England vs Pakistan live score, 1st Test, Day 2: Masood survives another session as Pakistan crawl to 187/5 at lunch | Cricket News

End of 76th over: Spin from both ends now for England. They are surely looking at the second new ball. Dom Bess to share the bowling duties alongside Joe Root. PAK 195/5
75.4 overs: FOUR! Shadad sweeps and sweeps hard. Loose delivery from Joe Root and Shadab wasted no time on that one. Hits it in the backward square leg region to collect his first boundary. PAK 195/5
Welcome back to the post lunch session on Day 2 in Manchester. Pakistan struggling at the moment but Shan Masood (77*) is looking steady out in the middle. His partner Shadab Khan (1*) will face the fist ball after lunch. Joe Root has the ball in hand for England. We are also just five overs away from the second new ball. Here we go!
Lunch report: James Anderson and Stuart Broad took wickets in an improved England bowling performance as they restricted Pakistan to 187/5 lunch on Day 2 of the first Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. Opener Shan Masood (77* from 225 balls) maintained his long vigil at the crease and will resume after the interval with all-rounder Shadab Khan (1*). Pakistan added only 48 runs in the morning session at a paltry rate of 1.86 per over, also losing key batsman Babar Azam (69), Asad Shafiq (7) and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (9). Babar was out in the first over without adding to his overnight score, edging Anderson to Joe Root at first slip for his 590th Test wicket. Broad then removed Asad after finding the edge that went to Ben Stokes at second slip. Rizwan, the third batsman to get out in the morning session, never looked comfortable at the crease and used up 41 balls for his nine before nicking a Chris Woakes delivery to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Lunch, Day 2

So, just two runs from Dom Bess’ final over before lunch. Pakistan scored just 48 runs in the 26 overs of the morning session and lost three important wickets. But fortunately for them Shan Masood is still out there at 77*. PAK 187/5 after 75 overs
End of 74th over: Another tight over from Jofra Archer comes to an end. Just 2 runs from it. Now, as we near lunch, Shan Masood on 75* is finally looking settled at the crease. Shadab Khan (1 off 14 balls) is also tring to do his bit. Joe Root has now introduced Dom Bess into the attack. This should probably be the last over before the break. PAK 185/5
70.1 overs: OUT! Chris Woakes joins the wicket party. A terrific away-swinger from him gets the outside edge of Mohammad Rizwan’s bat. Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler makes no mistake, grabs the ball comfortably with a dive to his left. Rizwan’s little resistance ends on 9. PAK 176/5

End of 67th over: Another maiden from Chris Woakes. Both Woakes and Jofra Archer continuing to put pressure on Pakistan batsmen. Runs have been hard to come by for both Shan Masood and Mohammad Rizwan but they are battling it out for their team. PAK 166/4
End of 64th over: A tight start from Jofra Archer as well on Day 2. Just a single off the last ball of the over. Chris Woakes to continue from the other end. PAK 162/4
End of 63rd over: A tidy start from Chris Woakes straight after the drinks break. Just a single from his over. And we have the second bowling change of the day for England as Joe Root brings in Jofra Archer. PAK 161/4

So, first hour on Day 2 done and England are on top at the moment. 20 runs scored by Pakistan in 13 overs and they have lost two crucial wickets of Babar Azam (69) and Asad Shafiq (7). James Anderson and Stuart Broad have bagged a wicket each. Shan Masood has looked good so far but seems to be in a bit of pressure. Mohammad Rizwan is batting alongside him on 4. PAK 159/4
End of 60th over: Six back-to-back maidens from Stuart Broad and James Anderon. The England pace duo has bowled beautifully so far as Pakistan batsmen can be visibly seen struggling against them. And now we have the first bowling change of the day. Chris Woakes comes in to replace Broad. PAK 150/4
58.4 overs: Huge appeal from Stuart Broad and the England slip cordon and umpire rules Mohammad Rizwan out lbw. He reviews in straight away. Ultra edge confirms that there was bat involved before the ball hit Rizwan’s back pad. Rizwan survives a close call. But England pacers are right on top st the moment. PAK 150/4
56.5 overs: OUT! Stuart Broad now strikes from the other end. Normal services resume from the England pacers. This time Asad Shafiq edges one straight to Ben Stokes at second slip. Asad walks back for 7. Pakistan in big trouble at the moment. They have lost two big wickets in first 7.5 overs of the day. PAK 150/4
End of 54th over: England pacers have bowled beautifully so far on Day 2. Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad bringing in all their experience to trouble the Pakistan batsmen. Anderson follows Broad’s maiden over with a 1-run over. Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq looking very cautious at the moment. 150 also came up for Pakistan in that over. PAK 150/3
50 for Shan Masood!
A terrific effort from the Pakistan opener. Batted beautifully on Day 1 and continues to do the same. Gets to his seventh Test fifty off 156 balls. But Pakistan will need a lot more from him today. PAK 143/3 after 50.4 overs

