2nd Test between Pakistan and England to start tomorrow

21 Jul, 2016 11:24 am

MANCHESTER (92 News) – Second Test between Pakistan and England will start at Lords on Friday (tomorrow).

The series comprises four Tests, five One Day Internationals and a T-20 match. Misbah-ul-Haq is leading the national team in the Test series while Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed will lead Pakistan team in ODIs and Twenty-20 respectively.

Pakistan is leading the series with comprehensive win in first Test Match against England at Lord’s.

Pakistan’s win at Lord’s was a performance typical of the classic-era Pakistan teams where the batsmen, even on flat wickets, usually scored just about enough runs to allow their bowlers to barge through the opposition’s batting line-up.

England will be boosted by the return of pacer James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes, while also calling leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the squad. The team management has been pondering on playing two spinners in the game, which makes the selection of the playing 11 a tough task.

Pakistan, created history beating England by 75-runs at Lords to win their first Test at the venue in 20 years. Their last triumph came in 1996. Known as a mercurial side, the Men In Green put on a performance where everyone contributed — with the bat, ball and in the field.

Yasir Shah was the star of the show taking 10 wickets for 141 runs to spin Pakistan to victory; but that is not to overshadow the hundred made by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq in the first innings or the role played by Asad Shafiq or Wahab Riaz.

Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir finally got redemption six years after he was involved in the spot-fixing controversy, picking up the final wicket of Jake Ball to send the nation into a frenzy. While not at his best, Amir will look to improve as the series plays on.

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