Pakistani batting lineup fades away on day 2 at Lord’s
England were 64/1 at the end of first session on day 2 with captain Alastair Cook unbeaten on 35 and Joe Root on 23.
Opener Alex Hales went back in the hut after edging a ball to second slip off the bowling of Rahat Ali. He scored 6 runs off 10 balls. The much awaited return of Mohammad Amir was marred a touch when Hafeez dropped a catch at second slip of the English captain Cook. He was on 22 at that time.
England reached the 50 run mark at a brisk pace in the 8th over with Joe Root and Cook steadying the ship after the early loss of wicket.
Earlier Pakistan were dismissed for 339 on the second morning of the Test match at Lord’s after the batting line faded away without adding much to their overnight total. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq could only add four runs to his overnight score and was dismissed for 114 by Stuart Broad.
Sarfraz Ahmed, although started on a positive note, but was eventually removed for 25 by Chris Woakes who took two wicket in the over including the wicket of Wahab Riaz (0). Mohammad Amir, who is making a comeback, scored 12 runs and was Stuart Broad’s third and last wicket.
For England Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with 6 wickets, which is his best test figures, while Stuart Broad picked up 3 wickets. The debutant Jake Ball picked up the remaining one wicket.
Pakistan lost three wickets for six runs in eight balls on the way to declining to 316 for nine.
Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Masood), 2-51 (Hafeez), 3-77 (Azhar), 4-134 (Younis), 5-282 (Shafiq), 6-282 (Rahat), 7-310 (Sarfraz), 8-310 (Wahab), 9-316 (Misbah), 10-339 (Amir).
This is the first of a four-Test series.