meanwhile, have officially batted now for almost half of this Test, only their batsmen have been mostly in the dressing room, looking at raindrops on the glass windows. 

18:17 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Drizzle

So, this was to be the scheduled start of the second session, and the news is that there is still no news. The condition of light seems to have improved but a light drizzle continues in Southampton. 

17:34 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Lunch

Lunch has been taken. The first break of Day 3, but only in a figurative sense since we have not had even one ball yet. And with that, the whole of the first session has been suspended. Fingers crossed there is brighter news and brighter sunshine when we return for the second session.

Here's a peek into what might happen if and when play resumes in the 2nd Test. Here's Naseem Shah with a snorter in the 1st Test:

16:55 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Close to one whole session being washed out

Lots of frustation for neutrals and fans as we get close to one whole session being washed out. The Pakistan players, however, are in the middle. Well not quite in the middle, which still has covers in. But they have taken over the outfield, with the weather more suitable to football than cricket. The floodlights are still on. Low light, we assume, is still the reason there have been no word from the umpires yet. 

15:55 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Bleak signs

No news is bad news, when it comes to delayed starts to Test match days. And today, it looks like there will be now news for a while. It's a bleak sight in the middle in Southampton right now. Even if the drizzle stops, the visibility will remain the problematic factor. Which brings to mind what some ex-cricketers have been suggesting on the back of these rain delays. Bring out the pink ball for better visibility! Maybe something the ICC can look into. Since the closed-roofs stadiums plan has been stuck in the logistical pipeline for years now.

15:36 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Delayed start

It's official now. Rain and bad light have delayed the start of Day 3. The rain is of drizzle proportions right now but the main problem seems to be the low light because of dark clouds, which indicates today will be another day of frustrations.

15:09 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Covers on in Southampton

The covers are on the pitch at the moment and there are dark clouds over the stadium. Does not look promising for a rain-free Day 3. Looks at the moment that we will not have the first ball of the day in another 20 minutes after all. Waiting on word about that, but a timely start looks unlikely. The floodlights are on already on this dreary morning in Southampton, which should give a fair idea of how the day is likely to progress.

15:00 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Cloudy with a chance of short balls from Pakistan's pace attack

Day 3 of the second Test at The Rose Bowl is also likely to be rain-interrupted as a mild shower and mostly cloudy weather is expected. As far as rain is concerned, the prediction for the third day is about 15% and there’s a slight rise (30-35%) for the remaining two days.

14:27 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Two truncated days

The 2nd Test has been a frustrating affair for both teams. Pakistan have managed to bat 86 overs over the two days and will continue their first innings into a third day today. Rizwan has batted on both days and will continue his 116-ball 60 into a third day today. On the face of it, this Test looks to be headed for a draw. But things can change quickly when Pakistan are playing, that's a lesson history has taught us well. Will be interesting to see how Pakistan's pacers do with the ball when England come to bat. One hour to Day 3.

READ | Pakistan end rain-affected Day 1 at 126/5

READ | Rizwan takes Pakistan past 200 on Day 2

14:09 (IST)15 Aug 2020
Watch the highlights

Day 3 of the second Test will be the crucial day for both the teams to edge past the other. Have a look at what happened so far in the match:

Predictions for Day 3?

Teams:

England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Pakistan (Playing XI): Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah

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