England captain Alastair Cook leveled the century tally of Sir Don Bradman on the first day at Old Trafford against Pakistan. Cook, after winning the toss on a good batting deck, had no hesitation in batting first. The England captain made full use of his decision as he began in style by plundering a few boundaries off the three left-arm pacers.
After losing opening partner Alex Hales early on, Cook weaved a magical stand with number three batsman Joe Root. Root, who was criticized after the previous test at Lord’s for his poor shot selection, launched a scathing counterattack along with Cook to pummel the Pakistani bowling attack. The duo added 185 runs for the second wicket and made it an extremely cumbersome day for the Pakistani bowlers.
During their entertaining stand, Cook registered his 29th test ton and equaled the tally of the legendary Sir Don Bradman. Soon, however, his stumps were shattered by his old nemesis Mohammad Amir for 105. Just when Cook seemed to be set to carry on his vigil after getting to his ton, Amir bowled a delivery pitched on middle and off.
The ball, however, didn’t take off too much and the low bounce was just too much for Cook to cope up with. Amir was off celebrating as soon as the stumps were dismantled. However, the English captain received a standing ovation from the crowd at Old Trafford for his spectacular knock that has already put England into the ascendency.
By the end of the first day’s play, England holds the upper hand with the score being 314-4 in 89 overs. Joe Root is still unbeaten on 141, and he will be eager to add to his score tomorrow. Check out the dismissal of Alastair Cook in the video below.