49.6 overs: OUT! Babar Azam falls in the first over of the morning session. Excellent start from James Anderson. Out-swinger from Anderson gets the outside edge of Babar’s bat. Skipper Joe Root at second slip makes no mistake. So, Babar walks back on his overnight score of 69. PAK 139/3
So, Babar Azam and Shan Masood are out in the middle to resume the Pakistan innings on Day 2. James Anderson will bowl the first over of the morning session. Babar on strike and two slips and a wide third slip in place for Anderson. Here we go!
As far as weather is concerned, it is still a bit gloomy out there in Manchester. On Day 1, rain and bad light took away 41 overs. Hopefully that is not the case today.
A lot is riding on Babar Azam and Shan Masood as Pakistan get set to take on England pacers on Day 2.

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of Day 2 of the 1st Test between England and Pakistan in Manchester.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam underlined his status as one of the world’s leading batsmen with a fine unbeaten fifty against England on a rain interrupted opening day at Old Trafford.
When bad light forced an early close, Pakistan were 139-2, with Babar 69 not out and Shan Masood unbeaten on 46. But left-handed opener Masood was twice missed on 45 by England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler either side of a lengthy rain break, with off-spinner Dom Bess the unlucky bowler on both occasions.
The prolific Babar has now reached a half-century in five successive Test innings, with his previous five matches yielding four hundreds.
When play resumed in the early evening after a long rain delay, Root was soon bowling his occasional off-breaks in tandem with Bess to try and keep the match going under grey skies after Jofra Archer had pitched short to Babar. But even with two spinners bowling and the floodlights on, the umpires still called a halt.
Pakistan were 43-2 when Babar came in to bat after captain Azhar Ali, who had won the toss, fell lbw for a duck to Chris Woakes.
Babar started cautiously but after the lunch interval he unfurled an array of stylish attacking shots. He struck express paceman Archer down the ground for four before driving Bess for another boundary to bring up Pakistan’s hundred.
Bess, however, should have removed Masood for 45 when he took the left-hander’s outside edge but Buttler dropped the chance. Then, following the rain delay, Buttler missed a chance to stump Masood after the batsman charged down the pitch.
The mistakes will revive discussion about the wicketkeeper’s place in the side with Ben Foakes, arguably a superior gloveman, waiting in the wings. Babar drew level on 45 not out with Masood, who was on 22 when the right-hander came into bat, going on to complete an impressive 70-ball fifty, including nine boundaries.
The conditions favoured England’s four-man pace attack, who had been involved in last month’s 2-1 series win over the West Indies, completed at Old Trafford.
In contrast, Pakistan’s preparations for the three-match series amounted to just two intra-squad warm-up games. Masood and fellow opener Abid Ali did well to survive the first hour before Archer struck. Having tested Abid with several short-pitched deliveries, the paceman bowled him with a full-length ball for 16 before Azhar was lbw to a Woakes nip-backer for a six-ball duck.
England have not won a Test series against Pakistan since 2010 and they came into this match having lost the series opener in each of their past five campaigns against all opponents. As was the case during the West Indies series, the three-match campaign is taking place behind closed doors on health grounds, with Pakistan denied the vibrant and vocal support they usually enjoy in England.

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