After England scored 657 runs, both of Pakistan’s openers fought back well and ended the day unbeaten – details can be found here.
Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique put a solid opening stand for Pakistan, as they ended Day 2 at 181/0, with their side trailing England by 476 runs in the ongoing first Test at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The match is being played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Day 2 Highlights: Pakistan vs. England Day 2 Highlights:
Earlier, England had racked up an impressive first innings total of 657 runs before they were bowled out. Zak Crawley scored 122 runs, while Harry Brook scored 153 runs for the team. Ben Duckett (107) and Ollie Pope (108) had both reached the hundred-mark at this point in the game.
Imam-ul-Haq (90) and Abdullah Shafique (89) were very close to reaching the century mark when the umpires called stumps with 17 overs still to play on the second day of the match.
The home side needs 277 more runs in order to avoid being forced to follow on.
With the score at 506-4 when play resumed this morning, England scored 151 runs in 125 minutes, with Harry Brook bringing his overnight total of 101 to 153, making him one of four players to reach the century mark in this innings.
Naseem Shah, who ended with 3-140, was the bowler who was responsible for the dismissal of Brook, as well as skipper Ben Stokes (41), and debutant Liam Livingstone (9).
The leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood set a record for the most runs allowed by a bowler in their first Test match with 235 while taking four wickets.
Prior to it, in 2010, off-spinner Suraj Randiv of Sri Lanka let up 222 runs when playing against India in Colombo.
This is England’s greatest total against Pakistan in any Test, surpassing their previous best of 589-9, which they achieved in Manchester in 2016.
On Thursday, England made history by becoming the first side to reach 500 runs on the first day of a test match. This achievement surpassed Australia’s mark of 494-6 against South Africa in Sydney, which had stood for 112 years.
The three-match Test series will be England’s first in Pakistan in 17 years; the team has chosen not to travel the country in the intervening time due to concerns about their safety.