Rose Bowl: The second Test match between England and Pakistan ended in a draw on Monday, after rain and bad light issues dominated the better part of the Test match over the five days at the Rose Bowl.
Having completely lost Day 3 and just 10.2 overs of play possible on Day 4 due to consistent rain and bad light, England resumed their first innings on the final day with 7/1 on the board, in reply to Pakistan’s 236.
With just 91.2 overs bowled in the whole match until the final resumption of the game on Day 5, a draw was pretty much sure. But Zak Crawley saw it as a great opportunity to make a mark in the English dressing room coming in as a replacement for the mighty Ben Stokes, as he struck his third test half-century before he was dismissed lbw by Mohammad Abbas for 53.
The 22-year-old seemed highly disappointed as he walked back to the pavilion, after failing to capitalize on a great start and go on to score big. Crawley’s dismissal brought an end to the 91-run stand between Crawley and Dom Sibley.
Sibley, who played well for his 32 was caught behind down the leg side of Abbas’ bowling, style of dismissal which has become familiar for Sibley. Ollie Pope(9) was quick to follow Sibley back to the dressing room, as he was dismissed cheaply by Yasir Shah.
English skipper Joe Root(9) accompanied by Jos Buttler(0) in the crease finally declared the English innings at 110/4, thus ending the match in a much-anticipated draw.
While the match ended brightly enough in terms of play resuming in glorious conditions and Crawley taking another step in his development, the positives were overshadowed by the debate over the lack of action due to the weather and questions over how the game can evolve to avoid such frustration.
Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan who was named the Player of the Match after top-scoring in Pakistan’s innings with 72, spoke about the issue in the post-match presentation.
“It’s sad that the game got disrupted by the weather. The way it was shaping up, it could have been a cracker of a game if we got a full game,” Rizwan said.
England now leads the three-match Test series by 1-0 after having won the first Test in Manchester by three wickets.
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Shan Masood, 2.2 ov), 2-78 (Azhar Ali, 30.5 ov), 3-102 (Abid Ali, 37.4 ov), 4-117 (Asad Shafiq, 42.3 ov), 5-120 (Fawad Alam, 43.5 ov), 6-158 (Babar Azam, 63.4 ov), 7-171 (Yasir Shah, 68.3 ov), 8-176 (Shaheen Afridi, 74.5 ov), 9-215 (Mohammad Abbas, 85.1 ov), 10-236 (Mohammad Rizwan, 91.2 ov)
Did not bat: CR Woakes, SM Curran, DM Bess, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rory Burns, 0.4 ov), 2-91 (Zak Crawley, 31.1 ov), 3-92 (Dom Sibley, 33.3 ov), 4-105 (Ollie Pope, 38.4 ov)