2nd Test England V Pakistan Day 5: Weather ruined encounter ends in a draw
The 2nd Test between England and Pakistan, at the Ageas Bowl, ended in a predictable draw with England declaring their 1st Innings on 110-4.
England 110 - 4 dec
Pakistan 236 all out
Result - Match Drawn
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Azhar Ali produces a wonderful out-swinger to beat Jos Buttler's outside edge with what turned out to be the final ball of the second #ENGvPAK Test.
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Salim Parvez - Weather has the last laugh
The final day of the Test match between England and Pakistan at Ageas Bowl, Southampton, once again, kicked off on a damp note when 11am inspection by the umpires ruled out the possibility of starting on time. The last match between the two countries, from memory, affected so badly by the weather was back in 1978 at Leeds when only 159.4 overs were possible with the highlights from the tourists’ point of view, being left-handed opener Sadiq Mohammed’s marathon 97 and a high-class seam bowling from Sarfraz Nawaz, who picked up 5-39.
Having faced five challenging overs from Pakistan pace bowlers in the opening session of the fourth day, England top order had some respite through rain affecting the outfield and then the bad light. Following a series of inspections, play finally got underway at 3.20pm with possible 56 overs’ play.
Bowlers run-up had been peppered with sawdust before the play commenced in warm sunny conditions and batting relatively easier proved by Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley. The pair had put on 91 runs when Mohammad Abbas, in his second spell of the afternoon, had Crawley out leg before for 53 and then sent back Sibley, caught down the leg-side for 32. The bowler, giving away absolutely nothing, again proving handful in these English conditions with another Abbas-like spell reading 6–2–9-2.
The tourists were keen to score some more points, ahead of the third and final Test at the same venue, with keeping a good level of enthusiasm in both bowling and fielding. Pakistan team’s leading slow bowler, Yasir Shah, continued to pose threat in his 11-over spell and was rewarded with the wicket of Ollie Pope, who departed playing back to a skidder.
The two captains – Joe Root and Azhar Ali – sensing nothing more could be achieved by either team – shook hands and the game was called off, just after six o’clock. England were 110-4 at close of the match. Mohammad Rizwan’s plucky 72 with the bat and good work behind the wickets, made him the Man of the Match.
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth, Martin Saggers, Chris Broad
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