At the end of the day 2 of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s (on Friday), the match is in a very exciting phase where the hosts are feeling pressure thanks to Yasir Shah’s brilliant spell.
Pakistan began the day with their overnight score 282/6 and added 57 more runs before getting all out. Pakistan made 339 runs in the first innings of the match.
In reply, England started well after an early departure of opener Alex Hales (6). But Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah snatched the limelight of the day with his good bowling effort. At the end of the day 2, England is batting at 253/7 and they are still trailing by 86 runs with only 3 wickets in hands.
Brief Scores: Pakistan – 339 (Misbah-ul-Haq 114, Asad Shafiq 73, Chris Woakes 6/70)
England – 253/7 (Alastair Cook 81, Joe Root 48, Yasir Shah 5/64)
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 2 of 1stTest:
- England pacer Chris Woakes picked up his first 5-wicket haul in Test cricket. He ended with figures of 24-7-70-6. As a first change (no.3) bowler in the 1st innings of a Test match, Woakes’ performance was the best performance for England against Pakistan. Also, it was the 4th best bowling performance by an England first change (no.3) bowler against Pakistan in Test history.
Woakes became the only English bowler to pick up 6 wickets in an innings in both Test and ODI. Before this, Woakes also picked up 6 wickets in two ODI matches.
- Pakistan made 339 runs in the first innings of the match. Pakistan has never lost a Test match in England when they have scored more than 300 runs in the very first innings of the match. Before this match, Pakistan scored 300 or more runs in the 1st innings of a Test match in England for 10 times, out of which they won thrice and drew other 7 times.
- England captain and opening batsman Alastair Cook played a brilliant knock of 81 runs on the second day of the Test match. As an England Test captain, Cook (30 times; 10 century and 20 half century) equalled the most no.of 50+ scores with Mike Atherton (30 times; 8 century and 22 half-centuries). Cook needs 1 more 50+ scores as an England Test captain to become the leader in this list.
- On the day 2, England opening batsman Alastair Cook became the leading run-scorer as a Test opener after surpassing legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar. As a Test opener, Cook’s current career runs are 9,630 while Gavaskar’s career runs were 9,607 in the same position.
- Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah bowled brilliantly on day 2. He took 5 wickets and finished the day with the figure of 25-5-64-5. He became 6th Pakistan spinner to pick up 5 or more wickets in a Test innings in England
Also, Yasir Shah became the only second Pakistan spinner to pick up 5 or more wickets in a Test innings at Lord’s. Before this innings, only Mushtaq Ahmed (5/57) did that in 1996.