Mohammad Amir denied as England dominate
LONDON: Mohammad Amir was denied a wicket on his hotly anticipated come back to Test cricket as England ruled the second morning of the main Test at Lord’s on Friday.
Britain all-rounder Chris Woakes took a Test-best six for 70 as Pakistan, 282 for six overnight, were rocked the bowling alley out for 339.
Britain then dashed to 64 for one at lunch, with commander Alastair Cook – dropped off Amir – 35 not out and new number three Joe Root 23 not out.
The team’s second-wicket stand was so far worth 56 in only 54 balls.
Yet, it may all have been diverse had Cook been out, as he ought to have been, on 22, with England then 38 for one.
The left-hander was drawn forward by a superb Amir conveyance on off stump just for first slip Mohammad Hafeez to drop the normal catch.
Pakistan continued with commander Misbah-ul-Haq 110 not out after the 42-year-old turned into the most seasoned player in 82 years to make a Test century on Thursday.
Be that as it may, Misbah added only four hurries to his overnight score, with Pakistan losing three wickets for six keeps running in eight balls as the fast and precise Woakes did the majority of the harm.
Sarfraz Ahmed made a lively 25 however the wicket-attendant fell tamely when he slice Woakes straight to James Vince at point.
That gave the 27-year-old Woakes his lady five wickets in a Test innings pull in what was the Warwickshire paceman’s ninth match at this level.
Two balls later Woakes, whose past best was the three for nine he took against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street in May, knocked down some pins Wahab Riaz for a duck with an inswinger.
Misbah was then late on a Stuart Broad ball that descended the slant and was knocked down some pins to end an over five-hour innings with 18 fours.
Amir making his arrival to Test cricket at Lord’s – the scene of his 2010 spot-altering wrongdoing – exited to bat to a modest bunch of boos from a limit swarm.
Amir, who served a five-year boycott and was given a correctional facility sentence as far as it matters for him in the spot-altering column, inside edged his first ball in Test cricket in six years, from Broad, for four.
He was then hit on the protective cap as he ducked into a Broad conveyance.
In any case, he likewise hit two well-struck fours before he was last man out, got in the sneaks past Root off Broad, England’s senior bowler without James Anderson, discounted with a shoulder damage.
Expansive took three for 71 in 27.2 overs.
Left-armer Amir opened the knocking down some pins and his third conveyance swung into the center of Alex Hales’ bat for a cut legside four.
However, Hales succumbed to six when he misinterpreted an inswinger from Rahat Ali – one of three left-arm quicks in Pakistan’s assault – and was gotten in the sneaks past Azhar Ali.
Cook, belying his notoriety for being an unfaltering run-producer, struck three fours in four balls as Rahat strayed onto the left-hander’s cushions.
Root joined in with five fours, including an exemplary straight drive off Rahat.