After losing the opening Test to Pakistan, England needed something dramatic to bounce back in the two-Test rubber, and by the look of things till now they are well in pursuit of a brilliant victory in the 2nd Test at the Headingley in Oval.
It as some sensational fast bowling by the pace trio of England which bundled out Pakistan for a paltry score of 174 in their 1st innings.
James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes bagged three wickets each which brought about the downfall of Pakistan. Shadab Khan, the young leg-spinner played a crucial knock of 56 runs which eventually helped Pakistan go over the 150-mark. Hasan Ali also smashed a quickfire 24 off 16 deliveries which pushed the score up to 176.
England replied quite brilliantly with almost all the batsmen contributing to the team’s cause. Though there wasn’t a single century, the small contributions were enough to take England to a healthy score of 363 runs.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler was the top scorer for England,as he scored 101 balls 80 which studded with 11 fours and a couple of sixes over the fence.
For Pakistan, Faheem Ashraf was the most successful bowler bagging three wickets for just 60 runs. The lead of 189 runs was always going to prove too much for Pakistan especially on a pitch where the England bowlers have extracted enough help.
Pakistan lost Azhar Ali pretty early on in their 2nd innings. It was James Anderson who brought about his downfall.
Sensational catch by Dominic Bess
The next man to go was Harris Sohail. However, the effort of the wicket goes to the fielder as much as the bowler if not more.
Dominic Bess, the newcomer in the team, plucked out to a sensational catch out of thin air. He was fielding at the mid-off region. It was a poor shot from Harris. It was a full-length delivery in the off stump channel. The bat turned on his hand on the impact made by the ball. Bess threw himself at the ball and plucked the ball with his left hand.
— Arya Chakraborty (@AryaMady) June 3, 2018