Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020

England vs Pakistan - 2nd Test

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date: 13 August-17 August, 2020

England 110/4

RR: 2.54 | England drew with Pakistan

commentary

That is it from this Test. England cannot lose the series now. Unfortunately we hardly got much cricket from the second Test as it was marred by rain and bad light. The third Test is not far away. The final Test will begin on Friday, 21st August. The game will begin at 1100 local (1000 GMT). We hope to see you then and hopefully with a lot more of cricketing action than weather updates. Till then, goodbye and take care!

Man of the Match, Mohammad Rizwan says, he enjoyed his knock, it was unfortunate the whole game couldn't be played and he was looking forward to it. Further adds it is not easy keeping in England but he has worked hard and he hopes he can continue that. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the next game and he is positive and confident his team can do well.

England skipper, Joe Root says that the boys did the best they could. Adds they were disappointed not to get much of it but is happy they are 1-0 up. Credits Crawley for his innings as he is a young top-order batter and feels that he played well. Says that they can start the game 30 minutes early in England. Credits the groundstaff for their hard work as he says they hardly see bad light play such a part in all 5 days. On having pink ball for Tests, Root says that there is a time and place for pink ball and says is not sure of using it in between of a Test match. Suggests that maybe a different shade of red ball could be useful. Tells everyone in the squad is fit and is happy to have a lot of choice to choose from. Tells the last game is a huge one as he wants to finish the summer on a high and end the series 2-0.

Pakistan skipper, Azhar Ali says that it has been frustrating for both teams and feels the game was set up nicely as he thought they had a good total but admits unfortunately weather was the winner. Says he expected the heat to play a part but the weather changed very quickly and the guys kept fighting against the quality of Broad and Anderson. On personal form, he says he felt good as his balance in the first Test was not good but he felt good in this Test but rues not to have converted his start. Laughs and says the best thing out of this Test was the bowlers did not have to bowl much.

Not a lot you can write about this game! Most of the match passed away in hoping for the weather to clear. There were still a few highlights like Rizwan's knock with the tail. Abid Ali's fight against the new ball. Broad's four-fer and also Pakistan's 5 overs with the new ball. This could well have been an exciting game had there been no rain but we weren't fortunate to witness one. Stay tuned for the presentation.

England declare and so have the handshakes been done! The game ends in a draw! What more can you expect when we have not even had one full day of cricket. However, this small session was fun to watch. We saw some solid batting from Sibley and Crawley before Abbas weaved his magic. Overall though it has been a frustrating Test but it ended with us getting to watch some cricket.

43.1
0
A Ali to Buttler, Good length ball outside off, Buttler looks to defend but misses and looks like that will be it from this Test.
42.6
0
Y Shah to Root, On off, Root keeps it out.
42.5
0
Y Shah to Root, Floated delivery on middle, Root defends it off the back foot.
42.4
0
Y Shah to Root, On off, Root drives it to covers.
42.3
0
Y Shah to Joe Root, Full delivery on off, Root drives it to mid off.
42.2
0
Y Shah to Root, Flighted delivery on middle, Root defends it off the back foot.
42.1
0
Y Shah to Root, Tossed up delivery on off, Root keeps it out.
41.6
0
M Abbas to Buttler, Good length delivery on off, Buttler blocks it off the back foot.
41.5
0
M Abbas to Buttler, Outside off, Jos offers no shot to this one.
41.4
0
M Abbas to Buttler, On a good length on off, Buttler looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
41.3
0
M Abbas to Buttler, Good length delivery on off, Buttler blocks it off the front foot.
41.2
3
M Abbas to Root, Length delivery on middle, Root flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs.
41.1
0
M Abbas to Root, On a good length on off, Root comes forward and looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show there was an inside edge on this one.
40.6
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Outside off, Buttler covers his off pole with his pad and lets it go.
40.5
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Wrong 'un! It is short on off, Buttler looks to play but misses and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
40.4
0
Y Shah to Jos Buttler, Tossed up on off, Buttler drives but finds cover.
40.3
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Gives this air on off, Buttler defends it off the front foot.
40.2
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Floated on off, Buttler gets on his back foot and blocks it.
40.1
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Shorter on off, Buttler punches it to cover.
39.6
0
M Abbas to Root, Outside off, Root leaves it alone.
39.5
0
M Abbas to Root, Good length ball on off, Root taps it to gully.
39.4
0
M Abbas to Root, On off, Root pushes it to the off side.
39.3
2
M Abbas to Root, Length ball on off and middle and coming in. Root looks to defend but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards mid-wicket and allows them to take two as these two are good between the wickets.
39.2
0
M Abbas to Root, On off, Root pushes it to cover.
39.1
0
M Abbas to Root, Wow! Good length ball on off, it swings away and bounces a bit extra off the deck. Root looks to defend but the ball goes just outside off. Root is surprised by it and has a smile on his face.
38.6
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Tossed up on off and middle, Buttler plays it to the right of mid on.
38.5
0
Y Shah to Buttler, Floated on off, Buttler blocks it.

