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Masood shines with 156 before bowlers put Pakistan on Top of England after Day 2

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Shan Masood after scoring century at Old Trafford against England (Reuters Photo)

A brilliant display of batting and bowling performance by Pakistan put them on top of England after the end of Day 2, with Shan Masood shining with his brilliant knock of 156.

After a stop-start play due to rain on the first day of the 1st test match between England and Pakistan, the visitors finished their first innings on 326 with Shan Masood smashing his third consecutive hundred. He made a brilliant 156 runs to put Pakistan in the commanding position.

Pakistan bowlers also shine as they restricted England to 92/4 at the end of day’s play.

Earlier, Rain restricted the first day of the series to just 49 overs, but that was enough for Babar Azam who showed his class, technique, and temperament as he took the attack back to the hosts. He was well supported by the opening batsman, Shan Masood, as both took the wayward England bowling attack to the cleaners.

With 139 for 2 on the board on the first day, it wasn’t a lot of runs, but it had set the platform for the middle order to flourish. But the middle order collapsed in the first session of the second day.

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Resuming their innings from 139-2 on the second day and Babar and Masood 96-run unbeaten partnership was broken by Jimmy Anderson that saw Babar caught at the slip cordon to Joe root on 69. Soon after the beautiful looking Pakistan line up collapsed to the beautiful deliveries of Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes who dismissed Asad Shafiq and WicketKeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan respectively.

But it was Shan Masood who remained in the crease and ensured that Pakistan doesn’t lose any more. Firmly supported by Right-arm leg spinner batsman Shadab Khan who made quick runs to ensure to pressurize the bowlers and change the momentum of the game.

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It was then Masood and Shadab who dominated the 2nd session of the play with their 105 runs partnership that saw Masood get past his third consecutive hundred. He played a very patient innings which made sure that Pakistan crosses the 300 mark. He scored 18 fours and 2 sixes in his knock of 156 off 319 deliveries before being dismissed by Stuart Broad. Shadab Khan ably supported the left-hander with his knock of 46.

Pakistan innings came to the close on 326 with Anderson and Bess picking a piece each, Broad and Archer picking 3 Wickets each and Woakes chipped in with 2.

England batsman Dom Sibley(8) and  Rory Burns(4) came into bat to face the opening bowling combination of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Abbas who sent the pair packing early to the dressing room.

Stokes came in but was clean bowled on 0 by the beauty of Mohammad Abbas. Root scored 14 runs before nicking to Yasir Shah.

Ollie Pope(46*) and Jos Buttler(15*) stitched a crucial partnership in the end to ensure they don’t lose any more before the end of the day.

England trail by 234 runs with Pakistan hoping to dismiss England as early as possible to take the first innings lead and dominate the test match.

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