Pak vs Eng 1st test highlights: Woakes's batting heroics powers Eng to win

Yasir Shah led the way with 33 before he was caught behind by Jos Buttler off Stuart Broad. Last-man Naseem Shah was then bowled for four by Jofra Archer. Photo: @ICC

Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler played knocks of 84 and 75 respectively as England gained an improbable three-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Test of the three-match series at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday.

England chased down a total of 277 on the fourth day of the first Test.

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Chasing 277, England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley put on 22 runs for the first wicket, but Mohammad Abbas finally provided the breakthrough to Pakistan as he had Burns (10) adjudged leg-before wicket in the 12th over.

Skipper Joe Root came to the crease next, and he along with Sibley ensured that the side does not lose any more wickets before the lunch break, and England went into the lunch break at 55/1.

Sibley and Root eventually put up a 64-run stand, but their partnership was finally brought to an end by Yasir Shah as he dismissed Sibley (36) in the 36th over. Soon after, skipper Root (42) was also sent back to the pavilion by Naseem Shah, reducing England to 96/3 in the 39th over.

All eyes were on all-rounder Ben Stokes (9), but Pakistan's Yasir Shah sent him back to the pavilion in the 42nd over, and England was left in a spot of bother. Shaheen Shah Afridi, then also got among the wicket-taking charts as he scalped the wicket of Ollie Pope (7), reducing England to 117/5 in the 45th over.

Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler then got together at the crease, and the duo played in an aggressive manner to retrieve the innings for England. The hosts went into the tea break at 167/5, still, 110 runs away from the target with five wickets in hand.

Buttler and Woakes continued their march to frustrate the Pakistan bowling attack and the duo brought the target within the grasp of England. Both batsmen put up a stand of 139 runs, however, with just 21 runs away from the target, England lost the key wicket of Buttler (75) as Yasir Shah had him trapped in front of the wicket.

With England just needing four more runs for the win, Yasir Shah dismissed Stuart Broad (4), but in the end, Woakes and Dom Bess ensured England's win by three wickets.

For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped four wickets.

Earlier, resuming day four at 137/8, Yasir Shah (33) along with Mohammad Abbas (3*) and Naseem Shah (4) added 32 more runs to the overnight score to give England a target of 277 to win the first Test.

Stuart Broad was the pick of England bowlers as he scalped three wickets.

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11:00 PM IST Shaheen Afridi continues and Chris Woakes edges the first ball through slip cordon for FOUR. 

10:58 PM IST Over Summary:  1 W 0 0 0 0; England: 273-7; Chris Woakes (80), Dom Bess (0) Yasir Shah continues and Woakes cuts the first ball towards deep point for a single.  A full delivery and Broad goes for slog sweep, misses follows by a loud appeal, umpire raises the finger. Broad doesn't review.  Broad lbw b Yasir Shah 7(9) [4s-1] Dominic Bess, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the first one he faced. Bess goes on backfoot and defends, defends to end the over. 

10:53 PM IST Over Summary:  0 0 0 N 2 4 1; England: 272-6; Chris Woakes (79), Stuart Braod (7) Shaheen Afridi [14.0-1-49-1] is back into the attack and Woakes fails to score any while leaves the 4th ball, it is a NO BALL.  Woakes drills the 4th one towards sweeper cover for a couple of runs. Woakes punches the 5th one straight down the ground for FOUR. A short delivery and Woakes pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a single.  

10:46 PM IST Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 1; England: 264-6; Chris Woakes (72), Stuart Braod (2) Yasir Shah continues and Broad sweeps, hits the forward square leg.  Broad defends the next while sweeps the 3rd one towards deep backward square leg for a single. Woakes gets beaten outside off while leaves the next one alone. Woakes works the last one towards deep backward square leg for a single. 

10:42 PM IST Over Summary:  0 4 0 1 0 0; England: 262-6; Chris Woakes (71), Stuart Braod (1) Shadab Khan continues and Broad defends the first while sweeps the next towards deep backward square leg FOUR. Broad blocks the next while sweeps the full towards deep backward square leg for a single.  Woakes dabs towards third man for no run and drives next towards extra cover for no run. 

10:39 PM IST Over Summary:  2 0 2 0 W 1; England: 257-6; Chris Woakes (71), Stuart Braod (1) Yasir Shah continues Buttler collects a couple of runs off the 1st ball. Buttler defends the next while collects a couple of runs off the 3rd ball. Buttler leaves the 4th ball to keeper while Goes for reverse sweep off the 5th one, misses it, follows by a loud appeal and umpire raises the finger. Buttler reviews, and it is umpire's call. On field decision stands. Buttler lbw b Yasir Shah 75(101) [4s-7 6s-1] Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease and sweeps the last ball towards deep fine leg for a single.   

10:30 PM IST Over Summary:   0 0 0 1 6 1 ; England: 252-5; Chris Woakes (71), Jos Buttler (71) Shadab Khan continues and Woakes gets a leading edge off the first, doesn't carry to bowler. Woakes blocks the next while smashes the 3rd ball towards mid-off. Next one is half tracker and Woakes hits towards sweeper cover fo a single. Another half tracker and this time Buttler makes a connection, smashes towards deep mid-wicket for SIX. A single for Buttler to end the over. 

10:26 PM IST Over Summary:   0 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 244-5; Chris Woakes (70), Jos Buttler (64) Yasir Shah continues and Woakes leaves the first two deliveries while drives the third one towards sweeper cover for a single. Buttler leaves and blocks the remaining three deliveries. 

10:24 PM IST Over Summary:   1 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 243-5; Chris Woakes (69), Jos Buttler (64) Shadab Khan continues and starts the over with a half-tracker, Buttler tries to pull it, gets a top edge, but falls short of deep mid-wicket, a single taken. Woakes blocks the next while squeezes the 3rd one towards sweeper cover for a single. Buttler blocks the remaining three deliveries.

10:20 PM IST Over Summary:   0 0 1 2 1 1 ; England: 241-5; Chris Woakes (68), Jos Buttler (63) Yasir Shah continues and Buttler leaves the first two ball alone while reverse sweeps the 3rd one towards deep point for a single. Woakes goes on backfoot and hits towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs. He drives the next one towards sweeper cover for a single. Buttler goes on backfoot and works towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 

10:17 PM IST Over Summary:   1 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 236-5; Chris Woakes (65), Jos Buttler (61) Shadab Khan [4.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack and Buttler drives the first ball towards mid-off for a single. Woakes blocks the next one and hits the 3rd straight back to bowler.  Woakes tries to reverse sweep, misses it, follows by a loud appeal, umpire remains unmoved. Azhar takes a REVIEW a the last second. No bat involved, it was going over stumps. Pakistan lost all its review. Woakes blocks the remaining deliveries. 

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Over 82.1, England : 278-7 and wins the first test

Shaheen Afridi continues and Chris Woakes edges the first ball through slip cordon for FOUR. 

Over 82, Pak vs Eng live score: 272-7; England needs 4 runs to win

Over Summary:  1 W 0 0 0 0; England: 273-7; Chris Woakes (80), Dom Bess (0)

Yasir Shah continues and Woakes cuts the first ball towards deep point for a single. 

A full delivery and Broad goes for slog sweep, misses follows by a loud appeal, umpire raises the finger. Broad doesn't review.  Broad lbw b Yasir Shah 7(9) [4s-1]

Dominic Bess, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the first one he faced.

Bess goes on backfoot and defends, defends to end the over. 

Over 81, Pak vs Eng live score: 272-6; England needs 5 runs to win

Over Summary:  0 0 0 N 2 4 1; England: 272-6; Chris Woakes (79), Stuart Braod (7)

Shaheen Afridi [14.0-1-49-1] is back into the attack and Woakes fails to score any while leaves the 4th ball, it is a NO BALL. 

Woakes drills the 4th one towards sweeper cover for a couple of runs.

Woakes punches the 5th one straight down the ground for FOUR. A short delivery and Woakes pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

 

Over 80, Pak vs Eng live score: 264-6; England needs 13 runs to win

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 1; England: 264-6; Chris Woakes (72), Stuart Braod (2)

Yasir Shah continues and Broad sweeps, hits the forward square leg. 

Broad defends the next while sweeps the 3rd one towards deep backward square leg for a single.

Woakes gets beaten outside off while leaves the next one alone. Woakes works the last one towards deep backward square leg for a single. 

Over 79, Pak vs Eng live score: 262-6; England needs 15 runs to win

Over Summary:  0 4 0 1 0 0; England: 262-6; Chris Woakes (71), Stuart Braod (1)

Shadab Khan continues and Broad defends the first while sweeps the next towards deep backward square leg FOUR.

Broad blocks the next while sweeps the full towards deep backward square leg for a single. 

Woakes dabs towards third man for no run and drives next towards extra cover for no run. 

Over 78, Pak vs Eng live score: 257-6; Buttler out

Over Summary:  2 0 2 0 W 1; England: 257-6; Chris Woakes (71), Stuart Braod (1)

Yasir Shah continues Buttler collects a couple of runs off the 1st ball.

Buttler defends the next while collects a couple of runs off the 3rd ball.

Buttler leaves the 4th ball to keeper while Goes for reverse sweep off the 5th one, misses it, follows by a loud appeal and umpire raises the finger. Buttler reviews, and it is umpire's call. On field decision stands. Buttler lbw b Yasir Shah 75(101) [4s-7 6s-1]

Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease and sweeps the last ball towards deep fine leg for a single. 

 

Over 77, Pak vs Eng live score: 252-5; England needs 25 runs to win

Over Summary:   0 0 0 1 6 1 ; England: 252-5; Chris Woakes (71), Jos Buttler (71)

Shadab Khan continues and Woakes gets a leading edge off the first, doesn't carry to bowler.

Woakes blocks the next while smashes the 3rd ball towards mid-off. Next one is half tracker and Woakes hits towards sweeper cover fo a single.

Another half tracker and this time Buttler makes a connection, smashes towards deep mid-wicket for SIX. A single for Buttler to end the over. 

Over 76, Pak vs Eng live score: 244-5; England needs 33 runs to win

Over Summary:   0 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 244-5; Chris Woakes (70), Jos Buttler (64)

Yasir Shah continues and Woakes leaves the first two deliveries while drives the third one towards sweeper cover for a single.

Buttler leaves and blocks the remaining three deliveries. 

Over 75, Pak vs Eng live score: 243-5; England needs 34 runs to win

Over Summary:   1 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 243-5; Chris Woakes (69), Jos Buttler (64)

Shadab Khan continues and starts the over with a half-tracker, Buttler tries to pull it, gets a top edge, but falls short of deep mid-wicket, a single taken.

Woakes blocks the next while squeezes the 3rd one towards sweeper cover for a single. Buttler blocks the remaining three deliveries.

Over 74, Pak vs Eng live score: 241-5; England needs 36 runs to win

Over Summary:   0 0 1 2 1 1 ; England: 241-5; Chris Woakes (68), Jos Buttler (63)

Yasir Shah continues and Buttler leaves the first two ball alone while reverse sweeps the 3rd one towards deep point for a single.

Woakes goes on backfoot and hits towards deep extra cover for a couple of runs. He drives the next one towards sweeper cover for a single.

Buttler goes on backfoot and works towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 

Over 73, Pak vs Eng live score: 236-5; England needs 41 runs to win

Over Summary:   1 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 236-5; Chris Woakes (65), Jos Buttler (61)

Shadab Khan [4.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack and Buttler drives the first ball towards mid-off for a single.

Woakes blocks the next one and hits the 3rd straight back to bowler. 

Woakes tries to reverse sweep, misses it, follows by a loud appeal, umpire remains unmoved. Azhar takes a REVIEW a the last second. No bat involved, it was going over stumps. Pakistan lost all its review. Woakes blocks the remaining deliveries. 

Over 72, Pak vs Eng live score: 235-5; England needs 42 runs to win

Over Summary:   0 1 0 0 0 1 ; England: 235-5; Chris Woakes (65), Jos Buttler (60)

Yasir Shah continues and Woakes leaves the first one alone while drives the next one towards sweeper cover for a single.

A rank turner from Yasir, Buttler tries to cut it misses, Rizwan appeals his heart out, umpire remains unmoved. Azhar Ali takes review, ultra edge doesn't show any movement. Pakistan lost its review, only one left with them.

Buttler reverse sweep the last ball for a single after surviving two magic deliveries.  

Over 71, Pak vs Eng live score: 233-5; England needs 44 runs to win

Over Summary:   0 N 0 0 0 0 2 ; England: 233-5; Chris Woakes (64), Jos Buttler (59)

Shaheen Afridi continues and Buttler drives towards extra cover for no run while leaves the next one alone, NO BALL called.

Buttler leaves the 2nd ball alone to keeper. He blocks the 3rd ball towards short extra cover for no run.

A yorker for Shaheen and Buttler digs out to mid-off for no run. Buttler blocks the 5th one and flicks the last one towards wide of deep square leg for a couple of runs. 

Over 70, Pak vs Eng live score: 230-5; England needs 47 runs to win

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 1 0 ; England: 230-5; Chris Woakes (64), Jos Buttler (57)

Yasir Shah continues...

Woakes edges the 2nd ball but it falls just short of second slip. Woakes taps the 4th ball towards square leg for a quick single.

Buttler works towards backward square leg for a single. Woakes blocks the last delivery. 


Over 69, Pak vs Eng live score: 228-5; England needs 49 runs to win

Over Summary: 0 2 0 1 0 0 ; England: 228-5; Chris Woakes (63), Jos Buttler (56)

Shaheen continues from around the wicket...

Woakes cuts the 2nd one towards deep point for a couple of runs follows by a single. 

A yorker and Buttler digs it out, blocks the last one. 

Over 68, Pak vs Eng live score: 225-5

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 1 ; England: 225-5, needs 52 runs to win; Chris Woakes (60), Jos Buttler (56)

Yasir Shah continues..

Woakes blocks the first two while edge the third one towards third man for a couple of runs. He blocks the next two deliveries while pushes the last ball towards long-off for a single. 

