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England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: PAK get 4 wickets in last session

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: England are 92/4, trailing Pakistan by 234 runs at the end of Day 2. Ollie Pope (46*) and Jos Buttler (15*) will resume the innings on Day 3.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 7, 2020 1:50:15 pm
England vs Pakistan 1st Test, Day 2: Shan Masood (156) and Mohammad Abbas (2/24) were the biggest stars of the second day. (Reuters)

England vs Pakistan (ENG vs PAK) 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: England are 92/4, trailing Pakistan by 234 runs at the end of Day 2 in the 1st Test vs Pakistan in Manchester. Shaheen Afridi picked up Rory Burns’s wicket in the first over of the England innings. Mohammad Abbas then cleaned up Dom Sibley, rocking the home team at 12/2. Ben Stokes, bowled by Abbas, was out for a duck soon after, with the home team collapsing to 12/3. When Joe Root was caught behind off Yasir Shah, England were 62/4. Ollie Pope (46*) and Jos Buttler (15*) will resume the innings from 92/4 on Day 3.

Pakistan put up 326 in their first innings, with Shan Masood (156) leading the charge. England claimed the big wicket of Babar Azam at the outset on Day 2 of the 1st Test vs Pakistan. Shan Masood carried on his overnight innings, becoming the first Pakistani opener to face more than 200 balls in an innings in England since Saeed Anwar in 1996. With Shan Masood bringing up his 150 in the second session, Pakistan reached the Tea break at 312/8.

Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020Old Trafford, Manchester 24 September 2020

England  219 (70.3) & 277/7 (82.1)


Pakistan  326 (109.3) & 169 (46.4)

Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test ) England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

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England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 2 Highlights:

00:50 (IST)07 Aug 2020

23:38 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Brief Scores

Day 2 | STUMPS

ENG: 92/4 (28)

46* Pope
15* Butler

2/24 Abbas

PAK: 326 (109.3)

156 Shan Masood
69 Babar Azam
45 Shadab Khan

3/54 Broad
3/59 Archer
2/43 Woakes

England trailed by 234 Runs

23:31 (IST)06 Aug 2020
End of Day 2 - ENG trail by 234

Another tight over from Shaheen to end what must be the penultimate over of Day 2. One run coming in that over, with Pope moving to 45 with a push for a single. Pakistan move their fielders around in the last over. Yasir gets a run out appeal against Buttler. Not out. ENG 92/4 after 28 overs. End of Day 2

23:23 (IST)06 Aug 2020
England not going into shell

Shaheen bowls a tight over against Buttler, still alternating between over the wicket and round the wicket. Pope continues living on the edge, with a dance down the track for a single to mid off off Yasir. Buttler hits a clean shot through the covers off the following ball, with dark clouds starting to come over the ground. ENG 90/4 after 26

23:16 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Final 15 minutes

Shaheen comes back to bowl what must be a final spell in the day. Troubles Buttler with his length with his first few balls, but gets much less movement than he had got with the new ball. Buttler drives him down the ground for four to end the over. Yasir Shah, getting a lot of turn and bounce, bowls a tight over. Pope has been kept off strike for 2 overs now. ENG 83/4 after 24

23:07 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Pope batting in a different match

Pope is batting on a different pitch! And in a different game, according to Michael Holding. Holding says its very tempting to prove you are on top of a bowler early on, Naseem Shah in this case, but that one mistake could end up proving to be fatal to your team's cause. Two fours in the over as Pope moves to 40. Buttler gets off the mark with a couple of runs against Yasir. ENG 72/4 after 22

23:01 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Yasir Shah strikes

4th wicket! Joe Root is caught behind as Yasir Shah strikes! Joe Root's tortured 58-ball vigil for 14 comes to an end. An innings in stark contrast to the other contender to the Fab 4 - Babar Azam - from yesterday. Jos Buttler is forced to come out in the 20th over, with Pakistan having the home team on the mat. Pope, on 32, the only bright spot for them. Another wicket and Pakistan will be down to the bowlers. ENG 62/4 after 20 overs

22:54 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Yasir Shah concedes 16 in first 2 overs - Pope takes bull by horns

50 comes up for England as Pope pulls Yasir for four. Yasir going for runs early, with Root ending the over with a sweep for four. Shane Warne says the one defect in Yasir's game (leg spin heaven, this!) is that he does not set the batsman up enough. Goes for too many wicket balls all the time. Pope, on the other hand, is taking the bull by the horns. Naseem Shah directs a bouncer at Pope - he is starting to bother Pakistan now, batting in his 30s at a strike rate close to 80. PAK 58/3 after 19

22:46 (IST)06 Aug 2020
England find some momentum

Time for spin in the 16th over. Yasir Shah's leg breaks to provide some respite (Not!) to England's batsmen from the searing pace attack. Pope starts against him by pulling him for a couple. A second slip comes in for Yasir later in the over, with lots of turn and bounce on offer. Appeals for lbw against Root. Younis Khan seen on his feet on the sidelines. Root geta something going his way with a sweep for four to end the over. Was on 3 off 46 balls before that shot. Pope starts the next over with a drive on the off side against Naseem to bring up another boundary. Some momentum going England's way now. ENG 49/3 after 17

