Harry Brook 153 leads England to gigantic total in Rawalpindi

Lunch Pakistan Trail 17 for 0 (Imam 11*, Shafique 6*) England 657 (Brook 153, Crawley 122, Pope 108, Duckett 107) by 640

While Pakistan made some gains on the second morning, they didn’t come without England struggling even more as newcomer Harry Brook dominated a towering scoreboard.

England’s record innings came to an end on 657 with Brook leading the four centurions, after taking over 101 and working their way up to 153 in another stunning display from the visiting team who dominated this game so far. At lunch, the Pakistanis were 17 with no loss in response.

The hosts managed to claim the remaining six wickets before lunch, but not before England had added a further 151 runs, having already amassed 506 for 4, the most runs ever scored on the opening day of a test match.

Ben Stokes, who had taken England beyond that milestone with a brutal long-playing six against Mohammad Ali in the dying light on Thursday, sparked another comeback on bowler Naseem Shah’s header from second ball on Friday en route to 41 out of 18 deliveries. He was out four balls later when Naseem slowed down and took out the top of the center stump.

Naseem’s speedy comrade Haris Rauf sat in the locker room with his right quad wrapped in an ice pack after rolling over the ball while on the pitch the day before. Meanwhile, legpinner Zahid Mahmood suffered considerable pain of another kind, with his four wickets costing a whopping 235 runs in 33 overs – the most expensive analysis of a rookie in the Test.

Zahid was started for six downfield and into the second tier by a Liam Livingstone jump, also on his debut, from the seventh ball he faced in testing. But he only faced three more before tackling Naseem’s deep square leg.

Will Jacks, the other England debutant and last-minute substitute for Ben Foakes who failed to recover in time from the illness that swept through the tour camp the day before the match, missed Naseem’s yorker on the first ball he faced and was hit on the mat. But pakistan exam for lbw failed when the ball was shown to come down the side of the leg.

Brook beat Zahid in a remarkable over, which lasted 27 runs. Playing just his second Test, Brook swept Zahid for six on extra coverage, swept the next ball for four and swept again for four more. He hadn’t finished yet either as he hammered the fourth ball for four and then threw six balls on the ground. Brook tried to go big once more on the last ball and as he mistook and sent an upper backhand over his own head the ball flowed for three more runs to compound Zahid’s misfortune .

Two four-for-threes on Naseem’s follow, the second of which split the keeper and the first slip for four took Brook to 150, although he launched a sweeping attempt past square-legged Saud Shakeel deep to be out for 153 on just 116 balls.

Ollie Robinson took England past 600 with a six from Zahid on the ground before Jacks picked Naseem in the middle of Mohammad Ali’s wicket after a 30-point appearance.

Robinson failed to undo his lbw dismissal of Zahid for 37 and James Anderson missed Zahid’s widening right to deep square-legged Imam-ul-Haq to be the last man out and end Pakistan’s suffering – for the moment.

Valkerie Baynes is an editor at ESPNcricinfo

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