Over 67, Pak vs Eng live score: 222-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 2 0 0 ; England: 222-5, needs 55 runs to win; Chris Woakes (57), Jos Buttler (56)

Shaheen Afridi continues around the wicket and Woakes cuts the 1st ball towards deep point for a single.

Buttler moves off side and tries to work towards leg but does not has enough room while defends the next.

Buttler glances the 4th ball towards fine leg for a couple of runs.

Shaheen goes over the wicket and Buttler defends the 5th ball while leaves the last ball alone.  

Over 66, Pak vs Eng live score: 219-5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 0 1 ; England: 219-5, needs 58 runs to win; Chris Woakes (56), Jos Buttler (54)

Yasir Shah continues after DRINKS BREAK and Woakes cuts the 2nd ball towards deep point for a single. 

Yasir goes around the wicket..

Buttler taps the 4th ball toward cover for a single. 

Over 65, Pak vs Eng live score: 216-5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 1 0; England: 216-5, needs 61 runs to win; Chris Woakes (54), Jos Buttler (53)

Shaheen Afridi [10.0-1-38-1] is back into the attack and Buttler tucks the 2nd ball towards mid-wicket region for a single.

Woakes blocks the next two deliveries and collects a single off the 5th towards deep mid-wicket. Buttler blocks the last one. Time for DRINKS

Over 64, Pak vs Eng live score: 214-5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 214-5, needs 63 runs to win; Chris Woakes (53), Jos Buttler (52)

Yasir Shah [20.0-2-74-2] is back into the attack and concedes only a single. 

Over 63, Pak vs Eng live score: 213-5; Buttler, Woakes complete FIFTY

Over Summary: 1 4 4 0 1 1; England: 213-5, needs 64 runs to win; Chris Woakes (53), Jos Buttler (51)

Naseem Shah continues...

Buttler collects a single off the first ball towards fine leg and completes his17th fifty. 

Woakes smashes the 2nd ball towards cover boundary. 

Consecutive boundaries for Woakes as he drives the 3rd ball for FOUR and completes his fifty. A single each for both the batters to end the over. 
 

Over 62, Pak vs Eng live score: 202-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 1; England: 202-5, needs 75 runs to win; Chris Woakes (44), Jos Buttler (49)

Abbas continues...

Woakes pushes the 1st ball uppishly towards mid-off for no run and flicks the next to short mid-wicket.

Woakes pulls the short delivery (4th one) towards deep square leg for a single.

Buttler defends the 5th one while flicks the last delivery towards deep square leg for a single. 

Over 61, Pak vs Eng live score: 200-5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 4 1 0 ; England: 200-5, needs 77 runs to win; Chris Woakes (43), Jos Buttler (48)

Naseem Shah continues...

Buttler defends the first one while taps the 2nd towards deep point for a single.

Woake tries to drives without any foot movement, gets beaten.

Woakes cuts the 4th ball towards deep backward point for FOUR. Change of field, it is for short stuff, Naseem going around the wicket and bowls a bumper. Woakes just taps it, gets a top edge falls just wide of Yasir Shah at mid-wicket, who made a diving effort. 

Over 60, Pak vs Eng live score: 194-5

Over Summary: 0 1 1 4 0 0 ; England: 194-5, needs 83 runs to win; Chris Woakes (38), Jos Buttler (47)

Woakes continues and Woakes collects a single off the 2nd delivery.

Butter works the 3rd ball towards deep square leg for a single. Woakes hits the 4th ball wide of mid-on for FOUR and defends the next.

The last ball hits Woakes high on the bat, pushes towards mid-on for no run. 

Over 59, Pak vs Eng live score: 188-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 188-5, needs 89 runs to win; Chris Woakes (33), Jos Buttler (46)

Naseem Shah [10.0-4-24-1] is back into the attack and tests Buttler outside off. Buttler, however, picks the length off the 5th one and pulls towards deep mod-wicket for FOUR. 

Over 58, Pak vs Eng live score: 184-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 184-5, needs 93 runs to win; Chris Woakes (33), Jos Buttler (42)

Abbas continues and concedes only a single. 

Over 57, Pak vs Eng live score: 183-5

Over Summary: 0 2 1 1 0 0 ; England: 183-5, needs 94 runs to win; Chris Woakes (33), Jos Buttler (41)

Shadab Khan continues and concedes four runs. 

Over 56, Pak vs Eng live score: 179-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 1 1 ; England: 179-5, needs 98 runs to win; Chris Woakes (30), Jos Buttler (40)

Mohammad Abbas continues...

Woakes defends the first three deliveries while gets a thick outside edge off the 4th one towards deep point for a single.

Buttler dabs the 5th ball to point for a single. Woakes collects a single off the last.  

Over 55, Pak vs Eng live score: 176-5

Over Summary: 0 1 1 1 1 4 ; England: 176-5, needs 101 runs to win; Chris Woakes (28), Jos Buttler (39)

Shadab continues and concedes four singles before Buttler drives the last ball towards extra cover for FOUR. 

Over 54, Pak vs Eng live score: 168-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 ; England: 168-5, needs 109 runs to win; Chris Woakes (25), Jos Buttler (33)

Mohammad Abbas starts the proceedings after tea break...

Buttler blocks the first three deliveries and works the 4th one towards deep square leg for a single.

Abbas beats Woakes outside off.  

Over 53, England live score: 167-5; needs 110 runs to win

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 1 ; England: 167-5, needs 110 runs to win; Chris Woakes (26), Jos Buttler (32)

Shadab Khan [1.0-0-4-0] is back into the attack and Woakes defends the first four deliveries while edges the 5th ball towards third one for a single.

A half tracker and Butter pulls it straight to deep mid-wicket and brings up 50-run stand for 6th wicket. It is tea at the Old Trafford. 

Over 52, Pak vs Eng live score: 165-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 4 0 ; England: 165-5, needs 112 runs to win; Chris Woakes (25), Jos Buttler (31)

Yasir Shah continues...

Buttler collects a single towards sweeper cover off he 1st delivery. Woakes defends the next two deliveries while collects a single off the 4th one. 

Buttler sweeps the 5th delivery powerfully towards deep point for FOUR.

Over 51, Pak vs Eng live score: 159-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 0 2 ; England: 159-5, needs 118 runs to win; Chris Woakes (24), Jos Buttler (26)

Shaheen Afridi continues and Woakes is counter attacking as he collects six runs from the over again, including a boundary. 

Over 50, Pak vs Eng live score: 153-5

Over Summary: 0 1 4 1 0 0 ; England: 153-5, needs 125 runs to win; Chris Woakes (18), Jos Buttler (26)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes six runs, including a boundary. The runs are coming thick and fast for England, though still has to go a miles

Over 49, Pak vs Eng live score: 147-5

Over Summary: 1 0 2 4 0 0 ; England: 147-5, needs 130 runs to win; Chris Woakes (13), Jos Buttler (25)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes seven runs, including a boundary for Woakes. 

Over 48, Pak vs Eng live score: 140-5

Over Summary: 2 4 0 1 0 0 ; England: 140-5, needs 137 runs to win; Chris Woakes (7), Jos Buttler (24)

Yasir Shah continues...

Buttler sweeps towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs. Buttler sweeps towards deep square leg for FOUR. 

Over 47, Pak vs Eng live score: 133-5; Woakes on fire

Over Summary: 0 0 1 4 3 1 ; England: 133-5, needs 144 runs to win; Chris Woakes (7), Jos Buttler (17)

Shaheen Afridi continues and Buttler collects a single off the 3rd one.

Chris Woakes slashes outside off and ball goes past gully for FOUR. A short delivery and Woakes clears the mid-on, collects three runs. A single for Buttler to end the over. 

Over 46, Pak vs Eng live score: 124-5

Over Summary: 2 4 0 0 0 1 ; England: 124-5, needs 153 runs to win; Chris Woakes (0), Jos Buttler (15)

Yasir Shah continues...

Buttler cuts the first ball towards deep point for a couple of runs. Buttler unleashes the reverse sweep the 2nd delivery for FOUR. 

Over 45, Pak vs Eng live score: 117-5; Shaheen gets Pope

Over Summary: 0 0 0 N 0 W 0 ; England: 117-5, needs 160 runs to win; Chris Woakes (0), Jos Buttler (8)

Shaheen Afridi continues around the wicket...

Ollie Pope blocks and defends first four deliveries as Shaheen tests him outside off. However, the 5th one shoots up from good length and surprises Pope, hits on his gloves and balloned, Shadab completes the catch, England looses five. Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan b Shaheen Afridi 7(18) [4s-1]

Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease and left the last delivery outside off alone. 

 

Over 44, Pak vs Eng live score: 116-4

Over Summary: 0 1 4 0 4 0 ; England: 116-4, needs 161 runs to win; Ollie Pope (7), Jos Buttler (8)

Yasir Shah continues...

Pope blocks the first one while collects a single off the next one.

A full delivery, Buttler drives through extra cover for FOUR, defens the next and smashes the 5th ball in same direction for FOUR. 

Over 43, Pak vs Eng live score: 107-4

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 107-4, needs 170 runs to win; Ollie Pope (6), Jos Buttler (0)

Shaheen Afridi [5.0-1-14-0] is back into the attack and concedes only a single to Pope. 
 

Over 42, Pak vs Eng live score: 106-4; Yasir gets Stokes

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 W ; England: 106-4, needs 171 runs to win; Ollie Pope (5), Jos Buttler (0)

Yasir Shah continues...

Pope collects a single towards cover off the 4th delivery after blocking first three deliveries.

Stokes defends the next one while the last one shoots up to shoulder height, goes past Stoke's gloves, follows by a loud appeal, umpire remains unmoved. Azhar Ali takes the review and this is very close to the glove. Not only that, this has brushed the glove as per Ultra Edge, GONE, Stokes c Rizwan b Yasir Shah 9(20) [4s-2]

Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 41, Pak vs Eng live score: 105-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 105-3, needs 172 runs to win; Ollie Pope (4), Ben Stokes (9)

Naseem Shah continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Stokes. 

Over 40, Pak vs Eng live score: 105-3

Over Summary: 0 0 4 1 0 0 ; England: 105-3, needs 172 runs to win; Ollie Pope (4), Ben Stokes (9)

Yasir Shah continues and Ben Stokes reverse sweeps the 3rd one for FOUR after defending the first two deliveries. 

Over 39, Pak vs Eng live score: 100-3; Naseem gets Root

Over Summary: 0 0 0 W 0 4 ; England: 100-3, needs 177 runs to win; Ollie Pope (4), Ben Stokes (4)

Naseem Shah continues...

Root defends and blocks the first three deliveries before edging the 4th ball to first slip. GONE. Root c Babar Azam b Naseem Shah 42(84) [4s-7]

Ollie Pope, right handed bat, comes to the crease and flicks the last ball of the over towards deep square leg for FOUR

Over 38, Pak vs Eng live score: 96-2

Over Summary: 4 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 96-2, needs 181 runs to win; Joe Root (42), Ben Stokes (4)

Yasir Shah continues around the wicket and Root unleashed a reverse sweep, hits the first ball for FOUR. Root taps the 3rd ball towards cover for a single.

Ben Stokes survives the darting in delivery. 

Over 37, Pak vs Eng live score: 91-2

Over Summary: 1 0 0 4 0 0 ; England: 91-2, needs 186 runs to win; Joe Root (37), Ben Stokes (4)

Naseem Shah continues and concedes five runs, including a boundary to Ben Stokes. 

Over 36, Pak vs Eng live score: 86-2; Yasir scalps Sibley

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 1 W ; England: 86-2, needs 191 runs to win; Joe Root (36), Ben Stokes (0)

Yasir Shah continues and Root smashes the first ball for FOUR while collects a single off the 5th one.

Sibley goes for a booming cover, edges to first slip, GONE. Sibley c Shafiq b Yasir Shah 36(114) [4s-4]

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
 

Over 35, Pak vs Eng live score: 81-1

Over Summary: 0 L2 4 0 1 0 ; England: 81-1, needs 196 runs to win; Joe Root (31), Dominic Sibley  (36)

Naseem Shah continues and concedes seven runs, including a boundary. 

Over 34, Pak vs Eng live score: 74-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2 ; England: 74-1, needs 203 runs to win; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (36)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes a double to Sibley. 

Over 33, Pak vs Eng live score: 72-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 72-1, needs 205 runs to win; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (34)

Naseem Shah [5.0-2-10-0] is back into the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over to Root.

Over 32, Pak vs Eng live score: 72-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2 ; England: 72-1, needs 205 runs to win; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (34)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes a couple of runs to Sibley.

Over 31, Pak vs Eng live score: 70-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 70-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (32)

Abbas bowls a MAIDEN over to Root.

Over 30, Pak vs Eng live score: 70-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 70-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (32)

Yasir Shah bowls a MAIDEN over to Sibley. 

Over 29, Pak vs Eng live score: 70-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 70-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (32)

Abbas continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Root.

Over 28, Pak vs Eng live score: 70-1

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 70-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (32)

Yasir Shah continues and Sibley slices the first ball towards deep backward point for FOUR. 

Over 27, Pak vs Eng live score: 66-1

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 66-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (28)

Abbas continues and concedes only a single. 

Over 26, Pak vs Eng live score: 65-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1 ; England: 65-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (27)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes a single to Sibley off the last delivery. 

Over 25, Pak vs Eng live score: 64-1

Over Summary: 4 0 0 N 0 0 0 ; England: 64-1; Joe Root (26), Dominic Sibley  (26)

Abbas continues and concedes five runs, including a boundary.

Over 24, Pak vs Eng live score: 59-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 59-1, needs 218 runs; Joe Root (22), Dominic Sibley  (26)

Yasir Shah continues after Lunch and bowls a MAIDEN over to Dom Sibley. 

Over 23, Pak vs Eng live score: 59-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 59-1, needs 218 runs; Joe Root (22), Dominic Sibley  (26)

Abbbas bowls the first over after Lunch and concedes aboundary to Root.  

Over 22, England live score: 55-1 at Lunch, needs 222 runs to win

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 1 1 ; England: 55-1; Joe Root (18), Dominic Sibley  (26)

Yasir Shah bowls the last over before lunch...

