England ended day 2 of 2nd test match in a commanding position. England declared their first innings on 589 for 8 with Joe Root scoring a brilliant 254 runs, with contributions from Woakes, Bairstow and Ben Stokes. In reply, Pakistan lost 4 wickets with the scorecard reading 57. Pakistan have a huge deficit of 532.
- Chris Woakes’ useful contribution of 58 runs with the bat
Chris Woakes came as the nightwatchman at the end of yesterday’s day play. He played wonderful strokes of the spinners and pacers which made the life tough for Pakistan bowlers. The nightwatchman completed his half century of 88 balls which pushed England total above 400. He was dismissed for 58 in 104 balls. He put 103 runs for the 5th wicket which helped England in a commanding position.
2. Joe Root’s exceptional knock of 254 runs
Starting on the overnight score of 143, Joe Root completed his 150 soon. After completing his 150, Joe Root took command and played wonderful strokes which made the life tough for Pakistan bowlers. He completed his 2nd double century in test cricket off 355 balls. After that, he played freely playing innovative strokes. The next 50 came off 60 balls. He was dismissed playing a big stroke for a brilliant 254. During that, he smashed
3. Pakistan bowlers struggled
Starting at the overnight score of 314 for 4, the Pakistan bowlers failed to get the nightwatchman Chris Woakes early in the day. The Pakistan bowlers allowed Chris Woakes to settle. Woakes made an important half century. Yasir Shah picked the wicket of Chris Woakes. Joe Root plundered the Pakistan bowlers to all parts of the ground. The England batsmen who went for quick runs, the Pakistan bowlers got wickets. Wahab Riaz got three wickets. Mohammad Aamir did not add to his wicket tally.
4. England rattling the Pakistan top order
The England bowlers gave the right response by not allowing Pakistan batsmen to score runs easily. Mohammad Hafeez was the first batsmen to be dismissed 18, while Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, and nightwatchman Rahat Ali was dismissed cheaply. All England bowlers gave no room for the Pakistan batsmen. Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers who picked 3 wickets to put Pakistan on the backfoot.
5. Woakes continued his brilliant form with ball
In the Lords test match, Woakes picked 11 wickets but England could not win the first test. After scoring 58 vital runs for England today, Woakes impressed with the ball again. He picked the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez caught at the second slip. Woakes grabbed two more important wickets of Azhar Ali and Younis Khan. He finished the day with figures of 3 for 18 in 6 overs.