Jos Buttler is the new man in.

38.4
0
Shah to Pope, OUT! LBW! It hit his pad first and that was always going to be marching order from there as it hit his front pad when he was deep in his crease. Short and quicker, it is flat as well. Pope is taken by surprise as he gets on his back foot to defend but the ball hits his pad before the inside edge of his bat. The Pakistan players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Pope looks in doubt but decides to take the review. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows that the ball hit the pad before his bat. Time for the Ball Tracker and it shows three reds. Pope has to walk back and he takes away a review with him.

Pope has been adjudged LBW and he does not look too happy. He has taken the review. Let's see if it hit his bat first.

38.3
1
Y Shah to Root, Slow and short leg spinner around off, Root punches it to cover-point and eases to the other end.
38.2
0
Y Shah to Root, Tossed up on the stumps, Root gets forward and keeps it out.
38.1
0
Y Shah to Root, Floated on off, JR defends it.
37.6
4
M Abbas to Pope, FOUR! Pope is a sweet timer of the ball and this is an evidence of that. Good length ball coming in, it is on his pads and Ollie flicks it in the gap through mid-wicket for a boundary.
37.5
0
M Abbas to Pope, Good length ball on off, Pope gets his body behind it and blocks it.
37.4
0
M Abbas to Pope, Length ball on off, Pope taps it back to the left of Abbas.
37.3
0
M Abbas to Pope, Outside off, Pope leaves it alone.
37.2
0
M Abbas to Pope, Length ball on off, Pope defends it with a dead bat.
37.1
0
M Abbas to Pope, On the pads, Pope looks to flick but it hits his glove and then his pad.
36.6
0
Y Shah to Root, On off, Root plays it to covers.
36.5
0
Y Shah to Root, Loopy delivery on middle, Root flicks it towards the leg side.
36.4
3
Y Shah to O Pope, Short delivery on off, Pope makes room and plays a late cut towards third man. The fielder chases it, slides and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs. 100 up for England.
36.3
1
Y Shah to Root, Full delivery on off, Root drives it through mid off for a single.
36.2
1
Y Shah to Pope, Flighted delivery on off, Pope comes down the track and plays it towards mid off. The batsmen cross ends.
36.1
0
Y Shah to Pope, Tossed up delivery on off, Pope drives it to point.
35.6
0
M Abbas to Root, That came back in late! It starts outside off, Root takes a few steps down the track but looks to leave. It comes back in late, hits the top of the pad and goes to the keeper.
35.5
0
M Abbas to Root, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
35.4
0
M Abbas to Root, One more delivery outside off, Root shoulders arms to this one.
35.3
1
M Abbas to Pope, Well bowled! This lands on off and then straightens a touch. Pope looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point for one.
35.2
0
M Abbas to Pope, On middle, kept out.
35.1
0
M Abbas to Pope, Good length and on off, Pope stays back and defends it.
34.6
0
Y Shah to Root, Outside off, Root looks to sweep but misses.
34.5
0
Y Shah to Root, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
34.4
0
Y Shah to Root, Outside off, it is guided to point.
34.3
2
Y Shah to Root, Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for two.
34.2
0
Y Shah to Root, On the stumps, defended nicely.
34.1
0
Y Shah to Root, On off, blocked.
33.6
0
M Abbas to Pope, The last ball too is stroked to the man at mid on.
33.5
0
M Abbas to Pope, Fuller and on off, Pope strokes it to mid on.
33.4
0
M Abbas to Pope, Good length and on off, blocked.

Ollie Pope walks out to bat.

