ENGLAND are in big hassle within the First Check after collapsing in opposition to Pakistan’s magical combination of bowlers.
Joe Root’s group subsided to 12-3 earlier than ending day two on 92-4 – nonetheless 234 runs behind.
Pakistan opener Shan Masood masterminded their first innings of 326 earlier than his bowlers took over on day two of the First CheckCredit score: Reuters
Ben Stokes sums up a depressing day for England’s batsmen at Outdated Trafford as he was bowled for a duck by Mohammad AbbasCredit score: Reuters
Ollie Pope acquired right down to the enterprise of reviving England, ending on 42 not out in a worrying reply of 92-4Credit score: Getty – Pool
The talent and selection in Pakistan’s assault is bewildering – whether or not or not it’s the left-arm tempo and aggression of Shaheen Shah Afridi, the medical precision of Mohammad Abbas or the leg-spin wiles of Yasir Shah.
And don’t neglect additionally they have a 17-year-old speedster in Naseem Shah.
That mixture was an excessive amount of for the cream of England’s batting and they’ll do effectively to keep away from going 1-0 down right here.
This all got here after opener Shan Masood made an epic 156 from 319 deliveries earlier than being ninth out in Pakistan’s whole of 326 all out.
The bottom may need been empty however the environment was full of life sufficient as Pakistan wrecked England’s top-order.
SOMETHING EXTRA SPECIAL
There have been cheers and hoots and hollers as every wicket fell or batsmen performed and missed. The noise got here from the fielders with loads of vocal assist from the Pakistan reserve gamers watching from the resort balcony.
Rory Burns was lbw on evaluate in Shaheen’s opening over.
Shaheen, all 6ft 6ins of him, was an actual handful, bowling with swing and tempo generated by a flick of his wrist on launch.
If Shaheen is tall, quick and aggressive, Abbas is forensic. He has the talent of a surgeon, methodically unpicking batsmen’s approach.
So it was with Dom Sibley, who was arrange with a couple of deliveries outdoors off stump earlier than a nip-backer trapped him plumb lbw. Sibley reviewed, but it surely was a waste.
Abbas then got here up with one thing further particular to dispatch Ben Stokes.
Ben Stokes had no reply to a corking supply from Mohammad AbbasCredit score: Reuters
England skipper Joe Root seems to be again as he’s caught by Mohammad Rizwan off majestic leg-spinner Yasir ShahCredit score: Reuters
Stokes was batting outdoors his crease to attempt to nullify any motion however that was no downside for Abbas, who seamed one previous his outdoors edge and into the stumps.
England have been 12-3 and, though Root and Pope placed on 50 for the fourth wicket, that wasn’t the top of the distress.
Root, who was given out lbw to Shaheen on nought however overturned the choice on evaluate, struggled his strategy to 14 from 58 deliveries earlier than feathering an edge as he tried to chop Yasir.
Ollie Pope performed properly for 46 not out and he and Jos Buttler should add loads extra.
Like on the primary day, England bowled effectively earlier than lunch and terribly afterwards.
James Anderson, switched away from the James Anderson Finish for the primary time, had Babar Azam caught at slip from the ultimate supply of the primary over.
BESS AND WORST
Pakistan managed simply 48 runs within the two-hour morning session and in addition misplaced Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan earlier than lunch. However then England had their horror spell.
It began with Dom Bess and Root bowling 5 overs of off-spin earlier than the brand new ball – why didn’t Jofra Archer bowl? – and conceding 27 runs.
The arrogance of Masood and Shadab Khan rose visibly.
The pair ran England ragged within the area with numerous fast singles and Root was so gradual to react and ensure his males have been tight within the ring.
England have been no higher as soon as the brand new ball arrived and the mixed figures of Anderson and Stuart Broad with the recent cherry have been 8-0-42-0.
Masood reached his third century in consecutive Check innings with two runs to fantastic leg. It was a grasp class in endurance and self-discipline for dozens of overs earlier than he reduce free in the direction of the top.
Buttler missed his third likelihood of the innings when he spilled a simple edge supplied by Yasir. Buttler additionally fluffed the chance of a run out with a wayward throw to the bowler’s finish.
Archer finally re-entered the assault and dismissed Yasir and Abbas with successive balls. With wickets operating out, Masood whacked Bess for 16 runs – together with two big sixes – in a single over.