Pakistan collapses against England in second test

Pakistan collapses against England in second test
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LONDON - Pakistan's batting crumbled to 83 - 7 after it won the toss on the first day of the second Test against England at Headingley on Friday, bringing tail-enders into play early in the innings.

Openers Imamul Haq and Azhar Ali fell early in the innings without adding much to the scoreboard. Haris Sohail (28) later nicked it to the slips, followed by Asad Shafiq (27). Both the wickets were taken by pacer Chris Woakes.

Soon after Pakistan resumed innings at 68-4 after lunch, skipper Sarfaz Ahmed (14) was bowled by James Anderson. Debutant Usman Salahuddin was the next to fall after making only four runs.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who had been struggling with a torn left hamstring, was ruled out on the morning of the match.

He was replaced by 19-year-old debutant left-arm seamer Sam Curran as England made three changes in total to the side which thrashed inside four days in the first Test of this two-match series at Lord's.

Keaton Jennings replaced struggling opening batsman Mark Stoneman and pace bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes came in for dropped fast bowler Mark Wood.

Pakistan were forced into making one change, with middle-order batsman Usman Salahuddin given a Test debut after Babar Azam suffered a broken arm while facing Stokes at Lord's.

Sarfraz explained his decision to bat first by saying: “It looks like a good pitch, a dry pitch, so hopefully we can post a good score.”

England captain Joe Root, playing on his Yorkshire home ground, added: “It's humid today so we might get swing and we have to use what we get with a fresh pitch.

“We were below par in the last Test and the fact the game has come around so quickly has helped us.”

Curran was presented with his Test cap by Graham Thorpe, England's one-day international batting coach.

“It was nice to give Sam his cap,” Thorpe, a former Surrey and England batsman, told *BBC Radio*'s Test Match Special. "To present it to a Surrey player, at his age, was really special."

“He's a talented player. England's search for a left-arm seamer is well documented and it's a great opportunity for Sam,” Thorpe added.

If Pakistan avoid defeat, they will win their first Test series in England since 1996.

England, who have lost six of their last eight Tests, are looking to avoid a third straight series loss after reverses in Australia and New Zealand. Teams

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Dominic Bess, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas

Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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