Pakistan’s openers fought back superbly, both ending the day unbeaten after England’s 657 – details here

Pakistan’s openers fought back superbly, both ending the day unbeaten after England’s 657 – details here

Pakistan Vs England, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights:Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique put a solid opening stand for Pakistan, as they ended Day 2 at 181/0, with their side trailing England by 476 runs in the ongoing first Test at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Earlier, England posted a mammoth first innings total of 657 before being bundled out. Harry Brook scored 153 runs while Zak Crawley scored 122 .Ben Duck (107) and Ollie Pope (108) had also crossed the three-figure mark.

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At close on day two, Imam-ul-Haq (90) and Abdullah Shafique (89) were approaching hundreds when umpires called stumps with 17 overs remaining.

The home team still need 277 runs to avoid the follow-on.

Today morning, resuming at 506-4, England added 151 runs in 125 minutes, with Harry Brook taking his overnight score of 101 to 153 — one of four centurions in the innings.

Skipper Ben Stokes (41), debutant Liam Livingstone (nine), and Brook were all dismissed by pacer Naseem Shah, who finished with 3-140.

Leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood conceded 235 for his four wickets — the most by a bowler on a Test debut.

Previously, Sri Lankan off-spinner Suraj Randiv conceded 222 against India in Colombo in 2010.

England’s total is their highest against Pakistan in all Tests, improving on their 589-9 at Manchester in 2016.

On Thursday England became the first team to score 500 runs on the opening day of a Test match, bettering Australia’s 112-year-old record of 494-6 against South Africa in Sydney.

The three-match Test series is England’s first in Pakistan for 17 years, having declined to tour in the interim because of security fears.

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