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ENG vs PAK Day 1: James Anderson puts England in commanding position on a rain-curtailed day

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Day 1 of the second Test between England vs Pakistan ended on Pakistan batting at 126/5 with Babar Azam (25*) and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan (4) still on the crease. In a rain-curtailed day 1, half of the Pakistani team returned to the pavilion in front of the mighty England bowling.

James Anderson repaid his side for their trust on him by taking two wickets in the innings so far as he bundled the opener Shan Masood, trapping him off-guard with a successful LBW appeal. Anderson again struck with a beautiful delivery by trapping the Pakistani skipper Azhar Ali on just 20 runs.

Pakistan were already struggling on 78/2 before the lunch. Babar Azam came in to bat and started building a partnership with Abid Ali. The duo could barely form a partnership of 30 runs as this time Sam Curran struck for England. Curran removed Ali for 60 runs and restricted Pakistan to 102/3.

Five overs later, Stuart Broad got his first wicket in the form of Asad Shafiq (5) in the 43rd over of the innings. Pakistan played Fawad Alam in the match and he also made his international comeback after 11 years of drought.

Fawad could barely withstand the England bowling as he fell trap of the Chris Woakes delivery and got out on a duck on his comeback match. He faced four deliveries before giving his wicket to Woakes who got his first success in the match.

The day was called off a bit early because of the rain with Pakistan to start day 2 on 126/5. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will have the responsibility to take the score over at least 300 in the first innings.

It was clearly visible that Pakistan struggled right from the beginning. They did win the toss and chose to bat first, but somewhat it didn’t go well for them so far.

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