Pakistan's Babar Azam ruled out of England series with fractured wrist

Babar Azam

Haris Sohail (21*) and Azhar Ali (18*) were at the crease.

That this was indeed Pakistan's day was clear when Asad Shafiq held a hard catch at second slip to dismiss Jos Buttler after an edged drive off Hasan.

Pakistan, whose players do not feature in the Indian Premier League, had arguably had better preparation for this series than that enjoyed by England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler while they were playing in the lucrative Twenyty20 event.

In addition to three county warm-up matches, Pakistan beat Test debutants Ireland in Dublin last week, a match that featured similarly overcast and bowler-friendly conditions to those present for much of the first two days at Lord's.

Pakistan were soon in the wickets with Cook looking on as the other three members of England's top four all fell in single figures.

England needed early wickets and Broad snared Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for four, but the hosts failed to make another breakthrough under the floodlights.

Four more runs after the lunch break took Cook, 33, to his 56th Test half-century.

But after two days at the "home of cricket", England were struggling to avoid a sixth defeat in eight Tests. The ball stayed low and struck him on the left wrist.

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Their readiness for this match shone through with the accuracy of their bowling and quality of their catching.

After successfully dismissing two Pakistan batsman of the short balls, Stokes stuck to his game plan and bowled another to Babar.

Asad Shafiq's smart catch off Buttler at second slip and Amir's athletic dive to hold Wood at mid-on typified a near faultless display in the field.

Sohail was dropped on 16 by Ben Stokes, who dived to his right from third slip in front of Dawid Malam at second slip.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on BBC Test Match Special: "It's deja vu for England". It's like the brains have been trained. Is positivity hitting a four or ending the day on 230-6 when you have grafted it out? "England now have to win every day".

"Pakistan took a big leap forward bowling us out for 180, but it can turn very quickly - 50-1 can be 80-4".

Mark Stoneman's dismissal for four continued his unprofitable alliance with Alastair Cook at the top of the order.

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