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Yasir five helps Pakistan nose ahead

England ends second day on 253 for 7 trailing by 86, with bowling-hero Woakes leading a rearguard resistance

Yasir five helps Pakistan nose ahead - Cricket News
Yasir Shah took crucial wickets at regular intervals.
The second day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord's had plenty of twists and turns, but Yasir Shah carved out 5 for 64 to ensure the visiting side was in front for a second consecutive day, on Friday (July 15).
At stumps, England was 253 for 7, trailing by 86 runs, in reply to Pakistan's first-innings 339.
Much of the focus ahead of the series opener centered around Mohammad Amir and his return to Test cricket at Lord's, where he was implicated for spot-fixing in 2010, and was handed a five-year ban and a jail term. 
Though he did pick up the wicket of Alastair Cook (81) in his third attempt after two chances were shelled, it was Yasir, returning to the side after his own brush with the International Cricket Council authorities for testing positive for a banned substance, that outshone his teammate and earned his place on the Lord's honour board.
It was an exceptional performance given that it was a day two surface, and the last legspinner to take a five-for at Lord's was Pakistan's Mushtaq Ahmed in 1996. Yasir was also the first legspinner to take a five-for in the first innings at Lord’s since India's B S Chandrasekhar in 1967.
Yasir scythed through England's middle order, grabbing the wickets of Joe Root (48), James Vince (16), Gary Ballance (6), Jonny Bairstow (29) and Moeen Ali (23).

Cook and Bairstow resumed after the tea break with England on 153 for 4, with the latter having been in rich form against Sri Lanka, rescuing the hosts from similar situations. But a full delivery from Amir had Cook bowled and five overs later, Bairstow had his stumps knocked over as well by Yasir.
Moeen and Chris Woakes attempted to steady the innings, but the former went for a sweep and was trapped lbw. Woakes (31 not out), however, managed to stick it out with Broad (11 not out) for company at the other end.
It was a day where Pakistan's bowlers managed to tilt the scales in their favour despite their fielding letting them down.
Cook's first reprieve came when he was on 22. The England captain was drawn forward by an excellent delivery from Amir only for Mohammad Hafeez to drop a straightforward catch at first slip. Later, batting on 55, Cook again edged Amir but Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper, went slightly to his left and floored the two-handed chance. The reprieves helped Cook make a good contribution and also meant he went past Sunil Gavaskar's record of 9,607 runs as a Test opener. When he was dismissed, Cook had taken his tally to 9,630 runs opening the batting, with 10,257 runs overall.
Cook and Root, following the early loss of Alex Hales, punished Pakistan for some wayward bowling by its seamers and put together a 110-run stand for the second wicket. But the wicket of Root, holing out off a miscued sweep off Yasir, opened the floodgates. Vince and Ballance, both failing to pick the legspinner, were trapped lbw.
Earlier, Chris Woakes took a Test-best 6 for 70 as Pakistan, 282 for 6 overnight, was bowled out for 339. Pakistan began the morning with Sarfraz joining Misbah, batting on 110 after the 42-year-old became the oldest player in 82 years to make a Test century on Thursday.

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