But fresh from helping bowl Pakistan to a crushing nine-wicket win over England in the first Test at Lord's, the left-arm paceman hopes he can enjoy the "best memory" with a series win in the second and final Test at Headingley, starting Friday.
Amir, who burst on the world scene as a teenager, got his name on the Lord's honours board with a six-wicket haul against England in 2010.
But in the same game at the 'home of cricket', Amir was caught up in a spot-fixing scandal at the which led to a jail sentence and a five-year ban.
That same season, Amir took three wickets for 20 runs in 11 overs at Headingley during a sensational bowling display as an Australia side featuring Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and Steven Smith were dismissed for just 88 in the first innings of the second 'neutral' Test.
The match, which Pakistan eventually won by three wickets, saw Amir stake a claim to 'The Ball of the 21st Century' when an all-but-unplayable delivery that pitched on the middle-and-leg stump of Mitchell Johnson seamed away late to clip the top of the left-hander's off-stump.
Amir, who helped Essex win the English County Championship last season when he also starred in Pakistan's outstanding one-day Champions Trophy final victory over arch-rivals India at The Oval, has rarely hit those Headingley heights in Test cricket since his return to the international stage two years ago.
Amir, however, took five wickets -- including four for 36 in the second innings -- as Pakistan outclassed England in all areas to win inside four days at Lord's on Sunday.
"It's a big achievement winning in Test cricket in England against England at home," Amir said on Wednesday.
"If we win the series I think it will be the best memory of my life," the swing bowler added.
- 'Block out the noise' -
Pakistan will be forced into a change, with Fakhar Zaman set to replace Babar Azam after his fellow batsman suffered a broken arm facing all-rounder Ben Stokes at Lord's.
England have recalled opener Keaton Jennings in place of the dropped Mark Stoneman, who managed just 13 runs in total at Lord's.
"You will only get judged on the amount of runs you score," said Jennings, one of Alastair Cook's 12 opening partners in the six years since Andrew Strauss's retirement.
England made a late addition to their squad, with uncapped left-arm seamer Sam Curran called up Wednesday after Stokes suffered a hamstring strain.
Regardless of Stokes's fitness, England may recall all-rounder Chris Woakes, if only to bolster their fallible batting, in place of fast bowler Mark Wood.
Despite their lamentable Lord's showing, James Anderson insisted England could bounce back by squaring the series at the Yorkshire home ground of captain Joe Root.
The team received a barrage of criticism after Lord's but Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, said: "The outside noise is always there, and it's a bit louder when you perform badly.
"We'll try to block out the noise -- from whoever is shouting out," he added, suggesting a "bit of a luck" may be all England need to improve on a run of six defeats in their last eight Tests.
If England are seeking inspiration, they could look to the Headingley example of the West Indies.
Last year, the tourists suffered a humiliating innings and 209-run defeat by England in the first Test at Edgbaston, only to enjoy a five-wicket victory in the second Test as Shai Hope became the first batsman to score hundreds in both innings of a first-class match at Headingley.
England, though, might settle for one century by any member of their faltering top order, let alone two, right now.
Commentary (Pakistan innings)
Trophy shared. Tour ended. Pakistan's stay in Europe ends. How often have you seen no century scored in a Test series? We'll let you find that out. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, goes Newton's third law of motion. England though, have given more than that. After being tamed at Lord's inside four days, they've retaliated in such a way that Pakistan were handed an innings defeat inside three days. Opposite, yes, but equal? Maybe not. Well, our company with you ends with this note. We'll see you soon with some international cricketing action. Meanwhile, you may switch over to the Afghanistan-Bangladesh game if you're feeling T20 deprived. Till the next time, cheers! Ta-ta! Take care!
Now, both Joe Root and Sarfraz Ahmed pose with the trophy on the podium. Sharing is a good habit, as taught in schools. With a win and loss each for both the sides, they may well have to share the silverware. The effect of franchise cricket is seen here as well, as the players from either sides chat with each other. Fakhar Zaman and Jos Buttler were seen having some talk while the two emerging youngsters, Shadab Khan and Dominic Bess, were seen hanging out as well. Perhaps they'll be planning the evening get together, now that the game has ended early.
The England captain, Joe Root, says that they spoke as a group after the loss in the first Test and talked about playing with pride and enjoying. States that they learned pretty quickly and that resulted in this turnaround. Reckons that his two swing bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad didn't let them down and were ably backed up by the others. Reasons that the nature of the pitch resulted in no tons being scored in the series. As a result, he credits the ground staff for preparing good wickets. Opines that they still have a long way to go in being consistent and will strive for that. Lauds the youngsters Keaton Jennings and Dominic Bess by saying that they turned up well and grabbed their opportunities. Confesses that they were lacking confidence in the first Test after a tough winter. Seems confident about beating India if they play the brand of cricket they did here.
Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan skipper, asserts that even though batting first was right, the batters let them down. Credits the opposition for bowling well in the first couple of sessions. States that they weren't as disciplined as they were in the first Test. Iterates that dropping catches are a part of the game and would look to improve on that. Reckons that with a young side at hand, it's always a learning curve and the process is in place. Ends saying that he is proud of his side, specially with the way they played right from Malahide.
The Man of the Series award goes to Mohammad Abbas. He is mainly adjudged so as he helped Pakistan win the Lord's Test with his bowling. Wasim Akram joins in as the translator for the youngster. The young seamer begins thanking the Almighty. He says that he feels disappointed to not help his side win the series. Talks about focusing on landing the ball in right areas. Adds that irrespective of the success you get or not, he strives for the same. States that he didn't panic when the opposition batters decided to use their feet but decided to concentrate on his strength. Ends wishing the Pakistan legend a happy birthday.
Jos Buttler is the Man of the Match. He says it's great to be back in the Test side and to contribute to the win. Reckons that the conditions were such that the bowlers were always in the game. Adds that they looked like picking wickets with each delivery. Lauds his side for coming here and turning things around after a tough week at Lord's. He talks about playing as per the situation, when asked if he decided to have fun when Stuart Broad walked out to bat. Statest that it feels good when someone has faith in you and gets you in the Test side and then when such a performance comes out.
They say bat once and bat big in Tests. England set out in that earnest. Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings strung together a 50-run opening stand, doing so for the first time after 12 innings. Cook, Joe Root and Dominic Bess got into the 40s, but couldn't go beyond that. Then it took a Jos Buttler brilliance for England to stretch their lead to a good hefty 189. The ODI wicketkeeper couldn't find company for him to get to an elusive Test ton. That lead proved a bit too much for Pakistan who ended up capitulating and conceding the game to the hosts. Be here with us to see what the captains have to say...
