Dec 2 (Reuters) – A dominant England racked up a mammoth first innings total of 657 all out on day two of the opening test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Friday.
Electing to bat on a flat track, England toyed with Pakistan’s inexperienced bowling attack with four of their top five batsmen smashing rapid hundreds.
Resuming on 506-4 after thoroughly dominating the opening day of the contest, England batters continued to score at a breakneck pace even though Naseem Shah (3-140) made early inroads for Pakistan.
Visiting skipper Ben Stokes fell after an 18-ball 41 and Liam Livingstone managed nine in his debut test but overnight batsman Harry Brook (153) was simply unstoppable.
Brook, who smashed six fours in a Saud Shakeel over on Thursday, milked 27 runs from a Zahid Mahmood over.
Naseem finally ended Brook’s 116-ball blitz which contained five sixes and 19 fours.
Leg spinner Zahid bled 235 runs – most by any test debutant – in 33 overs for his four wickets.
England, on their first test tour of Pakistan since 2005, are also scheduled to play in Multan and Karachi.