Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir finally made a lasting impression upon his test return as he cleaned up England skipper Alastair Cook. Amir displayed some nerves initially, upon his return to the very venue which had him in the news for all the wrong reasons six years ago. Determined to redeem himself this time around, Amir was on the go straightaway.
Opening the bowling for Pakistan, Amir got some assistance from the deck and made use of the limited lateral movement available. He was really unfortunate as a sitter was dropped on his bowling off England skipper Alastair Cook by Mohammad Hafeez, stationed at first slip. In his next spell, another opportunity from Cook’s willow was put down, this time around the culprit being wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed, who let off Cook.
Cook wasn’t lucky on the third occasion as Amir shattered his stumps with a delivery which seemed to be shaping in to the left hander. Amir’s scalp of Cook in this juncture of the match gives Pakistan a massive advantage as the left hander was the only English batsman to display some resistance in the middle.
Cook, also England’s leading run getter in tests, was well set to register a three figure mark, before he was dismissed by Amir. His knock of 81 ensured that England had some respectability and a total to keep them alive in the test. The southpaw miserably ran short of partners as leg spinner Yasir Shah wrecked havoc in the afternoon session with three quick wickets to dent England’s chances of building up on the advantage sustained in the first session.
For Amir, Cook’s wicket will have a really significant value from the personal front. It is his first test wicket since returning from his exile and that too at the Mecca of Cricket. Below, is the video of Amir castling Alastair Cook.