Earlier in the game, sunny conditions forced Sarfraz Ahmed to win the toss and chose to bat. But like it was playing hide and seek, it went into a hiding. With that for help, England's seamers made merry to keep the tourists quiet and strangled them to a low score. Pakistan could perhaps thank Shadab Khan for dragging their score above 150.
In a wicket-taking fest, Dominic Bess, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes joined the party. The spinner picked up three to go with his effort with the bat and the stunner that he took to get rid of Haris Sohail. There's pretty much nothing to write about Pakistan's show (or no show) in this innings apart from the 42-run stand between Imam ul Haq and Usman Salahuddin.
Talking about redemption, James Anderson and Stuart Broad have bowled themselves back into form and England to victory. What it also does is paint a sad picture that if they fail to strike regularly, the side struggles. The duo began in the right manner in this innings as well. Teasing and beating the outside edge of the blade, they sent back Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq pretty early. That exposed the frail middle order of Pakistan.
What a turnaround it has been for England. Down and out at Lord's, redemption at Headingley. An abject surrender like the one we've just had was just not expected. Well, they say expect the unexpected from Pakistan and that's what it has been. Just three of their batters entered double figures and that says it all.
45.6 S Broad to Abbas, OUT! That will do! ENGLAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 55 RUNS! Broad slants in a back of a length ball on middle, Abbas sticks back inside the crease to fend it off but it takes the shoulder of the bat and flies straight to Root at third slip. The English skipper makes no mistake and the hosts finally taste some success in Test cricket, after 8 matches. Smiles all around, the players are shaking hands and thanking the crowd as well. A neat performance to end the series 1-1. 134/10
45.5 S Broad to Abbas, Late swing and it's so late that it swings after beating the bat of the batsman. Broad angles in a length ball on off, Abbas pushes inside the line and misses. 134/9
45.4 S Broad to Amir, Back of a length ball angling down the leg side, Amir turns it through square leg and picks up a single. 134/9
45.3 S Broad to Abbas, This one is too straight in line and it has been tickled behind square leg for a single. 133/9
45.2 S Broad to Abbas, Alters his length and goes short. Bangs it in around off and Abbas sits underneath it. 132/9
45.1 S Broad to Abbas, Fuller and on off, Abbas covers the line and blocks it back. 132/9
44.6 D Bess to Amir, Four byes! That one probably hit the footholes. It spins big after landing around off, beats the swinging bat of Amir and goes past the keeper and first slip. Cook attempted to catch it by stretching his right hand but fails. Bonus runs but that's only going to narrow down the defeat margin. 132/9
44.5 D Bess to Amir, Quicker and flatter on off, cracked off the back foot but straight to point. 128/9
44.4 D Bess to Amir, Beaten! Amir aims for another slog sweep but this time the ball spins away after landing on off and beats the outside edge of the bat. 128/9
44.3 D Bess to Amir, FOUR! A flighted ball landing just outside leg, Amir clears his front leg and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 128/9
44.2 D Bess to Amir, Pitches it full and around off, Amir drives it down to mid off. 124/9
44.1 D Bess to Amir, Shortish and close to the off stump line, Amir cuts it to cover-point. 124/9
43.6 S Broad to Abbas, Wow, a big swing and a miss! A length ball outside off, shaping away from the batsman, Abbas winds up for a big heave-ho across the line but fails to make any connection. 124/9
43.5 S Broad to Abbas, Gets on the front foot and defends it to the off side. 124/9
43.4 S Broad to Abbas, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 124/9
43.3 S Broad to Abbas, Abbas has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 124/9
43.2 S Broad to Abbas, Good length ball again, angling in with some extra bounce, Abbas fails to get it away and it goes off his pads to the leg side. He wants a single but it's not on. 124/9
Mohammad Abbas is the last batsman for Pakistan.
43.1 S Broad to Ali, OUT! That's a super grab, Chef! A good length ball is angled into the batsman from wide of the crease. It probably straightens a bit after hitting the deck as Hasan without any footwork has a tame push inside the line. Gets a thick outside edge which flies behind and Cook at first slip dives across to his left to take a brilliant catch. The keeper could have gone for the catch but Bairstow didn't move at all. Good for England and they are now one wicket away from leveling the series. 124/9
42.6 D Bess to Amir, Tossed up ball on off, driven back to the bowler. 124/8
42.5 D Bess to Amir, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 124/8
42.4 D Bess to Amir, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 124/8
42.3 D Bess to Amir, Fullish and on middle, knocked down to mid on. 124/8
42.2 D Bess to Amir, That spun big! It landed outside off and kept on turning away from the batsman, Amir initially shows interest to play at it but then pulls out after seeing the excess spin. 124/8
42.1 D Bess to Ali, Aerial but safe! Hasan aims to clear mid-wicket again. Goes down on one knee but the line is outside off and he has to drag it from there. As a result, he ends up mistiming it in the air. The fielder runs forward from the deep but the ball lands safely in front of him. A single picked. 124/8
41.6 S Broad to Amir, Digs in a short ball, Amir defends it from the back foot. 123/8
41.5 S Broad to Ali, Gets across the stumps and works it on the leg side for a single. 123/8
41.4 S Broad to Ali, Short and outside off, Ali decides to go after it this time. Tries to pull but ends up flat-batting it towards mid off. More like a tennis forehand. 122/8
41.3 S Broad to Ali, Missing leg! Broad angles in a shortish length delivery, landing around middle and sliding down. Ali clears his front leg and attempts for a big heave across the line. Misses and is hit on the back leg. They appeal but to no avail. England review but the Hawk Eye shows it to be missing leg comfortably. A review lost for the home team. 122/8
41.2 S Broad to Ali, Another bumper and Hasan is holding himself back. Ducks again. 122/8
DRS time! The appeal for an lbw against Hasan Ali is not upheld by the umpire and Joe Root opts for the referral. Looks to be missing leg. Let's see...
41.1 S Broad to Ali, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 122/8
40.6 D Bess to Ali, Stretches forward and pushes it through mid on for one. 122/8
Physio comes out. He has a look at Jennings, who has a cut on his nose. Going off the field and rightly so. Should check for concussion. Jordan Thomson is the substitute fielder. Meanwhile, it's Alastair Cook who is standing at FSL now.
