Rizwan, bad weather frustrate England


England were frustrated by gritty Pakistan batting and more bad weather on day two of the second Test at the Ageas Bowl. Rain and bad light meant only 40.2 overs were possible as the tourists reached 223-9.

Babar Azam blunted England in seamer-friendly conditions before falling for 47 to Stuart Broad.

Pakistan were 158-6 but Mohammad Rizwan capitalised on strange England tactics with an unbeaten 60 after being dropped on 14.

He dominated a ninth-wicket stand of 39 with Mohammad Abbas which could prove crucial. Pakistan are edging towards a good score in conditions that may suit their seam attack.

There have been only 86 overs across the first two days- on day two, rain delayed the start by 90 minutes and bad light took the players off- but there is still time for a positive result in a low-scoring game.

When England, who lead 1-0 in the three-Test series, bat they will likely face a stiff examination with more gloomy, humid weather forecast for much of the match. (BBC Sport)

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