England v Pakistan 1st Test Day 2: Pakistan have another good day at Old Trafford
Jofra Archer speaks to the media after day two of the #raisethebat first Test against Pakistan
England had a much better day in field today against Pakistan, at the Emirates Old Trafford, as they bowled the Tourists out for 326.
However, the Pakistan bowling attack then ripped into the England top order having them at one stage 12-3, with Burns, Sibley and Stokes all back in the pavilion.
At the close, England were 92-4, trailing Pakistan by 234 runs
Close of Play - England were 92-4, trailing Pakistan by 234 runs
Salim Parvez Match Report - All smiles for Pakistan at Old Trafford
A patient career-best 156 by left-handed Shan Masood, who was ninth out in Pakistan’s first innings total of 326, was the highlight of the second day of first Test of the series, By the close England were in all sorts of problems, having lost top four batsmen for 92. The 22-year old Ollie Pope (45), the most composed amongst his team mates, will take the fight up with Pakistan bowlers on the third morning.
Shan Masood and Babar Azam walked out on an overcast, humid morning to resume Pakistan innings with the lights on. The pair was focussed on taking their side into a position of comfort with a total near the 350 mark. Jimmy Anderson, having shaved off his facial growth which had a sprinkle of white, looked younger and a touch sharper. After no success yesterday in his eight overs from James Anderson End, he switched over to the opposite end, named Brian Statham End, in the hope his luck would change too. And it did, with him dismissing Babar (69) with a perfectly pitched away cutter, without any addition to the overnight score.
Twice reprieved by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler on the opening day, Shan brought up his well-deserved fifty off 156 balls with 7 fours, having battled hard in ‘bowling’ conditions. Bowling in the right areas with good rhythm and seam movement, the England attack was on the money and there was a spell of seven overs where a single run was scored. In the opening session Pakistan only managed to add just 48 runs in 26 overs (11 maidens) and before the lunch break had also lost Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan, in single figures.
The lunch time score of 187-5 could have been much worse for the tourists, f Shan had not continued to fight with an unbeaten 77 to his name. England took the new ball straight away after 80 overs as Shadab Khan upped the scoring rate with a positive intent. The 21-year old’s inclusion as an all-rounder does give Pakistan a youthful impetus and balance. The 50 for the sixth-wicket came off 79 balls with aggressive running being its strong feature. England for the second day running, looked flat in the post-lunch session, and in no time had lost the control. Very strange.
Shan brought up his fourth Test hundred with a well-run two.– a gutsy knock – 251balls – to the delight of batting coach Younis Khan, preferring to make hand written notes on an A4 jotter pad. With the nightmare of 2016 series against England well behind him, he became the sixth Pakistan batsman after Zaheer Abbas, Mudassar Nazar, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, to score three successive hundreds. Shan’s three hundreds have come against three different opposition – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England. We were reminded of the fact that not many openers have scored hundred against the Dukes ball in English conditions. That classy left-hander, Saeed Anwar, was the last Pakistan opener, back in 1996, to reach three figures in England. A significant
Shadab continued to play his shot and the partnership grew to 105 at more than four runs an over, before he holed out against Don Bess to mid-on. His 45 could not have arrived at a better time and he showed sound reading of the game and justified his inclusion in the playing eleven. He is set to play a part with the ball, as the match progresses.
England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Start Time: 11:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Officials: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Michael Gough, Steve O'Shaughnessy, Chris Broad
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