40.5 D Bess to Ali, Bang on the helmet! That's a nasty blow! No, the spinner has not bowled a bouncer and hit the batsman. It's the batsman who has played a full-blooded sweep shot which has crashed into the helmet of Jennings at short leg. The fielder was looking to duck and cops a blow on his helmet. He is looking a bit rattled. 121/8
40.4 D Bess to Ali, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 121/8
40.3 D Bess to Ali, SIX! What was he doing in the dressing room! First ball he receives his half and he has dismissed it over mid-wicket. With the spin he goes and has cleared the fence with utmost ease. There was a fielder in the deep but he was a mere spectator. 121/8
Hasan Ali walks in next with his side trailing by 74 runs.
40.2 D Bess to Salahuddin, OUT! Soft dismissal! Bess switching ends and picking wickets. He has three wickets, of which, two have come from this end and one from the other. Salahuddin after showing a lot of patience and resilience finally loses it. An inviting delivery, tossed up and around middle, Usman tries to pump it over the bowler's head but mistimes his shot straight into the hands of Root at mid on. All the hard work done goes down the drain. He lasted for 102 balls and should be credited though for spending some time in the middle when others showed urgency to get back to the dressing room. 115/8
Now that the spinner has come back, the batters from the Asian side would be aiming to somehow survive till Tea. Perhaps that could be the right way forward, take one thing at a time.
40.1 D Bess to M Amir, Fuller and on middle, flicked away through mid-wicket for a run. 115/7
Change of ends again for Dominic Bess.
39.6 S Broad to Salahuddin, The answer is no. It's been bowled full again, outside off, Usman pushes it off his front leg to covers. End of the over where he kept waiting for the bouncer. 114/7
Deep square leg comes back in. Playing mind games. Will Broad drop one short now?
39.5 S Broad to Salahuddin, Fuller in length and outside off, Usman defends it off his front foot. 114/7
39.4 S Broad to Salahuddin, Sound defense on this occasion. Salahuddin is nicely forward to this delivery and brings down a straight bat in defense. 114/7
39.3 S Broad to Salahuddin, Beaten! Again, the length is not short as Broad hurls it on a good length around off. It moves away a bit after landing, Usman pushes inside the line only to get beaten. 114/7
39.2 S Broad to Salahuddin, Lands it on a length just outside off, moving back in a shade, Usman is forward in defense. With two batsmen back for the hook shot, Broad wants to keep the batsman guessing... 114/7
Square leg drops back. Short stuff for Salahuddin?
39.1 S Broad to Amir, A length ball angling down the leg side, from around the wicket, Amir works it in the gap at mid-wicket and takes a single. 114/7
Stuart Broad is back into the attack.
38.6 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, On a length around off, shaping in, Salahuddin defends it safely. 113/7
38.5 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Played to the point region by the batsman. 113/7
38.4 Sam Curran to U Salahuddin, Curran delivers it full and outside off, Usman drives but finds mid off. 113/7
38.3 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Shortish and on middle, Salahuddin gets back to defend it with a soft bottom hand. 113/7
38.2 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 113/7
38.1 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Fullish and around leg, it's eased down through mid-wicket. Broad chases it down from mid on and they take a couple. 113/7
37.6 D Bess to Amir, Flighted and full outside off, stroked to covers. 111/7
37.5 D Bess to Amir, Just short! Bess tempts the number 9 with a nicely flighted ball outside off. Amir jumps down the track and goes hard at it. Fails to get any timing and it goes aerially past the left side of one of the two short cover fielders. There was a confusion over a run also but no harm done eventually. 111/7
37.4 D Bess to Amir, Skidding back into the batsman from around off, Amir lunges to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls towards short leg. 111/7
37.3 D Bess to Amir, Presses forward to a full ball and drives it down to mid off. 111/7
37.2 D Bess to Amir, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 111/7
Mohammad Amir is in next.
37.1 D Bess to Ashraf, OUT! Nelson strikes! Bess gets his second wicket. A poor shot attempted by Faheem. Tries slogging a full ball across the line but it spins away to catch the top edge. The ball balloons in the air and Dawid Malan at backward point takes the skier with ease. Going against the spin wasn't the smartest of choices by Faheem. England three away from a win now. 111/7
36.6 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Fullish and on off, blocked back to finish the over. 111/6
36.5 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Length ball on off, defended back to the bowler. 111/6
36.4 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Just short! Full and angling away from the batsman, Usman slices his attempted drive and it goes on one bounce to gully. Bess collects it. 111/6
36.3 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Was that edged? A length ball angling down the leg side, Salahuddin tries to flick but fails to middle his shot. It goes behind and there is some sound, however, the keeper fails to pouch it. The replays though show that it brushed the thigh pad and there was no wood involved. Bairstow will be a relieved man. 111/6
Wasim Akram (on air) is impressed with the bowling action of Sam Curran. However, he wants him to work on his followthrough.