Root and Sibley play the over nicely taking 4 singles combined. 

Over 21, Pak vs Eng live score: 51-1

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 3 0 ; England: 51-1, needs 226 runs; Joe Root (16), Dominic Sibley  (24)

Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack and concedes three runs, including a triple. 

Over 20, Pak vs Eng live score: 47-1

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 1 0 ; England: 47-1, needs 230 runs; Joe Root (15), Dominic Sibley  (21)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes five runs, including a boundary, to Joe Root. 

Over 19, Pak vs Eng live score: 42-1

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 42-1, needs 235 runs; Joe Root (10), Dominic Sibley  (21)

Naseem Shah continues and Root collects a single off the first one.

Sibley slices the 5th ball towards gully region for FOUR. 

Over 18, Pak vs Eng live score: 37-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 ; England: 37-1, needs 240 runs; Joe Root (9), Dominic Sibley  (17)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes only a single to Joe Root. 

Over 17, Pak vs Eng live score: 36-1

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 36-1, needs 241 runs; Joe Root (8), Dominic Sibley  (17)

Naseen Shah continues and Root collects a single off the 2nd one towards mid-wicket.

Sibley defends the next delivery while edges the 4th one to first slip, but ball falls shot of Babar. 

Over 16, Pak vs Eng live score: 35-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 ; England: 35-1, needs 242 runs; Joe Root (7), Dominic Sibley  (17)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes only a single to Joe Root towards sweeper cover. 

Over 15, Pak vs Eng live score: 34-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 34-1, needs 243 runs; Joe Root (6), Dominic Sibley  (17)

Naseem Shah continues and tests Sibley outside off with a pace.

He beats the batsman outside off with a peach of dlivery and Sibley looks solid in defence. 

Over 14, Pak vs Eng live score: 34-1

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 0 0 ; England: 34-1, needs 243 runs; Joe Root (6), Dominic Sibley  (17)

Yasir Shah, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack and concedes three singles. 

Over 13, Pak vs Eng live score: 31-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; England: 31-1, needs 246 runs; Joe Root (5), Dominic Sibley  (15)

Naseem Shah continues and bowls a good over, barring a loosner down the leg side. Root hits it towards deep square leg for FOUR.

 

Over 12, Pak vs Eng live score: 27-1; Abbas scalps Burns

Over Summary: W 1 0 4 0 0 ; England: 27-1, needs 250 runs; Joe Root (1), Dominic Sibley  (15)

Abbas continues around the wicket to Burns and nips back in the first ball hits the batsman on back leg, follows by a loud appeal, umpire raises the finger. Burns take review and 'stumps htting' is umpire's call. GONE. Rory Burns lbw b Abbas 10(28) [4s-1]

Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease and hits fullish delivery towards wide of mid-on for a single. Sibley blocks the next one while clips the gentle loosner down the leg side to deep square leg for FOUR. 
 

Over 11, Pak vs Eng live score: 22-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 22-0, needs 255 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (11)

Naseem Shah, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over to Dom Sibley. 

Over 10, Pak vs Eng live score: 22-0

Over Summary: 0 4 0 1 0 0 ; England: 22-0, needs 255 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (11)

Abbas continues and Sibley edges the 2nd ball through gully for FOUR. A single for Sibley off the 4th delivery. Burns blocks the remaining two deliveries. 

Over 9, Pak vs Eng live score: 17-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 3 ; England: 17-0, needs 260 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (6)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a triple off the last delivery to Sibley.

Over 8, Pak vs Eng live score: 14-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 14-0, needs 263 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (3)

Abbas bowls a maiden over to Burns

Over 7, Pak vs Eng live score: 14-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 14-0, needs 263 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (3)

Shaheen Afridi continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Dom Sibley

Over 6, Pak vs Eng live score: 14-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1 ; England: 14-0, needs 263 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (3)

Abbas continues and beats Sibley twice on couple of occassion, before the batter collects a single off the last delivery. 

Over 5, Pak vs Eng live score: 13-0

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 0 ; England: 13-0, needs 264 runs; Rory Burns (10), Dominic Sibley  (2)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a couple of runs off the 3rd delivery to Burns. 

Over 4, Pak vs Eng live score: 11-0

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 0 0 ; England: 11-0, needs 266 runs; Rory Burns (8), Dominic Sibley  (2)

Mohammad Abbas continues...

Sibley tucks the 2nd ball towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs, thanks to a miss field.

Abbas tests Sibley outside off, beating him in some occasions but the batter somehow survives.  

Over 3, Pak vs Eng live score: 9-0

Over Summary: 0 0 2 N 0 4 0 ; England: 9-0, needs 268 runs; Rory Burns (8), Dominic Sibley  (0)

Shaheen Afridi continues...

Burns blocks the first two deliveries while drives the third one towards cover for a couple of runs.

Burns glances the 5th ball towards fine leg boundary for FOUR. 

Over 2, Pak vs Eng live score: 2-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 2-0; Rory Burns (2), Dominic Sibley  (0)

Mohammad Abbas, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over to Dom Sibley.

Over 1, Pak vs Eng live score: 2-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 2 0 ; England: 2-0; Rory Burns (2), Dominic Sibley  (0)

Rory Burns and Sibley are at the crease. Rory Burns is on strike. Shaheen Afridi opens the attack

Shaheen tests Burns outside off before the souithpaw drives the 5th delivery nicely twoards extra cover for a couple of runs. 

Over 46.4, Pakistan : 169-10, leads by 276 runs

Jofra Archer continues and concedes seven runs, including 4 leg byes before knocking off Naseem Shah. 
Jofra Archer (Photo: ICC Twitter)

Over 46, Pak vs Eng live score: 162-9; Yasir departs after a blitz

Over Summary: 4 0 6 0 W 4 ; Pakistan: 162-9; Naseem Shah (4), Mohammad Abbas (0)

Stuart Broad [9.0-3-23-2] is back into the attack and smashes the first ball for FOUR towards mid-wicket while blocks the next.

Yasir slogs the 3rd ball towards deep mid-wicket for SIX while defends the one.

The field is to save a single, Yasir goes for big hoick, manages only a thin edge to keeper, he did his job though, scoring crucial 21 runs.   Yasir Shah c Buttler b Broad 33(24) [4s-5 6s-1]

Naseem Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease and smashes the yorkish length delivery over bowler's head for FOUR. 

Over 45, Pak vs Eng live score: 148-8

Over Summary: 2 4 4 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 148-8; Yasir Shah (23), Mohammad Abbas (0)

Jofra Archer bowls the first over and Yasir Shah collects a couple of runs iff the first ball. 

Yasir smashes two consecutive boundaries before collecting a single off the 4th. Abbas blocks the remaining two deliveries. 

 

Day 4, Pak vs Eng live updates: Weather will play any role?

It is a sunny morning at The Old Trafford today and it seems unlikely that weather would play any role today. A riveting day of cricket awaits... stay tuned, we will keep you updated.


Yasir, Shadab can play a crucial role in England's 2nd innings, says Mushtaq Ahmed

Pakistan spin bowling coach and team mentor for the England tour Mushtaq Ahmed heaped praises on the spin duo of Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan and went on to say that they could play a crucial role in England's second innings if they have a decent target to defend.
 
Both the spinners shared six wickets between them in host's first innings which ended at 219 in 70.3 overs. The duo bowled just 21.3 overs in the first innings.
 
"The way Yasir and Shadab bowled, they understand the pitch and the pace you have to bowl to each specific batsman and the field positioning you need to have. I think they're very confident in the way they bowl. Yasir began with nerves but you can understand that. Both spinners bowled very well in the middle session, and that gives me hope they can play a crucial role as long as they have a decent target to defend," ESPNcricinfo quoted Ahmed as saying after the conclusion of third day's play at Old Trafford.
 
Pakistan have taken a 244-run lead over England on day three of the first Test on Friday. Pakistan had racked up 326 runs on the board in their first innings while England only managed to score 219 runs in their first innings.
 
However, England bowlers brought the team back in the game as they have already reduced the visitors to 137/8 in their second innings.
 
"I don't think we were complacent. The boys are very focused. But whenever we were about to put up a partnership, we lost a wicket. The Asad dismissal was a bit painful because the scoreboard had started tickling along and both batsmen were set. Like I said, the boys are playing cricket after a while so you need to understand the ebbs and flows of the game and that sometimes takes time," Ahmed said.
 

NEWS ALERT: We can turn the tables on Pakistan, says Woakes

England pace bowler Chris Woakes says his side has encountered impossible-looking situations in the past and overcome them, giving him confidence that they can effect a turnaround in the first Test against Pakistan.
 
Pakistan have extended their lead to 244, a total which has not be chased more than once in the history of Old Trafford.
 
Last summer England won the World Cup final and Headingley Ashes Test from seemingly impossible positions.
 
"You will hear a lot about records and run-chases, but they are there to be broken. You look at those wins - those are the sort where we were written off," Woakes was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
 
"We've definitely got the ability. It's obviously going to be difficult, but we have got the players that can do it, " he said.
 

Day 3 highlights

Pakistan have taken a 244-run lead over England on day three of the first Test at The Old Trafford, Manchester on Friday.
 
Pakistan had racked up 326 runs on the board in their first innings while England only managed to score 219 runs in their first innings. However, England bowlers brought the team back in the game as they have already reduced the visitors to 137/8 in their second innings. READ MATCH REPORT HERE
 

Over 44, Pakistan: 137-8 at Stumps, leads by 244 runs

Over Summary: 0 0 W 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 137-8; Yasir Shah (12), Mohammad Abbas (0)

Ben Stokes [3.0-0-11-1] is back into the attack and Shaheen blocks the first two deliveries while edges the 3rd one, a bouncer. GONE. Shaheen Afridi c Rory Burns b Stokes 2(11)

Mohammad Abbas, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the remaining three deliveries and it is stumps on Day 3. Pakistan leads by 244 runs. 

Over 43, Pak vs Eng live score: 137-7; Pakistan leads by 244 runs

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 137-7; Yasir Shah (12), Shaheen Afridi (2)

Dominic Bess [11.0-1-40-1] is back into the attack and Yasir Shah fails to score off the first two deliveries. 

Yasir comes down the pitch and blocks it. A MAIDEN over
 

Over 42, Pak vs Eng live score: 137-7; Pakistan leads by 244 runs

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 0 2 ; Pakistan: 137-7; Yasir Shah (12), Shaheen Afridi (2)

Broad continues and concedes seven runs, including a FOUR to Yasir Shah off the first delivery. 

Over 41, Pak vs Eng live score: 130-7

Over Summary: 2 4 N1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 130-7; Yasir Shah (7), Shaheen Afridi (0)

Stokes continues...

Yasir Shah collects a couple of runs off the first ball towards sweeper cover while glances the 2nd one towards deep fine leg for FOUR. 

A short delivery and Yasir pulls without any timing towards fine leg for a single. Shaheen leaves, defends and blocks the remaining deliveries. 

Over 40, Pak vs Eng live score: 122-7; Broad scalps Shadab

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 W ; Pakistan: 122-7; Yasir Shah (0), Shaheen Afridi (0)

Stuart Broad continues and Shadab collects a couple of runs off the 1st one.

Shadab blocks, leaves and defends the remaining before the last one hits one the pads. A loud appeal for LBW, umpire remains unmoved. Root takes review and it is ALL THREE REDS, Shadab departs. Shadab Khan lbw b Broad 15(22) [4s-2]. Pakistan has not much in its kitty to defend, yet. 10 mins left for today's play and it would be interesting see whether Pak's trail wags or not. 

Shaheen Afridi, left handed bat, comes to the crease 

Over 39, Pak vs Eng live score: 120-6; Stokes produces magic with his golden arm

Over Summary: 1 W 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 120-6; Yasir Shah (0), Shadab Khan (13)

Ben Stokes continues...

Shadab Khan tucks the 1st ball around the corner for a single.

A straight delivery, Rizwan fails to put bat on ball, hits him above knee roll. Stokes pleads to umpire and finger raised. Golden arm strikes again, though Rizwan reviews. The wicket hitting is Umpire's call, GONE. Rizwan lbw b Stokes 27(43) [4s-2]

Yasir Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves the next tow deliveries. 

Over 38, Pak vs Eng live score: 119-5; Pakistan leads by 226 runs

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 119-5; Mohammad Rizwan (27), Shadab Khan (12)

Stuart Broad [6.0-3-13-1] is back into the attack and Shadab Khan collects a single off the 2nd ball.

Rizwan tries to steal the single but doesn't place the balls in the gaps enough. 20 minutes left in today's day play. 
 

Over 37, Pak vs Eng live score: 118-5; Pakistan leads by 225 runs

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 1 0 ; Pakistan: 118-5; Mohammad Rizwan (27), Shadab Khan (11)

Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Rizwan gets an inside edge off the first delivery but ball falls short of keeper while hits the next one towards deep fine leg for a single.

Shadab tries to pull the short one, misses. He tries to poke outside off, beaten. However, he does manages to collects a single off the 5th delivery towards deep fine leg.

Rizwan lefts the last ball alone to the keeper. 

Over 36, Pak vs Eng live score: 116-5

Over Summary: 2 0 1 2 0 N 4 ; Pakistan: 116-5; Mohammad Rizwan (26), Shadab Khan (10)

James Anderson continues...

Rizwan clips the first ball towards wide of square leg for a couple of runs and gets a single off the 3rd one.

Shadab Khan cuts towards backward point for a couple of runs.

The last ball is NO BALL, Anderson re-bowls the last one, Shadab Khan edges the last ball towards third man for FOUR.  

Over 35, Pak vs Eng live score: 106-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 4 0 0 ; Pakistan: 106-5; Mohammad Rizwan (23), Shadab Khan (4)

Dom Bess continues...

Rizwan collects a single off the first one. Shadab looking for runs but fails to do so in next two deliveries.

Bess bowls a half-tracker and Shadab goes on backfoot and smashes towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR. 

Over 34, Pak vs Eng live score: 101-5; Shafiq run out

Over Summary: 4 0 1 1 W 0 ; Pakistan: 101-5; Mohammad Rizwan (22), Shadab Khan (0)

Anderson continues..

