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Strauss falls on rain-affected day

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Umar Akmal

Pakistan's catching problems returned as Umar Akmal dropped Alastair Cook, who was on one, in the third over

Mohammad Asif struck to remove skipper Andrew Strauss before bad light and rain ended the day’s play with England 39 for one in the fourth npower Test at Lord’s.

On a frustrating first day when just 12.3 overs were possible, the seamer bowled the England captain, who was looking fairly comfortable, with an excellent inswinger to leave England 31 for one.

Pakistan may feel they missed an opportunity to claim more wickets given the overhead conditions, especially since their catching woes returned with Umar Akmal dropping Alastair Cook on one.

Looking to make full use of the overcast conditions after Salman Butt chose to bowl first, Asif and Mohammad Aamer responded with great control.

Their efforts were not backed up by the fielders, though, as Umar - at second slip - dropped Cook, who had nicked Aamer’s well-directed outswinger.

Cook, fresh off the back of a century in the third Test at the Brit Insurance Oval, then rubbed salt into the wounds by edging the next ball through slip for four.

Skipper Strauss, who admitted he would have liked to have bowled first, looked more solid at the other end, mixing solid defence with crisp drives.

Lord's rain

Spectators were to be frustrated, with just 12.3 overs possible due to bad light and then rain in St John's Wood

Asif and Aamer were looking increasingly dangerous, however, swinging the ball both ways to keep the batsmen on their toes.

The left-armer thought he had been rewarded for his efforts with the wicket of Cook when Billy Bowden raised the finger for a caught behind.

However, Cook successfully reviewed the decision with 'Hotspot' showing the ball just beat the edge, with his batting clipping the strapping of his pad.

The breakthrough finally came a couple of overs later as Asif brought a wonderful delivery back into Strauss to bowl him through the gate for 13.

Jonathan Trott started positively, clipping his first ball through mid-on for an all-run four, before picking up three off Aamer in the next with a cover-drive.

It was the last act of significance. With the light looking increasingly gloomy, even with the Lord's floodlights turned on, the umpires decided to leave the field with Cook and Trott unbeaten on 10 and eight respectively.

Rain then fell relentlessly before stumps was called at 5.41pm.

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