England vs Pakistan, LIVE cricket scores: Latest updates and scorecard from first Test, day three at Lord’s
England paid a heavy price for their own faulty batting as Pakistan demonstrated how it should be done on day two of the first NatWest Test at Lord’s.
Babar Azam top-scored with 68 before having to retire hurt, and the tourists duly put themselves in a position surely beyond even their own best hopes when Joe Root had chosen to bat first on Thursday morning.
After Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali and Shadab Khan also reached 50, Pakistan closed 166 in front on 350 for eight and apparently on course to inflict England’s sixth defeat in their last eight Tests.
Root’s men bowled acceptably – Ben Stokes (three for 73) the pick and James Anderson (three for 82) worthy of mention for an impressive spell from the Nursery End in the early afternoon – but after batting so poorly, England fielded no better.
It was a sedate process, but one-way traffic nonetheless, as Pakistan lost four wickets for the addition of 177 runs in the first two sessions.
Join JAMES DUTTON to see if England can rescue the situation on day three. Coverage gets underway from 10.30am.
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