33.3
0
M Abbas to Sibley, OUT! Sibley is caught down the leg side! AGAIN! We have seen him being strangled down the leg side quite a few times now. The question here is, was it a plan by Abbas? Only he can tell. He though has got his second. Abbas goes wide of the crease again but bowls it down the leg side. Sibley looks to flick, it goes off a faint edge to Rizwan. An appeal and up goes the finger. Sibley walks back after getting off to another start. We would have termed it as an unlucky mode of dismissal but time and again, Sibley tends to be dismissed like that so it is surely an issue he needs to look into.
33.2
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Abbas goes wide of the crease and angles it into the middle pole. It is kept out.
33.1
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Good length and on middle, defended.
32.6
0
Y Shah to Root, Short and straight on off, Root defends it to see out the over.
32.5
1
Y Shah to Sibley, Tossed up on middle, Sibley strokes it to mid on and takes a quick single.
32.4
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Short and quicker on off, Sibley defends it late off his back foot.
32.3
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Outside off, Sibley leaves it alone.
32.2
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Floated on off, Sibley defends it.
32.1
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Floated on off, Sibley blocks it,
31.6
0
M Abbas to Root, Another beauty to end the over! Good length ball on middle, Root looks to defend but the ball shapes away and clips his back thigh pad on its way to the keeper. There is an appeal but the umpire turns it down.
31.5
0
M Abbas to Root, Good bowling from Abbas. Good length ball on off, Root comes down and looks to defend but the wobble seam makes the ball shape away at the end and leaves Root hanging there with his defensive blade.
31.4
0
M Abbas to Root, Good length ball outside off, Root looks to punch but the ball keeps low and he misses it. The ball goes to Rizwan on the bounce and he misjudges it to get hit on the rib.
31.3
0
M Abbas to Root, Fullish around off, Root comes forward and across to flick it to mid-wicket.
31.2
0
M Abbas to Root, Good length ball outside off, Root looks to defend but misses.

Joe Root is the new man in.

31.1
0
Abbas to Crawley, OUT! Umpire's call on the ball hitting the stumps. Not enough for Crawley to survive. Good length ball pitching around off and coming in. Crawley expects it to come in a lot more than it does. He misses his defense and the ball hits his back pad. The Pakistan players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. No harm in taking the review so Zak takes it. Replay rolls in and once it is confirmed there is no bat involved, Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows that the ball was clipping the top of middle and off.

Crawley has been adjudged LBW. He reviews. Looks out though.

Abbas is back on!

