Pakistan crumble in the second Test
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 6th August 2010
It was another breathless display of Test cricket a the ball dominated the bat for the first half before the trend was reversed. The Pakistani batsmen crumbled under the onslaught caused by the English bowlers thus surrendering the initiative.
Salman Butt surprised one and all as he elected to bat first in conditions that would have ideally suited his seamers. But believing that his batsmen had the skills, guts and determination to overcome the hurdles posed by the English bowlers went ahead. What then unfolded was nothing short of being called horror or abysmal. Batsmen after batsmen succumbed as either they rendered scoreless or they did not posses the ability to counter the prodigious swing caused by the English bowlers. Farhat and Azhar Ali faced 24 and 30 balls respectively but failed to register even a single run against their name. Salman Butt looked like fighting to get out of the spot but unfortunately he was unsuccessful. Broad produced a beauty to remove Farhat while Finn got Butt to edge to slips.
Barring Umar Akmal and Umar Amin at the top of the order none of the batsmen made any sort of score. Umar Akmal counter-attacked as he collected a six of a imperious flick of Broad and looked good for more. But his tendency to walk across the stumps was his reason to walk the path to the dressing room. Debutant Zulqarnain Haider survived just one delivery as he had no answer to a peach from Broad. Down the order Mohammad Aamer once again displayed his ample ability with the bat when he batted with patience and showed temperament fit for any top-flight cricket. The Pakistani innings were all-out for 72 with Anderson and Broad picking up 4 wickets each.
England in reply never looked in any sort of trouble like their Pakistani counterparts. Skipper Strauss and Cook negotiated the Pakistani bowlers with ease. The Pakistani seamers, Aamer and Asif, bowled well but failed to create any sort of discomfort for the English batsmen. Asif finally gave the breakthrough for the Pakistani side when Cook mistimed a pull and gave a simple catch to Umar Akmal at second slip. Aamer induced an inside edge from Strauss to give the second wicket for the Pakistani side and there emerged a small opening for the visitors.
Pietersen and Trott survived some testing spells from Aamer and Asif but the duo survived. With around 13 overs to go for the day the umpires deemed that the light was not favorable for the match to continue and so called it stumps.