Improved England put Pakistan underneath the pump

Manchester, August 6

James Anderson and Stuart Broad took wickets in an improved England bowling efficiency as they restricted Pakistan to 187 for 5 at lunch on Day 2 of the primary Test at Old Trafford on Thursday.

England had been criticised by coach Chris Silverwood for permitting too many “easy balls to hit” after a rain-shortened first day, however have been markedly improved underneath heavy skies on the second morning.

Opener Shan Masood (77 not out from 225 balls) has maintained his lengthy vigil on the crease and can resume after the interval with all-rounder Shadab Khan (one not out).

Pakistan added solely 48 runs within the morning session at a paltry price of 1.86 per over, additionally shedding key batsman Babar Azam (69), Asad Shafiq (7) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (9).

It was largely because of the disciplined line of the England seamers, and chalk and cheese from their wayward efficiency on the primary afternoon, each concentrating on the wickets with a straighter line and stifling the scoring alternatives of the vacationers.

Babar was out within the first over with out including to his in a single day rating, edging Anderson to Joe Root at first slip.

It was the bowler’s 590th Test wicket as he closes in on turning into the primary seamer to 600 scalps.

Broad eliminated Asad after discovering the sting as nicely, this time Ben Stokes diving throughout Root to grab the ball in entrance of first slip.

Rizwan by no means seemed snug on the crease and used up 41 balls for his 9 earlier than nicking a Chris Woakes supply to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

The match is the primary of three Tests, with the following two in Southampton, as Pakistan search a primary sequence win in England since 1996. Reuters

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