Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan’s tons lift Pakistan
Pakistan recovers well from a disappointing end at Day 1. Pakistan scored 340/6 with the courtesy of brilliant innings of Asad Shafiq, Younis khan and Azhar Ali. Pakistan is now having a lead of 12 runs.
The Men in Green started off the day from 3/1 with Azhar Ali and the nighwatchman, Yasir Shah at the crease. Shah played a courageous inning of 26 runs and had a handy partnership with Azhar Ali of 49 runs before getting out.
Asad Shafiq was promoted in the batting order as Younis Khan was not in his true colors. The decision came out to be extremely beneficial for the team as Asad and Azhar did not give anything away to English bowlers.
The duo had a decent partnership of 75 runs before Azhar Ali gloved one while sweeping Moeen Ali, Baisrtow took an easy catch. The ODI skipper fell short of just one run short of a half-century, he made 49 runs.
A big inning was due on Pakistan’s veteran middle order batsman, Younis Khan and it was the perfect time for him to chip in and get important runs for the team as well as for him.
Younis Khan looked much calmed and composed, not jumping around in the crease and being extra cautious. It was the Younis Khan Pakistan needed. He along with Asad Shafiq, who got out on duck in consecutive innings in the last test, kept English bowlers at bay.
Asad answered his promotion in the batting order with a fantastic century, he did not lose his head, even while being stuck on 99 runs for around 3 overs.
His flawless 150 runs partnership with the senior pro came to an end when he pulled one off Steven Finn and Stuart Broad took a screamer at short mid-wicket, he got out at the score of 109 runs.
Misbah Ul Haq replaced Shafiq, but, he had a brief stay at the crease. England took the new ball and Woakes managed to get an outside edge, he scored only 15 runs. The debutant, Iftikhar Ahmed did not have a memorable first test so far, bowling just two overs in the inning and then throwing away his wicket after scoring just 4 runs. Selectors definitely expected more from him.
On the other hand, a confident Younis Khan brought up his 32nd test ton and the first of this tour at a crucial time. He is still at the crease at 101 runs with Sarfraz Ahmed, who is batting 17.
England bowlers had a tiring day in the field, however, they had some joyous moments at the end of the day when they got three quick wickets in shape of Asad Shafiq, Misbah Ul Haq and Iftikhar Ahmed.
Steven Finn and Chris Woakes took two wickets, while the experienced duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad struck once in the day.