36.2 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Curran goes full again, around off, Salahuddin defends it back. 111/6
36.1 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Fullish and on off, it's blocked back to the bowler. 111/6
35.6 D Bess to Salahuddin, This one is on the pads and it has been eased behind square leg for a single. 111/6
35.5 D Bess to Salahuddin, Strides forward to a full ball and blocks it on the leg side. 110/6
35.4 D Bess to Ashraf, Almost hit the stumps! A straighter one just outside off, Faheem commits himself on the front leg as he looks to defend it with the spin. But it skids through to beat the inside half of his bat. Bairstow fails to pick that one either and as a result, they cross for a bye. 110/6
35.3 D Bess to F Ashraf, Floated delivery, full and just outside off, Faheem takes a good stride forward as he drives it to mid off. 109/6
35.2 D Bess to Salahuddin, A shade quicker through the air, on the shorter side around off, Usman gets back and cuts it to point for a single. 109/6
35.1 D Bess to Salahuddin, Flighted and around leg, it's played off the pads to short leg. 108/6
34.6 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Hits the yorker mark around off, Faheem keeps his eyes glued to the ball as he digs it out on the leg side. 108/6
34.5 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Angling into the batsman this time, around middle on a fuller length, Faheem is right behind the line as he blocks it back to the bowler. 108/6
34.4 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Gets on the front foot this time and pushes it with an angled bat to point. 108/6
34.3 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Curran gets very full this time, around off and moving away a bit, Ashraf drives it to mid off. 108/6
34.2 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Good leave. On a length just outside off, shaping back in a bit, Faheem covers his stumps and shoulders arms. 108/6
34.1 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, A good length ball on middle, Usman helps it through backward square leg for a run. 108/6
33.6 D Bess to Ashraf, Loopy and full outside off, Ashraf drives it off his front foot to covers. 107/6
33.5 D Bess to Salahuddin, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single. 107/6
33.4 D Bess to Salahuddin, Fires it full and on the pads, Salahuddin flicks but finds the short leg fielder. 106/6
33.3 D Bess to Ashraf, Driven through the covers by the batsman. They pick up a single. 106/6
33.2 D Bess to Ashraf, Leans forward to a full ball and blocks it down. 105/6
33.1 D Bess to Ashraf, Full and flighted outside off, driven straight to covers. 105/6
32.6 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Shortish and on off, Salahuddin defends it by covering the line. He has grown in confidence in this innings. Making a conscious effort to get behind the line. 105/6
32.5 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Another good looking drive from the bat of Salahuddin. But once again the placement is not good. This time it's straight back to the bowler. 105/6
32.4 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Fullish and on off, it's driven off the front foot but straight to mid off. 105/6
32.3 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 105/6
32.2 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Shortish and on off, defended back to the bowler. 105/6
32.1 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, A nicely timed flick shot by Salahuddin but once again Anderson is excellent in the field. Stops the ball cleanly and keeps the batsmen to their respective ends. 105/6
31.6 D Bess to Ashraf, Flatter and shorter just outside off, Ashraf cuts from the crease but finds the point fielder. 105/6
31.5 D Bess to Salahuddin, Not out! Now, we know why! Direct hit was the need of the hour. Ball - A flighted full ball on the pads, Usman flicks it to the right side of the mid-wicket fielder and calls his partner for a quick single. Faheem responds and scoots to the other end as the fielder fires his throw at the striker's end. Bairstow collects it and breaks the stumps. They appeal and the square leg umpire goes upstairs. The replays show that Ashraf is safely in and a direct hit would have brought curtains to his innings. 105/6
Shout of a run out. Referred upstairs.
31.4 D Bess to Salahuddin, Loopy and on off, Salahuddin has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 104/6
31.3 D Bess to Salahuddin, Flighted and on middle as Bess comes from 'round the wicket to Usman. The batsman however easily defends it towards mid on. 104/6
A leg gully in place now.
31.2 D Bess to Ashraf, This time spin and extra bounce, outside off, Faheem drives it in the air and is lucky it goes in the gap at covers. A single taken. 104/6
31.1 D Bess to Ashraf, A hint of away spin from around off, Faheem gets forward to defend but it takes the outer half of his bat and rolls to point. 103/6
30.6 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Driven through the covers by the batsman. They pick up a single. 103/6
30.5 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Full and on middle, kept out on the leg side. 102/6
30.4 Sam Curran to Ashraf, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 102/6
30.3 Sam Curran to Ashraf, A low full toss on off, it's dug out to mid off. 102/6
Faheem Ashraf is the new batsman.
30.2 Sam Curran to S Khan, OUT! Edged and gone! Zero footwork shown by Shadab as he goes fishing at this delivery. It's angled away from him on a length and is leaving him after pitching. Needless poking by the batsman and he ends up edging it straight into the hands of Cook at first slip. This is one aspect of being in good form. You want to play every ball. This should have been left alone with ease but Shadab wanted to score off it. No heroics from him with the bat this time. Pakistan staring down at an innings defeat here. 102/6
30.1 Sam Curran to Khan, On and around off, it's on a length, Khan sticks back and defends it to the off side. 102/5
29.6 D Bess to Salahuddin, Hits the yorker mark on this occasion, Salahuddin digs it out to end the over. A strange one, had three full tosses and a yorker. Very little attempt to spin the ball. 102/5
29.5 D Bess to U Salahuddin, And one more full toss, struggling with the landing, Bess. Salahuddin however fails to make any use of it again. Pushes it down towards mid on. 102/5
29.4 D Bess to Salahuddin, Full toss again, on middle, hit across the line but straight to mid-wicket. 102/5
29.3 D Bess to Khan, A full toss on off, Shadab forces it down towards mid off where Root makes a tumbling stop. Cannot stop the single though. 102/5
29.2 D Bess to Khan, Flighted and full outside off, it has been driven through covers for a couple of runs. 101/5
29.1 D Bess to Khan, Tossed up delivery on off, driven off the front foot. 99/5
Dominic Bess is back on. Change of ends for him. Hmm... he took a wicket from the other end. Wonder what prompted this...
28.6 Sam Curran to Khan, A cracking shot and a cracking stop! James Anderson it is. Curran delivers a short ball just outside off, Shadab, the batsman in form, rocks back and pulls it firmly across the line. Anderson at mid-wicket makes a superb stop, although it's partial one. A single to end the over. 99/5
28.5 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, A rising delivery, around the rib cage, Salahuddin goes on his toes and works it in front of square leg for a run. 98/5
28.4 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Continues to probe in the corridor of uncertainty, Usman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 97/5
28.3 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, This one is angled across the batsman, it's wide outside off and Salahuddin has an easy leave to make. 97/5
28.2 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, Salahuddin has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 97/5
28.1 Sam Curran to Salahuddin, A bit short and in line of the stumps, Salahuddin defends it on the leg side. 97/5
Sam Curran is back into the attack.
27.6 C Woakes to Khan, In the channel outside off, Khan makes a leave to end the over. 97/5
Shadab Khan is the new batsman.
27.5 Woakes to Ahmed, OUT! That's trapped in front! Sarfraz straightaway walks to the pavilion and doesn't think about taking the review. He knows how dead he was in front of the sticks. Woakes gets a length ball to move back sharply into the batsman from around off. Ahmed has his weight on the back leg as he half-heartedly tries to play it across the line. Misses and is pinged on the pads. They appeal and the finger goes up immediately. Would have crashed middle and leg. Pakistan struggling big time, trailing by 92 runs. 97/5
27.4 C Woakes to Ahmed, Goes on the back foot to a shortish length ball and plays it down to point again. 97/4
27.3 C Woakes to Ahmed, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run. 97/4
27.2 C Woakes to Ahmed, Full and angling in around off, it's pushed off the front foot to mid off. 97/4
27.1 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Short and wide outside off, Salahuddin uses the width and runs it behind point. It's stopped by the third man fielder in the deep and they take three runs. 97/4
Nasser Hussain (on air) making a point on Dominic Bess. He found out that he holds the ball in a different way than the regular off spinners. When he bowls, the seam of the ball is pointing more towards square leg while usually the likes of Swann and Lyon bowl with the seam directing towards first slip. It's not a criticism as Nass just wanted to point out that he is different and wants to give him time.