30.6
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Outside off and Dom shoulders arms to it.
30.5
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Leg spinner outside off, Sibley leaves it alone.
30.4
1
Y Shah to Crawley, Now sweeps it to the leg side for a single.
30.3
4
Y Shah to Crawley, FOUR! FIFTY FOR CRAWLEY! A good run in for him out in the middle and he has made it count. He has looked to score rather than be ultra defensive and he has done his reputation no hard. He gets to his fifty in style. Short ball on off and middle, Crawley pulls it to the mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
30.2
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Floated on off, Crawley blocks it.
30.1
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Outside off, Crawley leaves it alone.
29.6
0
S Masood to Sibley, Good length ball coming in from outside off, Sibley leaves it alone.
29.5
2
S Masood to Sibley, Full around off, Sibley turns it to mid-wicket for a couple.
29.4
0
S Masood to Sibley, Away from the off pole, Sibley won't disturb that.
29.3
0
S Masood to Sibley, Length ball outside off, Sibley has nothing to do with it.
29.2
0
S Masood to Sibley, Outside off, Dom leaves it alone.
29.1
0
S Masood to Sibley, Length ball on off, Sibley taps it to gully.
28.6
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Straighter one on off, Crawley defends it late off his back foot.
28.5
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Short around off, Crawley cuts it to point.
28.4
1
Y Shah to Sibley, Flighted on off, Sibley pushes it to the left of Shan Masood at cover and gets a quick single.
28.3
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Tossed up on off, Dom gets on his front foot and blocks it.
28.2
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Flighted on off, Sibley blocks it.
28.1
1
Y Shah to Crawley, Short on off, Crawley strokes it to point and gets to the other end to move to 48.
27.6
1
S Masood to Crawley, Short delivery outside off, Crawley cuts it through point for a single.
27.5
0
S Masood to Crawley, On a good length on off, Crawley looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
27.4
4
S Masood to Crawley, FOUR! Short and outside off, Crawley looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes through gully for a boundary.
27.3
0
S Masood to Crawley, Length delivery on off, Crawley punches it to point.
27.2
0
S Masood to Crawley, Good length delivery outside off, Crawley offers no shot to this one.
27.1
4
S Masood to Zak Crawley, FOUR! Nice shot! Full toss on middle, Crawley drives it through mid on for a boundary.
26.6
1
Y Shah to Crawley, This time punches it in the gap on the off side and keeps the strike.
26.5
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Short around off, Crawley punches it to cover.
26.4
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Floated on off, ZC stays back and defends it.
26.3
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Missed stuming! Rizwan who has been impressive behind the stump and also with the bat has made a mistake here. Probably his first behind the stump in the series. Tossed up on off, Crawley comes down the track and looks to go straight. The ball turns and bounces away from him. It reaches Rizwan at an awkward height and very similar to Buttler's missed stumping to Masood even he misses.
26.2
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Shortish on off, Crawley punches it to the off side.
26.1
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Slightly quicker on off, Crawley defends it.
25.6
0
S Masood to Sibley, Outside off and Sibley lets it go.
25.5
0
S Masood to Sibley, Outside off, Sibley looks to defend but misses.
25.4
1
S Masood to Crawley, Length ball around off, Crawley punches it to point and gets a single.
25.3
0
S Masood to Crawley, Outside off, ZC shoulders arms to it.
25.2
0
S Masood to Crawley, Length ball on off, Zak defends it.
25.1
2
S Masood to Zak Crawley, Fuller on off, Crawley drives it through cover and gets a couple.
24.6
0
Y Shah to Dom Sibley, Shorter and quicker, it is guided to point.
24.5
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Tossed up on off, blocked.
24.4
1
Y Shah to Crawley, Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for one.
24.3
3
Y Shah to Sibley, EDGY! Catch it is the shout but the fielder had no chance! Shorter and outside off, Sibley plays it late. It goes quickly past the slip fielder and down to third man for three.
24.2
4
Y Shah to Sibley, FOUR! Very good batting! Sibley comes down the track and gets close to the pitch of the ball. The turn is now out of contention and hence, he hits it against the turn and through mid-wicket for a boundary.
24.1
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Outside off, left alone.
23.6
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Shortish ball outside off, Crawley looks to hit but misses.
23.5
4
S Afridi to Crawley, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Full ball on off, Crawley gets on his front foot and creams his drive through extra cover and gets a boundary.
23.4
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Short ball, Crawley ducks under it.
23.3
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Good length ball in and around off, Crawley punches it to cover.
23.2
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Outside off, left alone.
23.1
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Length ball on off, Crawley punches it to the off side.
22.6
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Tossed up outside off, Dom leaves it alone.
22.5
0
Y Shah to Sibley, Shorter on off, Sibley blocks it.
22.4
1
Y Shah to Crawley, Follows it up with a single towards mid on.
22.3
4
Y Shah to Crawley, FOUR! Excellent shot! Tossed up on off, Crawley comes down the track and goes over mid off to fetch himself a boundary.
22.2
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Tossed up on off, Zak defends it.
22.1
0
Y Shah to Crawley, Floated leg spinner turning away from off, Crawley looks to hit but misses.
21.6
0
S Afridi to Sibley, On the pads, Sibley looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad.
21.5
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Way outside off, Sibley leaves it.
21.4
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Full toss outside off, Sibley pushes it to the fielder at point.
21.3
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Afridi bowls it on a length, Dom defends it.
21.2
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Another short ball and another sway from the England opener.
21.1
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Bouncer that goes away from Sibley. He sways away from it.
20.6
1
N Shah to Sibley, Single to end the over. Full on the pads, Sibley flicks it to fine leg and keeps the strike.
20.5
0
N Shah to Sibley, Length ball away from the stumps, Sibley lets it go to the keeper.
20.4
0
N Shah to Sibley, Shortish ball on off and middle, Sibley defends it off the back foot.
20.3
0
N Shah to Sibley, Outside off and Sibley has no business with that.
20.2
0
N Shah to Sibley, Length ball on off, Sibley defends it off the back foot.
20.1
0
N Shah to Sibley, Outside off, Sibley leaves it alone.
19.6
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Good length and on off, Crawley blocks it.
19.5
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Another nut outside the off pole, Crawley shoulders arms to this one.
19.4
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Shorter and on off, Crawley stays back and keeps it out.
19.3
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Goes back to bowling outside off, it is left alone.
19.3
0
S Afridi to Crawley, A bumper but way too short! Crawley ducks under. Wided.
19.2
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Another delivery outside the off pole, Crawley shoulders arms to this one.
19.1
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Outside off again, Crawley leaves it alone.
19.1
0
S Afridi to Crawley, NO BALL! Shaheen oversteps! Length and outside off, left alone. 50 up for England.
18.6
4
N Shah to Dom Sibley, EDGY FOUR! The last delivery is on a length and angling away from off. Sibley looks to block but it goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
18.5
0
N Shah to Sibley, One more bumper down the leg side, Sibely lets it go.
18.4
0
N Shah to Sibley, From around the wicket, it is banged short and on the body, Sibley ducks under it.
18.3
0
N Shah to Sibley, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
18.2
0
N Shah to Sibley, Sibley did not need to play at that! It is on a length and outside off, Sibley pushes at it and gets beaten.
18.1
0
N Shah to Dom Sibley, Fuller and on off, it is driven towards covers.
17.6
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Good length delivery outside off, Crawley shoulders arms to this one.
17.5
1
S Afridi to Sibley, Full delivery on off, Sibley drives it through covers for a single.
17.4
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Outside off, Sibley leaves it alone.
17.3
4
S Afridi to Dom Sibley, FOUR! On a good length on off, Sibley looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes between third slip and gully towards third man for a boundary.
17.2
0
S Afridi to Sibley, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Sibley looks to drive but misses it.

Shaheen Afridi is back on.

17.1
2
S Afridi to Sibley, On a length on middle, Sibley flicks it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs.
16.6
0
N Shah to Crawley, The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
16.5
0
N Shah to Crawley, OHHH! This is fuller and outside off, it is the sucker ball. Crawley looks to drive but is beaten.
16.4
2
N Shah to Crawley, Shorter and on the body, it is pulled down towards fine leg for two.
16.3
1
N Shah to Sibley, Angled into the batter, Sibley works it towards mid-wicket for one.
16.2
0
N Shah to Sibley, On middle, Sibley stays back and defends it onto the ground.
16.1
0
N Shah to Sibley, Outside off, Sibley does not fiddle with it.
15.6
0
M Abbas to Crawley, On the fourth stump line, Crawley is aware of his off pole and leaves it.
15.5
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Outside off, Crawley walks closer to the ball and leaves it.
15.4
0
M Abbas to Crawley, On the stumps, Crawley blocks.
15.3
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Good length ball pitching on off and angling in. Crawley looks to defend but misses and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
15.2
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Length ball on off, Crawley defends it off the back foot.
15.1
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Full on the stumps, Crawley defends it off the front foot.
14.6
0
N Shah to Sibley, One more nut outside off, Sibley shoulders arms to this one.
14.5
1
N Shah to Crawley, On middle, Crawley works it wide of mid on for one.
14.4
0
N Shah to Crawley, BEATEN! Outside off, Crawley pushes at it tentatively and gets beaten.
14.3
0
N Shah to Crawley, Fuller and angled into the middle pole, Crawley works it to mid on.
14.2
0
N Shah to Crawley, Shorter and on off, blocked out again.
14.1
0
N Shah to Crawley, Lands it on a length and around off, Crawley gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
13.6
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Good leave in the end! This lands outside off and comes back in. Sibley leaves it. Goes pretty close past the off pole.
13.5
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Fuller and on middle, it is stroked to mid on.
13.4
0
M Abbas to Sibley, BEATEN! Lovely nut! It is angled into the batter and then gets to leave him after pitching. It beats the outside edge of Sibley's bat as he tries to defend.
13.3
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Outside off, not played at.
13.2
0
M Abbas to Sibley, On middle, Sibley is solid in defense.
13.1
0
M Abbas to Sibley, On middle, Sibley keeps it out nicely.
12.6
0
N Shah to Crawley, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
12.5
0
N Shah to Crawley, Angled into the pads, Crawley works it towards mid-wicket.
12.4
0
N Shah to Crawley, On off, it is pushed towards cover.
12.4
0
N Shah to Crawley, Length and on off, Crawley defends it onto the ground. It is a NO BALL! Shah has overstepped and the third umpire has conveyed the message to the umpire.
12.3
0
N Shah to Crawley, Down the leg side, Crawley looks to flick but misses.
12.2
0
N Shah to Zak Crawley, Edged but short! On a length and around off, Crawley looks to defend but does so with soft hands. It goes off the outside edge but lands well short of first slip.
12.1
0
N Shah to Crawley, Starts off with one down the leg side, Crawley lets it be.

Naseem Shah is on!

11.6
0
M Abbas to Dom Sibley, Fuller on off, Sibley looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
11.5
0
M Abbas to Sibley, On off, Sibley defends it.
11.4
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Loose delivery but straight to the fielder. It is on the pads, in the arc for Sibley. He flicks but straight to mid-wicket.
11.3
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Outside off, Dom leaves it alone.
11.2
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Fuller on off, Sibley pushes it to cover.
11.1
2
M Abbas to Sibley, On the pads, Sibley turns it through mid-wicket and gets a double.
10.6
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Another delivery shorter in length and outside off, Crawley guides it to point.
10.5
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Shorter and outside off, Crawley pushes it to covers.
10.4
0
S Afridi to Sibley, On the pads, Sibley tries flicking it but misses. It hits the thigh pad and rolls towards fine leg. Leg bye taken.
10.3
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Good length and on off, Sibley defends it onto the ground.
10.2
3
S Afridi to Crawley, Just over! Fuller and on off, it comes back in. Crawley takes his front leg out of the way and flicks it. He does so uppishly but over mid-wicket for three.
10.1
0
S Afridi to Crawley, One more delivery outside off, Crawley does not fiddle with it.
9.6
0
M Abbas to Sibley, One more ball outside off, Sibley points his bat skywards and lets it go. Not a lot of movement for Abbas today.
9.5
0
M Abbas to Sibley, One more ball outside the off pole. Sibley shoulders arms to this one.
9.4
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Outside off, not played at.
9.3
1
M Abbas to Crawley, The batsman gets a leading edge on that one. The batsmen have run through for a single.
9.2
0
M Abbas to Crawley, On middle, Crawley defends it onto the ground.
9.1
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Outside off, not played at.
8.6
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Good length and on off, Sibley prods forward and keeps it out.
8.5
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Leg byes! On the pads. Sibley looks to flick but it misses the bat, hits the pad and rolls down towards fine leg for two.
8.4
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Angling away from the off pole, it is left alone.
8.3
3
S Afridi to Crawley, Lovely stroke! It does not go all the way but it deserved a boundary! Fuller and on off, it is creamed past mid off for three.
8.2
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Outside off, it is not played at.
8.1
1
S Afridi to Sibley, Full around off and swinging in. Sibley looks to defend it on the off side but gets an inside edge which sees the ball go behind square on the leg side for a single.
7.6
4
M Abbas to Crawley, FOUR! Excellent shot to finish the over. Second loose ball of the over. Abbas is guilty of going short and wide outside off, Crawley is quick to get on his back foot and punch it off the meat through covers for a boundary.
7.5
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Fuller on off and shaping away a tad. Crawley looks to defend but does so off the outer half of his bat.
7.4
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Outside off, Zak leaves it alone.
7.3
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Abbas goes back to his consistent length and line in and around off, Crawley defends it.
7.2
4
M Abbas to Crawley, FOUR! Abbas moves away from his bread and butter and gets punished. He goes short around off, at his pace Crawley will have no problem and he does not. He whacks his pull through mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
7.1
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Good length ball around off and shaping away. Crawley looks to defend but misses.
6.6
0
S Afridi to Sibley, A maiden to start with by Afridi. On off, it is kept out.
6.5
0
S Afridi to Dom Sibley, Hint of movement! It starts from outside off and comes back in late. Sibley looks to defend but it goes off the inside edge towards the leg side.
6.4
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Outside off, left alone.
6.3
0
S Afridi to Sibley, A bumper now! Sibely ducks under it.
6.2
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Another one on the stumps. Sibely gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
6.1
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Good length and on middle, defended.
5.6
0
M Abbas to Crawley, On the fourth stump line, Crawley watches it carry to the keeper and see off the first over of the day.
5.5
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Outside off and shaping away. Crawley looks to defend but misses.
5.4
0
M Abbas to Crawley, On off, Crawley blocks it this time.
5.3
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Good length ball on middle and leg and angling in. Crawley looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads.
5.2
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Outside off, it keeps going away. Crawley looks to defend it inside the line.
5.1
3
M Abbas to Sibley, Sibley gets his first run of the day. Good length ball on off, Sibley taps it behind square on the off side and gets three as the fielder stops the ball before the ropes.
5.1
1
M Abbas to Crawley, NO BALL! First ball of the day and Abbas has overstepped. He bowls it on the pads, Crawley flicks it behind square on the leg side and gets a single to get the first run off the bat of the day.

Finally after hours of wait we are finally on the way to have some action on Day 5. Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley walk out to the middle to resume their innings. The Pakistan players are out on the field and it will be Mohammad Abbas who will bowl the first over of the day.

UPDATE 1500 local (1400 GMT) - Tea has been taken on Day 5 but the good news is that in about 20 minutes we will have some cricket as we are set to see first ball being bowled today provided if it does not rain again.

