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Rizwan's gutsy fifty keeps England at bay on day two
Day Two Report

Rizwan's gutsy fifty keeps England at bay on day two

England failed to take the remaining Pakistan wickets on another rain-curtailed day's play in the ongoing second Test as Mohammad Rizwan frustrated the hosts with an unbeaten 60.

Rizwan's valiant knock helped Pakistan scramble to 223-9 before bad light interrupted proceedings and led to an early close.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper, who was recalled to the side last year following the sacking of Sarfaraz Ahmed, spent more than three hours in the middle as he battled frequent unpleasant weather delays.

At one stage, Pakistan were in danger of being toppled for a score below 200, but Mohammad Abbas provided stubborn support alongside Rizwan as the two staged a 39-run partnership.

England's four-pronged seam attack seemed to be equipped with the strength to bundle out the tourists under overcast conditions. However, Pakistan took the upper hand in the opening hour of the day by managing to withstand the sharply swinging deliveries and crawling to 155-5 by the lunch interval.

Babar Azam (47) was ultimately undone by a snorter from Stuart Broad that fractionally moved away to catch the outside edge through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

The England gloveman, hero of the team's miraculous chase in the previous Test, later faltered when he could not hold onto a difficult chance offered by Rizwan while miscuing a hook shot.

Yasir Shah, who had briefly frustrated England with the bat during Pakistan's three-wicket defeat in the first Test at Old Trafford last week, was caught behind going for a booming drive off James Anderson.

His exit saw Anderson move to within seven wickets of becoming the first paceman to take 600 Test wickets.

And Pakistan were 176-8 when Shaheen Afridi was run out for a duck with Dom Sibley, running round from the slip cordon, throwing down the stumps at the bowler's end.

Rizwan, however, cleverly uppercut left-arm paceman Sam Curran over the slips for four before driving Chris Woakes through extra-cover for another boundary.

England took the new ball but, bizarrely, still kept six fielders back to Rizwan even when conditions were so clearly in their favour. Rizwan's two off Broad saw him to a fifty off 104 balls including four boundaries.

The in-form Broad's haul of 3-56 in 25 overs saw him become the seventh England bowler to take three wickets in seven consecutive Test innings.