England vs Pakistan – Broad and Anderson skittle sorry Pakistan
A combination of lethal English bowling and dismal Pakistani batting saw the visitors all out for 72 on day one of the second Test at Edgbaston.
And after registering a new worst score against England for the second time in under a week, Pakistan saw the hosts reply with a breezy 43 without loss by tea.
James Anderson (four for 20) and Stuart Broad (four for 38) did the most damage as all Pakistan’s batsmen found scoring opportunities very hard to come by.
Resuming on 37 for six at lunch, Pakistan offered something approaching resistance before folding again. Following their paltry 72, they are 16/1 to win the second Test.
Five batsmen fell without making a single run, including Imran Farhat and Azhar Ali, whose respective ducks took 24 and 32 balls.
The scorecard had an ominous look already and Shoaib Malik was soon gone too, well caught by Matt Prior diving in front of first slip off an Anderson outswinger.
Mohammad Aamer and Umar Amin hinted at a little better after lunch until Broad kickstarted another rush of four wickets for nine runs.
England’s batsmen were in a hurry to wipe out the deficit, with Andrew Strauss (4/1 to score 100) pushing Aamer’s first ball of the innings for four off his legs and Cook doing likewise in the same over.
Cook needed a review to survive an lbw verdict on five off Asif and also edged Aamer just short of gully soon afterwards, but otherwise England’s progress was serene.
England are 1/66 to win the second Test, and they look set to complete a second successive landslide victory. See the full England vs Pakistan Full Match Betting Odds market.