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Ali, Anderson double leave Pakistan reeling

By The Assam Tribune

MANCHESTER (UK), July 25: Moeen Ali and James Anderson took two wickets each as England moved closer to victory in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Monday.

However, the second session of the fourth day also saw England all-rounder Ben Stokes leave the field with a calf injury.

At tea, Pakistan were 161 for five in their second innings, needing a further 404 runs to reach their huge victory target of 565.

Asad Shafiq was 35 not out and Sarfraz Ahmed five not out.

Before lunch, James Anderson returning to Test cricket after missing Pakistan�s 75-run win in the series opener at Lord�s with a shoulder injury, struck twice on his Lancashire home ground to remove both Shan Masood (one) and Azhar Ali (eight).

But with Pakistan on the ropes, England then saw Stokes injured himself while bowling.

After delivering his second ball of the 22nd over, with Pakistan 68 for two, the Durham pace bowler pulled up with a right calf strain and left the field.

An England spokesman said Stokes, returning to England duty this match after suffering a knee injury in the first Test against Sri Lanka in May, would take no further part in the day�s play.

The spokesman added the 25-year-old would also undergo a scan on Tuesday to determine the full extent of the injury.

Off-spinner Ali, completing the over, was then hit for six by Mohammad Hafeez.

Two balls later Ali bowled a no-ball full toss that sailed above Hafeez�s head.

A second full toss above waist-high could see Ali barred from bowling in the rest of the innings and, with Stokes injured, leave England down to just three frontline bowlers.

However, Ali regained his composure to dismiss both Hafeez (42) and Younis Khan (28) in a spell of two for 13 in 19 balls.

Hafeez gave a simple bat/pad catch to Gary Ballance at short leg.

Pakistan�s 83 for three became 102 for four when Younis, trying to loft Ali over the top, was caught at long-on.

SCORECARD (at tea)

England 1st Innings 589-8 dec

Pakistan 1st Innings 198

England 2nd Innings (overnight: 98-1): A Cook not out 76, A Hales c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 24, J Root not out 71. Extras: (lb2) 2. Total: (1 wkt dec, 30 overs, 126 mins) 173. Fall of wickets: 1-68. Bowling: Amir 11-2-43-1; Rahat 8-0-54-0; Shah 9-0-53-0; Azhar 2-0-21-0.

Pakistan 2nd Innings: Mohammad Hafeez c Ballance b Ali 42, Shan Masood c Cook b Anderson 1, Azhar Ali lbw b Anderson 8, Younis Khan c Hales b Ali 28, Misbah-ul-Haq b Woakes 35, Asad Shafiq not out 35, Sarfraz Ahmed not out 5. Extras: (b2, lb3, w1, nb1) 7. Total: (5 wkts, 49 overs) 161. Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-25, 3-83, 4-102, 5-145. Bowling: Anderson 12-2-22-2; Broad 11-3-25-0; Stokes 5.2-0-21-0; Ali 12.4-0-68-2; Woakes 8-2-20-1. � AFP

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