Published On: Fri, Jul 15th, 2016

England 253-7 against Pakistan


England 253-7 against Pakistan

Yasir Shah picks up five wickets as England end Day Two of the first Test against Pakistan at 253 for 7. Yasir became the first leg spinner to pick up a fifer in 20 years. The last to do so was Mushtaq Ahmed in 1996. Alastair Cook was England’s top-scorer with 81 before Mohammad Aamer bowled him. This was Aamer’s first wicket in Tests since his return to international cricket after a span of six years. Joe Root too played well, but played a rash shot to give Yasir his first wicket of the day. England had lost Alex Hales early, but Root and Cook put on 110 for the second wicket to put England in a good position.

 Yasir removed Root, James Vince and Gary Balance in quick succession to reduce England to 153 for 4 at tea.  After Cook was dismissed, the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali too departed. Moeen was especially looking in good nick, before he was trapped in front by Yasir. Moeen took a review, but the on-field umpire’s decision stayed, which happened to be Yasir’s fifth wicket of the innings.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 339 after a superb 114 from skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. Chris Woakes was the star for England as he finished with figures of 6 for 70. Asad Shafiq made a crucial 73 on Day One and his 148-run stand with Misbah for the fourth wicket really tilted the match in Pakistan’s favour initially. Syuart Broad and Jake Ball finished with three and one wicket respectively. Pakistan have the upper hand in the match at the moment and will be looking to bowl England out early when play resumes on Day Three.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 339 (Misbah-ul-Haq 114, Asad Shafiq 73; Chris Woakes 6 for 70, Stuart Broad 3 for 71) lead England 253 for 7 (Alastair Cook 81, Joe Root 48; Yasir Shah 5 for 64, Mohammad Aamer 1 for 65) by 86 runs

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology