Pakistan VS England: Pakistan needs 565 runs to win


England set Pakistan a daunting target of 565 to win the second Test after hosts declared their second innings on 173 for one at Old Trafford on Monday.

The England captain Alastair Cook was 76 not out and vice-captain Joe Root 71 not out.

565 is the second biggest target Pakistan have been set after 573 by West Indies in Bridgetown in 2005.

Pakistan leads the four-match series 1-0 after their 75-run win in the first Test at Lord’s last week.

-First innings-

Pakistan’s first innings went from bad to worse as they lost four wickets in the morning session. All four England quicks took a wicket in a session that was interrupted for an hour by rain.

Pakistan’s starting position was a dispiriting one: four wickets already lost for 57, still 532 runs in arrears. On a cloudier day, there was bounce and zip in the pitch and they proved unequal to the task.

It took six balls for England to sense that it might be an excellent bowling morning – Shan Masood edging James Anderson on the bounce to James Vince at third slip. Masood managed a more controlled boundary off Anderson, clipping off his pads, but a jab at a rising delivery later in the over gave Joe Root an inviting catch at second slip.

But even Misbah could not disguise his surprise when a back-of-a-length delivery from Broad exploded from the pitch, flew over his horizontal bat, and landed directly in the hands of Alastair Cook at first slip.

The rain break interrupted England’s progress, but when they resumed at 12.30pm it was not long before Asad Shafiq fell to a slower more offcut by Stuart Broad, a front-foot drive flying to Hales at backwards point.

The most idiosyncratic innings, though, was played by Sarfraz Ahmed, whose slash at two of his first three balls, from Broad, indicated his state of mind. His counterattack lasted 18 balls, 26 riskily assembled, before he edged Ben Stokes to second slip.

Even Misbah was discomfited by a well-directed bouncer from Chris Woakes in the last over of the morning, flicking his glove as he jerked his head away in self-preservation and lost a piece from his helmet in the process.

All it required was for Woakes to take a wicket for England’s pace bowlers to complete the set. It duly arrived with Root’s third slip catch of the morning – and fourth of the innings – enabling England to go to lunch a ball early. Woakes had his fourth wicket, a self-effacing allrounder making a name for himself.