Pakistan have had all the honours on Day two of the fourth and final test at The Oval, as their batsmen bailed them out of trouble. After beginning day two in a rather tricky situation, the visitors were steadied by makeshift opener Azhar Ali, who was solid for his knock of 49. Night-watchman Yasir Shah played his part as his contribution of 25 was quite vital early on in the day.
But the heroes for Pakistan were middle order batsmen Asad Shafiq and the veteran Younis Khan. The two stitched on a 150 run stand to get Pakistan close to England’s first innings total. While Shafiq was more subdued in his approach and remained calm, Younis was the aggressor and didn’t’ hesitate to play his shots. The duo went on to register their respective centuries and made merry.
Just when Shafiq was all set to carry on his vigil post completing his century, a loss of concentration saw him getting perished. On a bouncer bowled by Steven Finn, Shafiq went for the pull shot but didn’t time it at all. The ball hit the lower end of his willow and went flying towards midwicket.
Stuart Broad, positioned at midwicket displayed his presence as he dived to take a fantastic catch to get rid of the well set Shafiq. A moment of brilliance in the field was needed to dismiss Shafiq, and Broad just provided that for England.
Below, is the video of Broad’s stunning catch at midwicket.