Rizwan drives the first ball straight down the ground for FOUR while blocks the next one

Rizwan collects a single off the 3rd ball towards mid-wicket region while Shafiq has one off the next.

Rizwan taps the 5th delivery towards short cover and scampher for a single, Sibley covers the ball and hits the striker's end Shafiq falls short by a metre, GONE. A gift for England, who is unable to break Rizwan-Shafiq stand. Shafiq run out (Sibley) 29(43) [4s-3]

Shadab Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease and nudges towards offside for no run. 

Over 33, Pak vs Eng live score: 95-4; Pakistan leads by over 200-runs

Over Summary: 4 0 0 2 0 0 ; Pakistan: 95-4; Mohammad Rizwan (17), Asad Shafiq (28)

Dom Bess continues...

Asad Shafiq plays a lap shot to deep fine leg for FOUR and with this Pakistan now lead by 200-run. Shafiq comes down the wickets and hits towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 

Over 32, Pak vs Eng live score: 89-4

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 89-4; Mohammad Rizwan (17), Asad Shafiq (22)

Anderson continues and Rizwan flicks the first ball towards backward square leg for a single. Shafiq collects a single off the 4th delivery. 

Over 31, Pak vs Eng live score: 87-4

Over Summary: 3 0 2 3 0 0 ; Pakistan: 87-4; Mohammad Rizwan (16), Asad Shafiq (21)

Dom Bess continues..

Shafiq rocks back on the crease and slaps the first ball towards sweeper cover for three runs.

Rizwan defends the next delivery while cuts the 3rd one towards deep point for a couple of runs.

Rizwan cuts the 4th delivery to deep backward point for three runs while defends the last two deliveries.  

Over 30, Pak vs Eng live score: 79-4

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 79-4; Mohammad Rizwan (11), Asad Shafiq (18)

James Anderson [5.0-2-14-0] is back into the attack and bowls full in search of reverse. But doesn't find much of it as he concedes two singles a piece to both the batters. 

Over 29, Pak vs Eng live score: 77-4

Over Summary: 4 0 0 3 0 0 ; Pakistan: 77-4; Mohammad Rizwan (10), Asad Shafiq (17)

Dom Bess continues and Rizwan hits the first delivery for FOUR and collects three runs off the 4th. 

Over 28, Pak vs Eng live score: 70-4

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 70-4; Mohammad Rizwan (3), Asad Shafiq (17)

Woakes continues and concedes a single. 

Over 27, Pak vs Eng live score: 69-4

Over Summary: 1 0 1 0 0 1 ; Pakistan: 69-4; Mohammad Rizwan (2), Asad Shafiq (17)

Dom Bess continues and concedes three runs. 

Over 26, Pak vs Eng live score: 66-4

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 66-4; Mohammad Rizwan (0), Asad Shafiq (16)

Woakes continues and concedes a couple of runs off the first ball to Shafiq. 

Shafiq defends the remaining deliveries of the over. 

Over 25, Pak vs Eng live score: 64-4

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 64-4; Mohammad Rizwan (0), Asad Shafiq (14)

Dom Bess continues and concedes a single off the 2nd ball to Shafiq only. 

Over 24, Pak vs Eng live score: 63-4; Woakes scalps Azhar

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 W 0 ; Pakistan: 63-4; Mohammad Rizwan (0), Asad Shafiq (13)

Chris Woakes continues after the drinks break...

Azhar Ali defends first four deliveries before Woakes traps with in full inswinging delivery. Pakistan in spot of bother now, Azhar Ali lbw b Woakes 18(54) [4s-3]

Mohammad Rizwan, right handed bat, comes to the crease and defends from the crease. 

Over 23; Pak vs Eng live score: 63-3

Over Summary: 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 ; Pakistan: 63-3; Azhar Ali (18), Asad Shafiq (13)

Dom Bess continues...

Shafiq collects a couple of runs off the 1st delivery while defends the next four deliveries. A loosner from Bess down the leg side to end the over and Shafiq makes full use of it as he hits towards deep fine leg boundary for FOUR. 

Over 22; Pak vs Eng live score: 57-3

Over Summary: 0 1 4 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 57-3; Azhar Ali (18), Asad Shafiq (7)

Woakes continues and Shafiq hits the 3rd ball for FOUR towards square leg follows by a single. 

Over 21; Pak vs Eng live score: 51-3

Over Summary: L1 0 0 0 0 2 ; Pakistan: 51-2; Azhar Ali (17), Asad Shafiq (2)

Change of ends for Dominic Bess, [3.0-1-2-1], who is back into the attack and concedes three runs, including a double to Shafiq. 

 

Over 20; Pak vs Eng live score: 48-3; Woakes scalps Babar

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 W 0 ; Pakistan: 48-2; Azhar Ali (17), Asad Shafiq (0)

Chris Woakes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and Babar Azam collects a couple of runs off the 2nd ball.

Babar Azam again gets perished by flirting outside off, knicks the 5th ball to Ben Stokes and GONE. Babar Azam c Stokes b Woakes 5(20)

Asad Shafiq, right handed bat, comes to the crease and defends outside off. 

Over 19; Pak vs Eng live score: 46-2.

Over Summary: 0 2 2 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 46-2; Azhar Ali (17), Babar Azam (3)

Jofra Archer continues and concedes two doubles to Azhar Ali. 

Over 18; Pak vs Eng live score: 42-2

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 42-2; Azhar Ali (13), Babar Azam (3)

Dom Bess continues and concedes only a single. 

Over 17, Pak vs Eng live score: 41-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2 ; Pakistan: 41-2; Azhar Ali (12), Babar Azam (3)

Jofra Archer continues and concedes a couple of runs off the last delivery towards Babar Azam. 

Over 16, Pak vs Eng live score: 39-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1 ; Pakistan: 39-2; Azhar Ali (12), Babar Azam (1)

Dom Bess continues and concedes a single to Babar Azam off the last delivery. 

Over 15, Pak vs Eng live score: 38-2

Over Summary: 0 N4 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 38-2; Azhar Ali (12), Babar Azam (0)

Jofra Archer continues and finds Azhar's edge off the 2nd ball, but the ball falls short of second slip, races down to boundary line for FOUR. Later, umpire signals a NO ball. 

Over 14, Pak vs Eng live score: 33-2; Bess removes Abid Ali

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 W ; Pakistan: 33-2; Azhar Ali (8), Babar Azam (0)

Dominic Bess, right-arm off break, comes into the attack and Abid Ali blocks first five deliveries and goes for fancy sweep shot off the last one. Abid Ali gets a top edge and Woakes completes the catch at deep square leg. Abid Ali c Woakes b Dom Bess 20(46) [4s-3]

Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 13, Pak vs Eng live score: 33-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 33-1; Azhar Ali (8), Abid Ali (20)

Jofra Archer continues and concedes a single. 

Over 12, Pak vs Eng live score: 32-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 0 1 ; Pakistan: 32-1; Azhar Ali (8), Abid Ali (19)

Broad continues and concedes three runs, including a double to Abid Ali.

Over 11, Pak vs Eng live score: 29-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 ; Pakistan:29-1; Azhar Ali (8), Abid Ali (16)

Jofra Archer, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and concedes a single to Abid Ali off the 4th delivery. 

Over 10, Pak vs Eng live score: 28-1

Over Summary: 0 4 4 0 0 0 ; Pakistan:28-1; Azhar Ali (8), Abid Ali (15)

Stuart Broad continues after Tea break with a jaffa to beat Azhar outside off.

Azhar Ali gets off the mark with a superb drive down the ground for FOUR follows by classic cover drive for FOUR. 

Over 9, Pakistan: 20-1 at tea

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 20-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (15)

Anderson continues...

Abid Ali punches the first ball on backfoot through point region for FOUR while blocks the next.

Anderson beats Abid Ali outside off. Abid defends the next two deliveries on front foot with straight bat. A defensive shot off the last delivery and players will now take tea. Pakistan leads by 127 runs at tea.

Over 8, Pak vs Eng live score: 16-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan:16-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (11)

Stuart Broad continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Azhar Ali.

Over 7, Pak vs Eng live score: 16-1; Stokes drops Abid Ali

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 4 ; Pakistan:16-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (11)

Anderson continues...

Abid Ali gets an outside edge through the gully region for FOUR and leaves the 2nd delivery.

Abid Ali taps the 3rd one to backward point while edges the 4th one to first slip, Stokes at second slip jumps to take the catch in front of Joe Root, DROPPED. 

Abid Ali punches the last ball towards point boundary for FOUR. 

 

Over 6, Pak vs Eng live score: 8-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 8-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (3)

Broad continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Azhar Ali. 

Over 5, Pak vs Eng live score: 8-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 8-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (3)

Anderson bowls a MAIDEN over to Abid Ali

Over 4, Pak vs Eng live score: 8-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 8-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (3)

Stuart Broad bowls a MAIDEN over to Azhar Ali

Over 3, Pak vs Eng live score: 8-1

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 8-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (3)

Anderson continues and concedes a double to Abid Ali. 

Over 2, Pak vs Eng live score: 6-1; Broad removes Masood

Over Summary: 0 1 N B4 0 0 W ; Pakistan: 6-1; Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (0)

Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Shan Masood defends outside off as the Buttler fails to collect the third ball, goes for FOUR.

Shan Masood tries to glance towards fine leg, goes from the face of the bat to Buttler GONE. Masood c Buttler b Broad 0(11)

Azhar Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 1, Pak vs Eng live score: 0-0, leads by 107 runs

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 0-0; Shan Masood (0), Abid Ali (0)

Masood and Abid Ali are at the crease. Masood is on strike. Anderson opens the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Masood. 

England: 219-7, trails by 107 runs

Shadab traps James Anderson and ends England innings. Anderson lbw b Shadab Khan 7(11) [4s-1]

Pakistan leads by 107 runs.

Over 70, Pak vs Eng live score: 217-9

Over Summary: 6 4 2 0 0 0 ; England: 217-9; Stuart Broad (29), James Anderson (5)

Yasir Shah continues...

Broad smashes the first ball for SIX towards deep mid-wicket. Broad goes for slog sweep, gets a top edge and Shadab drops it and ball goes for FOUR. 

Broad taps towads point and collects two runs. 

Over 69, Pak vs Eng live score: 205-9

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 1 ; England: 205-9; Stuart Broad (17), James Anderson (5)

Shadab Khan continues and concedes three runs, including a couple to Broad. 

Over 68, Pak vs Eng live score: 202-9

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 0 ; England: 202-9; Stuart Broad (14), James Anderson (5)

Yasir Shah continues...

Anderson plays a reverse sweep off the 3rd ball towards third man boundary for FOUR. 

Over 67, Pak vs Eng live score: 198-9; Shadab gets Archer

Over Summary: 0 1 1 W 0 1 ; England: 198-9; Stuart Broad (14), James Anderson (1)

Shadab Khan continues and Archer collects a single off the 2nd ball towards long-off.

Broad dabs towards off-side for a quick single. Jofra tries to leave a ripper from Shadab, gloves it keeper, GONE. Jofra Archer c Rizwan b Shadab Khan 16(33) [4s-1]

James Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease and gets beaten by googly while collects a single off the last one. 

Over 66, Pak vs Eng live score: 195-8

Over Summary: 0 0 0 L2 1 0 ; England: 195-8; Stuart Broad (13), Jofra Archer (15)

Yasir Shah continues and three runs, including two leg byes, added to England scorecard.

Over 65, Pak vs Eng live score: 192-8

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 1 ; England: 192-8; Stuart Broad (13), Jofra Archer (14)

Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack and Archer smashes the 3rd ball for FOUR towards extra cover boundary. 

Over 64, Pak vs Eng live score: 187-8

Over Summary: 0 1 1 1 0 0 ; England: 187-8; Stuart Broad (13), Jofra Archer (9)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes three singles as Archer, Broad look to use long handle. 

Over 63, Pak vs Eng live score: 184-8

Over Summary: 1 0 0 4 4 4 ; England: 184-8; Stuart Broad (12), Jofra Archer (7)

Shaheen Afridi [17.0-4-38-1] is back into the attack and leaked three boundaries to Stuart Broad. 
 

Over 62, Pak vs Eng live score: 171-8; Yasir castles Woakes

Over Summary: 0 0 0 W N 0 0 ; England: 171-8; Stuart Broad (0), Jofra Archer (6)

Yasir Shah continues and bowls outside off, Woakes leaves one while defends the next two.

Yasir bowls a quick half tracker, Woakes goes on backfoot for a pull shot, gets beaten by pace, CASTLED. Woakes b Yasir Shah 19(48) [4s-2]

Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the remaining two delivery. 

Over 61, Pak vs Eng live score: 170-7

Over Summary: 0 1 0 2 0 0 ; England: 170-7; Chris Woakes (19), Jofra Archer (6)

Naseem Shah continues and concedes three runs, including a double to Archer off the 4th delivery. 

Over 60, Pak vs Eng live score: 167-7

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 167-7; Chris Woakes (18), Jofra Archer (4)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes a single to Woakes off the 2nd delivery. 

Over 59, Pak vs Eng live score: 166-7

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 0 0 ; England: 166-7; Chris Woakes (17), Jofra Archer (4)

Naseem Shah continues concedes a single each to both the batsmen.

Over 58, Pak vs Eng live score: 164-7; Yasir scalps Bess

Over Summary: 0 0 0 W 2 1 ; England: 164-7; Chris Woakes (16), Jofra Archer (3)

Yasir Shah continues and Bess defends on front foot. While doing so, Yasir finds the outside edge and Shafiq takes a brilliant catch at slip. England seven down now. Dom Bess c Shafiq b Yasir Shah 1(12) 

Jofra Archer, right handed bat, comes to the crease and collects a couple of runs off the 5th ball follows by a single to end the over. 

Over 57, Pak vs Eng live score: 161-6

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0  ; England: 161-6; Chris Woakes (16), Dominic Bess (1)

Naseem Shah continues and Bess tucks the first ball towards leg side for a single/

Woakes blocks the remaining five deliveries. 

