Pak ripped apart in Broad daylight
Leeds, June 1
England ended the first day of the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley on Friday in a strong position, bowling out the tourists for 174 before reaching 106/2 by the close. England trail by 68 runs with eight wickets remaining and skipper Joe Root looking well set on 29 not out. Root will have been disappointed, however, to have lost opener Alastair Cook for 46 late in the final session with the left-hander attempting to pull a short ball from Hasan Ali but gloving the ball to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Keaton Jennings had helped put on a 53-run opening partnership with Cook before getting an outside edge on a delivery from Faheem Ashraf that was snaffled up by Sarfraz.
Pakistan were dismissed before tea after Stuart Broad ripped through their upper order with a fine spell that was the perfect answer to critics who have questioned his place in the team.
Pakistan were 79/7 at one stage and had Shadab Khan to thank for helping them to a more respectable total thanks to a lively 56 and a 43-run ninth wicket partnership with Hasan Ali.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, Pakistan lost Imam ul-Haq for a duck when he was caught by captain Joe Root at third slip on the last ball of Broad’s first stint following a maiden over from James Anderson. Imam could have gone four balls earlier when he was given lbw but the decision was overturned on review with tracking showing the delivery was going over the stumps. Broad got his second, and 50th Test wicket against Pakistan, when Azhar Ali was trapped lbw to leave Pakistan reeling on 17/2.
Sam Curran, the 19-year-old replacing injured all-rounder Ben Stokes, had his first bowl in Test cricket before the recalled Chris Woakes removed Haris Sohail (28) with the ball nicked into the hands of Dawid Malan.
Brief Scores: Pakistan: 174 all out (Shadab Khan 56, Haris Sohail 28; James Anderson 3/43, Stuart Broad 3/38); England: 106/2 (Alastair Cook 46, Joe Root 29*, Dominic Bess 0*; Faheem Ashraf 1/16, Hasan Ali 1/24).