A weather affected first day of the fourth Test has come to a close with England on 39-1 after spectators witnessed just 12.3 overs.
After a rain-soaked morning and an early lunch, play finally got under way at 1.40pm but the introduction of the floodlights at 2.30pm suggested very little play would take place and those fans that braved the terrible weather may be ruing their decision to get out of bed this morning.
Pakistan captain Salman Butt won the toss and elected to field in the overcast conditions and it seemed a wise choice as Cook edged to slip with England on 13, but Umar Akmal couldn’t hold onto a fairly simple chance and Cook was reprieved.
Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif took charge of the new ball and after seeing Cook dropped off the bowling of Amir, Asif thought he’d got his man with a ball that nipped back but after a review from Cook, Billy Bowden was left red-faced and Cook remains at the crease.
Andrew Strauss was bowled off the inside edge by Asif for 13, and Jonathan Trott entered the field with England at 31/1 with the weather quickly deteriorating.
With conditions expected to improve tomorrow and over the weekend, Asif can expect a fresh crack at Cook & co tomorrow morning but with a loss of days play today, the draw has shortened into 5/6.
It should be a lot easier for the England team after batting in terrible conditions today and despite the loss of Strauss, they should be able to build a big lead and Trott is 5/6 to score more than 36.5 runs.
England will be happy with a disruptive test as they look to secure the series win which the draw, at 5/6, will provide them. See the full England vs Pakistan fourth Test betting market here.