This could very well be a long day. It’s been raining all night yesterday and the forecast isn’t great for today as well. Hopefully, we can get a few overs somewhere. For now, there is a delayed start to the proceedings.
Not a great forecast for today Im afraid
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) June 2, 2018
England were back to their clinical best on the opening day of the second Test to turn the tables on Pakistan. We were left wondering if this was the same side that stunned the hosts at Lord’s just a few days ago. Under so much pressure, England’s seam attack delivered this time with senior pros Stuart Broad and James Anderson stepping up. The returning Chris Woakes also made a huge impact with the ball in conditions that suited his style.
There were some criticism reserved for Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed after he opted to bat first but to his defence, the call was still the right one. The surface appeared to be a bit dry with footmarks already being visible. But under slightly overcast conditions, it was the England seam attack that stole the show. If not for Shadab Khan’s fighting fifty, things would have been far worse for the visitors.
At the moment, they still have a lead of 68 runs but with eight English wickets intact, things don’t look rosy unless they pluck out a couple of early wickets in the day to keep themselves in the contest. Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings looked solid during their brief stay but both departed without making use of the starts. England will pin their hopes on skipper Joe Root who has once again gotten off to a good start. If he can forge a decent partnership first up in the morning with nightwatchman Dom Bess, Pakistan will be under the pump pretty early. Welcome to the live blog for the second day’s play. Tweet in your opinions to @Narbavi and have them featured on the blog.
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