On the day 2 of the 3rd Test between England and Pakistan at Edgbaston (Birmingham), Pakistan replied very strongly to the hosts England. After losing their 1st wicket in the very first over of the day 2, Pakistan batsmen batted slowly but steadily and strongly on the pitch for the whole day. At the stumps of day 2, Pakistan was batting on 257/3 and trailing by 40 runs from the England’s first innings total (297).
Brief Scores: England – 297 (Gary Balance 70, Moeen Ali 63, Sohail Khan 5/96)
Pakistan – 257/3 (Azhar Ali 139, Sami Aslam 82, James Anderson 1/32)
Here are some statistical highlights of the day 2 of 3rd Test:
- On the day 2, Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed for a duck. It was his second duck in this ongoing Test series as the opener was also dismissed on duck (3rd innings) during the first Test at Lord’s. Hafeez became the third Pakistan opener to be dismissed on duck more than once during a Test series in England. Former Pakistan openers Mudassar Nazar and Saleem Elahi were the other two batsmen who did this before Hafeez. Mudassar Nazar was dismissed thrice (including a pair) during 1982 Test series in England and Saleem Elahi was dismissed for twice (a pair) during 2001 Test series in England.
- After dismissing Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez, English Pacer James Anderson completed his 50th Test wicket against Pakistan. Anderson has taken 50+ Test wickets against 7 teams (including Pakistan). Anderson only is below 50 wickets against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Test cricket.
- Pakistan batsmen opener Sami Aslam and no.3 batsman Azhar Ali put on an 181-run partnership for the 2nd wicket in their innings which was Pakistan’s second highest Test partnership for the 2nd wicket in England. Pakistan’s highest 2nd wicket Test partnership in England was 291 runs between Mushtaq Mohammad and Zaheer Abbas against England at Edgbaston (Birmingham) in 1971.
- Pakistan’s no.3 batsman Azhar Ali hit a brilliant century in their first innings in this Test match. Before this, last time a no.3 Pakistan batsman scored a Test century at outside Asia was in 2006 by Younis Khan (173) against England at Leeds.
- Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali scored 139 runs before getting out on the very last ball of the day 2. Ali’s this 139 runs was the 4th highest Test score by a Pakistan batsman at Edgbaston (Birmingham). The other 3 top Test scores by Pakistan batsmen on this ground were: 274 by Zaheer Abbas (1971), 165 by Saleem Malik (1992) and 153* by Javed Miandad (1992).
- England has already used 7 bowlers in the Pakistan’s 1st innings. It is the 7th time that England used 7 bowlers in an innings against Pakistan in a home Test match. Before this match, last time England used 7 bowlers in an innings against Pakistan in a home Test match was in 1992 at this ground. Before this match, England had never used more than 7 bowlers in an innings against Pakistan in a home Test match.
Also, the ongoing innings is the 14th time (overall) that England used 7 or more bowlers in a Test innings against Pakistan. Only once England has used more than 7 bowlers in a Test innings against Pakistan and that was at Dhaka in 1962 (used 8 bowlers in the 3rd innings of that match).