OVERS 26.4: FOUR! Anderson to Abid Ali. Abid plays late and with soft hands towards third man for a boundary. PAKISTAN 71/1
Welcome back! The second session starts.
That’s LUNCH in Southampton. PAKISTAN 62/1
Abid Ali 33*
Azhar Ali 20*
Lunch Break 🥪Pakistan: 62-1 (23.4 Ov)#ENGvPAK Scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/yysNotSU6g https://t.co/LcyhQivhsQ
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1597320386000
An early lunch might be taken but there is no official conformation yet.
Rain halts play in Southampton. Players are heading back to the pavilion. Umpires are signalling for the covers. PAKISTAN 62/1. Abid Ali 33* Azhar Ali 20*
OVERS 20.4: FOUR! Azhar Ali punches through point region. Anderson isn’t happy with this. Good shot from the Pakistan captain. PAKISTAN 62/1
50 comes up for Pakistan. Abid Ali 28* Azhar Ali 13*
OVERS 18.3: Lovely shot from Abid Ali. He leans forward and gently pushes the ball towards deep mid wicket. He will get three runs. Excellent running between the wickets from Abid And Azhar. PAKISTAN 48/1
OVERS 13.1: FOUR! Woakes to Abid Ali. The right-hander uses the pace and flicks the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. PAKISTAN 41/1
OVERS 11.6: FOUR! Down the leg from Woakes. Abid Ali flicks this for a boundary. PAKISTAN 34/1
OVERS 11.2: LUCKY! Azhar Ali gets lucky here. Superb delivery from Woakes. Azhar Ali tries to defend but the ball hits the pad. The ball rolls back and kisses the stumps. Bails are at the place. Woakes has a smile on his face.
Most Tests missed between two appearances for PAK:
104 – Younis Ahmed (1969-87)
88 – Fawad Alam (2009-20)**
65 – Shahid Nazir (1999-06)
54 – Manzoor Elahi (1987-95)
OVERS 7.4: FOUR! Broad to Abid Ali. 4 runs. Byes. PAKISTAN 22/1
OVERS 4.2: FOUR! What a shot from Abid Ali. Overpitched delivery from Anderson. Ali plays a superb drive through extra cover. PAKISTAN 11/1
OVERS 3.3: EDGED and DROPPED! Sibley puts down a dolly at third slip. It was a straight catch. Abid Ali survives. Broad isn’t happy with this.
Captain Azhar Ali comes to the crease
OVERS 2.2: WICKET! James Anderson strikes, Shan Masood departs for 1. A loud lbw appeal from Anderson. Umpire doesn’t take much time to raise his finger. Masood knows he is out and is leaving the field. Pakistan 6/1
YES JIMMY! 🙌Live Scorecard & Clips: https://t.co/yjhVDqBbVN#ENGvPAK https://t.co/f9jpsmJhl8
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OVER 0.5: Anderson to Masood. 4 runs. Leg byes. PAKISTAN 6/0
Shan Masood and Abid Ali are in the middle. James Anderson will open the attack for England. Here we go..!!!
Azhar Ali (Pakistan captain):
We have decided to bat first. We are pretty much clear with that. The weather is quite hot and we would like to make full use of it and put runs on the board. There is much more grass on it compared to Manchester, but there will be some freshness in the pitch for the first couple of hours but we will look to negate that. We have one change, Fawad comes in for Shadab. The amount of grass on the pitch, I think one spinner is enough and we want to strengthen our batting. It’s been tough to lose from that situation, everyone were hurt but we will look to take positives out of it.
Joe Root (England captain):
Zak comes in for Ben and Sam Curran comes in for Jofra – These are the two changes for us. We wanted to lengthen our batting, make sure we have enough batting depth, Sam’s performed brilliantly down the order for us in the recent past, so it gives us more depth. We want to be consistent, we are confident as a group and I’m looking forward to this week. It’s quite muggy, feels like it could swing, so very much looking to see him (Anderson) get into his work this morning. We always look to improve everyday as a team, we want to make big first innings runs with the bat.
PAKISTAN: Fawad Alam returns to Pakistan’s Test team after 11 years. He replaces Shadab Khan in the team.
ENGLAND: England make two changes Zak Crawley and Sam Curran coming in place of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, James Anderson
We have lost the toss and will bowl first here in Southampton! 🦁🦁🦁#ENGvPAK
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1597311125000
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
TOSS: Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali wins the toss and opts to bat first against England in Southampton.
Pakistan win the toss and elect to bat first. For #ENGvPAK updates follow: @TheRealPCB_Live https://t.co/YJxE6XfywR
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1597311515000
Azhar Ali has won the toss and 🇵🇰 will bat first.#ENGvPAK https://t.co/GLALPncUjX
— ICC (@ICC) 1597311222000
So, just under 10 minutes to go for the toss. We are all set and so are the players for this crucial second Test in Southampton. The weather is nice and dry at the moment but there is a rain forcast for all the five days of the Test.
Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of the second Test of the 3-match series between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
After a thrilling three-wicket win in the lung opener in Manchester, an upbeat England will now look to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Unfortunately, talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes will be a major absentee in the second Test for England as he has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. Fast bowler Ollie Robinson has been named in the 14-man squad in place of Stokes.
Pakistan, who gifted England the 1st Test will now look to put that behind and make a strong comeback to level the series.
Pakistan’s batting has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons and the likes of Babar Azam and skipper Azhar himself would look to amend the mistakes made in the first Test and set a precedence for the team.
Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq has insisted his side could recover from an agonising loss as they try to avoid a defeat that will condemn them to a first series defeat by England in a decade.
England pacer James Anderson, who is just 10 away from becoming the first paceman to take 600 wickets in Tests, will look to accomplish the pending feat in this Test itself.