England levels the series with a 330 run victory
James Anderson marked his return to international duty with three wickets as England beat Pakistan by a massive 330 runs to win the second Test at Old Trafford on Day 4 of the game on Monday (July 25).
Pakistan, set a mammoth 565 for victory, was bowled out for 234 in its second innings after tea on the fourth day, making it England’s fifth-biggest in terms of runs.
But England’s joy was set back somewhat by Ben Stokes going off injured in Monday’s second session.
Joe Root, who made a Test-best 254 in England first-innings total of 589 for 8 declared, was named Man of the Match. The first innings also saw Alastair Cook make 105 – his 29th Test hundred. England’s two senior batsmen combined again in a second-innings total of 173 for 1 declared.
Cook made 76 not out and Root 71 not out, the duo putting on 105 for the second wicket before calling a halt on Monday morning.
Anderson, returning to Test cricket after missing Pakistan’s 75-run win in the first Test at Lord’s because of a shoulder injury, then struck twice to remove Shan Masood and Azhar Ali cheaply.
Soon after that, Stokes had Younis Khan put down in the slips by Cook, and then limped off after suffering a calf strain.
Moeen Ali, completing the over, was then hit for six by Mohammad Hafeez and two balls later bowled a full toss that sailed over Hafeez’s head.
Moeen, however, recovered to dismiss both Hafeez (42) and Younis (28).
Misbah-ul-Haq was unlucky to fall to Chris Woakes for 35 when he dragged a full toss on to his stumps.
Pakistan was 161 for 5 at tea and three balls later that became 163 for 6 when Sarfraz Ahmed was caught down the leg side by Jonny Bairstow off Woakes.
Asad Shafiq made a painstaking 39 before he was lbw to Anderson, and Yasir Shah then fell in the same manner to Moeen.
Root took England to the brink of victory when his second ball had Wahab Riaz caught off a top-edged sweep by Cook. Mohammad Amir delayed the inevitable with several fine shots before he holed out off Woakes.
Both Anderson and Woakes took 3 for 41, with Moeen bagging 3 for 88.
England resumed Monday on 98 for 1, already a huge lead of 489 runs after Cook opted against enforcing the follow-on.
The third Test of the four-match series starts in Birmingham on August 3.