Rain wipes out day three at Ageas Bowl

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England’s hopes of victory in the second Test against Pakistan are fading after more bad weather wiped out the third day at the Ageas Bowl.

Bad light, rain and a wet outfield prevented Pakistan resuming on their overnight 223-9, but there was a frustrating period in the afternoon when conditions seemed to improve.

After three pitch inspections play was abandoned at 17:15 BST.

England lead 1-0 in the three-Test series.

Only 86 overs have been bowled from a possible 270 across the first three days.

Poor weather is forecast for the final two days of the Test, meaning a draw is the most likely result.

For England to win they would have to find time to take the final Pakistan wicket, post a first-innings score in excess of the tourists’ and bowl Pakistan out for a second time.

Mohammad Rizwan will resume on Sunday on 60 not out and Naseem Shah one.

Bad weather has plagued England’s Test summer, with interruptions in every game, although none of the four previous matches have ended in a draw. (BBC Sport)

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