Shan, bowlers take hold of England on day 2


Manchester: Pakistani bowlers took early wickets to restrict England to 92-4 on day 2 of the opening Test at Old Trafford.ย 

Shaheen Shah Afridi gave an early breakthrough in just the first over of the inning by removing Rory Burns off LBW. Mohammad Abbas then with back-to-back strikes dismissed Dom Sibley (8) and Ben Stokes (0) to reduce England to 12-3.

Thereafter, Joe Root and Ollie Pope joined hands to score 50 runs together before Yasir Shah sent back the opponent’s skipper with a sharp catch behind the stumps by Mohammad Rizwan. He scored 14 runs off 58 balls with the help of two boundaries.

Pope (46*) and Buttler (15) held their nerves calm and took England’s score from 62-4 to 92 at stumps on the second day.

Earlier, Shan Masood drove Pakistan to postย 326 on the scoreboard with scoring his career-best 156 off 319 balls.

Masood stood firm despite Pakistan kept losing wickets on the other hand and becomes the second opener to score three centuries in three consecutive Test innings.

Resuming the second day at 139-2, Pakistan lost Babar earlier as the right-handed batsman fell to Jimmy Anderson at slips without adding any run to his overnight total of 69.

Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan too fell earlier after scoring 7 and 9 runs respectively, leaving Pakistan reeling at 176-5.

Thereafter, Shadab Khan and Masood accelerated tourists’ inning and added 105 runs together. Shadab fought hard and scored 45 runs before giving away his wicket to Dom Bess.

For England, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad bagged three wickets each while Dom Bess took a wicket. Chris Woakes managed to get two wickets.

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