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2nd Test: Harry Brook, Ben Duckett steady England after Abrar Ahmed shines again

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Pakistan vs England: The Three Lions have taken a lead of 281 in the second innings with five wickets left in hand. Abrar Ahmed picked up three wickets for the hosts.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 10, 2022 17:58 IST

2nd Test: Brook, Duckett steady England after Abrar Ahmed shines again. Courtesy: AP

2nd Test: Brook, Duckett steady England after Abrar Ahmed shines again. Courtesy: AP

By Sabyasachi Chowdhury: The second Test between Pakistan and England at the Multan Cricket Stadium is well and truly in the balance. After two days, both teams would fancy their chances on a pitch which has been more kind to the bowlers than the batters.

At Stumps on Day 2, England were leading by 281 runs with five wickets left in their second innings. Harry Brook stayed unbeaten on 74 runs off 108 balls with the help of eight fours and one six. Ben Stokes is the other overnight batter, along with Brook.

Abrar Ahmed picked up three wickets, but the other bowlers failed to make much of an impact. Abrar also set the record of most wickets picked by a Pakistani spinner on Test debut.

Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope were unlucky after getting run out in single digits. Ben Duckett scored a quick-fire 63 in the first innings and he backed it up with a 79-run knock in the second.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 202 in 62.5 overs and they ended up conceding a lead of 79 runs after the first innings. After Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel’s 91-run stand for the third wicket, the English bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals.

Ollie Robinson cleaned up Babar early and set the tone for England. Babar scored 75 runs off 95 balls with 10 fours and one six. Shakeel also perished after scoring 63 runs off 106 balls.

Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 60 runs. Faheem Ashraf scored 22 off 31 and somehow helped the hosts go past the 200-run mark. Jack Leach was the pick of the bowlers for the Three Lions after he finished with figures of 27-7-98-4.

Mark Wood and former skipper Joe Root also picked up two wickets apiece. Will Jacks, who was outstanding in the Rawalpindi Test, failed to pick up a wicket in the four overs he bowled.

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