Southampton: Pakistan’s top-order batsmen could not face England’s fast bowlers on the first day of the second cricket Test and lost 5 wickets for 126 runs. Due to rain, the game was disrupted repeatedly and finally, the game had to be finished before the scheduled time. At that time Babar Azam was playing 25 and Mohammad Rizwan scored 4 runs. Due to the heavy rain, tea and lunch breaks had to be taken quickly. In the last session, Pakistan lost 3 wickets and added just 44 runs. Only 45.4 overs could be bowled on the first day and there is a possibility of rain tomorrow.
In the first session, James Anderson dismissed Shaan Masood, who scored a century in the first Test, lbw off the 14th ball of the innings. At that time Pakistan’s score was 6 runs for 1 wicket. In the first session, the host’s fast bowlers kept the pressure on. Abid Ali got life in slip 2 times. The first Dom Sibley missed his catch in the third slip when he did not even open the account. After this, in the second slip, Rory Burns gave him life on a score of 21.
Captain Azhar Ali, who scored just 139 runs in the last 12 Test innings, was on 20 when he had to take a lunch break 10 minutes before the rain. After lunch, Anderson sent him to the pavilion when Rory Burns caught him in the second slip, then he was out on his own lunch score. After tea, Abid was caught by Burns on the score of 60 by Sam Curran. Abid hit 7 fours in his 111-ball innings.
Asad Shafiq (5) was sent by Stuart Broad and Fawad Alam (0) was sent by Chris Woakes. Despite the poor bowling in the first Test, Anderson, who secured a place in the team, took 2 wickets for 35 runs in 15 overs. Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat, but after 2 hours the rain had to stop before the game.
England made 2 changes to the team to give paceman Sam Curren in place of fast bowler Joffra Archer, while batsman Jacques Crowley was replaced in place of all-rounder Ben Stokes, who returned to New Zealand for family reasons. Pakistan gave Fawad Alam a chance to replace all-rounder Shadab Khan.