England were rattled by Yasir Shah’s five-fer and were reduced to 253 for seven from 71 overs, still trailing Pakistan by 86 runs in the first innings by the end of day two of the first Test at Lord’s.
Chris Woakes impressed with a four-wicket haul but it was Misbah-ul-Haq’s unbeaten century which highlighted the first day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s as the visitors posted 282 for six from 87 overs at stumps.
Pakistan fans were celebrating before their team took on England at Lord's as a team representing the National Asian Cricket Council beat their counterparts from the Barmy Army to win the first Edgbaston Fans Trophy.
The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan gets underway on Thursday with the first game at Lord's. This is the first time England are hosting Pakistan since 2010. Ahead of the much awaited first Test, let us have a look into some of the key statistics.
England batsman Gary Ballance, who has been recalled to the Test side for the first match against Pakistan at Lord’s, dismissed concerns over his groin injury and said that he is fit to play on Thursday.
Pakistan held steady at 71 for one from 24 overs in the second innings with a lead of 143 runs after Sussex declared on 291 for five following a marathon opening partnership of 212 runs between Luke Wells and Harry Finch on the second day of the tour match in Hove.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont continued their excellent form at the top of the order as England Women set a target of 171 runs and went on to secure a 57-run victory against Pakistan Women to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the third Twenty20 International in Chelmsford.
Marcus Trescothick slammed a 111-ball 106 as Somerset avoided a defeat at the hands of Pakistan and scored 258 for eight in the second innings as the tour match ended in a tight draw on the third and final day in Taunton.
Defending a total of 138 runs, England Women bowled Pakistan Women out for 103 runs in 19.4 overs to secure a 35-run victory in the second Twenty20 International in Southampton and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Pakistan fast bowlers left Somerset reeling after bowling them out for 128 runs in 34.1 overs and proceeded to score 140 for four, stretching their lead to 371 runs by the end of the second day’s play of the tour match in Taunton.