Over 56, Pak vs Eng live score: 160-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England: 160-6; Chris Woakes (16), Dominic Bess (0)

Yasir Shah continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Chris Woakes, who blocks on front foot. 

Over 55, Pak vs Eng live score: 160-6

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 0  ; England: 160-6; Chris Woakes (16), Dominic Bess (0)

Naseer Shah continues and concedes a single to Woakes off the third delivery. 

Over 54, Pak vs Eng live score: 159-6; Yasir castles Buttler

Over Summary: 0 W 0 0 0 0  ; England: 159-6; Chris Woakes (15), Dominic Bess (0)

Yasir Shah [9.0-0-41-1] is back into the attack

Buttler leaves the first one alone. Yasir Shah bowls a peach to cleans up Buttler, who looks to defend on front foot. The Ball goes through bat and pad, hits top of off stump. Buttler b Yasir Shah 38(108) [4s-5]

Dominic Bess, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the first delivery he faced on front foot. 

Over 53, Pak vs Eng live score: 159-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England: 159-5; Chris Woakes (15), Jos Buttler (38)

Naseem Shah bowls the first over after lunch and tests Woakes with pace and seam. It is a MAIDEN over

Over 52, England: 159-5 at Lunch

Over Summary: N 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; England: 159-5; Chris Woakes (15), Jos Buttler (38)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a runs, thanks over stepping as Buttler leaves outside off.

Over 51, Pak vs Eng live score: 158-5

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 0 0  ; England: 158-5; Chris Woakes (15), Jos Buttler (38)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes a single each to both the batsmen. 

Over 50, Pak vs Eng live score: 156-5

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 2 0  ; England: 156-5; Chris Woakes (14), Jos Buttler (37)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes six runs, including a boundary to Buttler off the 3rd delivery.

Over 49, Pak vs Eng live score: 150-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 0 1  ; England: 150-5; Chris Woakes (14), Jos Buttler (31)

Yasir Shah [7.0-0-36-1] is back into the attack and concedes three singles. 
 

Over 48, Pak vs Eng live score: 147-5

Over Summary: 0 4 2 0 4 0  ; England: 147-5; Chris Woakes (13), Jos Buttler (29)

Shaheen Shah continues and Woakes drives the 2nd ball for FOUR straight down the ground, and rain comes in.

Play stopped due to rain.

Play resumes after rain break and Woakes smashes the 5th ball for FOUR. In total 10 runs leaked in this over.

Day 3, Pak vs Eng live updates: play to resume shortly

The rain clouds away, we are back with live action as sun peeps out at The Old Trafford

Day 3, Pak vs Eng live updates: Rain stops play

It is raining heavily at The Old Trafford and players are back to pavallion. The hover cover is coming on the middle, might be early lunch, we will wait for an official confirmation.. Stay tuned

Over 47, Pak vs Eng live score: 137-5

Over Summary:  0 3 0 4 0 0 ; England: 137-5; Chris Woakes (3), Jos Buttler (29)

Nassen Shah continues and leaks seven runs, including a boundary to Buttler off the 4th delivery. 

Over 46, Pak vs Eng live score: 130-5

Over Summary:  0 2 0 Wd 0 0 0 ; England: 130-5; Chris Woakes (0), Jos Buttler (25)

Shaheen Afridi [13.0-4-18-1] is back into the attack and concedes three runs, including a WIDE.

Over 45, Pak vs Eng live score: 127-5; Naseem scalps Pope

7Over Summary:  4 0 W 0 0 0 ; England: 127-5; Chris Woakes (0), Jos Buttler (23)

Naseem Shah continues and Ollie Pope drives the first ball for FOUR towards extra cover boundary.

Ollie Pope defends the second delivery and Shah produced a ripper of delivery, which hits Pope's battle handle. Ball pops towards gully and Shah provides Pakistan the much-needed breakthrough. Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan b Naseem Shah 62(117) [4s-8]

Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease and survives the remaining three deliveries as last ball bumper hits him on helmet while ducking. 

Over 44, Pak vs Eng live score: 123-4

Over Summary:  0 N1 0 0 1 4 1 ; England: 123-4; Ollie Pope (58), Jos Buttler (23)

Abbas continues and concedes eight runs. 

Pope trying to cut loose and hits the 5th delivery for FOUR follows by a single. 

Over 43, Pak vs Eng live score: 115-4

Over Summary:  0 4 0 0 0 0 ; England: 115-4; Ollie Pope (52), Jos Buttler (22)

Naseem Shah continues after drinks break...

Jos Buttler drives the 2nd delivery, which is a half voller, towards deep extra cover for FOUR.  

Over 42, Pak vs Eng live score: 111-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 111-4; Ollie Pope (52), Jos Buttler (18)

Abbas continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Ollie Pope. 

Over 41, Pak vs Eng live score: 111-4

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 111-4; Ollie Pope (52), Jos Buttler (18)

Naseem Shah continues and concedes a single off the first ball to Ollie Pope. 

Over 40, Pak vs Eng live score: 110-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 B4 0 ; England: 106-4; Ollie Pope (51), Jos Buttler (18)
 
Abbas continues and FOUR BYES added to England scorecard. 

Over 39, Pak vs Eng live score: 106-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 106-4; Ollie Pope (51), Jos Buttler (18)

Naseem Shah continues and Pope struggling against the quickie. It is a MAIDEN over. 

Over 38, Pak vs Eng live score: 106-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 106-4; Ollie Pope (51), Jos Buttler (18)

Abbas continues and beats Buttler's outside edge with a peach off the 2nd delivery. Abbas continues to test Buttler outside off however, Buttler has luck by his side.

Over 37, Pak vs Eng live score: 106-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 3 0 ; England: 106-4; Ollie Pope (51), Jos Buttler (18)

Naseem Shah [5.0-2-18-0] is back into the attack and Buttler edges the 3rd ball to first slip but ball falls short of Babar Azam.

Buttler drives the 5th delivery through extra cover for three runs. Naseem beats Pope off the last delivery.

Over 36, Pak vs Eng live score: 103-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 103-4; Ollie Pope (51), Jos Buttler (15)

Abbas bowls a MAIDEN to Ollie Pope. 

Over 35, Pak vs Eng live score: 103-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 0 ; England: 103-4; Ollie Pope (51), Jos Buttler (15)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a single to Ollie Pope off the 5th delivery.

Over 34, Pak vs Eng live score: 102-4

Over Summary:  0 B4 0 0 0 0 ; England: 102-4; Ollie Pope (50), Jos Buttler (15)

Abbas continues and FOUR byes added to England scorecard. 

Over 33, Pak vs Eng live score: 98-4; Pope hits fifty

Over Summary:  0 0 2 N 0 0 0 ; England: 98-4; Ollie Pope (50), Jos Buttler (15)

Shaheen Afridi continues and Pope collects a couple of runs towards deep square leg for a couple of runs, completes his FIFTY. 

Over 32, Pak vs Eng live score: 95-4

Over Summary:  1 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 95-4; Ollie Pope (48), Jos Buttler (15)

Abbas continues and Pope whips towards mid-wicket, collects a quick single. 

Over 31, Pak vs Eng live score: 94-4

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0 ; England: 94-4; Ollie Pope (47), Jos Buttler (15)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a single to Ollie Pope. 

Over 30, Pak vs Eng live score: 93-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 93-4; Ollie Pope (46), Jos Buttler (15)

Mohammad Abbas [7.0-0-24-2] is back into the attack and bowls a MAIDEN over to Jos Buttler. 

Over 29, Pak vs Eng live score: 93-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 N 0 0 0 ; England: 93-4; Ollie Pope (46), Jos Buttler (15)

Shaheen Afridi bowls the first over of the day and Ollie Pope looks cautious and defends the ovet. Though, bowler bowls a No ball. 

Day 2 highlights

Pakistan fast bowlers were all over the England batting lineup as the hosts were reduced to 92/4 at the end of Day 2 of the first Test at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.
 
Mohammad Abbas took two wickets while Shaheen Afridi struck once after Shan Masood's 156 off 319 balls helped Pakistan to a first innings total of 326.
 
Afridi provided the breakthrough off the fourth ball of the first over itself, trapping Rory Burns in front of middle stump.
 
The umpire did not raise his finger initially but captain Azhar Ali went for the review. The replays went the visitors' way. Burns' opening partner Dom Sibley found it just as difficult to adjust to the fiery spells of Afridi and Abbas and fell two overs later.
 
This meant that England had Ben Stokes and Joe Root in the middle within the first six overs of their innings. Even Stokes, who has enjoyed stellar form over the past year and a half, could not survive for long as Abbas' delivery swung past his outside edge struck the top of his off stump.
 
Root hung on with Ollie Pope as the latter finally gave England a steady flow of runs. The pair put up 50 for the fourth wicket before the England captain edged Yasir Shah to wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan.
 
Jos Buttler and Pope then saw England through to Stumps. Earlier, Shan Masood raced to his 150 and his epic knock was finally ended by Stuart Broad. The ball hit his back pad and while he called for a review, the replays only confirmed the on-field umpire's decision. Masood walked off to warm applause from his team mates.
 

Over 28, England: 92-4 at stumps

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 1 0 ; England: 92-4; Ollie Pope (46), Jos Buttler (15)

Yasir Shah continues,  Pope goes on backfoot and front foot for runs and finally manages to do so off the 5th delivery. 

Over 27, Pak vs Eng live score: 91-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 0 ; England: 91-4; Ollie Pope (45), Jos Buttler (15)

Shaheen Afridi continues and starts with two across deliveries, Pope leaves it alone.

Pope taps the 4th ball towards mid-off for a quick single.

Over 26 Pak vs Eng live score: 90-4

Over Summary:  0 0 1 4 2 0 ; England: 90-4; Ollie Pope (44), Jos Buttler (15)

Yasir Shah continues and Pope blocks the first one while leaves the next one. Pope comes down the wicket and hits towards mid-off and collects a single.

Buttler punches the 4th ball towards extra cover for FOUR follows by a couple of runs off the 5th delivery. 

 

Over 25 Pak vs Eng live score: 83-4

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 83-4; Ollie Pope (43), Jos Buttler (9)

Shaheen Afridi bowls a MAIDEN over Jos Buttler. 

Over 24, Pak vs Eng live score: 83-4

Over Summary: 2 0 1 0 0 1 ; England: 83-4; Ollie Pope (43), Jos Buttler (9)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes four runs. 

Over 23, Pak vs Eng live score: 79-4

Over Summary: L1 0 0 0 0 4 ; England: 79-4; Ollie Pope (40), Jos Buttler (8)

Shaheen Afridi [6.0-3-7-1] is back into the attack and Buttler drives the last ball of the over through mid-off for FOUR.

Over 22, Pak vs Eng live score: 74-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 2 0 ; England: 74-4; Ollie Pope (40), Jos Buttler (4)

Yasir Shah continues and concedes two doubles to Buttler. 

Over 21, Pak vs Eng live score: 70-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 4 0 ; England: 70-4; Ollie Pope (40), Jos Buttler (0)

Naseem Shah continues and Ollie Pope pulls the 4th ball towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR.

Pope flashes hard outside off, a flying edge goes above gullty for FOUR. 

Over 20, Pak vs Eng live score: 62-4; Yasir Shah scalps Root

Over Summary: 2 0 1 1 W 0 ; England: 62-4; Ollie Pope (31), Jos Buttler (0)

Yasir Shah continues and Root clips the first delivery towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs follows by a single towards backward point.

Pope collects a single off the 4th one. Root tries to cut Yasir outside off, knicks to the keeper, GONE. Root c Rizwan b Yasir Shah 14(58) [4s-2].

Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the last delivery.

Over 19, Pak vs Eng live score: 58-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 58-3; Ollie Pope (31), Joe Root (11)

Naseer Shah bowls a fiery MAIDEN over to Ollie Pope. 

Over 18, Pak vs Eng live score: 58-3

Over Summary: 0 4 1 0 0 4 ; England: 58-3; Ollie Pope (31), Joe Root (11)

Yasir Shah continues and leaks nine runs, including two boundaries. 
 

Over 17, Pak vs Eng live score: 49-3

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 49-3; Ollie Pope (26), Joe Root (7)

Naseem continues and Pope drives the first ball towards extra cover for FOUR follows by a single towards mid-wicket region.

Root looks solid in his defence and judgement outside off. 

Over 16, Pak vs Eng live score: 44-3

Over Summary: 2 1 0 0 0 4 ; England: 44-3; Ollie Pope (21), Joe Root (7)

Yasir Shah, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack and starts with a loosner, Pope hits towards backward square leg for couple of runs.

Pople hits the 2nd ball towards sweeper cover for a single. Root sweeps the full toss towards deep square leg for FOUR.
 

Over 15, Pak vs Eng live score: 37-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 1 0 ; England: 37-3; Ollie Pope (18), Joe Root (3)

Naseem Shah continues and bowls with sheer pace, conceding five runs. 

Over 14, Pak vs Eng live score: 32-3

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 0 0 ; England: 32-3; Ollie Pope (13), Joe Root (3)

Abbas continues anc concedes a single to Ollie Pope.

Over 13, Pak vs Eng live score: 31-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 L1 0 ; England: 31-3; Ollie Pope (12), Joe Root (3)

Naseem Shah, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and bowls a fiery first over of his as the ball zipping pas batsman. 

Over 12, Pak vs Eng live score: 30-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2 ; England: 30-3; Ollie Pope (12), Joe Root (3)

Abbas continues and Root gets an thick inside edge towards backward square leg for a couple runs as keeper comes up to stumps.

Over 11, Pak vs Eng live score: 28-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2 ; England: 28-3; Ollie Pope (12), Joe Root (1)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a couple of runs off the last delivery to Pope. 

Over 10, Pak vs Eng live score: 26-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 N N 3 0 0 ; England: 26-3; Ollie Pope (10), Joe Root (1)

Abbas continues and concedes five runs, including two No balls. 

Over 9, Pak vs Eng live score: 21-3

Over Summary: 0 N 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 21-3; Ollie Pope (7), Joe Root (1)

Shaheen Afridi continues and concedes a run thanks to a NO BALL.