26.6 D Bess to Salahuddin, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 94/4
26.5 D Bess to Salahuddin, Tries playing across the line but it takes the leading half of the blade and rolls back to the bowler. 93/4
26.4 D Bess to Salahuddin, Very full and on off, it's kept out. 93/4
26.3 D Bess to Salahuddin, Lands this one on a fuller length outside off, turning back in, Salahuddin lunges and blocks. 93/4
26.2 D Bess to Salahuddin, Tossed up on off, it's played with the spin to mid-wicket. 93/4
26.1 D Bess to Ahmed, Flighted and full, Sarfraz skips down and pushes it to long on for a run. 93/4
25.6 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Outside off, left alone. 92/4
25.5 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Full and outside off, driven down to mid off. 92/4
25.4 C Woakes to Ahmed, Angling down the leg side, Ahmed plays it down off his pads, towards square leg and jogs across to the other end. 92/4
25.3 C Woakes to Ahmed, Oh dear, Sarfraz. No luck whatsoever. He unfurls a beautiful straight drive this time which goes on to hit the stumps at the other end. It then reflects towards 'that' cover fielder. Two excellent shots but he remains on 6! 91/4
25.2 C Woakes to Ahmed, This time the bowler brings his length back and serves it around off, Ahmed stays back and leans a bit to tap it towards point. 91/4
25.1 C Woakes to Ahmed, A length ball outside off, Ahmed drives it on the up but finds the cover fielder. That's frustrating for the batsman. A good shot has fetched him nothing. 91/4
24.6 D Bess to Ahmed, Floated and on middle, defended on the leg side. 91/4
24.5 D Bess to Salahuddin, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 91/4
24.4 D Bess to Salahuddin, Plays this one with soft hands, goes with the turn and defends it on the leg side. 91/4
24.3 D Bess to Salahuddin, Tossed up ball on middle, played down to short leg. 91/4
24.2 D Bess to Ahmed, An off spinning delivery has been worked with the spin on the leg side. It's in the gap at mid-wicket and they pinch a single. 91/4
24.1 D Bess to Ahmed, FOUR! Use of the feet, that's something all the Asian batsman like to do. Sarfraz is to the pitch of the delivery in a flash as he drills it through the line. Woakes at mid off tries to stop it with a dive but fails in his attempt. 90/4
23.6 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Aahhh...extra bounce once again and Salahuddin is taken aback once more. Stands back, takes his bottom hand off the handle as it goes off his gloves to square leg. The pitch playing all kinds of tricks and it's only going to get worse. 86/4
23.5 C Woakes to Ahmed, Uses his feet this time to smother the movement and gets it away from the outer half of his bat. It goes safely down to third man and they take a single. 86/4
23.4 C Woakes to Ahmed, Pitches it full and around off, Sarfraz takes a half stride forward and defends it watchfully right under his eyes. 85/4
23.3 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Serves it just beyond the length area outside off, Usman drives it wide of mid off and crosses for a run. 85/4
23.2 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Ufff...that shoots up from a length around off and takes the debutant by surprise. Salahuddin immediately goes on the back foot, plays it with a loose bottom hand and defends it down safely. Good technique. 84/4
23.1 C Woakes to Salahuddin, An outswinger, landing outside off and shaping away, Usman watches the line closely and feels no need to play at it. 84/4
Sarfraz Ahmed, the skipper, walks out to bat. He has a job in his hands. Meanwhile, England are not happy with the shape of the ball and give it to the umpires to check it. They pass it through the 8-shaped gauge and then call for a change.
22.6 D Bess to Imam, OUT! YES! Dominic Bess gets his first Test wicket! Good work from Root, goes to his spinner and the young lad does not disappoint. Bowls a regular off spin on middle and off, gets good revs on it and raps Imam on his front pad as he misses his defense. His bat got stuck in his front pad before coming forward at an angle. A loud and confident appeal from the fielding side follows and the umpire takes no time in raising his finger. Imam has a word with his partner and decides to take the review. Replays roll and show us that the ball would have gone to clip the top of the middle stump. Pakistan don't lose the review but Imam-ul-Haq has to take the long walk back. Finally Bess has some say with the ball, which was the only thing left. The stubborn 42-run stand comes to an end. 84/4
Is it the first Test wicket for Bess? He has got the wicket of Imam. But the batsman has decided to review the LBW decision. Looks out though.
22.5 D Bess to Imam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 84/3
22.4 D Bess to Imam, Loopy ball on off, Imam gets forward and bunts it. 84/3
22.3 D Bess to Imam, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 84/3
22.2 D Bess to Imam, Tossed up around off, Imam leans forward and blocks it. 84/3
22.1 D Bess to Imam, FOUR! The batsman has taken him straightaway and does not allow the ball to spin. Bess gives this air on on middle, Usman dances down and hits it down the ground for a boundary. 84/3
Yo! We were right! It's time to witness some off spinners from Dominic Bess. A slip and short leg in place. Let's see whether he gets some spin going straightaway.
21.6 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Drags this length back and Salahuddin punches this off his back foot. 80/3
21.5 C Woakes to Salahuddin, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 80/3
21.4 C Woakes to U Salahuddin, Pitched up again, Salahuddin hits this for the mid on fielder to collect. 80/3
Keaton Jennings is off the field and is seen wearing the shin guard! Preparing to field at bat-pad? Maybe, Joe Root is thinking to bring in Dominic Bess from the other end with both the current batsmen looking quite composed against pacers post Lunch.
