Live Updates

  • 3:29 PM IST

    We are all set to begin Day 3! The Pakistan players make their way out to the middle, followed by Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler. 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled today, weather permitting.

  • 3:04 PM IST

    Weather report – The sun is out and that is a good sign for all the cricket fans. Let’s hope that the rain gods stay away and do not spoil the party.

  • 2:56 PM IST

    England, on the other hand, need Pope and Buttler to build a strong partnership and reduce the trail. They have only the bowlers to come after this and they don’t want a wicket to fall early. An exciting day awaits us.

  • 2:52 PM IST

    Day 3 is called the moving day and this Test match has moved pretty quickly on Day 2. Pakistan inched ahead courtesy a fine batting performance from Masood and then their bowlers were exceptional, reducing the hosts to 92/4. They would now hope to pick up wickets quickly and get a good lead.

  • 2:51 PM IST

    … Day 3, Session 1 …

  • 11:58 PM IST

    The first session on Day 3 can well decide which way this game is going. Do join us at 1100 Local (1000 GMT) to find out.

  • 11:58 PM IST

    Pope though is doing really well. He is 4 short of a half ton and Buttler has started off well. They need to continue though as England still trail by another 234 runs. Pakistan know another wicket and they will be into the bowling all-rounders. They would hope for more of the same from their bowlers.

  • 11:34 PM IST

    Pakistan’s session, Pakistan’s day! They are well ahead in the game at the moment! They had a hero with the bat in Masood and heroes with the ball in Abbas, Afridi and Yasir. Afridi started things by getting rid of Burns. Then Abbas took over and picked up Sibley and Stokes. Root then tried to weather the storm but he fell prey to Yasir.

  • 11:33 PM IST

    27.6 Yasir Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Flighted outside off, Buttler leaves it alone. STUMPS ON DAY 2.

  • 11:32 PM IST

    27.5 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, 1 run, Flatter one on middle, Pope flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

  • 11:32 PM IST

    27.4 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, no run, NOT OUT! Buttler is well in! The umpire probably wanted to be sure! Floated ball on middle, Pope comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler. Shah gets a hand on it and it rolls onto the stumps. Pakistan appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. The replays roll in and they show that Buttler was well in.

  • 11:31 PM IST

    An appeal for run out. It has been taken upstairs. Yasir has gotten hands to it but Buttler is well in.

  • 11:31 PM IST

    27.3 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, no run, Loopy delivery on off, Pope pushes it to point.

  • 11:30 PM IST

    27.2 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, no run, Flighted delivery on off, Pope plays it to covers.

  • 11:30 PM IST

    27.1 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, no run, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pope defends it off the back foot.

  • 11:29 PM IST

    26.6 Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, no run, Good length ball on off, Buttler blocks it to point.

  • 11:28 PM IST

    26.5 Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, no run, Good shot for nothing! Full delivery on middle, Buttler drives it with power but straight back to the bowler.

  • 11:27 PM IST

    26.4 Shaheen Afridi to Ollie Pope, 1 run, Good length ball on off, Ollie pushes it to cover and takes a single.

  • 11:26 PM IST

    26.3 Shaheen Afridi to Ollie Pope, no run, On a length on off, Pope defends it to mid off.

  • 11:26 PM IST

    26.2 Shaheen Afridi to Ollie Pope, no run, Good length ball outside off, Ollie leaves it alone.

  • 11:25 PM IST

    26.1 Shaheen Afridi to Ollie Pope, no run, Very full delivery outside off, Pope lets it go to the keeper.

  • 11:24 PM IST

    25.6 Yasir Shah to Jos Buttler, no run, Outside off, not played at.

  • 11:24 PM IST

    25.5 Yasir Shah to Jos Buttler, 2 runs, This time behind square! Short ball outside off, Buttler cuts it behind square on the off side and picks up a couple.

  • 11:23 PM IST

    25.4 Yasir Shah to Jos Buttler, FOUR, FOUR! That is exceptionally well timed! Flatter one outside off, Buttler moves inside his crease and drives it through the cover region for a boundary.

  • 11:22 PM IST

    25.3 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, 1 run, Tosses this one on middle, Pope uses his feet and drives it to mid off for a single.

  • 11:22 PM IST

    25.2 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, no run, Flatter ball outside off, Pope lets it go to the keeper.

  • 11:22 PM IST

    25.1 Yasir Shah to Ollie Pope, no run, Floated on middle, Pope defends it to short leg.

  • 11:21 PM IST

    24.6 Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, no run, Good length ball on middle, Buttler tucks it to mid-wicket.

  • 11:20 PM IST

    24.5 Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, no run, On a length on the pads, Buttler looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. There is a mild appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.

  • 11:20 PM IST

    24.4 Shaheen Afridi to Jos Buttler, no run, Good length delivery on middle, Jos blocks it to mid on.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 1st Test, Day 2, Manchester, Highlights: ENG In Trouble
Pakistan pacers struck early. (AFP)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 2 of the opening Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester.

WHAT HAPPENED ON DAY 1? 

Babar Azam scored a brilliant unbeaten half-century and Shan Masood was given two lives by Jos Buttler as Pakistan took advantage of a rain-marred Day 1 of the opening Test against England, at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Pakistan were 43/2 at one stage after Abid Ali and Azhar Ali, who had opted to bat, were dismissed by Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes respectively.

However, Babar (69) then revived Pakistan’s innings. He was supported by Masood, who hit an unbeaten 46 as the visitors reached 139/2 when play was abandoned due to bad light.

Buttler dropped Masood on 45 and the opener was still on the same score when the England wicketkeeper missed a stumping chance.

Earlier, Masood and Abid survived testing new-ball spells from James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but Archer struck with the first ball of his second over. Abid (16) was the man to depart as it brought an end to a 36-run opening stand. Azhar soon lost his wicket to Woakes, the Pakistan captain also wasting a review.

Babar and Masood then steadied the ship, with the latter being cautious and his partner playing with fluency.

Babar raced to his fifty off 70 deliveries.

An early tea was taken due to rain with Pakistan on 121/2. Only 7.5 overs could be bowled in the third and final session of the day that in itself kicked off after a rain delay of close to two-and-a-half hours.