Southampton: England finished the rain-affected opening day of the second Test against Pakistan in commanding position.
The Greens Caps finished with the score of 126-5 at stumps on day one in Southampton on Thursday.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, but the home team struck early as opener Shan Masood was trapped LBW by veteran pacer James Anderson at the score of six.
Skipper Azhar Ali and Abid Ali anchored the side to 62-1 at lunch but soon after, England made a grand comeback as the Burnley-born pacer removed Pakistan captain who departed after scoring 20, leaving the side at 78-2.
Abid went on to scoring a fighting half-century before he was dismissed for 60 and was soon followed with the dismissals of Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam.
The Green Caps will be looking to rebuild after their middle-order’s another collapse with talisman Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 25 and four respectively.
The home team is currently leading the three-match series 1-0 after securing a thrilling three-wicket win in the first Test at Old Trafford.
England will be without star all-rounder Ben Stokes who has been rested for the remainder of the series.
Top-order batsman Zak Crawley is in the starting XI instead of Stokes whereas left-arm pacer Sam Curran comes in for Jofra Archer.
Pakistan have also made the solitary change with left-handed batsman Fawad Alam coming in instead of all-rounder Shadab Khan.
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (captain), Ollie Pope, Jos Butler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah