ENG vs PAK 2nd Test: Match officials face backlash for lack of urgency and Day 4 washout

Umpire walk off the field after rain stopped play during the fourth day of the second cricket Test match between England and Pakistan, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Glyn Kirk/Pool via AP)

Only 10.2 overs were possible before play was abandoned on another frustrating day in the second Test, as Pakistan’s chances of a series-tying win further dwindled on Sunday.

Pakistan added 13 runs to scramble to 236 all out in their first innings, and had reduced England to 1-7 before the latest bout of rain arrived at the Rose Bowl halfway through the first session of the fourth day.

The players were taken off and never re-emerged, with play abandoned at tea because it would have taken up to three hours to get the field fit to play and the outfield even longer as it was extremely wet. It left England trailing by 229 runs with one day remaining.

It was a situation that sparked fresh bewilderment, in a series already hit by controversy over questionable bad light decisions. Former England captain Michael Vaughan lashed out as well.

The weather condition which had already caused several interruptions meant there was no play at all on the third day of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Southampton on Saturday.

Only 40 overs took place on Friday, with the umpires ending the second day’s play because of bad light even though the Ageas Bowl ground floodlights were on full beam