ENG vs PAK 2nd Test Day 5 Report: Joe Root-Azhar Ali choose to shake hands; end match in a draw

In an unprecedented move, the skipper of both the teams- Joe Root and Azhar Ali opted to shake hands and the end the match in a draw after rain ruined better half of the contest.

With 15 overs left in the day – constituting the last hour of play – the captain’s can choose to call the game as a draw at any point from then. But, it appears England declared with 17.5 overs remaining.

After England reached 91/1, Mohammad Abbas dismissed Zak Crawley for a well-compiled 53 and later Dom Sibley for 32 to help Pakistan get two wickets in quick succession. Both batsmen had got their eyes in as play resumed on Day 5 after a lengthy delay.

Earlier, the little play that was seen on Day 4 saw how good Shaheen Afridi is as he dismissed Rory Burns. More rain is expected on Monday, so there could be another washout in Southampton.

Earlier, 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.

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.