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Sunday 22 April 2018

Pietersen back in groove as pakistan hit record test low

England took control of the second Test at Edgbaston yesterday, reaching 112 for two when bad light ended play on day one after Pakistan earlier slumped to 72 all out and their lowest Test total against England.

Jonathan Trott was 31 not out and Kevin Pietersen, without a Test century in 22 innings, had 36 to give England a lead of 40.

Pakistan, who were all out for 80 on Sunday when losing the first Test by 354 runs, again suffered through their batsmen's inadequacies to deal with the swinging ball.

Stuart Broad claimed four for 38 and James Anderson four for 20, including the last three.

Pakistan's bowlers struck twice immediately after tea when England slipped from 44 without loss to 44 for two.

And, if chances offered by Trott and Pietersen had then been taken, the match may have taken a different path.

The Pakistan innings lasted just 39.3 overs and spanned four minutes short of three hours.

Umar Amin top-scored with just 23, while their highest partnership was 27 between Mohammad Amir and Amin, before they lost their last four wickets for nine runs.

Irish Independent

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