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Test 1: Shan, Abass put Pakistan on top against England | Cricket News


MANCHESTER (England): Shan Masood scored a third century in as many innings and the closing Mohammad Abbas caused chaos at the top of England’s standings as Pakistan advanced in Test 1 at the close of day two at Old Trafford on Thursday .
England staggers 92 for four, still 234 runs behind Pakistan’s competitive total of 326 first innings, a total boosted by a superb career-best 156 from the first Shan match.
Much will probably depend on the current society in wicket, as Ollie Pope (46 not out) and Jos Buttler (15 not out) must design a rebuilding job as the last recognized hitters.
With Chris Woakes set to enter number seven, it’s a long queue for the hosts and Pakistan’s first wickets on the third morning could see them finish well behind the total first-innings from tourists.
Pakistan’s sewing attack was highlighted as a pre-series hazard and its first skirmish with England hitters ended in its favor.
Shaheen Afridi caught the leg of Rory Burns (4) before the wicket, before Abbas (2-24) did the same with Dom Sibley (8), then claimed the prize wicket from Ben Stokes for a duck, the ball cutting the stump with a subtle pinch off the field.
Captain Joe Root (14) was subdued and then eliminated, beating leg pitcher Yasir Shah over goalkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.
Pakistan resumed the second day with 139 for two, but added just 48 runs in the morning session at a paltry rate of 1.85 more, also losing to key hitter Babar Azam (69), Asad Shafiq (7) and Rizwan (9 ).
But for the first hour after lunch, they picked up the pace considerably as Shan and Shadab Khan (45) punished England’s loose attack, adding 105 runs in just over 25 overs for the sixth wicket.
Shan hit for 319 deliveries to anchor innings before Stuart Broad (3-54) caught his leg before the wicket.
Pakistan’s long tail was engulfed by fast and fiery bowler Jofra Archer (3-59) contributing to his demise.

Times of India