21.3 C Woakes to Salahuddin, It's been driven superbly to covers to the man. 80/3
21.2 C Woakes to Salahuddin, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 80/3
21.1 C Woakes to Imam, Did we say stiff Anderson in the previous over? This one was for the haters. Woakes pitches it up on middle and leg, Imam shuffles across and flicks it through mid-wicket. Anderson from the infield hares behind it and does extremely well to pull it back in time. Saves a certain boundary but not the three. 80/3
20.6 J Anderson to Salahuddin, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails. 77/3
20.5 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Another good looking shot from Salahudin! Drives this through covers and jogs back to complete the second run. 77/3
20.4 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Short ball from Anderson, Usman ducks under it to let it go through. 75/3
20.3 J Anderson to Imam, Back of a length ball on off, Imam stays back and punches it through the covers. Buttler chases it and pulls it just before the rope. They get three runs. 75/3
20.2 J Anderson to Imam, Length outside off, Imam plays this to the point region. 72/3
20.1 J Anderson to Imam, Imam has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 72/3
19.6 C Woakes to Imam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 72/3
19.5 C Woakes to Imam, FOUR! Overpitched ball around off, Imam drives it solidly along the turf towards mid off. A stiff looking Jimmy Anderson puts in a dive there but the ball goes through him. 71/3
19.4 C Woakes to U Salahuddin, Gets this past gully for a run! Similar ball and similar shot, only this time will get a run for it. 67/3
19.3 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Fuller this time, around off, Salahuddin tries to block this but gets a soft edge to gully. 66/3
19.2 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Usman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 66/3
19.1 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Back of a length ball on leg, Salahuddin tucks it into the ground. 66/3
18.6 J Anderson to Imam, Hurled on a length around off, pushed towards covers from the crease. A maiden from Anderson. 66/3
18.5 J Anderson to Imam, Straighter in line this time, Imam gets his bat down at an angle and pushes it towards mid on. 66/3
18.4 J Anderson to Imam, On a length just outside off, it moves away after pitching. Imam takes a stride forward and lets it be. 66/3
18.3 J Anderson to Imam, Well outside off, left alone. 66/3
18.2 J Anderson to Imam, This time Imam stays back and defends it to the off side. 66/3
18.1 J Anderson to Imam, Anderson continues round the wicket and bowls it full around off. Imam presents a straight bat and defends it back. 66/3
17.6 C Woakes to Salahuddin, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 66/3
17.5 C Woakes to Salahuddin, Unlike Anderson and Broad, Woakes is happy to bowl a bit back and not the fuller length. Lands this around off, Usman taps it in front of him. 66/3
17.4 C Woakes to Salahuddin, The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. Dot ball. 66/3
17.3 C Woakes to Salahuddin, On middle and leg, this is pushed further past backward square leg for easy two runs. 66/3
17.2 C Woakes to Imam, Similar back of a length ball around off, Imam gets up to his toes to play that one and tucks it behind square. They cross. 64/3
17.1 C Woakes to Imam, Starts by bowling one on a good length on that fourth stump channel, Imam hops and bunts it down from within the crease. 63/3
Bowling change! Chris Woakes is into the attack.
16.6 J Anderson to Salahuddin, In line of the stumps, US hits it to mid on. 63/3
16.5 J Anderson to Salahuddin, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 63/3
16.4 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Around off, Usman gets forward and blocks it. 63/3
16.3 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Length on middle, Usman is good in his defense. 63/3
16.2 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Usman Salahuddin has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 63/3
16.1 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Runs in from over the wicket and hurls one down leg, Salahuddin misses this flick and the ball goes through to the keeper off his thigh pad. Bairstow does not collect it cleanly but no runs conceded. 63/3
15.6 S Broad to Imam, Defended off the front foot by Imam presenting the full face of the bat. 63/3
15.5 S Broad to Salahuddin, Full again on leg, Usman flicks it away through square leg. The ball does not meet the fence but Pakistan get three easy runs to their total. 63/3
15.4 S Broad to Salahuddin, Broad serves this full on middle and leg, no movement off the ball and Usman hits it to mid on. 60/3
15.3 S Broad to Salahuddin, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 60/3
15.2 S Broad to U Salahuddin, Pitches this up again, this time on that off pole, Usman does not time it well enough and gives it to covers. 60/3
15.1 S Broad to Salahuddin, Fuller ball on the fifth stump channel, Salahuddin watches the ball go through. 60/3
The landing area from where the previous over was bowled is getting some serious attention. Anderson was seen being anything other than happy with that. As a result he even switched sides. Wary of landing his left leg there, he hobbled on one leg after delivering 14.2. Now the leveling has been done and play resumes.
14.6 J Anderson to Imam, In line of the stumps, Imam bunts this down with a straight bat by staying within his crease. 60/3
14.5 J Anderson to Imam, Imam has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 60/3
14.4 J Anderson to Imam, Lands this on middle and off, Imam blocks it well. 60/3
14.3 J Anderson to Imam, Comes in from round the wicket now, Imam shoulders arms to let that one through. 60/3
14.2 J Anderson to Salahuddin, Usman works it down the leg side towards square leg for a single. Anderson goes down on his knees as his landing was not up to his liking. 60/3
14.1 J Anderson to Salahuddin, FOUR! Short and wide from Anderson. Salahuddin plays it with a flat bat, alomst like a chop past the gully fielder. The ball runs away to the deep backward point fence. A bit of Mohammad Hafeez in that shot says my partner. 59/3
13.6 S Broad to Imam, That ball has taken the inside edge of the batsman and thudded into his pads. 55/3
13.5 S Broad to Salahuddin, Played with an open face bat towards covers. They pick up a single. 55/3
13.4 S Broad to Salahuddin, Broad pitches it up, Salahuddin covers his timber and bunts it down. 54/3
13.3 S Broad to Salahuddin, Wide outside off stump, Salahuddin leaves it alone. 54/3
13.2 S Broad to Salahuddin, In line of the stumps, Salahuddin is solid in defense. 54/3
13.1 S Broad to Salahuddin, Usman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 54/3
12.6 J Anderson to Imam, Down the leg side from Jimmy to end the over, Imam tries flicking it but to no avail. 54/3
12.5 J Anderson to Imam, Imam ul Haq defends it from within the crease. 54/3
12.4 J Anderson to Imam, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 54/3
12.3 J Anderson to Imam, Nicely done from Imam. Fuller in length from James on middle and leg, Ul-Haq gets ahead and flicks it through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep mops it up and restricts the batsmen to two. 54/3
12.2 J Anderson to Imam, Better line from Anderson. Darts this around off, Imam attempts to put bat on ball but fails. 52/3
12.1 J Anderson to Imam, Down leg, Imam goes after it but cannot make any contact. 52/3
James Anderson bowl from the other end.
11.6 S Broad to U Salahuddin, FOUR! Streaky! Full from Broad around off, Salahuddin pokes at it and gets a fat edge past the third slip. No third man and the ball rolls to the fence. 52/3
11.5 S Broad to U Salahuddin, Fuller in line of the stumps, Salahuddin goes for the drive but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler. 48/3
11.4 S Broad to Salahuddin, Bowls this in line of the stumps and Salahuddin gets behind the ball and blocks it well. 48/3
11.3 S Broad to Salahuddin, This one is a bit too far to make Usman play at it. 48/3
11.2 S Broad to Salahuddin, Once again catches Salahuddin off guard. Perfect length, forcing Usman for a drive. He feels for it and gets beaten. 48/3
11.1 S Broad to Salahuddin, Beauty to start with! Gets lovely movement off the surface. Comes in from over the wicket and lands this around off, it moves away and Usam plays and misses. 48/3
We are back from our break! We hope Pakistan have had some thoughts along with their Lunch. They need to show some confidence and play some gritty cricket. England will hope that their speedsters will do the damage ASAP. Imam ul Haq and Usman Salahuddin stride out to bat. Stuart Broad will bowl the first over of this session. Three slips in place.
