Bowlers have their day at Leeds

England have put Pakistan on the backfoot on the first day of the second Test at Headingley, Leeds. The hosts trail by just 68 runs.

Bowlers have their day at Leeds
England bowlers led Pakistan collapse. Photo: Getty Images


Pakistan chose to bat first after winning the toss. They might have got it wrong as there was movement of the ball right from the start. Stuart Broad struck twice with the new ball as he got rid of openers Imam-Ul-Haq and Azhar Ali.

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Chris Woakes, who made his return in the playing XI, sent Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq back before lunch interval. Pakistan further collapsed in the second session being down to 79/7. Debutant Usman Salahuddin couldn’t make his mark.

Shadab Khan was the lone stand-out batsman while Mohammad Amir and Hassan Ali contributed a few runs which frustrated England. Shadab made a quick 52-ball 56 hitting 10 boundaries.

Pakistan were bowled out for 174 runs in 48.1 overs. Broad, Woakes and James Anderson — all bagged three wickets each. England’s debutant Sam Curran took the only wicket of Shadab.

In reply, Keaton Jennings started well with Alastair Cook on his return to the team. The opening pair added 53 runs. Jennings looked good but got out scoring 29 off 57 balls. Skipper Joe Root and Cook took the innings further.

Cook was dismissed by Hassan Ali at stroke of stumps. He made 46 from 106 with 7 fours. Dom Bess was sent as a nightwachman to negotiate the rest of the day. England finished on 106/2, trailing by 68 runs with 8 wickets in hand.

Root is unbeaten on 50-ball 29* while Bess is yet to get off the mark in 9 balls.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 174 allout in 48.1 overs (Shadab 56; Broad 3/38, Anderson 3/43, Woakes 3/55)

England 106/2 in 37 overs (Cook 46, Root 29*, Jennings 29; Faheem 1/16)

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