Rain and Bad Light winners as second Test between England and Pakistan ends in draw

Aug 17, 7:09:24 PM

Picture Credit: Twitter/ICC
Picture Credit: Twitter/ICC

With just 134.3 overs being completed in the entire match, one was pretty sure where the second Test match between England and Pakistan was going. It ended in a draw and most obviously so, but not before 36 enjoyable overs were bowled on the last day. Both the captains were satisfied with their team’s performances, but unsatisfied with nature for playing its cruel game.

While Joe Root felt, “Really sad about this week”, he was impressed by the batting and application shown on the pitch by Zak Crawley, who was making his comeback in this Test. “I thought he (Crawley) played really well,” said Root. Crawley indeed played well as he scored a fifty (53) on a seemingly difficult pitch and against the bowling of a dangerous Mohammad Abbas, who was also the pick of the bowlers for the visiting side with figures of 2/28 in 14 overs. 

England declared on 110/4 to shake hands establishing the result as a draw.

Root also signaled a tough competition for the playing XI by saying that all the guys are fit and the XI would be decided based on the conditions.“Yes, all the guys are fit and available for selection. Good to have a lot of choices to pick from. Huge game ahead, Need to finish the Test summer on a high,” he said.

Azhar Ali also looked confident after gaining the valuable 13 World Test Championship (WTC) points and a chance at drawing the series and gaining a moral victory.Praising his team Azhar said, “It's been frustrating for both teams, but for us, whoever went in (to bat), fought really hard. We needed luck to survive on this pitch. The best thing out of this Test match is that we didn't have to bowl a lot and hopefully, everyone is fit and ready for the next game.”

The batting of the Pakistani captain has been one of the focal points of discussion throughout the series. He failed to shine this time around as well, but feels that he was in a good shape, personally as he, “Felt confident this time but couldn't convert it.”

Mohammad Rizwan, the wicket keeper batsman of Pakistan, who showed how you let the tail wag a bit, was adjudged Man Of the Match for his brilliant 72 in the first innings, which pushed Pakistan from 117/5 to a respectable and competitive total of 236 in the first innings. 

“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. Personally, he felt that he had “really worked hard” and was “glad to reap the success.”

Having won a thriller in Manchester, England would now be looking to finish the summer on a high by winning the third and final Test beginning Friday, 22nd August at Rose Bowl once again. Pakistan on the other hand would look to rectify their mistakes of the first game and try to trump England this time around.

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