Pakistan have a big job on their hands. They have to first make 141 more runs and then set England a target. With already 30 percent of their side back, things look uphill. It will be interesting to see their approach post the break. The hosts will look to get as many wickets today so that they won't have too much to do the next day. Take your break and be with us at 1340 local time (1240 GMT).
James Anderson and Stuart Broad, like they did in the first innings, troubled the batters enough and got three wickets to give England more than the upper hand. They were criticized before this game for not striking frequently and here they are replying in kind. Earlier on, Buttler ran out of partners and missed scoring his first Test ton. The tail couldn't last for more than an hour as the visitors got the job done soon enough, but not before conceding a lead of 189.
A wonderful session for England. They got quick runs with the bat and now have sent three of the Pakistan batsmen back in the hut. The Asian side came out to bat with great intent. Azhar Ali played some good shots earlier on and everyone thought it was the perfect mindset for Pakistan to wipe out the trail. He, along with Imam Ul Haq, played and missed on numerous occasions in the process.
10.6 Sam Curran to Imam, Good length ball outside off, Imam stays back and punches it to covers. That will be LUNCH on Day 3! 48/3
10.5 Sam Curran to Imam, Driven through the covers by the batsman. 48/3
10.4 Sam Curran to Imam, There is swing on offer. Bowls one on a good length, it moves away from Imam, who does not bother playing at it. 48/3
10.3 Sam Curran to Imam, Short ball on middle, Imam does well to evade it. 48/3
10.2 Sam Curran to Imam, Bowls this full outside off, Imam leaves it alone. 48/3
10.1 Sam Curran to Imam, FOUR! Starts by bowling one very full. Had the same trouble in the first innings. Angles this down leg and it is an easy flick for Imam. He hits to the deep square leg region to get four to his name. 48/3
Sam Curran to bowl, what should be the last over before Lunch.
9.6 S Broad to Salahuddin, Salahuddin fails to put bat on ball. A wicket and a couple of runs off this one from Broad. 44/3
9.5 S Broad to Salahuddin, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 44/3
9.4 S Broad to Salahuddin, Well outside off, left alone. 44/3
9.3 S Broad to Salahuddin, Full on middle and leg, flicked away through mid-wicket to get off the mark with a brace. 44/3
Usman Salahuddin is the next batter in.
9.2 S Broad to Shafiq, OUT! Three of the Pakistan batters are out to have an early Lunch at Leeds! England are on a roll here, courtesy an excellent use of the Decision Review System. Broad steams in from over the wicket and spears it down leg. Shafiq would have flicked these ones nine times out of ten to the boundary. This turns out to be the tenth occasion. The ball seems to have gone off something to Bairstow behind. He takes it forward and puts in an appeal. Seeing no response from the umpire, Root intervenes. Has a word with Bairstow and Broad to know if there were two noises. He gets a confident nod and goes further with the review. The initial impression could have been the absence of any wood as the ball didn't zip through. Now time for the reviews, where the Snicko comes into play. It detects the tiniest of edges and returns a spike, one that signals Asad's fate. So, the batter had gloved it and then the ball went off his thigh pad to the keeper. Hence, didn't carry to the height it should have. Mickey Arthur has his head down in disgust, while England have their hands high in joy. Pakistan going down quite quickly here. 42/3
Is that it for Shafiq? Dear o dear! Shafiq misses the flick and it goes off something to the keeper. Bairstow takes that and puts in a not-so-confident appeal. Root asks him and the bowler if there were two noises. On getting the affirmation, he takes it upstairs.
9.1 S Broad to Shafiq, Fuller on middle, flicked away to mid-wicket. 42/2
8.6 J Anderson to Imam, Length outside off, easy leave for Imam. 42/2
8.5 J Anderson to Imam, Ul Haq shoulders arms to let that one through. 42/2
8.4 J Anderson to Imam, Full ball in line of the stumps, Imam plays it back to the bowler. 42/2
8.3 J Anderson to Shafiq, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. They pick up a single. 42/2
8.2 J Anderson to A Shafiq, FOUR! Edged and through the slip cordon for a boundary. Shafiq looks to play this one with soft hands. But the ball moves away just a bit and hence goes off the edge. It falls short of second slip and runs away to the third man fence. 41/2
8.1 J Anderson to Shafiq, Outside off, left alone. 37/2
7.6 Broad to Imam, And again! No shot offered and the ball goes on to hit the front pad of Imam. Length ball around off, Imam leaves it alone and gets hit on his pads. This time a low appeal as it looked like it would miss the stumps. 37/2
7.6 S Broad to Imam, FOUR! Broad oversteps and serves it down leg, Imam flicks it upishly towards the fine leg region for a boundary. Five runs for Pakistan, due to the no ball. 37/2
7.5 S Broad to Imam, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 32/2
7.4 Broad to Imam, Loud shout again but the umpire is not interested. Length ball outside off, Imam points his bat skywards thinking the ball will move away, but it doesn't. It comes back in and hits Ul Haq on his pad. The English players appeal but the umpire says Not Out. No review taken from the fielding side. Hawk Eye says that it would have missed the stumps easily. 32/2
7.3 S Broad to Imam, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 32/2
7.2 S Broad to Imam, Pitched up ball from Broad, Imam drives this through covers and will get two runs for it. 32/2
7.1 S Broad to Imam, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 30/2
Asad Shafiq is the new man in.
