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2nd Test: England breaks Pakistan’s Headingley dream; Series drawn

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Pakistan v England 2nd Test

England thrashed Pakistan in the 2nd Test match at Headingley Stadium as Pakistan’s dream to win a Test series in England was saved for another time.

The test match ended with two days to spare.

Final scorecard

Pakistan 174 & 134

England 363

England win by an innings and 55 runs.

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Pakistan’s luck runs out as the batting lineup collapses again

Pakistan’s batting lineup collapsed again and in the same manner. Azhar Ali was bowled out by James Anderson on a mere 11, making this his fourth consecutive low scoring innings. Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq couldn’t hold onto their bats and were sent to the pavilion on 8 and 5, by James Anderson and Stuart Broad respectively.

Usman Salahuddin and Imam-ul-Haq looked in control, but only for a short period of time. Pakistan’s captain couldn’t move past double figures and the wonder boy Shadab Khan could only drag his team far enough.

The poor batting performance has raised doubts, rather concerns, that maybe, it’s time to make a drastic change in the team’s Test team management. Imam-ul-Haq’s poor performance may reopen the doors for Pakistan’s opener Ahmed Shehzad. Fawad Alam may get a chance to play for his home side after all.

Pakistan were bowled out on 134.

Pakistan v England 2nd Test Match

Joe Buttler, Dom Bess help England sail 360 as Pakistani bowlers lead a lazy attack

The Lord’s Lords were outplayed in all three departments as England sailed to a mighty 363 total, giving the tourists a strong 189-lead.

Thanks to the mysterious boy Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 80, Dom Bess’s 49, and captain Joe Root’s easy 45, England looked in control all through their first innings. It should be noted that all of England’s top order batsmen passed 20, none could sail past 50, though.

Pakistan’s bowling attack seemed lazy, rather unbothered, against the tailenders who, ironically, lent the longest hand in helping England post a safe total. Muhammad Amir’s line and length played a role much similar to that of a binary flip-flop circuit for sometimes he was simply unplayable, but then again, he ‘invited’ the English batsmen to drive the ball the best they could. Other than Amir, Hasan Ali failed to threaten any batsmen, Faheem Ashraf and Muhammad Abbas were only good enough, and Shadab Khan was short two five-wicket hauls to fit in the shoes of the great Yasir Shah.

The tourists didn’t look as sharp as they did at Lord’s in the fielding sector. One example is Hasan Ali dropping the man of English innings Jos Buttler on 4.

England’s batting coach Graham Thorpe was all-praise for his side. He was quoted by BBC saying, “We’re pleased with the lead. The game isn’t in the bag, but we have shown some fight, character and application over the past couple of days, which has been pleasing. Naturally, players will get hurt if you put in a bad performance, but you also have to dust yourself down. You can’t feel sorry for yourself for too long. There are worse things going on in the world, but you are paid to.”

Pakistan v England 2nd Test Match

Pakistan’s Muhammad Abbas failed to repeat his Lord’s miracle.

Pakistan’s Day 1 blunder proves to be expensive, Stuart Broad proves the pundits wrong once again

Pakistan opened in a disastrous manner. For what it’s worth, Pakistan’s chances were done for when both of the openers were sent home for a duck and 2 respectively. Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq’s nephew Imam-ul-Haq was sent to the pavilion a mere three balls after he was given a second life, retaining a review.

Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq took the fractured batting lineup and sailed passed 50 and were looking solid when both of them fell, one after another, with only a few runs between them. Usman Salahuddin and Pakistan’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed were unimpressive and were rightfully sent home by Stuart Braod and James Anderson.

Pakistan’s wonder boy Shadab Khan played well and made a quick half-century, supported by the tailenders Muhammad Amir and Hasan Ali. He was the last batsman to go.

Pakistan made a total of 174.

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England XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Pakistan XI: Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Salahuddin, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas

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