Over 8, Pak vs Eng live score: 20-3

Over Summary: 0 2 1 0 1 0 ; England: 20-3; Ollie Pope (7), Joe Root (1)

Abbas continues and concedes four runs, including a double to Pope. 

Over 7, Pak vs Eng live score: 16-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 16-3; Ollie Pope (4), Joe Root (0)

Shaheen Afridi bowls a MAIDEN over to Joe Root.

Over 6, Pak vs Eng live score: 16-3; Abbas gets Stokes

Over Summary: 0 0 W 0 4 0 ; England: 16-3; Ollie Pope (4), Joe Root (0)

Abbas continues and Stokes blocks the first delivery. Abbas cleans up Stokes with a Jaffa, hits the top of stumps as the ball goes through Stokes' defence. Stokes b Abbas 0(7)

Ollie Pope, right handed bat, comes to the crease and edges the 5th ball for FOUR. 

Over 5, Pak vs Eng live score: 12-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 12-2; Ben Stokes (0), Joe Root (0)

Shaheen Afridi continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Joe Root. 

Over 4, Pak vs Eng live score: 12-2; Abbas removes Sibley

Over Summary: 2 W 0 0 0 0 ; England: 12-2; Ben Stokes (0), Joe Root (0)

Abbas continues...

Sibley clips the first ball towards backward of square for a couple of runs. The second delivery nips back in and Sibley misses it, follows by a loud appeal, umpire raises the finger, GONE. Sibley lbw b Abbas 8(8) [4s-1]

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the remaining deliveries as he bats from outside the crease. 

Over 3, Pak vs Eng live score: 10-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; England: 10-1; Dom Sibley (6), Joe Root (0)

Shaheen Afridi continues...

Root leaves the first ball and given lbw out off the second one, though Root reviews and it is going over the stumps. Shaheen bowls a good line and length, Root shows full respect. It is a MAIDEN over.  

Over 2, Pak vs Eng live score: 10-1

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 0 4 ; England: 10-1; Dom Sibley (6), Joe Root (0)

Mohammad Abbas, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and Sibley collects a couple of runs off the 4th ball.

Sibley edges the last ball towards through gully for FOUR. 

Over 1, Pak vs Eng live score: 4-1; Shaheen strikes

Over Summary: 0 0 4 W 0 0 ; England: 4-1; Dom Sibley (0), Joe Root (0)

Rory Burns and Sibley are at the crease. Rory Burns is on strike. Shaheen Afridi opens the attack..

Rory Burns defends the first two deliveries while flicks the third ball on the pads towards deeo square leg.

A jaffa from Shaheen, beats Burns, hit on the pads follows by a loud appeal. Umpire remains unmoved, Azhar Ali takes review, no bat involved and it is hitting stumps. Burns departs, Shaheen provides much-needed breakthrough. Rory Burns lbw b Shaheen Afridi 4(4) [4s-1]

Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves the remaining two deliveries. 

Over 109.3, Pakistan: 326-all out

Pakistan: 326-10; Naseem Shah (0), Shaheen Afridi (9)

Braod continues...

Naseem survives first two deliveries but edges the third one to keeper. Pakistan will take 326 runs after choosing to bat first with overcast skies. 

Over 109, Pak vs Eng live score: 326-9

Over Summary: N 0 0 0 4 4 0 ; Pakistan: 326-9; Naseem Shah (0), Shaheen Afridi (9)

Jofra Archer continues and starts the over with a NO BALL. Shaheen Shah hits the 4th ball towards deep square leg for FOUR. A yorker, Shaheen squeezes it to backward pont boundary for FOUR.

Over 108, Pak vs Eng live score: 317-9; Broad scalps Masood for 156

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 317-9; Naseem Shah (0), Shaheen Afridi (1)

Broad continues from other end, bowls a full delivery Masood missed it. The ball hits on the pads, loud appeal, umpire raises the finger. Masood takes REVIEW, the ball was umpire's call (hitting stumps). End of the brilliant innings. Masood lbw b Broad 156(319) [4s-18 6s-2]

Naseem Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease and survives the remaining 5 deliveries. 

Over 107, Pak vs Eng live score: 317-8

Over Summary: 0 0 4 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 317-8; Shan Masood (156), Shaheen Afridi (1)

Jofra Archer continues after tea break and concedes five runs, includes a boundary to Masood. 

Over 106, Pak vs Eng live score: 312-8 at tea

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 1 0 ; Pakistan: 312-8; Shan Masood (151), Shaheen Afridi (1)

Stuart Broad [20.0-8-51-1] is back into the attack and Masood tucks the 2nd ball towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs and reaches 150-run mark. 

Shan Masood pulls the 5th ball towards deep backward square leg for a single. 

Over 105, Pak vs Eng live score: 309-8

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 309-8; Shan Masood (148), Shaheen Afridi (1)

Archer continues and concedes a single each to Shaheen and Masood. 

Over 104, Pak vs Eng live score: 307-8; Masood hits two SIXes

Over Summary: 6 0 6 0 0 4 ; Pakistan: 307-8; Shan Masood (147), Shaheen Afridi (0)

Dom Bess continues..

Shan Masood goes down to one knee and slog sweeps towards deep mid-wicket for SIX. Masoon is in 4th gear, now, as he smashes the third ball for SIX straight down the ground. Masood hits the last ball over infield for FOUR. 

Over 103, Pak vs Eng live score: 291-8; Jofra scalps two wickets in two balls

Over Summary: 1 W W 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 291-8; Shan Masood (130), Shaheen Afridi (0)

Jofra Archer continues and Masood collects a single off the first delivery.

Jofra Archer traps Yasir Shah in front of wicket, Shah takes review but it was umpire's call. He is GONE. Yasir Shah lbw b Jofra Archer 5(25)

Mohammad Abbas, right handed bat, comes to the crease and knicks the first ball to Root, in first slip, GONE. Abbas c Root b Jofra Archer 0(1)

Shaheen Afridi, left handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the hattrick ball easily. 

 

Over 102, Pak vs Eng live score: 290-6

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 290-6; Shan Masood (130), Yasir Shah (5)

Dom Bess continues and concedes a single to Masood.

Over 101, Pak vs Eng live score: 289-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 2 1 0 ; Pakistan: 289-6; Shan Masood (129), Yasir Shah (5)

Jofra Arche continues and concedes three runs. 

Over 100, Pak vs Eng live score: 286-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 286-6; Shan Masood (126), Yasir Shah (5)

Dom Bess continues and bowls a second consective maiden over to Yasir Shah

Over 99, Pak vs Eng live score: 286-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 286-6; Shan Masood (126), Yasir Shah (5)

Jofra Archer [16.0-3-39-1] is back into the attack bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Massod.

Over 98, Pak vs Eng live score: 286-6

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 286-6; Shan Masood (126), Yasir Shah (5)

Dom Bess bowls a MAIDEN over to Yasir Shah.

Over 97, Pak vs Eng live score: 286-6

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 3 ; Pakistan: 286-6; Shan Masood (126), Yasir Shah (5)

Chris Woakes continues and concedes five runs. 

Over 96, Pak vs Eng live score: 281-6

Over Summary: 0 0 W 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 281-6; Shan Masood (126), Yasir Shah (0)

Dom Bess continues...

Shadab Khan fails to collect any run off the first two ball and tries to break shackles off the third one, Shadab dances down the track and tries to hit it out of Old Trafford but manages only top edge. Root at mid-on completes the catch as he takes the skier. Shadab Khan c Root b Dom Bess 45(76) [4s-3]

Yasir Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Over 95, Pak vs Eng live score: 281-5

Over Summary: 3 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 281-5; Shan Masood (126), Shadab Khan (45)

Woakes continues...

Masood drives the first ball towards deep extra cover for three runs. Shadab collects a single off the next delivery. 

Over 94, Pak vs Eng live score: 277-5; Masood, Shadab put up 100-run stand

Over Summary: 4 4 1 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 277-5; Shan Masood (123), Shadab Khan (44)

Dom Bess continues...

Masood sweeps the 1st ball towards deep fine leg boundary for FOUR. Masood shifting gear as he comes down the wicket and drives uppishly through short extra cover for FOUR and brings up 100-run stand for 6th along with Shadab Khan. He takes a single off the next delivery. 

Over 93, Pak vs Eng live score: 268-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 268-5; Shan Masood (114), Shadab Khan (44)

Woakes continues and peppers Shadab with series of bumpers. Shadab tries to smash one of them, but fails to put bat on ball.

Over 92, Pak vs Eng live score: 268-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 3 0 ; Pakistan: 268-5; Shan Masood (114), Shadab Khan (44)

Dom Bess continues and concedes four runs, including three runs to Shadab Khan

Over 91, Pak vs Eng live score: 264-5

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 0 1 ; Pakistan: 264-5; Shan Masood (113), Shadab Khan (41)

Woakes continues and Masood, Shadab collect singles at will. No pressure on Pakistani batters, England needs to come up with some new plan now.

Over 90, Pak vs Eng live score: 261-5

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 1 0 ; Pakistan: 261-5; Shan Masood (111), Shadab Khan (40)

Dominic Bess [12.0-1-42-0] is back into the attack and concedes two singles. 

Over 89, Pak vs Eng live score: 259-5

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 2 0 ; Pakistan: 259-5; Shan Masood (110), Shadab Khan (39)

Chris Woakes [15.0-5-28-2] is back into the attack and Shadab Khan collects a single off the first ball.

Masood plays solid defensive shoot before tucking the 5th ball towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs. 

Over 88, Pak vs Eng live score: 256-5

Over Summary: 1 1 1 0 0 4; Pakistan: 256-5; Shan Masood (108), Shadab Khan (38)

Anderson continues and concedes only three runs before Masood hits the last ball for FOUR. 

Over 87, Pak vs Eng live score: 249-5

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 1 2; Pakistan: 249-5; Shan Masood (103), Shadab Khan (36)

Broad continues and concedes five runs. 

Three consecutive 100s for Pakistan (Tests)

  • Zaheer Abbas (1982-83)
  • Mudassar Nazar (1983)
  • Mohammad Yousuf (2006)
  • Younis Khan (2014)
  • Misbah-ul-Haq (2014)
  • Shan Masood (2019-20)
Mudassar Nazar is the only other to do so opening before Masood.

 

Over 86, Pak vs Eng live score: 244-5; Masood hits century

Over Summary: 1 2 0 0 0 0; Pakistan: 244-5; Shan Masood (100), Shadab Khan (34)

Anderson continues and Shadab Khan collects a single off the first ball.

Masood tucks towards deep backward square leg for a couple of runs and completes his CENTURY. Third consecutive hundred for Masood. 

Over 85, Pak vs Eng live score: 241-5

Over Summary: 4 0 0 4 2 0; Pakistan: 241-5; Shan Masood (98), Shadab Khan (33)

Broad continues and Masood is on fire now as he hits two boundaries in the over. 

Over 84, Pak vs Eng live score: 231-5

Over Summary: 2 2 0 4 0 0 ; Pakistan: 231-5; Shan Masood (88), Shadab Khan (33)

Anderson continues and concedes eight runs, including a boundary to Shadab Khan. 

Over 83, Pak vs Eng live score: 223-5

Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 223-5; Shan Masood (88), Shadab Khan (25)

Broad continues and concedes three runs.

Over 82, Pak vs Eng live score: 220-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 0 ; Pakistan: 220-5; Shan Masood (87), Shadab Khan (23)

James Anderson [15.0-6-44-1] is back into the attack and concedes only a single

Over 81, Pak vs Eng live score: 219-5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 4 0 0 ; Pakistan: 219-5; Shan Masood (87), Shadab Khan (22)

Stuart Broad [16.0-8-28-1] is back into the attack and concedes five runs, including a boundary. 

Over 80, Pak vs Eng live score: 214-5

Over Summary: 1 0 2 2 0 1  ; Pakistan: 214-5; Shan Masood (83), Shadab Khan (21)

Root continues and concedes six runs, including two doubles. 

Over 79, Pak vs Eng live score: 208-5

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 1 0  ; Pakistan: 208-5; Shan Masood (82), Shadab Khan (16)


Dom Bess continues and concedes two runs.

Over 78, Pak vs Eng live score: 206-5

Over Summary: 0 0 1 1 0 L1  ; Pakistan: 206-5; Shan Masood (81), Shadab Khan (15)

Root continues and concedes three runs, including a leg byes. 

Over 77, Pak vs Eng live score: 203-5

Over Summary: 1 1 1 4 1 0  ; Pakistan: 203-5; Shan Masood (80), Shadab Khan (14)

Dom Bess continues and concedes eight runs, including a boundary to Shadab Khan. 

Over 76, Pak vs Eng live score: 195-5

Over Summary: 3 0 1 4 0 0  ; Pakistan: 195-5; Shan Masood (78), Shadab Khan (8)

Root continues after lunch break and concedes eight runs, including a boundary. 

Over 75, Pak vs Eng live score: 187-5 at Lunch

Over Summary: 0 0 2 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 187-5; Shan Masood (77), Shadab Khan (1)

Dominic Bess [9.0-1-30-0] is back into the attack and concedes a double to Masood.

Over 74, Pak vs Eng live score: 185-5

Over Summary: 0 1 1 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 185-5; Shan Masood (75), Shadab Khan (1)

Jofra Archer continues and concedes two runs.

Over 73, Pak vs Eng live score: 183-5

Over Summary: 0 0 0 4 0 0  ; Pakistan: 183-5; Shan Masood (74), Shadab Khan (0)

Woakes continues concedes a boundary to Masood. 

 

Over 72, Pak vs Eng live score: 179-5

Over Summary: 0 2 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 178-5; Shan Masood (70), Shadab Khan (9)

Jofra Archer continues...

Masood cuts the second ball towards point boundary for three runs. Shadab Khan survives the remaining four deliveries

Over 71, Pak vs Eng live score: 176-5; Woakes removes Rizwan

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 176-5; Shan Masood (67), Shadab Khan (9)

Woakes continues and gets an outside of Rizwan bat's off the first delivery. Rizwan c Buttler b Woakes 9(41)

Shadab Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease and survives the remaining five deliveries. 

