England bowled Pakistan out for 236 and then lost opener Rory Burns in the one hour of cricket that was possible before rain and bad light brought Day 4 of the second Test in Southampton to a premature end.
Weather conditions had restricted the teams to just 86 overs of play across the first three days and although the fourth morning started on time, an hour later the umpires were ushering the sides off once again as the light worsened and rain started to fall.
Just 10.2 overs as Stuart Broad dismissed Mohammad Rizwan (72) to wrap up the Pakistan innings. Chasing a lead of 236, England fell victim to Shaheen Afridi’s quick pace as Rory Burns was sent back to the hut in the very first over.
Rizwan’s determination to score quicks runs helped those play and miss numbers but the Pakistan wicketkeeper also got a couple of boundaries away to take the tourists from 223-9 to 236 before sending a leading edge to Crawley in the covers to give Broad his fourth wicket.
After a quick turnaround, the England openers were back out in the middle but Burns was not there long. After edging the first ball of the innings just short of Asad Shafiq, Burns nicked Shaheen again three balls later and this time it carried comfortably to the same fielder at second slip.
It was a beauty from Shaheen, shaping away from the left-hander and nipping off the seam as well to find the edge, and he was confident he had got another with his next ball.
The umpire turned down the lbw appeal against Crawley and the ball appeared to be going well down leg, even before UltraEdge showed a faint inside edge from the England No 3.
The draw now seems a formality and with England 1-0 up in the three-match series, Pakistan will need to win the third Test, starting on Friday in Southampton, to avoid defeat.