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UPDATE: Another inspection at 8 pm (IST)
Update: Umpires are making their way into the middle. The covers are still in place.
UPDATE: Inspection will be at 7.45 pm (IST)
UPDATE: Good news, folks! The rain has stopped. The groundsmen are at work. The main cover is still on.
UPDATE: Hover comes on the cover. This is a steep decline in Southampton.
Oh, is that so! raining again. The players are moving. Pakistan 85/2. This is the second stop due to rain on Day 1 of the second Test.
Abid Ali 49 * Babur Azam 7 *
Pay attention to the situation:
Bowler out Azhar Ali Most often in test:
10 – Rangana Herath
8 – James Anderson *
6 – Stuart Broad
5 – Chris Woakes
Babar Azam came to the crease.
OVERS 30.5: WICKET! James Anderson took his second wicket, dismissing Azhar Ali for 20 runs. Outside delivery from Anderson. Azhar tries to play but gets a fat edge. Rory Burns did not make a mistake on the second slip. Pakistan 78/2.
@ Jimmy9 is coming from the front! / Scorecard / Clips: https://t.co/yjhVDqBbVN#ENGvPAK https://t.co/qokRavqkWk
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1597324574000
OVERS 29.3: Four! Broad to Abid Ali. He plays it late and with soft hands. The ball goes to the third man boundary. Pakistan 76/1
Over 26.4: Four! Abid Ali to Anderson. Abid plays late and plays soft hands towards third man for a boundary. Pakistan 71 /1
Welcome back! The second season begins.
He is LUNCH in Southampton. Pakistan 62/1
Abid Ali 33 *
Azhar Ali 20 *
Lunch break unch Pakistan: 62-1 (23.4 ov) #ENGvPAK scorecard y https://t.co/yysNotSU6g https://t.co/LcyhQivhsQ
– Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1597320386000
A lunch can be taken but there is no official improvement yet.
Play Rain Frost in Southampton. Players are going back to the pavilion. Umpires are pointing for cover. Pakistan 62/1. Abid Ali 33 * Azhar Ali 20 *
20.4 overs: four! Azhar Ali passes through the point area. Anderson is not happy with this. Good shot from Pakistan’s captain. Pakistan 62/1
50 comes to Pakistan. Abid Ali 28 * Azhar Ali 13 *
OVERS 18.3: Lovely shooting from Abid Ali. He bowed forward and slowly raised the ball towards deep mid-wicket. He will get three runs. Great run between the wickets from Abid and Azhar. Pakistan 48/1
Over 13.1: Four! Abid goes to Ali. Uses right-handed speed and moves the ball to a boundary to fine leg. Pakistan 41/1
Over 11.6: Four! Foot down from Vox. Abid Ali did this flick for a boundary. Pakistan 34/1
OVERS 11.2: Lucky! Azhar Ali gets lucky here. Great delivery from Woakes. Azhar Ali tried to defend but the ball went to the pad. The ball rolls over and kisses the stump. Bells are everywhere. Vox has a smile on his face.
Pay attention to the situation:
Most of the tests were missed between the two performances of the PAK:
104 – Younis Ahmed (1969–87)
88 – Fawad Alam (2009-20) **
65 – Shahid Nazir (1999-06)
54 – Manzoor Elahi (1987–95)
Over 7.4: Four! Broad to Abid Ali. 4 runs. maid. Pakistan 22/1
OVERS 4.2: Four! What a shot of Abid Ali. Overpriced delivery from Anderson. Ali plays a superb drive through extra cover. Pakistan 11/1
OVERS 3.3: Edged and Dropped! Sibley put down a dolly in the third slip. It was a straight catch. Abid Ali survived. Broad is not happy with this.
Captain Azhar Ali came to the crease
OVERS 2.2: WICKET! Attacked by James Anderson, Shaan Masood departed for 1.. Appealed to Anderson with a strong lbw. The umpire does not take long to lift his finger. Masood knows that he is out and leaving the field. Pakistan 6/1
Yes jimmy! 🙌Live Scorecard & Clips: https://t.co/yjhVDqBbVN#ENGvPAK https://t.co/f9jpsmJhl8
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1597313842000
Over 0.5: Anderson to Masood. 4 runs. Soles of feet. Pakistan 6/0
In the middle are Shaan Masood and Abid Ali. James Anderson will attack for England. here is my..!!!
Azhar Ali (Captain of Pakistan):
We have decided to bat first. We are very clear with this. The weather is quite hot and we want to make full use of it and run on board. There is a lot more grass on it than Manchester, but there will be some freshness in the pitch for the first few hours but we will rule it out. We have a change, Fawad comes for Shadab. The amount of grass on the pitch, I think, is enough of a spinner and we want to strengthen our batting. It is hard to lose from that position, everyone was hurt but we will take the positivity out of it.
Which root (England captain):
Zuck comes in for Ben and Sam Curran comes for Joffra – these are two changes for us. We wanted to lengthen our batting, make sure we have enough batting depth, Sam has done brilliantly for us in recent times, so it gives us more depth. We want to be consistent, we are confident as a group and I look forward to this week. This is quite strange, it seems that it can swing, so this morning (Anderson) got into his work. We always want to improve everyday as a team, we want to make big first innings with the bat.
Pakistan: Fawad Alam returned to Pakistan’s Test team after 11 years. He replaces Shadab Khan in the team.
England: England make two changes, replacing Zak Crowley and Sam Curran Ben stokes And Joffra Archer.
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zuck Crowley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jose Butler (w), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
We have lost the toss and will bowl at Southampton first! ENG # ENGvPAK
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1597311125000
Pakistan: Shaan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (W), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afvi, Naseem Shah
TOSS: Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and batted first against South Africa at Southampton.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. For #ENGvPAK update: @TheRealPCB_Live https://t.co/YJxE6XfywR
– Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1597311515000
Azhar Ali has won the toss and will bat first. # ENGvPAK https://t.co/GLALPncUJX
– ICC (@ICC) 1597311222000
Therefore, within just 10 minutes to go for the toss. We are all set and the players for this important second Test in Southampton. The weather is good and dry at this time, but rain is forecast for all five days of the test.
Namaste and Welcome to the TimesofIndia.com, live coverage of the second Test of a 3-match series between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
After a thrilling three-wicket win in the lung opener at Manchester, a spirited England will now take an unassailable 2–0 lead in the series.
Unfortunately, Talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes will be missing a major in the second Test for England as he is left out of the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. Fast bowler Oli Robinson has been replaced in the 14-man squad in place of Stokes.
Pakistan, who gave England the first Test, will now return to the match and make a strong comeback to return to the series.
Pakistan’s batting has been in the news for all the wrong reasons and the likes of Babar Azam and captain Azhar will be there to rectify the mistakes made in the first Test and set an example for the team.
Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq insisted that his side could overcome an aggressive defeat as they try to avoid a defeat that would condemn the first series defeat by England in a decade.
England fast bowler James Anderson, who is only 10 away from becoming the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets in a Test, will try to complete the pending achievement in this Test itself.
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