Over 70, Pak vs Eng live score: 176-4

Over Summary: 2 0 1 1 0 0  ; Pakistan: 176-4; Shan Masood (67), Mohammad Rizwan (9)

Jofra Archer continues and concedes four runs. 

Over 69, Pak vs Eng live score: 172-4

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 1  ; Pakistan: 172-4; Shan Masood (64), Mohammad Rizwan (8)

Woakes continues and concedes five runs, including a boundary to Masood. 

Over 68, Eng vs Pak live score: 167-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1  ; Pakistan: 167-4; Shan Masood (59), Mohammad Rizwan (8)

Jofra Archer continues and bowls barrage of bumper to Shan Masood, conceding only a single to Masood. 

Over 67, Eng vs Pak live score: 166-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 166-4; Shan Masood (58), Mohammad Rizwan (3)

Woakes bowls a MAIDEN over to Mohammad Rizwan. 

Over 66, Eng vs Pak live score: 166-4

Over Summary: 0 1 3 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 166-4; Shan Masood (58), Mohammad Rizwan (3)

Jofra Archer continues and concedes four run, including a triple to Rizwan. 

Over 65, Eng vs Pak live score: 162-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 162-4; Shan Masood (57), Mohammad Rizwan (5)

Woakes bowls a MAIDEN over to Rizwan

Over 64, Eng vs Pak live score: 162-4

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 1  ; Pakistan: 162-4; Shan Masood (57), Mohammad Rizwan (5)

Jofra Archer [10.0-3-23-1] is back into the attack and concedes a single each to Masood, Rizwan.
 

Over 63, Eng vs Pak live score: 160-4

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 160-4; Shan Masood (56), Mohammad Rizwan (4)

Woakes continues after drinks break....

Masood collects a single off the first ball. Masood blocks and leaves the rest of deliveries. 

Over 62, Eng vs Pak live score: 159-4

Over Summary: 0 4 1 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 159-4; Shan Masood (55), Mohammad Rizwan (4)

Anderson continues....

Shan Masood plays an square drive off the 2nd delivery for FOUR follows by a single/ 

Over 61, Eng vs Pak live score: 154-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 2 2  ; Pakistan: 154-4; Shan Masood (50), Mohammad Rizwan (4)

Chris Woakes [8.0-2-14-1] is back into the attack and Rizwan looks unsure off the first four deliveries.

Rizwan dabs towards gully reason for a couple of runs. Another double in same reason.

Over 60, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-4; sixth consecutive maiden over

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 150-4; Shan Masood (50), Mohammad Rizwan (0)

Anderson bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Masood. 

Over 59, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 150-4; Shan Masood (50), Mohammad Rizwan (0)

Broad bowls a MAIDEN over to Mohammad Rizwan.

Over 58, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-4

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 150-4; Shan Masood (50), Mohammad Rizwan (0)

James Anderson bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Masood.

Over 57, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-4; Broad gets Shafiq

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 W 0  ; Pakistan: 150-4; Shan Masood (50), Mohammad Rizwan (0)

Stuart Broad gets the wicket of Asad Shafiq. 

Mohammad Rizwan, right handed bat, comes to the crease and blocks the last one.

Over 56, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 150-3; Shan Masood (50), Asad Shafiq (7)

Anderson bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Masood.

Over 55, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 150-3; Shan Masood (50), Asad Shafiq (7)

Broad bowls a MAIDEN over to Asad Shafiq

Over 54, Eng vs Pak live score: 150-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 0  ; Pakistan: 150-3; Shan Masood (50), Asad Shafiq (7)

Anderson continues and concedes a single to Asad Shafiq

Over 53, Eng vs Pak live score: 149-3

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 149-3; Shan Masood (50), Asad Shafiq (6)

Broad bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Masood.

Over 52, Eng vs Pak live score: 149-3

Over Summary: 2 0 0 4 0 0  ; Pakistan: 149-3; Shan Masood (50), Asad Shafiq (6)

Anderson continues...

Asad collects a couple off the first ball while drives 4th ball for FOUR, 

Over 51, Eng vs Pak live score: 143-3

Over Summary: 0 0 2 2 0 0  ; Pakistan: 143-3; Shan Masood (50), Asad Shafiq (0)

Stuart Broad [11.0-4-24-0] is back into the attack and Shan Masood collects two doubles, completes his FIFTY. 

Over 50, Eng vs Pak live score: 139-3; Anderson undone Babar

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 W  ; Pakistan: 139-3; Shan Masood (46), Asad Shafiq (0)

Anderson bowls the first over of the day and bowls consistent nagging off stump line to Babar Azam, who evades first five deliveries. However, he knicked the last to first slip, Root doesn't make any mistake. 

The veteran provided the break through, Root would be looking at start of Day 2.  and he falls early on the next day.  Babar Azam c Root b Anderson 69(106) [4s-11]

Asad Shafiq, right handed bat, comes to the crease

1st Test, Eng vs Pak Live updates: 10 mins to schedule start of play on Day 2

It is a bit cloudy but no rain, the forecast for today is a bit better than yesterday's. The battle of 1st hour will be crucial.


NEWS ALERT: Hopefully we can make the good start count, says Shan Masood

After finishing the day one of the first Test against England at 139/2, Pakistan opener Shan Masood was hopeful of making the good start count for his side.
 
At the close of stumps on day one, Babar Azam and Shan Masood were unbeaten for Pakistan at respective scores of 69 and 46 respectively.
 
Masood has played 152 balls for his unbeaten knock of 46 so far.
 
"Situationally you always have to look at the team. We always knew that the new ball is going to be a struggle. It's not an easy gig being an opening batsman in this country. But there comes an opportunity to give your team a good start, especially if you opt to bat first," ESPNCricinfo quoted Masood as saying.
 
At one stage, Pakistan was left 43/2 with Abid Ali (16) and Azhar Ali (0) back to the pavilion.

 
Ali was clean bowled by Jofra Archer while Ali was adjudged leg-before wicket on the ball of Chris Woakes.
 
"I just thought it was very important to take the shine off the ball in the first hour and make it easier for the guys coming in. The ball did a bit off the seam in the first session but as the second session went on, we got into a bit of a scoring mode," Masood said.
 
"But I think there's a long way to go, both as a team and as an individual, and you want to capitalise on any start you get. So hopefully, tomorrow, we can make this count," he added.
 

NEWS ALERT: Babar's drives are not connecting, feels Ramiz

Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja feels star batsman Babar Azam needs to iron out a few technical flaws in his game.
 
Pakistan are currently playing their first of the three-Test series against England in Manchester. At the end of a rain-affected Day 1, Pakistan were 139/2.
 
Babar scored 69 runs on opening day and shared an unbeaten 96-run stand with Shan Masood (46 batting).
 
Ramiz observed that Babar was facing the ball with open shoulders which would not allow him to play the drives.
 
"When that is happening it means that your head position isn't right. The head is not locked in with the shoulder. When you open yourself up in that manner, facing the outswinger becomes problematic. This means that your drives will stop connecting," Ramiz said on his YouTube channel.


 
Ramiz, however, felt that the Babar struggled because he was hesitant and nervous.
 
The cricketer-turned-commentator also said that captain Azhar Ali was struggling because he was pondering too much on his captaincy.
 
"He (Ali) is over-analysing all aspects whether it is batting or captaincy. He should be more relaxed. It is important to switch on and off for a captain.
 
"You have to be turned on when the action is happening but you have to take a bit of time out when the action stops. He puts too much pressure on himself."

Day 1 highlights

Pakistan's Babar Azam reached a half-century on a rain-affected first day of the opening test against England with the tourists reaching 139-2 at stumps on Wednesday.
 
Already an established white-ball star, Babar arrived in England with a fast-growing reputation in the longer format, averaging 65.5 since the start of 2018 including four centuries in his last seven innings.

His effortless 69 not out was easily the highlight of a first day comprising just 49 overs, with 11 boundaries in a stay of exactly 100 balls.
 
Chris Woakes nearly dismissed Babar but the batsman frustrated England's attack for the rest of the day and left his partner Shan Masood playing second fiddle. The opener batted studiously for 46 not out, with Jos Buttler fluffing two chances off Dom Bess on 45 - shelling a catch and missing a stumping. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Day 2, Eng vs Pak live weather updates: Cloudy but no rain

There are some clouds at the Old Trafford in the morning of Day 2 of England vs Pakistan 1st test, however it is no raining. We expect plenty of play and Babar Azam today. 

 

Bad light stops play

Bad light stops play at the Old Trafford and may be stumps on day 1. Babar Azam looked solid in the brief half an hour of play. He came out with a positive approach and seems hungry for runs as Joe Root was forced to bowl himself and Bess due to bad ligfht. However, the bad light at last stops the play and it is...

Over 49; Eng vs Pak Live score: 139-2

Over Summary:  0 0 4 1 0 0  ;  Pakistan: 139-2, Babar Azam (69), Shan Masood (46)

Dom Bess continues and Babar blocks the first two deliveries while dances down the ground off the next one and smashes over mid-off for FOUR. He takes a single off the next delivery. Masood defends the last two deliveries

Over 48; Eng vs Pak Live score: 134-2

Over Summary:  0 1 0 1 4 1  ;  Pakistan: 134-2, Babar Azam (64), Shan Masood (46)

Root continues and Babar Azam work the second ball towards mid-wicket for a single.

Masood blocks the third while pushes the next towards mid-off for a quick single.

Babar sweeps the 5th ball towards deep fine leg boundary for FOUR and clips the last one towards mid-wicket for a single. 

Over 47; Eng vs Pak Live score: 127-2

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0  ;  Pakistan: 127-2, Babar Azam (58), Shan Masood (45)

Bess continues and Babar Azam defends first two deliveries while collects a single off the third one.

Shan Masood tries to go for big shot, dances down the track, but fails to put bat on ball. Buttler misses an easy stumping chance. 

Over 46; Eng vs Pak Live score: 126-2

Over Summary:  0 0 0 0 0 1  ;  Pakistan: 126-2, Babar Azam (57), Shan Masood (45)

Root continues and Babar Azam edges the first ball towrds backward point for no run. However there is yes and no between the two batters. 

Babar defends on the leg side before collecting a single towards mid-wicket region for a single.

Over 45; Eng vs Pak Live score: 125-2

Over Summary:  0 1 0 0 0 0  ;  Pakistan: 125-2, Babar Azam (56), Shan Masood (45)

Dom Bess continues and Babar Azam blocks the first while collects a single off the next delivery towards mid-wicket region.

Masood sees off the remaining over without any movement in scorecard. 

Over 44; Eng vs Pak Live updates: 124-2

Over Summary:  0 0 1 0 0 0  ;  Pakistan: 124-2, Babar Azam (55), Shan Masood (45)

Joe Root, right-arm off break, comes into the attack and concedes a single.

Over 43; Eng vs Pak Live updates: 123-2

Over Summary:  0 0 0 1 0 0  ;  Pakistan: 123-2, Babar Azam (54), Shan Masood (45)

It seems umpires have communicated tp Root to not use the pacer

Dom Bess comes in the attack, Babar blocks first three deliveries while picks a single off the 4th one towards point region. 

Masood leaves the 5th while misses the last one, but is going down the leg side. 

Over 42

Over Summary:  2 0 0 1 0 0  ;  Pakistan: 122-2, Babar Azam (53), Shan Masood (45)

Jofra Archer continues and starts with a bumper, Babar looks to defends it first, but somehow pulls it in last moment towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.

Play resumes after long rain delay.

Archer starts with a bumper, Babar ducks under it while pulls the next, which seems like flick, towards backward square leg for a single.

Masood defends and leaves the last two deliveries.  

It is a bit gloomy out their.

Eng vs Pak live updates: New playing conditions

 There is 22.5 overs left. Stumps at 11:30 pm IST. Azam and Masood will resume their partnership.

England players having fun

Eng vs Pak live updates: Another inspection at 10 pm IST

The play has to start by 10:30 pm IST (6 pm local) latest, otherwise the day will be called off.

When Jofra Archer cleans up Abid Ali

Eng vs Pak live updates: Covers are coming off

Covers are coming off at The Old Trafford. When the rain stopped play before the tea session, Babar Azam was in sublime touch and reached his 50-run mark. There will be inspection at 9:30 pm IST (5pm local time)

When it rains then it rains in England

Eng vs Pak: Manchester weather live updates

It is still raining at the Old Trafford as we are in the post-tea session.


Eng vs Pak Live updates: Early tea taken at Old Trafford

Heavy rainfall in Manchester forces match officials to take early tea on Day 1 of England vs Pakistan first test


Eng vs Pak live updates: Rain stops play in Manchester

Rain Stops play in Manchester before Babar Azam hits FIFTY. He looks in sublime touch and played some extravagent cover drives and backfoot punch. Masood playing an sheet anchor role doing what he is good at.  

Over 41, ENG vs PAK live score: 119-2; Babar hits FIFTY

Over Summary: 0 0 L1 0 4 1 ; Pakistan: 119-2, Babar Azam (50), Shan Masood (45)

Dom Bess continues after drinks break and Masood collects a leg byes for Pakistan off the 3rd delivery.

Babar Azam defends the 4th delivery while dances down the track off the next and wallopes towards deep mid-wicket for FOUR. 

Babar Azam drives towards cover for a single and brings up his FIFTY. 

Over 40, ENG vs PAK live score: 113-2

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 113-2, Babar Azam (45), Shan Masood (45)

Jofra Archer continues...

Babar Azam leaves the first ball alone while drives the second to mid-off for no run. A short of length delivery, Babar Azam goes on top of it and punches towards deep cover for FOUR, super shot from Azam. 

Over 39, ENG vs PAK live score: 109-2

Over Summary: 1 0 1 1 2 0 ; Pakistan: 109-2, Babar Azam (41), Shan Masood (45)

Dom Bess continues and gets a knich of Masood bat off the last delivery, but Buttler fails to take the catch. 

Over 38, ENG vs PAK live score: 104-2

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 104-2, Babar Azam (39), Shan Masood (42)

Jofra Archer continues and misses the yorker, Masood flicks it to deep square leg boundary for FOUR.

