The second Test between England and Pakistan turned out to be a stale draw as both teams shared a similar number of points for the ICC World Test Championship. England declared at 110 for the loss of four wickets in 43.1 overs as there was nothing else to play with on the final day at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. As far as the three-match series is concerned, the hosts lead the three-match rubber.
Headlined by fighting half-centuries from Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan dragged themselves to 236. The umpires stopped the players on day two, owing to the bad light situation. The third day got entirely washed out due to unstoppable showers. On the fourth day, Rizwan reached 72 from an unbeaten 60 as the tourists lost their last and tenth wicket. England batted only five overs during which Rory Burns departed for a duck.
They were at 7-1 as showers returned to stop hardly. Play remained abandoned for the more than four hours on the final day as well. In 43.1 overs, England’s number three batsman Zak Crawley scored an enterprising fifty as Mohammad Abbas plucked the wickets of the half-centurion and Dom Sibley. Five overs before the play was called off, Yasir Shah removed a confident-looking Ollie Pope for 9. For his knock of 72, Pakistan’s keeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan earned the man of the match award.
After the second Test in Southampton, England attained remained at third position with 279 points in their belt. India lead the point tables with 360 followed by Australia with 296. As far as Pakistan’s case goes, they are at fifth with 153. Both sides garnered 20 points each due to the drawn Test. The third and final Test commences on the 21st of August in Southampton.
Below is the ICC Test Championship points table after the second Test: