India vs Pakistan: Live stream, TV channel, start time and team news for Cricket World Cup showdown

15 Jun

India take on Pakistan today in what could be the clash of the Cricket World Cup so far.

The two nations will desperately want to win in this notoriously fierce derby and there’ll be a sell-out and raucous crowd ready to take it in at Old Trafford.

Virat Kohli’s India take on Pakistan in the World Cup
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India have won two of their first three World Cup games with one no result while Pakistan have struggled apart from their stunning win over England.

India vs Pakistan is one of the biggest clashes in world sport and here’s how you can tune in.

India vs Pakistan: Date and start time

This grudge match will be held on Sunday, June 16.

It will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester and play gets under way at 10.30am.

India vs Pakistan: TV channel and live stream

You can catch every ball live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event. Coverage begins at 10am.

If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you can grab a NOW TV pass to stream the action.

For those of you in India, watch on Star Sports 1 or via the Hostar streaming service while in Pakistan the match will be broadcast on PTV Sports.

Pakistan star Mohammad Amir will be key against India
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India vs Pakistan: Teams

India squad

Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.

Pakistan squad

Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz.

England beaten by Pakistan in Cricket World Cup group match despite Jos Buttler and Joe Root centuries

3 Jun

England were unable to score a record World Cup chase against Pakistan despite brilliant centuries from Jos Buttler and Joe Root.

Root’s 107 was the first ton of the tournament while Buttler hit 103 off 76 balls but opponents Pakistan won by 14-runs in an entertaining match at Trent Bridge.

Root and Buttler did very well but it wasn’t enough to win England the game
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A target of 349 invited England to go where no other team had gone before at this level and while their master batsmen were in charge it looked as though they could, should and then would make it two wins from two.

But both departed shortly after reaching three figures, leaving too much for the lower order to do and confirming an improbable result for their opponents who lost the recent series between the sides 4-0 and were fresh from a thrashing by the West Indies.

England will rue a shocking performance in the field, a litany of errors capped by Jason Roy’s drop of Mohammad Hafeez that ended up costing 70 runs, yet Root had just as much luck when he was shelled on nine.

The 10-team format allows for setbacks such as this but England’s hopes of building a head of steam have taken an early and unexpected blow.

In asking the opposition to bat first, Eoin Morgan clearly had designs on hustling the side who were blown away for 105 by the Caribbean quicks.

Pakistan rarely play to type, though, and gave a wonderful account of themselves. An 82-run opening stand from Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq saw off the new-ball charge and there were solid half-centuries from Babar Azam (63) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (55).

Best of all was Hafeez’s bright and breezy 84, a knock that raised the rate, forced bowlers off their lines and breathed anew after Roy fluffed the simplest of lines at mid-off.

In the absence of Liam Plunkett, dropped for Mark Wood, it took the off-breaks of Moeen Ali to hit back. Fakhar was stumped as one spun past the edge and Imam holed out.

Hafeez was Pakistan’s top scorer with 84
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Woakes’ reaction to catching the latter was telling, the mild-mannered all-rounder raising his finger to his lips then jabbing it in their direction. England might be at home but they commanded no more than half of this diverse crowd.

Moeen and Woakes combined again to see off Babar but Hafeez was the prize scalp in a final 10 overs that brought 96 runs and five wickets.

England might have settled themselves with a reminder that during last month’s ODI series they successfully chased 341 against the same opponents on the same ground.

Pakistan, meanwhile, had another precedent in mind. Noting Imran Tahir’s early dismissal of Jonny Bairstow at the Oval they opened with their own leg-spinner, Shadab Khan, and enjoyed similar rewards.

Roy was the man to go this time, lbw on the sweep in the third over, to complete a poor day at the office.

England made a bad start when Roy was dismissed for a score of just eight
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Had Root followed in single figures, as he should have, it could have been devastating but when he edged Mohammad Amir to slip Babar fumbled.

For now, though, Pakistan were willing to absorb Root’s busy half-century and chip away elsewhere. Bairstow nicked the explosive Wahab Riaz, Morgan was bowled by Hafeez and opening day hero Ben Stokes was suckered into an edge by Shoaib Malik.

At 118 for four the scales were tilting hard against England, but Buttler was next man in. He danced across his stumps to ramp Wahab, benefited from a couple of thick edges past slip and whipped Shadab for an effortless six to confirm a 34-ball fifty.

Root’s progress was simpler, threading the ball square on the off side and pulling whenever invited, and there was an inevitability about his hundred. The acclaim was long and loud but celebrated quietly in the middle, Root mindful of the task still ahead.

Pakistan fight back from their mauling at the hands of the West Indies last week
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He was right to be wary, back in the pavilion six balls later when he sprayed Shadab to short third man. The pattern played out almost identically in Buttler’s innings, a low-key acknowledgement as he roared to a fine hundred then disbelief as he chopped Amir to an identical fielding position.

Wahab ended the resistance, dismissing Moeen and Woakes with successive balls.

England take 2-0 lead in ODI series with Pakistan after six wicket win in Bristol

14 May

Jonny Bairstow hit a century as England claimed a six-wicket win over Pakistan in Bristol.

The host’s second highest successful run chase means they now take a 2-0 lead in the five match One Day International series.

Pakistan had made 358 for nine on a welcoming Bristol pitch complete with small boundaries and a lightning-fast outfield.

It seemed an imposing target at the halfway stage, but nothing appears to faze this brutal England batting line-up and Bairstow resumed where Jos Buttler had left off at Southampton.

Jonny Bairstow scored a superb century in Bristol
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The Yorkshireman’s 128 from 93 balls steered England towards the fifth highest successful run chase in ODI history, and their second after the 364 scored to beat the West Indies in Barbados in February.

Buttler was rested after his weekend batting pyrotechnics had produced an unbeaten 110 from 55 balls – England’s second-fastest ODI hundred.

This time it was a different challenge after England, perhaps wishing to get some experience of chasing with the World Cup on the horizon, had won the toss and decided to bowl.

Roy and Bairstow had some early good fortune as Pakistan’s fielding failed to match their earlier efforts with the bat.

Bairstow, on four, gloved a pull off Junaid Khan and Shaheen Afridi failed to react quickly enough at short backward square.

Imam-Ul-Haq starred for Pakistan with the bat
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Shaheen suffered further misery when Roy, on 21, hit Hasan straight to him at mid-off and he spilled the simplest of chances.

Those errors proved costly as Roy and Bairstow put on 159 and became England’s most productive opening ODI partnership into the bargain.

Their fourth 150 partnership was also the fastest one of such a nature, coming from 105 balls and eclipsing the 2008 record of New Zealand pair Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder.

Roy fell for 76 when he swatted Faheem Ashraf straight to Asif Ali at cover after hitting eight fours and four sixes in his 55-ball stay.

On his arrival after Roy’s departure, Joe Root was picked up by a pitch microphone asking umpire Paul Reiffel ‘How do you follow that?’

The answer was stand there and watch further carnage, as Bairstow completed his seventh ODI century and finished with 15 fours and five sixes before playing on to Junaid.

Tom Curran celebrates taking a wicket against Pakistan
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Ben Stokes was unluckily run out for 37 when Shaheen diverted Moeen Ali’s drive onto the stumps at the bowler’s end

But Moeen Ali (46 not out) and captain Eoin Morgan (17 not out), who broke Paul Collingwood’s
England record of ODI appearances by playing 198th game, closed the victory out with 31 balls to spare.

Pakistan’s total was built around opener Imam-ul-Haq, whose majestic 151 was his sixth century in 27 ODI appearances.

The 23-year-old might cut an unusual figure at the crease as he bats in spectacles, but he only had eyes for a ball that he regularly sent to the boundary.

Imam carries the burden of being the nephew of Pakistan great and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, but there is no denying he is a fine player in his own right.

He struck 16 fours and a six and now possesses the highest ODI score by a Pakistan player against England.

Chris Woakes was the pick of the England bowlers and finished with figures of 10-0-67-4, his 11th four-wicket ODI haul.

Woakes found early movement to dismiss Fakhar Zaman – who had made 138 at Southampton – and Babar Azam and leave Pakistan 27 for two in the fifth over.

Pakistan recovered with two 50 partnerships, although Haris Sohail’s run-a-ball 41 could have been so much more.

Jonny Bairstow lets out his frustration after being bowled
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Haris was punished for some awful running between the wickets, the nifty footwork of Tom Curran leaving him stranded when a little bit of urgency or a final dive would have saved him.

