Mohammad Abbas bowls an absolute ripper to dismiss Ben Stokes on Day 2
It will be interesting to see how England plays from here as all of its top order is back in the hut.
Updated - Aug 7, 2020 10:05 am
Pakistan’s tour of England started on Thursday when the subcontinent team took the field against the home side. It is Pakistan’s first assignment after the pandemic resulted in cricket to be halted all around the world. England, on the other hand, has just finished a thrilling series against West Indies at home. The hosts dominated the last two Tests after losing the first one to clinch the series 2-1.
Since the day Pakistan’s squad was announced, the talk of the town was how the Pakistan pacers will perform against the English team. The conditions in England have always been beneficial for the seamers. As it is already late summers, the pitches we’re supposed to be a bit dry but the rain as made sure that the fast bowlers will relish their time.
After the star batsman Babar Azam’s fifty, opener Shan Masood scored a very responsible hundred. It was the first hundred for a Pakistani opener in last 10 years in England. The weather on the second day was overcast itself after bad light stopped play before on the 1st day. Pakistan team was eventually able to post 326 onboard which can be termed decent, considering the conditions.
Pakistan in control of the Test
As soon as the visiting side took the field all eyes were on their young pace attack which impressed quite a bit on the tour ‘Down under’. The seamers didn’t anyone disappointed as well as they utilized the ‘Duke Cherry’ in the best way possible and took 3 wickets in 6 overs with just 12 runs on the board.
Mohammad Abbas, the most experienced of the bunch led the bowling attack with 2 wickets. Out of all three early wickets which fell the wicket of Ben Stokes the superstar of English cricket team was the best sight.
We have lost three early wickets against the new ball.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 6, 2020
Mohammad Abbas’s bowled a ‘Ripper’ at the perfect length and left-hander played completely in the wrong line. The ball pitched, seamed away and took the off stump of the all-rounder.
After the miserable start, skipper Joe Root and Ollie Pope stayed in the middle to rescue the yacht before Root fell for the leg-spin of Yasir Shah which actually didn’t turn much. At the end of the day, the hosts stand at 92-4 and are trailing by 234 runs. It will be interesting to see how England plays from here as all of its top order is back in the hut.