England vs Pakistan Second Test
By Megha Mallick
Pakistan face England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton for the second test of the three match series. The former is already 0-1 down, and would look to win this match to fancy a chance to win the series.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and chose to bat first. Fawed Alam played his first test after more than 10 years, replacing Shadab Khan. There were two changes for England from Manchester- Jofra Archer was rested and Sam Curran returned. Ben Stokes was replaced by Zak Crawley.
Shan Masood, the first innings centurion of the last match, was caught LBW by James Anderson for 1.
Ten minutes before lunch, rain stopped play. The umpires called for an early lunch, and at the break Pakistan were at 62/1.
Azhar Ali was caught by Rory Burns off Anderson for 20. The visitors were 85/2 as tea was taken at Southampton, owing to another rain intrusion.
Play resumed after the heavy rains and Abid Ali got to his half century with a streaky edge that ran down the slips. He was caught by Burns off Curran for 60. Asad Shafiq (5) was caught by Dominic Sibley off Stuart Broad. Alam was trapped by a beamer from Chris Woakes. Joe Root took a good review and Alam had to go for a duck.
Play was called off due to bad light and the ever-prompting rain. Pakistan reached 126/5 at stumps. Babar Azam is batting on 25 and Mohammed Rizwan on 5. The time they spend on the crease would be vital for a good first innings total for the vistors.
The official update signalled the start of the match an hour and a half later of the scheduled time. In the first hour of play that happened, both the overnight Pakistan batsmen looked very assured. At lunch, they were at 155/5.
Babar Azam (47) and Yasir Shah (5) were caught behind off Stuart Broad and James Anderson respectively.
Shaheen Afridi was run out by Dominic Sibley for a duck.
Mohammed Rizwan brought up his half century, while wickets fell at the other end. At tea, Pakistan were at 215/8.
Mohammed Abbas (2) was caught LBW by Broad. The umpires called an early end to the day’s play due to bad light, and at stumps, Pakistan were at 223/9.
Not a single ball could be bowled on the third day due to bad light. After Mohammed Rizwan tried to pick up some quick runs, but was caught by Zak Crawley off Stuart Broad for 72.
Pakistan were bowled out for 236.
In reply, Rory Burns was caught for a duck by Asad Shafiq off Shaheen Afridi. England were at 7/1 at lunch, as conditions continued to look dull with heavy rain. It washed out the rest of the day’s play. On the fourth day of the test, the first innings have not been completed.
Chances of a result are bleak even if the fifth day is played in full.
Play could start only after an early Tea on the final day of the test.
Mohammed Abbas got the wickets of Zak Crawley (53) and Dominic Sibley (32). Ollie Pope (9) was caught LBW by Yasir Shah. England declared their first innings on 110/4 as the match ended in a draw.With most of the play on Day 4 getting washed off, the chances of getting a result were slim.
A washout was prevented on Day 5, but with just one session of play possible. The third and the final test of the series starts on August 21 at the same venue. Pakistan have no chances of winning the series, as England lead by 1-0.