England vs Pakistan First Test Day 2 Match Report-2020

Shan Masood’s brilliant century, followed by some top class Pakistan bowling left England reeling and put the tourist in a commanding position at the end of Day 2 of the opening test at Manchester on Thursday.

In the first over of the day, James Anderson removed star batsman Babar Azam without the latter adding to his overnight score as he edged to Joe Root at first slip for 69.

Broad bagged Asad Shafiq in a similar manner, with Stokes the catcher, while Chris Woakes had Mohammad Rizwan caught behind by Jos Buttler, leaving Pakistan in a spot of bother at 176/5.

The pair of Masood and Shadab Khan then resurrected the innings by adding 105 runs for the sixth wicket before Shadab was caught at mid-wicket by Root off Dom Bess for a well made 45.

Jofra Archer removed Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas in successive deliveries but Shaheen Shah Afridi survived the hat-trick ball.

Masood eventually fell leg before wicket after tea to Broad for a well made 156. His knock came off 319 balls, with 18 fours and two sixes. Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 326.

Broad and Archer were England’s best bowlers as they took 3 wickets each, while Woakes picked up 2 wickets.

Pakistan’s new ball duo of Shaheen and Abbas provided a dream start by removing Rory Burns and Dom Sibley cheaply, with the two England openers both departing leg before wicket for 4 & 8 respectively.

The pair of Ollie Pope and Joe Root added 50 runs for the third wicket, before Root was caught behind by wicket keeper Rizwan off leg spinner Yasir for 14.

Pope along with Jos Buttler ensured that there were no further hiccups, as England finished Day 2 at 92/4, with 234 runs behind.

At the end of Day 2

Pakistan 326 all out- Masood (156), Babar Azam (69) and Shadab Khan (45)

Stuart Broad 3/54, Jofra Archer 3/59 & Chris Woakes 2/43

England 92/4- Pope (46)* and Buttler (15)

Mohammad Abbas 2/24

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