England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test, Day 1 – Twitter Reactions
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England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test, Day 1 – Twitter Reactions

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England vs Pakistan [Photo-Twitter]

England have asserted themselves into the drivers’ seat on a rain-curtailed opening day of the second Test as they reduced Pakistan to 5-126 before inclement weather brought a premature end to the days’ proceedings.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali once again won the toss and decided to bat first. But unlike the first innings of the 1st Test, Pakistan coped a heavy blow in as early as the third over of the morning as James Anderson got the ball to swing into the left-hander Shan Masood, who appeared to play for the away delivery, got trapped right in front of the wickets.

On a cold muggy morning, England seam bowlers made the ball move both ways but unfortunately, they were not backed up by their slip fielding. Abid Ali was dropped twice in the cordon- first by Dom Sibley off Stuart Broad and then by Rory Burns off Woakes- in the first hour.

The duo of Abid and Azhar Ali kept England at bay for the rest of the session, notching up a 50-run stand, before rain enforced an early Lunch break.

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Azhar Ali looked edgy for his 20 but just as it looked like the right-hander was finally settling down into his innings, he slashed with hard hands to give an easy catch to Burns, who made no mistake this time around.

Ali’s dismissal broke the 72-run stand and post that it was a real struggle for Pakistan as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

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Abid Ali celebrates his fifty. Credits: Twitter.

Abid Ali could not make the optimum use of his chances and fell immediately after getting to his half-century. His dismissal was brilliantly affected by Sam Curran, who after having pitched consecutive deliveries on his legs, proceeded to pitch one on middle-stump; one that moved away at the very last instant and Abid Ali could do nothing but nick off.

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Fawad Alam [Photo-Twitter]
Asad Shafiq’s dismal run-of-form continued as he pushed at a Stuart Broad delivery outside the off-stump to give an easy catch to Dom Sibley. Shafiq’s dismissal brought the comeback man Fawad Alam to the crease. But, unfortunately, Alam’s comeback did not prove to be a fairytale as he was trapped right in front of the wickets for a 4-ball duck.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the 1st days’ play between England and Pakistan-

https://twitter.com/mediagag/status/1293894452516401153

https://twitter.com/AqeelViews/status/1293935978269290496?s=19

https://twitter.com/selva_cskian/status/1293947542514937862?s=19

https://twitter.com/Cric_writes7/status/1293943053510565889?s=19

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