Masood ton spearheads Pakistan fightback


When two spinners opened the afternoon session for England — presumably to depend right down to the second new ball, though even that made little sense with 4 quick bowlers within the aspect — little did Joe Root know that the transfer might backfire. And the way.

Shan Masood and Shadab Khan settled right into a 105-run stand that will wrest again all of the momentum England had constructed within the morning session. And in contrast to yesterday afternoon, when England trailed on the again of some poor bowling, this session completely belonged to Pakistan and their modern batting, delivering them to 312/Eight at Tea on Day 2.

The partnership for the sixth wicket as a substitute piggybacked on some superb working between the wickets, the act principally pushed by Shadab Khan and which largely ran England ragged, leaving them shocked on the prospect of coping with white-ball urgency in a Check match set-up. And Root had no solutions.

Pakistan scored 27 runs within the 5 overs that Joe Root and Dom Bess bowled after lunch. And when Anderson and Broad picked up the second new ball and bowled eight overs between them, 42 runs got here off it. And no wickets. It was in stark distinction to what occurred this morning, when each the veteran seamers struck of their opening spells and left Pakistan huffing, puffing and completely stalled.

Shadab (45 off 76) had come out to bat to undo precisely that. And it labored wonders for Pakistan, who scored solely 48 runs within the morning session however would take lower than 10 overs to overtake that. There have been solely three boundaries (and no sixes) in Shadab’s innings however he pinched 20 singles, a few of them dangerous however completely applause-worthy, as England’s close-in fielders questioned simply how they might cease the singles from coming. They could not.

Masood went on to document his fourth Check hundred, and third on the trot, changing into solely the fifth abroad opener since 2015 to hit 100 in England. By all means, it was a memorable hundred, given the bowling circumstances on supply and his personal struggles in opposition to Anderson in 2016. This time, he left extra deliveries, even compelled Broad to modify away from his favoured round-the-wicket angle to left-handers and stored minting runs.

England did decide a couple of of wickets in direction of the top of the session, two of them from Jofra Archer who surprisingly obtained the second new ball solely when it was 18 overs previous. Shadab was the primary to fall, albeit after dropping his endurance and miscuing Dom Bess to mid-on. Archer took it up from there, getting Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas off consecutive deliveries.

Masood, now batting with No. 9 batsman Shaheen Afridi, swung a few sixes off Bess to carry up the 300 for Pakistan. After which a boundary in the identical over to sum up Pakistan’s dominion. This afternoon was all about them.

Temporary Scores: Pakistan 312/8 (Shan Masood 151* Babar Azam 69, Shadab Khan 45; Jofra Archer 3-45, Chris Woakes 2-43) vs England

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