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England Vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 4 Preview

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2020-08-16 00:59:38

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Out of all professional outdoor sports, cricket has the least probability to stage a match if there's precipitation, enough to make the pitch or outfield wet. Day 3 of the England V/s Pakistan 2nd Test match saw no overs bowled as it rained cats and dogs at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The rain relented after a majority of the day's playtime was lost, but due to a damp outfield, it could not be continued.


Let us hope that Day 4 will allow full play, lest this Test match's outcome will be a foregone conclusion. There is already a strong possibility that there will be a draw, considering that 3 innings are left with 2 days to spare. But, funnier things have happened in the past in cricket and we keep our fingers crossed for an exciting Day 4! Can Pakistan bundle out England cheaply, to bat quickly and set a target for England to chase on Day 5, or will England have the say on the outcome of this Test? 


The Match Preview
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Date: 13th to 17th Aug
Time: 11:00 A.M. GMT (3:30 P.M. IST) onwards


The Pitch Report
The Ageas/ Rose Bowl pitch has a characteristic tinge of green and with plenty of rain anticipated, expect it to spice up a bit more when England come out to bat tomorrow. This pitch will provide plenty of assistance to seamers who are willing to pitch the ball further up and trouble the batsmen with seam and swing. Spinners should now expect a lot of help from this pitch and need to rely on drift and speed variations.


Weather Forecast
Plenty of rainfall is anticipated on Day 4 of the Test match. There is a strong 80 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 23 Degrees and dip as low as 16 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 77 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the South-West direction to the North-East at a maximum speed of 13 kilometres per hour. Expect these winds to help swing bowlers. Cloud covers might be visible throughout the day, much to the relief of swing bowlers. We would be lucky to get some play on Day 4. 


Match XIs
England’s Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley,  Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Pakistan's Playing XI: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah