English bowlers made a strong start to Day 2 picking up early wickets to put the visitors o the backfoot. After Azam got dismissed for 69, Pakistan lost two quick wickets in the form of Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan.
However, Shan Masood got the support of all-rounder Shadab Khan as the duo registered a 100 runs partnership in the afternoon session to put Pakistan back into the contest.
The English pacers breath fire with the cherry at the Old Trafford but was unable to pierce the defences of Masood as the southpaw scored a scintillating ton.
Masood was the showstopper as he showed great resilience against England’s lethal pace attack during England vs Pakistan 1st Test to register his 4th Test century. In the process, he became the first Pakistan cricketer in 24 years to score a ton on English soil after Saeed Anwar last did it in 1996.
Also, this was Masood’s third Test century in a row. The 30-year-old wasn’t very aggressive during the course of his knock. However, he didn’t put a foot wrong against the swinging deliveries and toiled the opposition bowlers for his wicket.
Wickets kept tumbling at the other end but Masood wasn’t ready to put his guards down as he registered a marvellous century.
With things looking stuck for England, Jofra Archer got a breakthrough for the hosts late into the afternoon session with a sensational double strike. Archer scalped two in two to send back Yasir Shah and Abbas cheaply.
While wickets fell from one end, Masood tried his best to stay at the crease to put Pakistan in a commanding position. However, post Tea Break Stuart Broad’s double strike ended Pakistan’s innings for 326.
Broad, who has been in sublime form since the West Indies series put the final nail in the coffin scalping Naseem Shah before taking the big scalp of Shan Masood for 156.
England ended Day 2 trailing by 234 runs after Pakistan pacers run terror through the English top order. The lethal pace combination of Afridi-Shah-Abbas struck early in the England innings as the hosts lost 4 quick wickets late on Day 2.
Ollie Pope’s form has been the only silver lining for the Three Lions who remained unbeaten at 46 and will be shouldering the hope when he walks out to bat at No 3.