Sarfaraz Ahmed chipped in with 27 and Imam and Asif Ali, who made an ODI best of 52, put on 125 for the fifth wicket.

Woakes’ return briefly stunted Pakistan’s late push for runs until Hasan Ali provided further impetus with an unbeaten 18 from nine balls.

But England coasted home and now head to Trent Bridge on Friday 2-0 ahead with two games to play.

England’s first one-day international against Pakistan abandoned due to rain but Jofra Archer performs well

8 May

England’s opening game of their one-day international series against Pakistan fell foul of the weather but Jofra Archer still impressed as he continues his introduction to international cricket.

Only 19 overs were bowled at the Kia Oval which saw the tourists reach 80-2 before rain and even hail at one point left the conditions unplayable on the outfield.

Archer acquitted himself very well in the match

That was still enough time for Archer to offer another reminder of his abilities with ball in hand and it looks increasingly impossible that England will begin the tournament without the Barbados-born paceman in their ranks.

After T20 and ODI debuts in Ireland and Wales, Archer’s public audition finally reached English soil and, predictably, he aced it.

His first over was a maiden, beating the bat of Imam-ul-Haq three times with the ball zig-zagging off the pitch then forcing him back with a rapid bouncer.

In his second over he cranked up to 93mph and picked off the outmatched Fakhar Zaman. An attempted force through off side took a thick outside edge and sailed to Joe Root at second slip, safely held after a couple of attempts.

The 24-year-old had bowled 14 deliveries before conceding his first run, a wide, and was into his fourth over before one came off the bat. Affronted by Imam’s dashed single, Archer responded with an indignant short ball that required hasty evasive action.

At the other end Chris Woakes was tidy, working through five overs for 19, but change bowlers Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes took a couple of overs to warm-up. When Plunkett did find his rhythm it proved too good for the dangerous Babar Azam, looking for a drive outside off stump and edging behind for 16.

Imam and Haris Sohail nudged the score to 71 for two before a heavy shower intervened, sending the players racing to the pavilion. They were soon back on for 14 deliveries, the last of which saw Buttler reprieve Sohail with a botched stumping, Adil Rashid having created the chance with one that spat off the surface.

Plunkett claimed England’s other wicket before the rain came down

The teams spent the remainder of the afternoon and early evening watching intermittent rain showers and the umpires finally called time shortly after 7pm, to the frustration of the hardy few who lingered in the stands.

England beat Pakistan by seven wickets in T20 as Jofra Archer takes two wickets on debut

5 May

England claimed seven wicket victory in a tight T20 match against Pakistan in Cardiff.

Jofra Archer impressed in his 20-over international debut as he claimed two wickets with the visitors restricted to 173-6.

Eoin Morgan played a captain’s innings of 57 not out to guide his towards their target with four balls to spare and finishing off in style to hit the winning runs with a six.

England bowler Jofra Archer celebrates
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England made two changes for their only Twenty20 international of the summer against Pakistan in Cardiff.

Ben Duckett came in for the injured Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan replaced Liam Plunkett from the side which had beaten Ireland by four wickets in a 50-over international in Malahide on Friday.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and asked England to bat first on a green Sophia Gardens wicket.

England bowler David Willey was fortunate to avoid injury when the ground gave way as he ran in to bowl.

A huge hole appeared as Willey was just about to reach the delivery crease, but his ankle just caught the edge of it and the Yorkshire paceman escaped serious harm.

Pakistan were 25 for one after four overs, with new Somerset signing Babar Azam unbeaten on 15.

Shaheen Afridi celebrates the wicket of Ben Duckett
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Fellow opener Fakhar Zaman fell for seven, driving Tom Curran into the covers where England captain Eoin Morgan took an excellent catch above his head.

Jofra Archer took a wicket in his first over of T20 international cricket.

The Barbardos-born paceman produced some wonderful variation as Pakistan struggled to play him.

Imam-ul-Haq fell for seven when Archer’s extra bounce cramped him for room and he was rapped on the gloves for wicketkeeper Ben Foakes to take a comfortable catch.

Pakistan were 38 for two at the end of the six-over powerplay.

Pakistan recovered to reach 111 for two after 13 overs, with Babar and Haris Sohail stepping on the accelerator.

Joe Root hits out during the Twenty20 match
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The pair put on 80 from 49 balls as Haris attacked the short legside boundary and Babar played intelligently around him.