22:37 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Pope shows intent

Abbas and Naseem bowl in tandem as we enter the last passage of play on Day 2. Excellent line and length, with some late movement to boot, from Abbas. Naseem Shah continues bowling with fire, but Pope meets him with a convincing drive down the ground for four. Pope is also a man in form, and he is showing he is good form with confident strokeplay even under so much pressure. ENG 37/3 after 15

22:29 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Naseem Shah starts with fire

Naseem Shah bowls the 13th over. And gets everybody excited with his lightning pace. Pope has a wry smile on his face as the ball pitches up after landing like the crack of doom. The slip cordon celebrates almost as if they have a wicket. 1 leg bye in Naseem's first over. 144 kph the speed of the last ball. ENG 31/3 after 13

A drinks break is taken. 

22:21 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Rizwan comes up to stumps with Abbas bowling

Some more front foot no-balls being called by the third umpire in this innings. Ollie Pope, still not looking very convincing, becomes the first England batsman to reach double digits. Joe Root, at the other end, is in no hurry to move his score on from 1. Rizwan moves up to the stumps with Abbas boiwling and Root on strike. We have had quite an extraordinary innings so far. Six overs bowled by both Shaheen and Abbas. Will we see Naseem Shah, probably the fastest of the lot, some time soon? ENG 30/3 after 12

22:07 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Wasim Akram explains Shaheen's approach

Root gets off the mark after being out there for an eternity. Pushes for a single off Abbas. A rare sight for England getting runs with shots played where they want them to be played. Pope flashes at a ball but makes little contact. Wasim Akram explains Shaheen is now bowling from around the wicket to get more swing into the batsman. Wasim Akram explaining Shaheen Afridi's approach to swing bowling - cricket sometimes throws up some perfect coincidences. Not too many perfect sights for England at the moment. ENG 21/3 after 9

21:58 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Pressure for England - no runs coming off true shots

Nowehere to hide at the moment for England. Pope gets off the mark with a four, but in the most fortunate of circumstances. Catches the outside edge of his bat and goes through the slip cordon. Shaheen Shah makes the ball glide across the batsmen, bowls another maiden over. England are not bowling anyone over with their performance at the moment. 16/3 after 7

21:51 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Stokes goes for a duck - ENG 12/3

With the late movement that Shaheen is getting, Root is trying to play the ball as late as possible. Stokes is playing out of his crease, perhaps more out of habit than the need of the moment. And it backfires! Stokes is gone! For a duck! Pakistan's new ball attack is all over the home team. Abbas gets through Stokes's gate and knocks his stumps. ENG 12/3 after 5.3 overs and in a huge crisis now. Ollie Pope joins Root at 5, with the skipper shaking his head in disbelief. 

21:40 (IST)06 Aug 2020

Abbas strikes! Sibley is gone this time! He goes for the Review, but in vain. That was plumb. England have lost both their openers in this new ball carnage from Pakistan's bowlers. Burns fell for 4, now Sibley falls for 8. Root is joined by Stokes at 4, with England in disarray. ENG 12/2

21:36 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Shaheen on fire

Shaheen Shah strikes! Again! Joe Root is given out lbw. Root reviews. And the decision is reversed. It would have gone too high. Root survives. But Shaheen Shah Afridi is on fire right now! Huge appeals for lbw later in the over again as Shaheen again brings it into Root's pads. Testing times for England. Testing times for the umpire. ENG 10/1 after 3

21:32 (IST)06 Aug 2020
Abbas partners Afridi

Mohammad Abbas to bowl the 2nd over. Sibley, who had a decent - if sometimes slow - series against the West Indies, is set to face a much sterner test today. Gets runs in the over, but not in the most convincing way. A thick edge runs to the third man fence. ENG 10/1 after 2

21:25 (IST)06 Aug 2020

Shaheen Shah Afridi strikes! Burns is out in the first over! Will this be the summer of Shaheen and Naseem (and Abbas) after all! Burns is out for 4. ENG 4/1 in the first over

Joe Root forced to come out in the first over itself. And Shaheen gets him into two minds with some late movement. Root puts his head down and stares at the ground. A nervy beginning for the home team. The Pakistan fielders are bursting with energy. 

21:21 (IST)06 Aug 2020
England innings begins

Time for England to face the new-ball music from Pakistan's highly vaunted pace attack. 17-year-old Naseem Shah seen loosening up. As is Mohammad Abbas, who was the one who troubled the England batsmen the most on the ladt tour. As well as Shaheen Afridi. Who will bowl the first over. Yasir Shah also rolling his arms around in the outfield. Dom Sibley and Rory Burns walk out, with almost one full session of play left. Here we go!

Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali, left, shakes hands with England's captain Joe Root during the toss on the first day of the first cricket Test match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Lee Smith/Pool via AP)


Pakistan (Playing XI): Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah

England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson