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Southampton Test: The match stopped due to rain

Southampton: The fourth day of the third and final match of the Test series between Pakistan and England has been suspended due to rain.

Following the follow-on in the match played at Southampton, Pakistan has scored 41 runs in its second innings without any loss while the national team is facing a deficit of 269 runs.

Shaun Masood 13 while Abid Ali is on the crease with 22 runs.

Yesterday, in reply to England’s first innings of 583 runs, Pakistan was bowled out for 273 runs thanks to Azhar Ali’s unbeaten century.

England have followed Pakistan, while Joe Root XI has a 310-run lead over Azhar Ali XI.

Azhar Ali (141), Mohammad Rizwan (53) and Fawad Alam (21) stood out for Pakistan, while James Anderson (five) and Stuart Broad (two) bowled for England.

England’s first innings

At the start of the Test match, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first.

England’s first wicket fell at 12 when Rory Burns once again caught Shaheen Shah’s ball in the sleep.

After the first wicket fell early, a 62-run partnership was formed between Dom Sibley and Zack Crowley, which ended when Sibley was dismissed by Yasir Shah for an individual score of 22.

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The English captain could not stay on the crease for long and fell victim to Naseem Shah on the score of 29 while Yasir Shah took the wicket of Oli Pop.

After losing four wickets for 127 runs, Crowley and Butler took the offensive line and kept the Pakistani bowlers under pressure.

Meanwhile, Crowley and Butler took full advantage of their form and formed a record partnership of 359 for the fifth wicket.  Crowley was dismissed for 267 and Jose Butler for 152.

For Pakistan, Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah and Shaheen Shah got two wickets each while Asad Shafiq and Naseem Shah got one wicket each.

It may be recalled that the first match of the three-match Test series was won by the host team England while the second match was drawn due to rain.