UPDATE 1435 local (1335 GMT) - Okay! Now then, I still can’t believe I’m going to write this but we have a start time - 1520 local. Which is about a little more than 45 minutes from now.

UPDATE 1356 local (1256 GMT) - Well, the story continues, there was supposed to be an inspection after Lunch but now that has been pushed forward and we have another one at 1420 local.

Update 1300 local (1200 GMT) - Lunch it is then! The umpires are done with their inspection but aren't happy with the conditions out there. They have scheduled for another inspection in 40 minutes. Stay tuned.

Hopefully we can come back then and report the start time. It will be a test of the drainage facility though as it has been raining constantly.

Update 1217 local (1117 GMT) - Well we have a positive news to report. The rain for the moment has stopped and there will be an inspection at 1255 local (1155 GMT).

Update 1115 local (1015 GMT) - Another inspection was scheduled at 1200 local but guess what? It has started to rain once again. It isn't surprising anymore to be honest, a starting time would have been a surprise to many. All we can do now is continue to do what we have been doing for most parts of this Test - that is wait and hope it clears soon.

Update 1100 local (1000 GMT) - It's inspection time in Southampton! The umpires make their way out to the middle. Let's hope we get some good news once this is done. Fingers still crossed.

We can confirm an hour's delay at least. The umpires are going to inspect the ground at 11 am local, so hard to see the game resuming before 1030 GMT. Still, fingers crossed.

Ironically, on Sunday, just after we shut shop, the ground was bathed in bright sunshine. Then, at around 4 this morning, there were thunderstorms which has left the ground soaked again. No word on when we can begin but we are hopeful of not too big a delay. There will be an inspection at 1100 local (1000 GMT).

Rain and Bad Light have dominated the preceding 4 days with just over 96 overs bowled so far. We had a lot of overnight rain and some in the morning as well but let's hope that we have some cricketing action on the final day. The weather forecast is the best we have had so far in Southampton over the course of the Test but the showers from early on have had an affect on the outfield. Fingers crossed, lets hope we start on time and get some cricket to cherish!

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of the second Test between England and Pakistan. We are into the final day of the Test and usually we enter the fifth day of a Test with at least one side in a position to win but this is just a day of formality as we are sure of this match ending in a draw.

… Day 5, Morning Session ...

The day though started off on a promising note with it beginning on time. Pakistan were probably the ones who enjoyed the amount of cricket that was played as they not only added a few runs at the start but also managed to take a wicket. Rain though then played spoilsport and ensured that there is no more action on Day 4. A draw is for certain in this game but let's still hope we get a full day's play on Day 5 so that we can enjoy some cricket. Do join us at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

So, the inevitable has happened! IT IS STUMPS ON DAY 4! The rain did not have any mercy and it has for sure washed away all hopes of us getting a result in this game.

UPDATE 1530 local (1430 GMT) - It continues to rain and any chance of the game is pretty difficult now! We might get the final words soon as even if it stops raining right now, the groundstaff will need a lot of time to dry the pitch and ground! Stay tuned!

UPDATE 1500 local (1400 GMT) - Well, how long can one be hopeful? To be very honest, I think the writing is on the wall now as it is hammering down in Southampton!

UPDATE 1420 local (1320 GMT) - So, no respite from the rain. It is pouring down right now and things look bleak for any play! Well, stay with us though and let's see if there's any hope!

UPDATE 1346 local (1246 GMT) - Things were so good for the bowlers and the Pakistani bowlers would've loved to use the cherry to trouble the few batters! Now, result looks to be a distant dream in this game, they would've loved to crank a few batters up and have a good practice going into the final game. Well, they'd be praying for things to get better. So do we! Let's see if the prayers are heard!

UPDATE 1345 local (1245 GMT) - Well, Lunch time is over but rain is here to stay! All we can do is, wait and hope things get better for some action!

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

LUNCH IT IS! Right! 32 balls from England to get rid of the final wicket and then another 5 from the Pakistani bowlers to knock off Burns, one of the England openers. Shaheen Afridi removed him for a duck in the first over itself. And then, the bad light and the rain combination got together again to cut short the session. Let's hope when we return for the 2nd session, things are better and we get some action!

UPDATE 1245 local (1145 GMT) - Nothing much to say really! The rain has returned, quite heavy as well. Gloomy clouds! Same, old story. Hang in there.

UPDATE 1215 local (1115 GMT) - So, we went off due to poor light and now it has started to drizzle as well. So, we are back to the waiting game again!

Well, well! The light has deteriorated and the players are going off. Frustrating times! Just 5 overs from the Pakistani bowlers but they looked threatening! England, to be honest, wouldn't mind this. Let's hope things get better and we return again. Stay tuned.