Haris struck the first six of the innings off Chris Jordan and also had four boundaries in his unbeaten 42.

Babar hit successive sixes off Joe Denly to reach his half-century from 31 balls.

Pakistan finished on 173 for six to set England what appeared to be a challenging target.

James Vince looks on as Sarfraz Ahmed appeals
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Babar and Haris were the mainstay of the innings with a third-wicket partnership of 103 in 64 balls.

The quickfire departures of Babar (65) and Haris (50) allowed England to briefly slow their momentum, as the excellent Archer finished with two for 29 from his four overs.

Archer was also responsible for the prize wicket of Babar as he threw down the stumps at the bowler’s end.

But 18 runs came from Jordan’s final over as Pakistan finished strongly.

England reached 48 for one before the fielding restrictions were reduced at the end of their six-over powerplay.

Ben Duckett was the man out on his return to England colours for the first time since November 2016.

Duckett departed for nine when he drove Shaheen Afridi straight to Imad Wasim at mid-off.

England were 99 for two at the 12-over mark – needing another 75 for victory.

James Vince had made 36 from 27 balls when umpire Alex Wharf felt he had feathered a delivery from Imad Wasim down the legside.

Vince went to a television review, but the decision was upheld with replays indicating the faintest of edges into the gloves of wicket-keeper Sarfaraz.

Root was unbeaten on 28 and skipper Eoin Morgan on 23 as England sought to increase the rate with over nine runs an over required.

England appeared to be timing their run chase to perfection as Root fell for 47 in the 16th over.

Root attempted to scoop a delivery of greater bounce from Hasan Ali over the head of Sarfaraz, but his 41-ball came to an end as he flicked to the wicketkeeper.

Morgan was unbeaten on 39 as England required 37 from the final four overs for victory.

The captain held his nerve to finish on 57 not out to seal victory for his side while Denly made an important 20 not out from 12 balls as they won by seven wickets.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed banned for four matches by International Cricket Council over racist comments

27 Jan

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hit with a four match suspension for breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-racism code.

The world governing body announced Sarfraz had accepted the charge after aiming a comment at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second one-day international between the sides in Durban on Tuesday.

Sarfraz will miss the remaining two matches of the ODI series – with Shoaib Malik captaining the side in Sunday’s contest – as well as the first two matches of the Twenty20 series to follow.

Ahmed must also undergo an education course as part of his punishment

ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature.

“Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction.”

Sarfraz’s comments had been picked up by the stump mic during the match, and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper then apologised to Phehlukwayo on Friday, writing on Twitter: “This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology.”

The ICC added that Sarfraz will now undergo an education programme relating to the offence.

England draw two-match Test series with Pakistan after securing innings and 55-run victory at Headingley

3 Jun

England surged to an innings victory over Pakistan inside three days at Headingley to put their Lord’s defeat behind them and ensure a drawn series.

Joe Root’s team went into this match under pressure, with calls for senior players to be dropped and coach Trevor Bayliss’ position in doubt, but after a rallying call from their captain, they were on top throughout.

Jos Buttler finished unbeaten on 80 in England’s 363 all out, and then Dom Bess (three for 33) took his first Test wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 134 and the hosts prevailed by an innings and 55 runs to secure a 1-1 NatWest Series draw.

England therefore ended a winless sequence of eight Tests, stretching back to their success against West Indies at Lord’s last September and including six defeats.

They put themselves on the home straight by lunchtime, extending their first-innings lead by 61 runs for their last three wickets – thanks chiefly to Buttler – and then nipping out three of their opponents in 11 overs.

Sam Curran reached 20, as all but one of those above him had already done in England’s efficient collective, but then had to go when technology over-ruled a soft signal not out and ruled a legal low catch at second slip off Mohammad Abbas.

Broad got hold of a hook at Faheem Ashraf (three for 60) but fell to an excellent catch by Abbas, low to the ground again but this time in the deep at long-leg.

James Anderson’s arrival gave further licence to Buttler, who had become the only England batsman to pass 50 – and having been badly dropped on four the previous evening, he had another escape on 66 when Usman Salahuddin could not gather a very tough chance at deep square-leg off Ashraf.

That blow went for four, and Buttler bludgeoned the very next ball for a straight six into the building site which will become the new Football Stand by this time next year.

