Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Abbas bowled an absolute corker of a delivery to remove the English all-rounder Ben Stokes on the 2nd day of the opening test. After putting up more than a fighting total of 326 on the board, Pakistan pacers came out all guns blazing and left England batting into tatters on Thursday.
Pakistan bowlers were on fire as they removed both the English openers within the first 20 deliveries of the innings. While Shaheen Afridi trapped Rory Burns in the front of the wickets in the first over of the innings itself, Mohammad Abbas removed Dominic Sibley in the 4th over. With 2 wickets down, Ben Stokes joined skipper Joe Root in the middle. The kind of form Ben Stokes has been in recent times, Pakistan needed something special to handle the all-rounders. It was a moment of magic when Mohammad Abbas produced an absolute jaffa to pick up the prized wicket of Stokes.
Bowling from round the wicket to Stokes, Abbas dished out a length delivery angling in which left the batsman after pitching and went on to hit the top of the stumps. It was a classic delivery and a moment of brilliance from the pacer.
In case you didn't know –
Pakistan posted a strong total of 326 runs in the first innings owing to a brilliant century (156 runs) by Shan Masood. Only Babar Azam (69 runs) and Shadab Khan (45 runs) could make a significant contribution to the total other than the opener. Pakistani pacers made sure that the total is big enough as they reduced the English batting for 12/3 at a moment. As the English skipper Joe Root tried to build a partnership with Ollie Pope, leggie Yasir Shah accounted for Root's wicket towards the end of the day to hand-over the advantage to Pakistan. Now, all of England's hopes are resting on the shoulders of Pope who is unbeaten at a score of 46 runs.