England is placed solidly (527/6) against Pakistan on Day 2 of 2nd Test match (wef 22 Jul 2016) at Manchester. Major contributions came from Alistair Cook- 105, J Root batting at 212 and Chris Woakes- 58.
Pakistan bowlers have failed to pick up wickets and pose no threat to England bowlers who are playing with confidence.
In the low scoring 1st Test match at London last week, Pakistan beat England by 79 runs. That was a convincing victory courtesy some superb bowling by Yasir Shah who captured 6 and 4 wickets in 1st and 2nd innings respectively. His effort eclipsed good bowling by Chris Woakes who captured 6 and 5 wickets for England in each of the innings.
Can Pakistan chase a mammoth towards which England is heading to? Who Will Win? Just wait and watch.
Which Way The Match Could Swing?
- England losing this test is a rare possibility. They are heading towards setting a target of 600 plus runs for Pakistan to chase.
- Pakistan will have to bat well to score a minimum of 400 runs in first innings to avoid a follow on.
- England is likely to declare after tea on Day 2.
- For Pakistan, only Younis Khan and M Hafeez can steer the team out of deep waters. S Masood and Azhar Ali are not in great for. Misbah- ul- Haq may not come good in this test having scored a hundred in first test.
- In case Pakistan can not score 400 runs in first innings (may bundle out by lunch on Day 4) and fails in second innings too, then they may lose the test by an innings defeat on Day 5 by tea time.
- In case Pakistan scores 400 runs by Stumps Day 3 or Lunch Day 4 and forces England to bat, then in that case, England is likely to bat for the rest of the day on Day 4 and set a target of around 400 for Pakistan to score on Day 5.
- In all probability, this test is in England’s pocket unless Pakistan batsmen show class, commitment and nerves to stay at the crease to play for a draw. That appears a remote possibility with a very strong England pace attack (Anderson back in squad).
The match is interestingly poised. Good Luck both the teams.