England’s James Anderson reaching his 600th scalp was undeniably the highlight of the day as the weather conditions played an enormous part in forcing a draw on day five. Nevertheless, England eked out a series victory against Pakistan for the first time in a decade, having won a thriller in Manchester by three wickets. The tourists will undoubtedly consider the draw better than the precarious position they found themselves in.
Rains and wet outfield kept the players out of the park for more than five hours on the final day of the final Test. The Test was already heading for a draw as Pakistan openers set the tone for the same. It was Abid Ali’s 162-ball rearguard on the previous day that massively spoilt the party for the hosts. On the other hand, showers and bad lights were constant pet-peeve in the series.
It took merely five overs for Anderson to strike on day five as the extra bounce took Azhar Ali by surprise, edging to Joe Root at first slip. It ended his 114-ball vigil and the home side sensed an opening. However, Babar Azam raised a fluent half-century to prevent an England win.
Joe Root gets a wicket to keep England interested:
The English skipper decided to unleash a part-timer in Dom Sibley while bowling himself as well as Dom Bess. In the 80th over, the Yorkshire cricketer bagged the wicket of Asad Shafiq, who had an underwhelming series. However, he survived for 59 deliveries for his 21 runs to avoid any more collapse.
It was four overs after taking the second new-ball that the two sides settled for a draw. Pakistan and England shared 13 points as part of the ICC World Test Championship as Southampton witnessed consecutive draws. For his innings of 267, Zak Crawley received the man of the match as Jos Buttler win the series.