A brief but thrilling passage of play ended with Buttler unbeaten five short of a career-best when Anderson was last out, edging Hasan Ali to slip in mid-morning.

Anderson had left himself plenty of time before lunch to get to work on his day job.

In his third over, he knocked out Azhar Ali’s middle-stump as the opener aimed to whip a full-length delivery to leg, then he had a second wicket when Bess pulled off a memorable catch at mid-off – diving to hold a Haris Sohail drive with his left hand.

Stuart Broad (three for 28) got in on the act, and went ahead of birthday boy Wasim Akram up to 415 wickets in the all-time list of leading Test bowlers, when DRS overturned in England’s favour as it detected a glove behind down the leg-side to see off Asad Shafiq.

Bess bagged Imam ul-Haq as his first wicket at this level.

The left-handed opener went lbw pushing forward to the last ball of the off-spinner’s first over – one that went on with the arm to miss the inside edge.

It was a breakthrough which had been relatively slow coming after lunch, but Chris Woakes soon doubled up when he snaked one past Sarfraz Ahmed’s forward-defence for another lbw.

There was soon a wicket too for Curran, a second in Test cricket on his debut and on his 20th birthday for good measure, when Shadab Khan edged to slip.

It was a matter of time before any remaining resistance folded.

Bess and Broad duly cashed in with two more wickets each as Pakistan’s last seven fell for 50 in time for a slightly delayed tea.

England build strong lead against Pakistan with solid team effort in second Test at Headingley

2 Jun
England build strong lead against Pakistan with solid team effort in second Test at Headingley
Jos Buttler cuts a ball watched by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed

England clubbed together to stay in control of the second NatWest Test and give themselves an obvious opportunity to square the series against Pakistan.

Theirs was a curiously collective effort on a rain-shortened day two at Headingley – where after play did not get under way until mid-afternoon, no one could muster a half-century but all contributed with a degree of significance to a stumps total of 302 for seven.

The first-innings lead is therefore 128, and the salvation of a drawn series – rather than seventh defeat in nine Tests – beckons if Joe Root’s men can maintain their standards here.

Dom Bess, Root himself and Alastair Cook the previous evening all reached 40 but not 50 – the former stumbling just a single short of adding a half-century as nightwatchman to the one he made in defeat on debut at Lord’s last week.

Consolidation was all that was required from England after their dominance on day one.

In the afternoon session, they achieved exactly that despite losing their captain.

Root’s was the only wicket to fall, in aggravating circumstances as he pushed out for an attempted drive at a length ball from Mohammad Amir and edged behind.

It was an anti-climax for most of a full-house crowd, gathered in hope Root might choose his home ground to at last re-discover the knack of making hundreds.

Instead, he went for 45 – and Bess was joined by Dawid Malan.

With the floodlights in use throughout under heavy cloud cover and the threat of rain never far away, the pair calmly went about their work.

Crucially, the ball did not swing as it had for much of Friday – and a fair pitch contained runs if patience was exercised.

It was, and Bess took his rewards with a series of flat-batted front-foot shots square on the off-side.

Malan drove with impressive timing, down the ground and through the off-side, but fell prey to surprise bounce from Amir with the left-armer’s first ball straight after tea – a nasty one which took the shoulder of the bat for an easy catch to slip.

Then Bess had to go too just a single short of a notable achievement, edging an attempted cut at Shadab Khan’s leg-spin to a diving Asad Shafiq at slip for 49 – and so missing out on a second half-century in successive innings at the start of his Test career.

England would have lost three wickets for 20 runs had Hasan Ali held a straightforward catch at midwicket when Jos Buttler, on just four, stabbed one there off a thick inside-edge off Shadab.

It was a poor shot, and a major let-off.

Jonny Bairstow helped Buttler add 48 until he became the sixth consecutive batsman to fall between 20 and 50, in his case at the lower end of the scale when he got a thin edge behind off Faheem Ashraf – to the final delivery before the second new ball was available.

Chris Woakes kept Buttler company next, before he too went caught-behind when Mohammad Abbas this time got that new ball to nip away just enough off the pitch.

Buttler held firm to finish unbeaten on 34, and debutant Sam Curran helped him close out the day – hitting two consecutive boundaries in the last over to post the 300 and ensure he too could go to bed happy after his last day as a teenager.

