England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 2: Injured Azam leads the charge as Pakistan amass 166-run lead

Babar Azam 68 not out retired hurt England Pakistan 1st Test Day 2 Lord's cricket

Babar Azam hit 10 boundaries during his unbeaten 68 before retiring hurt after being struck on the forearm

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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam struck an unbeaten 68 before retiring hurt to put Pakistan in a commanding position against England on the second day at Lord’s.

Azam was well supported by Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Shadab Khan, who made 50, 59 and 52 respectively, as Pakistan forged a 166-run lead.

Starting off the day on 50/1, Pakistan lost Haris Sohail early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mark Wood for 39.

Azhar ended up scoring 50 off 136 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of James Anderson.

Azhar Ali 50 England Pakistan 1st Test Day 2 Lord's cricket

Azhar Ali made his 28th half-century in Test cricket

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Shafiq and Azam stabilised the innings with an 84-run partnership, during which Shafiq brought up his half-century.

Asad Shafiq 59 England Pakistan 1st Test Day 2 Lord's cricket

Asad Shafiq scored his 20th Test fifty

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However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was caught by Dawid Malan in the slip cordon off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 59, which came off 100 deliveries and included six boundaries and a six.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Wood at fine leg off the bowling of Stokes for nine runs.

Azam and Shadab managed to put together a 19-run partnership before Azam was struck on the forearm by a delivery from Stokes.

Following a short delay, where Azam continuously iced the area, he opted to retire hurt on 68, which came off 120 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Despite the loss of Azam, Shadab and Faheem Ashraf assembled a 72-run stand before Ashraf was clean bowled by Anderson for a 38-ball 37.

Shadab went on to make 52 off 85 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Stokes.

Shadab Khan 52 England Pakistan 1st Test Day 2 Lord's cricket

Shadab Khan struck his second Test fifty

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England got another breakthrough in the next over as Hasan Ali was caught by Jos Buttler at gully off the bowling of Anderson for a duck.

Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas ensured Pakistan didn’t lose any more wickets as the former scored all 13 runs in the partnership they amassed before stumps was called.

Amir finished on 19 off 36 balls, which included three boundaries, while Abbas has yet to get off the mark.

Anderson and Stokes picked up three wickets apiece, while Wood and Stuart Broad claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day two on 350/8 and will continue batting on Saturday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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