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England bowlers dominate at Headingley

England’s bowlers dominated the tourists.

England’s bowlers secured a flurry of wickets after lunch as Pakistan collapsed to 96 for seven in the first innings of the second Test.

Stuart Broad dismissed openers Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali inside the opening 10 overs at Headingley, before Chris Woakes snuffed out a promising partnership by bowling Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq.

Jimmy Anderson skittled Pakistan captain Samfraz Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf to take his tally to 537 Test wickets and continue the hosts’ dominance on the resumption of play, with Broad claiming his third victim of the day by removing debutant Usman Salahuddin in between.

England, attempting to salvage a drawn series from 1-0 down following a nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s, began the match with four maiden overs, the first time they had done so in a Test since playing Australia at The Oval in 1993.

After openers Imam and Ali, and Sohail and Shafiq fell in the first session, pace bowler Anderson got in on the act when he cleaned bowl Ahmed at the start of the 28th opener.

Broad then ended Salahuddin’s first Test experience by trapping him lbw seven balls later, and the destruction continued as Ashraf was soon caught lbw for a duck by Anderson.


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