England make brilliant start to second Test after bowling sorry Pakistan out for 174

1 Jun
England make brilliant start to second Test after bowling sorry Pakistan out for 174
Sam Curran celebrates his first wicket for England on his international Test debut

England answered the rallying call from captain Joe Root as they dominated day one of the must-win second NatWest Test against Pakistan.

After Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bat under initially sunny skies at Headingley, England’s three senior seamers shared nine wickets in humid conditions and Pakistan struggled to 174 all out against the swinging ball.

By stumps, despite the late departure of Alastair Cook, the hosts were 106-2 on a good batting surface as they seek to square this series at 1-1 and avoid a seventh defeat in their last nine Tests.

It was no less than Root demanded, on the eve of this match, when he spelled out that England have been under-performing for far too long.

Stuart Broad, James Anderson and the returning Chris Woakes proved they had been listening as the hosts overcame the injury-enforced absence of key all-rounder Ben Stokes to take the initiative.

Shadab Khan (56) responded, after the loss of three wickets for one run, with spirited resistance to help Pakistan more than double their total from 79-7.

Nonetheless, even after Cook was caught behind hooking at Hasan Ali 10 minutes before the close and just four short of his fifty, there was no question where the balance of power lay.

Pakistan lost their first wicket without a run on the board, Imam-ul-Haq edging the last ball of Broad’s first over high to a safe Root at third slip.

The tourists took 27 balls to open their account, Azhar Ali eventually scrambling a single off Anderson – only for their second opener to depart in the tenthth over, pinned lbw just on off-stump by Broad.

Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq also both went before lunch. Sohail became Woakes’ first victim, edging one angled across him to second slip, and then a juggling Cook held on at first when Shafiq failed to cover the bounce from the same bowler.

Anderson was in business at the start of the afternoon, bowling Sarfraz off his pads as the Pakistan captain aimed to leg.

Broad then struck again as debutant Usman Salahuddin was lbw pushing forward, and Anderson hit Faheem Ashraf in front too.

Shadab and Mohammad Amir were in counter-attack mode, however, and took the total into three figures before the left-hander flailed a catch behind off Anderson.

Hasan joined Shadab for another handy stand, 43 from just 31 balls – the number 10 climbing into three off-side fours in the eighth and last over of Anderson’s spell either side of lunch.

Shadab’s was the pedigree innings, though, and he completed his 48-ball half-century with a memorable pull well in front of square off Woakes for his ninth four.

Before then, Woakes had held a sharp return catch to see off Hasan. But it fell to debutant Sam Curran to end the innings when Shadab became his fellow teenager’s maiden Test victim – caught in the leg-side deep.

Cook and Keaton Jennings provided an initial platform, but little more, with only England’s second half-century opening stand since the penultimate Test of last summer – at this same venue.

Jennings, first of the 12 opening partners for Cook since 2012 to be given a second opportunity in the role, hinted he may be able to make a success of it until he fell to the last ball before mid-evening drinks.

The nagging Ashraf found a thin, involuntary edge behind as Jennings tried to pull the bat inside the line on the back-foot defence.

Cook and Root were then all set to close out the last hour-and-a-half until the opener’s unexpected mistake gave nightwatchman Dom Bess a job which he completed successfully.

Sam Curran drafted into England’s Test squad against Pakistan in place of injured Ben Stokes

30 May
Sam Curran drafted into England's Test squad against Pakistan in place of injured Ben Stokes
The left-arm seamer has never been capped by England

Surrey left-arm seamer Sam Curran has been drafted into England’s Test squad as cover for Ben Stokes, who is suffering with a tight left hamstring.

The uncapped Curran, 19, was due to travel to Leeds on Wednesday evening and train at Headingley on Thursday ahead of the second Test against Pakistan, which begins on Friday.

It is understood that Stokes has not yet undergone a scan on the injury, which will be assessed by the England medical staff on Thursday.

Earlier this month Curran took 10 wickets in a match for the first time as Surrey wrapped up a County Championship Division One victory over Yorkshire by an innings and 17 runs at The Oval.

He took six wickets in the first innings and four for 47 in the second to finish with match figures of 10 for 101.

Pakistan won the first Test of the series by nine wickets at Lord’s as England suffered a sixth defeat in their last eight Tests.