Cook makes battling 70 but Pakistan on top at Lord’s

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 May 2018 11:37:15



ENGLAND’S last six wickets fell for just thirty-five runs as the team’s first innings folded at 184 after tea on the first day of the opening Test against Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday.In the 23 overs of the final session, Pakistan responded with 50-1 trailing by 134 runs with nine wickets intact. After they lost opener Imam-ul Haq lbw to Stuart Broad for four, opener Azhar Ali (18*) and Haris Sohail (21*) took their own sweet time to add 38 runs for the unbroken second wicket.Playing in a record-equalling 153rd consecutive Test, Alastair Cook batted fluently at the top of the order and made a gritty 70.

But wickets tumbled around him after England captain Joe Root had won the toss in overcast conditions at the home of cricket.Mark Stoneman, Root and Dawid Malan fell cheaply to the Pakistan seamers in the morning, leaving England struggling at 43 for three before Cook and Jonny Bairstow steadied the innings with a partnership of 57.Bairstow, however, was bowled after lunch for 27 by a fine delivery from Faheem Ashraf and Cook’s three-hour vigil ended when Mohammad Amir produced an excellent ball that clipped his off stump.