Fifty for Azhar:
A solid innings from the opening batsman, who bring up his half-century off 133 deliveries. Pakistan are now 118 for 2, trailing by 66. Can they end the session with eight wickets in hand?
Another partnership blossoms:
Asad Shafiq has started well while Azhar continues in a solid manner. Capitalising on the errors, the pair has scored three fours so far in their partnership to help Pakistan past the 100-run mark. They are 110 for 2, trailing by 74.
Edged and gone. Wood strikes. England finally get a breakthrough.
Haris Sohail stayed rooted to his back foot, the ball straightened a tad after landing and peeled the edge to be taken by the keeper. Shafiq has come in.
Sohail creams a drive through cover off Anderson for a four to extend the partnership past 50. He celebrates it with a straight drive for another four. Three so far for Sohail off Anderson. A good beginning for Pakistan on Day 2. Can they sustain it?
Four overs bowled so far and no damage done yet. Azhar and Sohail have been playing close to their body and have shown good application so far. Broad did find the inside and outside edge of Azhar’s bat in the opening over but to no avail. Haris clips Anderson to the square leg boundary for the first four of the day. Pakistan move to 61 for 1, trailing by 123.
Weather update: “Grey and overcast again but no rain forecast. Should help the swing bowlers,” informs Rob. England will be hoping to make most use of the conditions. Can the Pakistan batsmen show enough application?
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Hello and welcome to the Live Blog for Day 2 of the opening Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s. Opting to bat, England would have hoped to set the tone for the summer. However, the ghosts of their batting woes in winter resurfaced, and ensured that the hosts would fold for only 184. Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali were the stars as they picked up four wickets apiece to bowl England out cheaply despite Alastair Cook’s hard-fought knock of 70. In reply, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq early but Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail made sure that there weren’t any more setbacks on the opening day as they brought down the deficit to 134.
What went wrong for England? After all the talk of new beginnings, learning lessons from a grim winter, Ed Smith bringing fresh ideas and Joe Root urging his side to play sustained, skilful cricket, it was more of the same from England. A batting effort devoid of dynamism and fraught with the indecision of old, writes Vithushan Ehantharajah. But there was one positive, with Cook being back amongst the runs and the left-hander himself confessed that he was happy with his current form after the travails of the winter. Rob Johnston has more on how minor tweaks paid immediate dividends for Cook.
Meanwhile, from Pakistan’s perspective, it was refreshing to see other bowlers step up and make their performances count. For long Pakistan have pinned hopes on Mohammad Amir but it was the other Mohammad who grabbed the opportunity with both hands when offered the chance to bowl first on a lush green wicket. Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi has more on how Abbas engineered England’s big collapse.
Can Pakistan build on the dominant performance from Day 1? Or will England’s bowling attack run run through an inexperienced batting line-up in the absence of legends like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan? Stay tuned to see how that story unfolds on Day 2.
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