Heavy rain disrupts Pakistan vs South Africa second Test in Rawalpindi

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RAWALPINDI – First day play of the second Test between Pakistan and South Africa was abandoned due to heavy rain in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

Pakistani batsman walked off the ground for tea break at 145-3 when the rain started lashing the Pindi Cricket Stadium. The play was due to resume at 3pm but the rain pushed the officials to stop the game.

Babar Azam (77) and Fawad Alam (42) are unbeaten on 100-run partnership.

Earlier today, Pakistan won toss the decided to bat first. The team reached 21 without losing a wicket but the top order was later thrown away in less than four overs.

Pakistan leads the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by seven wickets in Karachi.

Strict measures were taken when both the teams arrived at the Pindi Stadium.

“The wicket is looking good for batting. We will try to score well,” Pakistani captain Babar Azam said, after winning the toss.

South African captain said the wicket is a bit grassy which will initially help the bowlers. No changes have been made to Pakistan’s 17-player squad from the first Test in Karachi.

Metro Bus 

The metro bus service in the twin cities was suspended during the teams’ travel to the hotel.

It has been decided to close the metro bus service between Islamabad and Pindi at certain times due to the test match, said local administration.

They said that the bus service operation will be suspended from 8:30 am to 10am today, while the bus service will also be suspended from 5:30pm to 7pm, which will be the departure time for the touring team.

According to the Metro Bus administration, the Metro Bus will run as usual at other times, however, Shamsabad station will remain completely closed all day.

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