Southampton: James Anderson destroyed the top tier of Pakistan’s batting after picking up three early wickets in quick successions to reduce Pakistan to 24-3 at stumps on day 2.
Anderson was in a hurry to get his job done after England posted a huge total of 583/8 on the scoreboard to challenge the visitors.
Shan Masood fell to Anderson for straight eighth time in the last 12 innings he played against England. The left-handed batsman was trapped in legs after 4 off 10 balls.
Abid Ali was next to lose his wicket as he edged a seamed-up delivery of Anderson. The opener scored just a run. Anderson then struck Babar with a LBW to further threaten Pakistan who are now 599 runs behind with seven wickets in hand.
Azhar Ali remained not out for 4 runs will resume inning with Asad Shafiq tomorrow.
Earlier, Zak Crawley and Jos Buttler stole the show on Day 2 as England declared the first inning for 583-8.
Crawley and Buttler gave no chance to the bowlers throughout the whole frustrating day for Pakistan as they both fell to part-timers Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam, respectively. The batting duo scored record-breaking fifth-highest fifth-wicket partnership of 359 runs.
Resuming at 332-4, England saw their settled batsmen Crawley and Buttler giving more power to the team’s total. The duo added 154 runs together before Asad got a breakthrough for Pakistan with Rizwan making the most of a stumping chance to send Crawley back home after scoring career-best 267 off 393 balls laced with 34 boundaries and a six.
Buttler then joined by Chris Woakes to add 44 runs to the team’s total. Buttler fell to Fawad after scoring 152 off 311 balls. Woakes also lost his wicket to Fawad after scoring 40. Dom Bess remained not out for 27.
For Pakistan, Fawad, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Yasir Shah bagged two wickets each while Naseem Shah and Asad Shafiq shared a wicket apiece.