4.6
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Very full and on middle, Sibley is solid in defense.
4.5
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Fuller and outside off again, Sibley once again leaves it alone.
4.4
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Goes slightly fuller but this one is outside off, another leave from Sibley.
4.3
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Good leave! He has allowed it to go to the keeper on the length. It is just behind good length around off, Sibley reads it well and lets it go to the keeper.
4.2
2
S Afridi to Sibley, Sibley is up and running as well. Fuller one on middle, he flicks it through mid-wicket and gets two.
4.1
0
S Afridi to Sibley, Outside off, left alone!
3.6
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Good length ball around off, Crawley is out of his crease again but this one bounces a bit extra and beats the bat and hits him high on the thigh pad.
3.5
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Good length ball on off, Crawley takes a step further and keeps it out.
3.4
0
M Abbas to Crawley, In the channel outside off, Crawley lets it be.
3.3
2
M Abbas to Crawley, On the pads, this time Crawley flicks it to deep square leg and gets easy two.
3.2
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Gets behind this length ball to block it off his front foot.
3.1
0
M Abbas to Crawley, Half an appeal! A length ball around off, Crawley looks to defend but misses. A muted appeal from behind the stumps but nothing from the bowler.
2.6
3
S Afridi to Zak Crawley, Runs! Crawley and England open their account! A length ball around middle, Crawley looks to play it towards mid on but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes in the deep at square leg. Three taken before the fielder from fine leg can come around.
2.5
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Outside off, left alone.
2.4
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Fuller and around middle, pushed towards mid on.
2.3
0
S Afridi to Zak Crawley, Just short! Good length ball around off, Crawley looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge. Soft hands from him means that it drops well short of the fourth slip fielder.

The groundstaff are ready on the sideline as it has got darker and the clouds have taken over. Not a good sign as they predict that it will rain soon but let's hope the clouds are playing just a teasing game and make way for the sun to pop out.

2.2
0
Afridi to Crawley, Full and just outside off, Crawley keeps it out.
2.1
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Fuller and around off, Crawley keeps it out.
1.6
0
M Abbas to Sibley, On the pads, Sibley looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad.
1.5
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Another warning from the cherry to the outside edge. Just outside off, Sibley looks to defend but the ball goes past the outside edge again!
1.4
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Threatening line! Length ball around off, Sibley looks to defend but the ball moves away and sends a warning to the outside edge.
1.3
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Length ball on the pads, Sibley looks to defend but does so off the outer half of his bat.
1.2
0
M Abbas to Sibley, This time Abbas bowls it on off and Sibley manages to defend it towards cover properly.
1.1
0
M Abbas to Sibley, Abbas starts right on the money. He bowls a length ball on middle and moves it away. Sibley looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the body.

Mohammad Abbas will bowl from the other end!

0.6
0
S Afridi to Crawley, Leave on the last ball! Excellent first over from Afridi.
0.5
0
S Afridi to Crawley, NOT OUT! There is a spike as the ball goes past the bat. Pakistan lose a review in the first over. Good length ball angled in, Crawley looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. A loud, loud appeal from Afridi and Pakistan follows. Not out says the umpire and after taking his time, Azhar signals the 'T'. The replays roll in and show that there is an inside edge. So, Crawley survives.

Review time! Crawley has been given not out but Azhar asks for third umpire's assistance. Looked to be going down! Let's see what the replays suggest! There is a spike! So, Pakistan lose the review.

Zak Crawley is the new batsman in. He is going to be tested here!

0.4
0
S Afridi to R Burns, OUT! CAUGHT! This time it goes straight to Asad! Pakistan have struck early! 4-ball duck it is for Rory Burns. Just a hint of movement has done him in. A length ball around off, just leaves away! Burns looks to defend but a thick outside edge is induced! It goes slightly on the right side of Shafiq who moves well and pouches it comfortably. Pakistan off to a brilliant start.
0.3
0
S Afridi to Burns, Goes full and around middle this time, Burns is solid behind the line of the ball to block.
0.2
0
S Afridi to Burns, In the channel outside off, goes away! Burns this time shoulders arms.
0.1
0
S Afridi to R Burns, Edged but just short! Brilliant from Shaheen on the first ball. Slightly shortish and around off, shapes away! Burns looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge. It falls short of Asad Shafiq at second slip. That went to perfect height and a couple of yards ahead, Asad would've had gobbled it!