England v Pakistan | Second Investec Test, Day 1
Cook and Root dented Pakistan by scoring centuries at the first day of the second test match between England v Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester. They both provided England a great start after losing a quick wicket of Hales for just 25 runs on the board. Pakistan bowlers failed to get quick wickets. It was yet another full house at Old Trafford, Manchester. Remember England have not lost any test at Old Trafford since 2001.
Earlier England won the toss and elected to bat first on a batting track. England made most out of the wicket as cook played a fantastic knock of 105 run of 172 balls. He scores 15 blistering fours in his innings, giving spectators a great return to their money. He just got out before tea on the bowling of Mohammad Amir. The ball kept low and hitting the tow end of the bat of Aliaster Cook and thus hitting the stumps. It was cook’s 29th test hundred that took him alongside Don Bradman. Cook and root both scored 185 run in 49 over for second wicket stand.
Vince got a chance early on when Younus Khan dropped him on the bowling of Mohammad Amir. But he could not make most of it and got out on the bowling of Rahat Ali for just scoring 18 runs. Ballance scored 23 runs of 57 balls before he was bowled out by Rahat Ali. He scored 3 fours. Root on the other end played freely and scored a brilliant hundred. He was not out at the close of play on 140 from 245 balls with the help of 18 fours. Chris Woakes was not out on 2 runs. England scored 314 run for the loss of 4 wickets at the close of play in 89 overs.
From Pakistan it was Mohmmad Amir who took 2 for 63 in 20 overs. Rahat Ali took 2 for 69 in 20 overs. the hero of Lord’s Yasir Shah remain wicket less through out the day and conceded 111 runs from 31 overs and Wahab Riaz conceded 59 runs from 16 overs.
Earlier, at the start of the play when Mohammad Amir came to the field, he got some shouting people from the crowd taunting him of “no ball”. Although he got a warm welcome at Lord’s on his return to test cricket where the crowd was not that noisy. But it was likely to happen at Old Trafford.