England in control of Pakistan in second Test at Edgbaston

By Will Turner
england cricket

england cricket

Stuart Broad and James Anderson took four wickets each as Pakistan struggled from the off on Day One of the Second Test at Edgbaston.

The timid tourists were simply blown away as the hosts’ pace trio dominated to remove them for just 72, Pakistan’s lowest-ever Test score against England.

England stuttered in their reply with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif taking early wickets, but Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen batted until the close, finishing on 112-2.

The hosts immediately stamped their authority on the innings highlighted by Imran Farhat’s 24 ball duck. He was quickly followed by Salman Butt and as Pakistan’s young heads continued to drop so did their wickets.

A good catch from Matt Prior removed the experienced Shoaib Malik off a swinging Anderson delivery and Azhar Ali finally departed for a 32 ball duck.

The only resistance came from Umar Akmal and Amin who reached double figures.

Broad and Steven Finn bowled to the suitable conditions to rip out the middle order before Anderson mopped up the tail with embarrassing ease.

Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook began the reply confidently taking the score to 44 before both fell in quick succession. Cook was unfortunately caught at slip after gloving a pull shot and Strauss edged to keeper Haider.

Bad light brought the day to a premature end with England on course to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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