Pakistan opener Abid Ali
Pakistan opener Abid Ali

Eng vs Pak, 2nd Test: Abid, Azhar help Pakistan off to steady start


Southampton, August 13, 2020

Skipper Azhar Ali and opener Abid Ali knuckled down against some sharp pace bowling and helped Pakistan reach 62/1 at lunch on a rain- affected Day 1 of the second Test against England here on Thursday.

At lunch, which was taken early due to showers, Azhar was batting on 20 and Abid was on 33 after the visitors decided to bat first.

Shan Masood, centurion in the first test, was trapped in front in just the third over of the day by England's pace spearhead James Anderson for one run. Azhar then joined hands with Abid and the pair dug deep to see the threat of England's veteran new ball bowlers Stuart Broad and Anderson.

England dropped two presentable chances in the slips, and saw a couple of other edges fall short.The hosts are missing star allrounder Ben Stokes in the second Test. Stokes will fly out to New Zealand and will therefore miss England's final two Tests.

England had earlier dramatically won the first Test on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Brief scores: Pakistan 62/1 (Abid Ali 33 batting, Azhar Ali 20 batting; James Anderson 1/15) vs England