Nauman Ali and Abrar Ahmed shared eight wickets to bowl out England on 354 at the end of Day 2
Faheem Ashraf, the seamer in the Pakistan line-up, bowled a solitary over in the day; Brook’s hundred was the third of his early Test career, in only his sixth innings while Pakistan’s openers, Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood, had cut the deficit to 29 runs by the close, seeing out nine overs of spin.
Faheem Ashraf, the seamer in the Pakistan line-up, bowled a solitary over in the day. Pope was busy, poking singles and punching either side of the wicket; while Duckett continued to sweep regularly as he has throughout the tour and raised a 50 partnership when skipping down to hang Abrar back over his head for a straight six.
It was Nauman, the left-arm spinner, who made the breakthrough. He found sharp spin from outside Duckett’s off stump, catching him on the pad as he waited as opposed to approaching a full ball.
He was given out and checked the on-field choice with the expectation that the ball had struck him outside the line of off stump, but ball-tracking innovation gave an ‘umpire’s call’ decision on impact.
And Nauman hit again with his next ball to proceed with Joe Root’s lean run on this tour.
Bowling from around the wicket, he drew Root forwards with a full ball that got some distance from the bat, and Root’s speculative push flew to Salman Ali Agha at slip. He clutched a sharp, low chance just above the turf, leaving England 58 for 3.
No sooner had Pope arrived at his third half-century of the tour by slashing Nauman through point, than he lost his off stump. Hanging back to combat the low bounce, he was beaten by Abrar’s fizzing leg break and could only shake his head in disbelief.
Harry Brook preceded determined, rifling a get through the leg side off Abrar to get his innings back up and running and reaching a 73-ball half-century with a top-edged sweep.
He found an able partner in Foakes, who toppled an early decision that conflicted with him and calmly pivoted the strike through the afternoon session.
Foakes was given out on 9 when struck on the pad by Abrar’s wrong’un, as the ball sprung up to the short leg. He was uncertain whether he had been given out caught or leg-before, but in the event, he survived on both fronts: there was no inside edge and ball-tracking technology predicted the ball would have missed his leg stump.
Brook’s hundred was the third of his early Test career, in only his sixth innings.
When he passed 94, Brook also broke Alastair Cook’s record (450 runs in 2015/16) for the most runs by an Englishman in an abroad Test series against Pakistan. He eventually fell for 111, caught lbw by Wasim his maiden Test wicket on debut – as the ball began to reverse.
England lost another wicket not long after, as Rehan Ahmed hacked his third ball to short midwicket, but Mark Wood made a helpful 35 in a 51-run stand with Foakes and a last-wicket partnership worth 30 between Jack Leach and Ollie Robinson meant Pakistan faced a significant deficit.
However, Pakistan’s openers, Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood had cut the deficit to 29 runs by the close, seeing out nine overs of spin.