Over 37, ENG vs PAK live score: 100-2; Babar Azam on fire

Over Summary: 4 1 0 1 0 4 ; Pakistan: 100-2, Babar Azam (39), Shan Masood (38)

Dom Bess continues...

Babar Azam drives the first ball beautifully towards deep extra cover for FOUR while collects a single off the next delivery.

Masood gets beaten down the leg side off the 3rd one while collects a single off the next. Babar defends the 5th one while drives the last delivery towards covre for FOIUR.  

Over 36, ENG vs PAK live score: 90-2

Over Summary: 4 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 90-2, Babar Azam (30), Shan Masood (37)

Jofra Archer [6.0-3-7-1] is back into the attack and Babar Azam greets him with a classic straigjt drive down the ground.

Babar tucks the next one towards mid-wicket for a quick single. 

Shan Masood shows full respect to Archer as he leaves outside off while defends the straight deliveries. 

Over 35, ENG vs PAK live score: 85-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 85-2, Babar Azam (25), Shan Masood (37)

Dom Bess continues and bowls a MAIDEN over. 

Over 34, ENG vs PAK live score: 85-2

Over Summary: 4 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 85-2, Babar Azam (25), Shan Masood (37)

Broad continues and starts the over with juicy full toss, Babar Azam drives it straight down the ground for FOUR. 

Broad back to length outside off and straighter deliveries, Babar shows full respect. 

Over 33, ENG vs PAK live score: 81-2

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 1 ; Pakistan: 81-2, Babar Azam (21), Shan Masood (37)

Dominic Bess, right-arm off break, comes into the attack and concedes a single each to both the batsmen

Over 32, ENG vs PAK live score: 79-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 1 ; Pakistan: 79-2, Babar Azam (20), Shan Masood (36)

Broad continues...

Masood look compact in his shot selection as he leaves outside off and blocks the straight one. 

The southpaw tucks the 5th ball with superb timing towards deep square leg for FOUR follows by a single towards cover region.

Over 31, ENG vs PAK live score: 74-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 N 4 0 0 ; Pakistan: 74-2, Babar Azam (20), Shan Masood (31)

James Anderson continues...

Babar plays a cracking shot on backfoot off the 4th delivery, sheer class from Azam.  

Over 30, ENG vs PAK live score: 69-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 69-2, Babar Azam (16), Shan Masood (31)

Broad continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Shan Masood. 

Over 29, ENG vs PAK live score: 69-2

Over Summary: 0 4 2 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 69-2, Babar Azam (16), Shan Masood (31)

Anderson continues and again strayed on the pads, Babar Azam flicks towards deep square leg for FOUR follows by a couple of runs. 

Over 28, ENG vs PAK live score: 63-2

Over Summary: 1 0 4 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 63-2, Babar Azam (10), Shan Masood (31)

Broad continues...

Babar Azam collects a single off the first ball towards long leg region.

Masood leaves the next delivery while punches the 3rd ball towards point region for FOUR. 

Over 27, ENG vs PAK live score: 58-2

Over Summary: 4 0 1 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 58-2, Babar Azam (9), Shan Masood (27)

James Anderson [5.0-2-16-0] is back into the attack and starts with a loosener down the leg side, Babar flicks towards deep square leg for FOUR. 

Over 26, ENG vs PAK live score: 53-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 53-2, Babar Azam (4), Shan Masood (27)

Broad continues after Lunch break and bowls a MAIDEN over to Masood.

Over 25, ENG vs PAK live score: 53-2; Lunch

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 2 ; Pakistan: 53-2, Babar Azam (4), Shan Masood (27)

Woakes continues and concedes a couple of runs off the last delivery to Babar Azam.

Over 24, ENG vs PAK live score: 51-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 1 ; Pakistan: 51-2, Babar Azam (2), Shan Masood (27)

Jofra Archer continues and Babar Azam collects a single off the last delivery as the batsman gives full respect to Archer brilliant line, length. 

Over 23, ENG vs PAK live score: 50-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 1 1 ; Pakistan: 50-2, Babar Azam (1), Shan Masood (27)

Woakes continues and Masood collects a single off the 5th delivery.

Babar Azam taps towards cover for a quick single.

Over 22, ENG vs PAK live score: 48-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 48-2, Babar Azam (0), Shan Masood (26)

Jofra Archer continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Babar Azam, who stuck on duck after 14 deliveries.  

Over 21, ENG vs PAK live score: 48-2

Over Summary: 0 0 4 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 48-2, Babar Azam (0), Shan Masood (26)

Woakes continues and Masood egdes the 3rd ball through third slip for FOUR. 

Over 20, ENG vs PAK live score: 44-2

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 44-2, Babar Azam (0), Shan Masood (22)

Jofra Archer continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Babar Azam

Over 19, ENG vs PAK live score: 44-2; Woakes scalps Azhar Ali

Over Summary: W 0 L1 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 44-2, Babar Azam (0), Shan Masood (22)

Woakes continues and traps Azhar Ali in front of wicket by an inswinging delivery. 

Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease and Woakes greets him with a pead of delivery, squared up the batsman. 

Over 18, ENG vs PAK live score: 43-1

Over Summary: 0 4 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 43-1, Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (22)

Archer continues and Masood guides the 2nd ball through gully region for FOUR. 

Over 17, ENG vs PAK live score: 39-1

Over Summary: 2 0 0 0 0 1 ; Pakistan: 39-1, Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (18)

Woakes continues...

Masood drives the first ball straight down the ground for a couple of runs. Masood blocks the next four deliveries while collects a single off the last delivery. 

Over 16, ENG vs PAK live score: 36-1; Archer castles Abid Ali

Over Summary: W 0 0 0 0 0   ; Pakistan: 36-1, Azhar Ali (0), Abid Ali (15)

Jofra Archer continues and cleans up Abid Ali with a inswinging delivery. A much-needed breakthrough for hosts.  Abid Ali b Jofra Archer 16(37) [4s-2]

Azhar Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease and leaves the 2nd delivery alone while pushes the next to mid-off for no run. Rain stops play

Play resumes after rain break and Archer ends the over without conceding a single.

 

Eng vs Pak live updates: Rain stops play in Manchester

The rain stops play at The Old Trafford just after Archer gets rid of opener Abid Ali. 

Over 15, ENG vs PAK live score: 36-0

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 36-0, Shan Masood (15), Abid Ali (16)


Chris Woakes continues after drinks break and concedes two singles to both batsman each. 

Over 14, ENG vs PAK live score: 34-0

Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 34-0, Shan Masood (15), Abid Ali (14)

Jofra Archer, right-arm fast, comes into the attack and concedes two runs. 

Over 13, ENG vs PAK live score: 32-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 32-0, Shan Masood (13), Abid Ali (14)

Chris Woakes continues and Masood leaves and defends the first four deliveries/

It is raining at Old Trafford, maybe a passing shower.

Masood tucks the second one while leaves the last one to the keeper. 

Over 12, ENG vs PAK live score: 32-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 1 0 1 ; Pakistan: 32-0, Shan Masood (13), Abid Ali (14)

Broad continues and Abid Ali edges the second ball on the pads while taps the 4th delivery towards off side for a single.

Masood leaves the 5th delivery while taps last one towards offi side for a quick single. 

Over 11, ENG vs PAK live score: 30-0

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 0 0; Pakistan: 30-0, Shan Masood (12), Abid Ali (13)

Chris Woakes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack and concedes a single  to Abid Ali.

Over 10, ENG vs PAK live score: 29-0

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 1 0 ; Pakistan: 29-0, Shan Masood (12), Abid Ali (12)

Broad continues..

Masood collects a single off the first ball towards fine leg. Abid Ali defends and leaves the next two deliveries while collects a single off the 5th delivery. 

Over 9, ENG vs PAK live score: 27-0

Over Summary: 0 1 4 4 0 0 ; Pakistan: 27-0, Shan Masood (11), Abid Ali (11)

Anderson continues...

Masood leaves the first delivery while tucks the next towards square leg for a single. 

Anderson to Abid Ali, on the pads, the batsman flicks towards deep square boundary for FOUR. Abid Ali plays a loose shot outside off, but luckily gets a thick outside edge throw flying Burns at gully for FOUR. 

Over 8, ENG vs PAK live score: 18-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; Pakistan: 18-0, Shan Masood (10), Abid Ali (3)

Broad continues and bowls a MAIDEN over to Abid Ali

Over 7, ENG vs PAK live score: 18-0

Over Summary: 0 0 1 0 4 0 ; Pakistan: 18-0, Shan Masood (10), Abid Ali (3)

James Anderson continues...

Abid Ali leaves the first two deliveries while collects a single off the third one.

Masood plays a defensive shot with a soft hands, edges the ball though wide gully for FOUR. 

Over 6, ENG vs PAK live score: 13-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 4 0 ; Pakistan: 13-0, Shan Masood (6), Abid Ali (2)

Broad continues...

Masood leaves, defends and blocks first four deliveries while hits the 5th ball towards gully, though not a convincing one, for FOUR. He blocks the last delivery to end the over. 

Over 5, ENG vs PAK live score: 9-0

Over Summary: 0 1 0 0 1 0  ; Pakistan: 9-0

Anderson continues and Abid Ali clips the 2nd ball towards deep fine leg for a single.

Masood leaves and defends the next two while gets an inside edge off the th ball towards square leg for a single.

Over 4, ENG vs PAK live score: 7-0

Over Summary: 0 L4 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 6-0

Stuart Broad continues and starts with a wayward delivery down the legside, Buttler makes a brilliant effort as Pakistan collects one BYES.

Over 3, ENG vs PAK live score: 6-0

Over Summary: 0 L4 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 6-0

James Anderson continues and beats Masood off with a peach follows a wayward delivery on pads, FOUR leg byes for Pakistan.

 

Over 2, ENG vs PAK live score: 2-0

Over Summary: 1 0 0 0 1 0  ; Pakistan: 2-0

Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Abid Ali taps towards cover and takes a quick single off the first delivery. Masood defends next three while collects a single off the 5th. 

Over 1, Eng vs Pak live score: 0-0

Over Summary: 0 0 0 0 0 0  ; Pakistan: 0-0

Abid Ali and Shan Masood open for Pakistan. James Anderson takes the red cherry

Masood edges the first ball to gully region to start with. Anderson as expected bowls a maiden over.

TV umpire to call front foot no balls in England-Pakistan Test series

Front foot no balls will be decided by the TV umpire and not the on-field officials for the first time in Test cricket with the series between England and Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.
 
The ICC added that the front foot no-ball technology will be assessed before any decisions are taken regarding its use in future games.

"Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams," the ICC tweeted.
 
"Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket," it added.

 
 
The front-foot no balls were exclusively monitored by the third umpire in the recently concluded ODI series between England and Ireland, which was part of the ICC World Cup Super League.
 
Last year, the technology was put to trial in the limited overs series between India and West Indies.
 
It was also used during the T20 Women's World Cup in Australia earlier this year. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

England playing 11

England playing 11: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Pakistan playing 11

Pakistan playing 11: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah


Eng vs Pak live toss updates: Pakistan wins the toss and elects bat


Pakistan squad for England series 2020

Azhar Ali (C), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam ul haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.


England squad for Pakistan series

Joe Root (C), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, James Bracey, Ben Foakes, Jack Leach, Dan Lawrence

Stuart Broad becomes 2nd England cricketer to scalp 500 wickets. Photo: @England cricket

Eng vs Pak Live updates: Morning rain stopped at Old Trafford

The early morning rain at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester has stopped and we expect an on time start of England vs Pakistan 1st Test. 


England vs Pakistan 1st Test preview

England will be wary of the unpredictable Pakistan side when the two teams clash in the first Test of the three-match series at the Old Trafford beginning Wednesday.
 
This will be the visitors' first appearance in an international match since coronavirus stoppage while for the hosts, they will look to bring their form and confidence over from the recently-concluded three-Test series against West Indies.
 
In the World Test Championship (WTC) points table, England moved up to third position following a 2-1 series win over Jason Holder's troops. The hosts have a chance to leapfrog Australia to second place, while Pakistan can overtake New Zealand to fourth position.
 
For this series, England have named the same squad that clinched them the Wisden Trophy and it will once be interesting to see what will be their bowling combination for the first Test.
 
A lot has been said about veteran fast-bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson playing together. They started just one of three matches in the last series together and showed in the final Test why they remain England's best bet in home conditions.
 
"Jimmy and Broady go together like Morecambe and Wise or Bonnie and Clyde," former England spinner Graeme Swann was quoted as saying by mirror.co.uk.
 
"They have formed one of the most successful bowling double acts Test cricket has known. Why would you want to chuck it out before its sell-by date?
 
"I can understand the attraction of 90mph pace, and both Jofra and Woody are huge assets. But I'm sorry, you don't discard blokes with 500 Test wickets lightly" he added.
 
Not to forget talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes, who recently displaced West Indies captain Jason Holder from the top of the ICC all-rounders' list. He will once again have a huge say in the outcome of the series.
 
As for the visitors, they lack proper match practice going into the first Test but head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has stated players have done well to acclimatise themselves with the tough English conditions.
 
"When you play after a long gap there is bound to be some sort of nervousness but that is natural. As soon as the players step on the field, it will go away," Misbah said. "The players are fresh and anxiously waiting for the series to begin."
 
Pakistan will also be pinning their hopes on young fast-bowling duo Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah to shine in the bowler-friendly conditions of England. Not to forget they could also unleash spinners at the Old Trafford.
 
"We will keep an eye on the pitch and the weather conditions, today and tomorrow, before taking a decision on whether to play two spinners or not," Misbah said. "It is a possibility and an encouraging sign for us.
 
"The pitch and weather conditions might be favouring us at the moment but you still have to execute your plans properly to win," he added.
 
Pakistan will also take confidence from the fact that they have done well in the last two Test series in the England. The 2018 series ended in a 1-1 draw while the 2016 series also ended with both teams sharing spoils after the conclusion of four-Test series (2-2).
England vs Pakistan


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