After two days of fighting the elements, England and Pakistan hope conditions ease long enough to speed up the game today.
Predictions continue to be mixed, but England will be intent on working for a workable first-leg lead, as Pakistan’s best route to victory involves more cloudy conditions, seams, swing and gust fast counters.
The decision to call off Friday’s game due to the failing light was undoubtedly unpopular – although the grudge was mainly channeled on social media due to the empty stands – but could have helped England.
Forerunners Dom Sibley and Rory Burns may not have imagined taking guard under the thick, gray clouds that hovered above their heads for the duration of day two, but they will soon have to face an account with the likes. of Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi on a surface with a lot to offer.
Stuart Broad, who tied James Anderson’s three-wicket robbery, defended judgment from Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough, who led the teams to just nine balls in the evening session.
“It’s a tricky question because the safety of the players is very important. If you have bowlers playing over 85 mph and it’s dark there, it can be dangerous for the batsmen, ”he said.
“The officials were right to bring us down, it had fallen into the darkness that we had fallen for earlier today and all of our field players were saying, ‘We wouldn’t want to fight in this area, that’s quite dark ‘.
“There were times in test cricket where it was crowded and we thought we could have been on the pitch, but we felt a little bit on the dark side to be fit to play. “