6.6 J Anderson to Sohail, OUT! Bess takes a beauty to send Sohail for an early shower! He has done it with the bat, now does it in the field. Only thing left for him is to get wickets. Anderson runs in from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off, Sohail is early in his drive and ends up chipping one towards mid off. Dominic at short extra cover takes a couple of steps to his left and dives to grab it with his weaker arm. A one handed catch that. The ball sticks and Haris stands there in disbelief. Anderson gets his second and Pakistan still trail by 159 runs. 30/2
6.5 J Anderson to Sohail, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 30/1
6.4 J Anderson to Sohail, FOUR! Easy runs for Pakistan. Anderson misses his line, angles it down leg and Sohail helps it on its way towards fine leg for a boundary. 30/1
6.3 J Anderson to Sohail, No need to play at these. It is Anderson, you need to see off the new ball. Sohail goes fishing outside his off stump and gets beaten. 26/1
6.2 J Anderson to Sohail, Outside off, HS chooses to leave it alone. 26/1
6.1 J Anderson to Sohail, Fuller from Anderson, Haris hits it for the mid off fielder to collect. 26/1
There seems to be some problem at the bowling crease. Two ground staff run out, put some mud on it and do the leveling job real quick. Anderson has a look and is happy with it.
5.6 S Broad to Imam, Strays this down leg, Imam looks to work it to the leg side but misses the ball. 26/1
5.5 S Broad to H Sohail, Pitched up from Broad on off, Sohail gets behind the ball and drives it through mid off. The ball won't go all the way as the 35 year old, Anderson hares after it. Parries it to the 20-year old Curran who gives it back to the bowler. The batsmen take three. 26/1
5.4 S Broad to Sohail, Similar line from Broad, Sohail covers his stumps and leaves it alone. 23/1
5.3 S Broad to Sohail, Full this time outside off, good leave from Haris. 23/1
5.2 S Broad to Sohail, Beauty! Really good from Broad. Making the ball talk. Hurls this on the fourth stump channel, Sohail feels for it but gets beaten. 23/1
5.1 S Broad to Sohail, Length ball on middle and leg, Sohail stays back and hits it to short mid-wicket 23/1
4.6 J Anderson to Imam, On the pads again, worked away through square leg for a couple. End of a successful over from Jimmy. 23/1
4.5 J Anderson to Imam, Fuller on off, defended solidly. 21/1
Ian Botham analyses the slip cordon. He compares England's cordon to that of New Zealand. He observed that the Kiwis cover more space with the same amount of fielders than England do. The reason is that the slip fielders stand very close to each other while the Kiwis stand a bit further apart. Fair point.
4.4 J Anderson to Sohail, On a length around middle and leg, Sohail clips it off the inner half through square leg for one. 21/1
Haris Sohail is the next man in.
4.3 Anderson to A Ali, OUT! Knocked him over! What a delivery from the premier swing bowler from England. Anderson bowls it full on off and middle and gets it to move in a touch. Ali looks to play the drive sans any feet movement. Misses the ball completely to find his woodwork shattered. Jimmy is ecstatic and leaps to make it known. He was criticized in the first innings for not being full enough and not attacking the stumps. Here he has done both and that has borne fruit. Yet again Pakistan's opening pair fails to impress. 20/1
4.2 J Anderson to Ali, Huge appeal for a caught behind, turned down! Angled in from outside off, Azhar looks to defend with his bat close to his front pad. The ball goes off his pads and Bairstow takes it low to his right. Then England appeal vociferously for a caught behind but the umpire stays unmoved. Root ponders about DRS but decides not to take it, after having a long chat. Good call in the end as the Snicko didn't detect any spike when the ball passed the blade. It went only off the pad. 20/0
4.1 J Anderson to Ali, Outside off, left alone. 20/0
3.6 S Broad to Imam, Full outside off, Imam leaves it alone. 20/0
3.5 S Broad to Imam, Down the leg side this time, Imam goes for the flick but cannot make any contact. 20/0
3.4 S Broad to Imam, FOUR! Confidence booster for Imam. Overpitched ball from Broad outside off, Imam waits for it and drives it crisply through mid off for a boundary. 20/0
3.3 S Broad to Imam, Imam ul Haq lets the ball go outside his off stump. 16/0
3.2 S Broad to Imam, The ball is too wide on the off side for Imam to make any contact. 16/0
3.1 S Broad to Imam, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 16/0
2.6 J Anderson to Ali, Huge appeal from England but nothing from the umpire. Anderson comes in from over the wicket and serves one on a good length outside off. The ball jags back and Ali shoulders his arms to it only to see the ball going to hit his pad. A long appeal but the umpire stays put. Root has a chat but opts against the DRS. 16/0
2.5 J Anderson to Ali, Full again on leg, Ali flicks it in the gap towards deep square leg for a brace. Some quick runs for the visitors. 16/0
2.4 J Anderson to Ali, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 14/0
2.3 J Anderson to Ali, Length ball outside off, Ali goes for it but does not make contact. 14/0
2.2 J Anderson to Ali, Ali chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 14/0
2.1 J Anderson to Ali, FOUR! Ali is looking good. Pitched up ball on off, Ali stands tall and punches it down the ground. Anderson tries to stop it on his followthrough but cannot get his hand to it. The mid off fielder chases it but comes second best. 14/0
1.6 S Broad to Imam, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 10/0
1.5 S Broad to Imam, Fuller ball outside off, no need to play at that but Imam still goes for the booming drive. Misses the ball, that wasn't too far from the outside edge. 10/0
1.4 S Broad to Imam, Driven towards the mid on region. 10/0
1.3 S Broad to Imam, You beauty! Similar ball from Broad and he is due to get one edged now. Serves another one on a good length around off, Imam looks to block it but misses it completely. 10/0
1.2 S Broad to Imam, Jaffa! Peach of a delivery from Imam. Hurls it on middle and off, Imam has to play at it and the ball almost takes his outside edge. 10/0
1.1 S Broad to Imam, Comes in from over the wicket and bowls it outside off, Imam shoulders his arms. 10/0
Stuart Broad, as he does, will share the new ball along with his vintage partner, James Anderson.
0.6 J Anderson to Ali, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 10/0
0.5 J Anderson to A Ali, Guides this one to the gully fielder. 10/0
0.4 J Anderson to Ali, Four Leg Byes. Anderson angles this into Ali. Azhar looks to flick it away but it hits his thigh pad and runs away to the fine leg fence. 10/0
0.3 J Anderson to Imam, Slants this on leg, Imam fails to get bat on this attempted flick. It goes off his pads and a leg bye is taken. 6/0
0.2 J Anderson to Ali, Taps this to cover-point and sets off for the run. The fielder there has a shy at the stumps at the striker's end but misses. Imam was in though. Good intent shown from the Pakistan batsmen. 5/0
0.1 J Anderson to Ali, FOUR! WOW! Perfect from Azhar Ali. No need for sighters, no need to check whether the ball is swinging. Nothing. Anderson pitches it up around off, Ali uses his feet, gets forward and creams it through covers for a boundary. This will give him a lot of confidence. 4/0