MANCHESTER: The second test match of the series has been heavily belonged to England so far as Pakistan could only score 198 in reply of England’s 589 runs and currently the hosts are leading by 489 runs with 9 wickets in hand.
After dismissing Pakistan cheaply, England had the option of enforcing the follow-on, but, the English skipper, Alastair Cook decided against it and opted to bat.
On a rainy day at Old Trafford, Pakistan started their innings from 57/4 with Shan Masood and Misbah Ul Haq at the crease. The young Masood played an inspiring innings of 39 runs before being undone by James Anderson.
No other batsman of Pakistan could show any resistance except of Misbah Ul Haq and Wahab Riaz, who put together 60 runs for the ninth wicket.
Misbah scored a well-fought 52 runs before getting out while trying to sweep Moeen Ali, he edged one to short fine-leg, where Cook grabbed it with ease.
Wahab Riaz showed significant resilience for his 39-run innings, he was playing one shot too many and eventually found Alex Hales in the deep while going for a glory shot. His innings comprised of one 6 and five 4’s.
Misbah remained the highest score for Pakistan in the first innings of the second test, while Shan Masood and Wahab Riaz stayed the second highest scorer. Sarfraz Ahmed played a quick cameo of 26 runs, whereas he should have stuck around with his skipper for longer.
Chris Woakes once again was the pick of the bowler for England as he got four scalps. On the other hand, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali got two wickets each. The experienced duo of Broad and Anderson took one wicket apiece.
England came out to bat with a clear intent to score quickly and declare the innings with a mammoth target on the board. They brought up their half-century in the eleventh over. Alex Hales lost his wicket at a total of 68 runs to Mohammad Amir, who bowled a splendid spell despite of Pakistan’s position in the match. Hales scored 24 runs.
England will continue the proceeding on the fourth day from 98/1 with Alastair Cook and Joe Root at the crease with a score of 49 and 23 runs respectively. However, it will not be surprising if the hosts declare it overnight.