Yasir Shah’s five-for helps Pakistan take control of Lord’s Test

Shukriya Pakistan

Pakistan resumed the game on the second day from the score of 282/6 with Misbah well set on a score of 110, who was joined by Pakistan’s T20 skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

The Men in Green didn’t have a memorable time in the middle with bat today as they could only add 57 runs and got all out on 339 runs. Sarfraz Ahmed started aggressively; however, he got out playing a cut off Woakes and was easily caught at point at an individual score of 25.

Wahab Riaz didn’t bother the scorers and was cleaned up by Woakes as he got his sixth wicket. Misbah also couldn’t hang long in the middle; Stuart Broad got the better of him at the score of 114 runs.

Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir tried to show some resistance and added 23 runs together for the tenth wicket. Chris Woakes remained the outstanding bowler for England with 6 wickets for 70 runs, whereas, Broad also hunted 3 batsmen for 71. The debutant, Jake Ball could only take one wicket.

Rahat Ali didn’t take long to provide Pakistan a breakthrough in shape of Alex Hales, who edged an incoming delivery to the slip cordon, where Azhar Ali grasped it.

Amir made Cook to edge one to Hafeez, but, he dropped a regulation catch, which was nothing new to Pakistan cricket. Afterwards, it was Alastair Cook and Joe Root’s dominance on Pakistani bowlers, who played and scored runs with complete authority.

The duo scored 110 runs together at a run rate of 4.15. It was Pakistan’s trump card, Yasir Shah that forced Joe Root to play a rash shot, he tried to sweep the ball hard and it skied it, Hafeez took the catch, Root went after scoring 48 runs. England was on top with a score of 118/2.

The leg-spinner bowled with complete control, he spun the ball, drifted it, flight it and what not. He didn’t take long to remove two more batsmen. James Vince and Gary Ballance couldn’t do much against Yasir Shah, the two scored 16 and 6 runs respectively.

Suddenly, it was Pakistan that was on the driving seat. Mohammad Amir made Shaheens’ position firmer by getting Cook to drag one on to his stumps. Cook had a bumpy run in the middle for his 81 runs.

All hopes of England were on their man in form, Jonny Bairstow, who looked impressive for his 29 runs before Shah bamboozled him with a drifter that clean bowled him. England was down and out at 193/6.

Just when a good partnership between Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes was developing Yasir Shah once again put England on the back foot by dismissing Ali for 23 runs. This was Yasir Shah’s fifth scalp in the innings and left England reeling at 232/7.

At the end of day’s play England were 253/7 and trail by 86 runs. Woakes was unbeaten on 31 while Stuart Broad was on 11.