The fourth day of the third and final cricket Test between England and Pakistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Monday was interrupted repeatedly due to rain and bad light. Pakistan had scored 100 runs after losing two wickets while playing follow-on till the game was stopped before time.
Only 56 overs could be bowled in a full day. Pakistan's team is still 210 runs behind England's first innings score of 583 runs (declared) for eight wickets. Pakistan had scored 273 runs in the first innings. At the end of the fourth day, captain Azhar Ali 29 and Babar Azam were playing for four runs.
Earlier, Shan Masood was trapped before leg by Stuart Broad in the 24th over and took the first wicket of Pakistan's second innings. At the same time, standing on the threshold of becoming the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets, James Anderson sent Abid Ali (42) to the pavilion. He has now 599 Test wickets.
Lunch had to be taken earlier due to rain in the morning. In the first session, Anderson's ball hit Shan's bat in the fifth over and reached wicketkeeper Jos Buttler but he failed to catch the ball.
Earlier on the third day too, Rory Burns and Zak Crawley left catches on his ball. So far in both innings of Pakistan, on Anderson balling four times the catches were missed.
The match has gone out of Pakistan's hands. Now they can only hope for a draw and for that the weather needs to be kind to them.
England is ahead in the series by winning the first Test. If this match remains a draw, it will be England's first win in a Test series over Pakistan in 10 years. They have recently beaten the West Indies by 2–1.
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