Pakistan vs England 2nd Test – Day 1 Review – Alam failed in His Comeback Innings

The 2nd Test match between Pakistan and England started today at Southampton. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Pakistan’s start was shaky as the last match Centurion, Shaan Masood went early. On the 2nd ball of the 3rd over James Anderson, who is just inches away from becoming the first ever pacer to take 600 wickets in Test cricket, trapped Shaan in front of wickets. The ball was coming back in and Masood needed to get the bat in the way of that, he failed to do so went to the dressing room. England has a dream start at 6/1.

Then came Pakistan’s skipper who is no in a good form. He along with Abid Ali steadied the ship and just when it was looking that Pakistan can now sail smoothly, Azhar was out. He got a big edge that looped up for the slips. The poor run of form for the skipper continued. Azhar and Abid added 72 runs for the 2nd wicket.

After Azhar’s dismissal, Babar came on the crease and tried to built a partnership with Abid Ali. They managed to add 224 runs for the 3rd wicket partnership but Abid who was settled and was batting on 60, edged to the slip and Burns took the catch. Now Pakistan was slipping away at 102/3.

Asad Shafiq who was playing his 71st consecutive test was disappointment as well he managed to grab just 5 runs and once again failed to take responsibility. He became victim of Stuart Broad. After Asad’s departure it was Fawad Alam’s turn who made his way back into the team after 11 years gap. But Alam’s stay at the crease was not that long as he lasted only 5 minutes. Unfortunately, he was tangled up trying to defend. His long wait ended in a four-ball duck.

Now Rizwan and Babar Azam are at the crease. Babar is batting on 25 and Rizwan is not out on 4. Anderson came into this match with just six wickets to his name in last three Test matches at a very high average on more than 41. But he took 2 crucial wickets for 35 runs in his 15 overs. He is now 8 wickets away from the 600 wickets landmark. Overall, the rain-effected first day of the 2nd test belongs to England as Pakistan’s batting show was pathetic. Let’s see what Babar Azam and Rizwan can do on 2nd day. Ashwin was all praises for James Anderson as he took to Twitter to express his excitement for the Test match cricket. Wasim Akram also tweeted about the weather of Southampton.

What are your thoughts about the performance of Pakistan on the opening day of Southampton Test.

One thought on “Pakistan vs England 2nd Test – Day 1 Review – Alam failed in His Comeback Innings

  1. Very bad team selection, they brought back Fawad Alam only because of media pressure… the team management is totally dumb and out of ideas, and so is the captain as well…

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