Stuart Broad took four wickets as England’s cricketers ripped through Pakistan’s batsmen to leave them all-out for just 72 runs on the first day of the second Test at Edgbaston.
Fast bowler Broad finished with figures of 4-38 from his 17 overs, which included seven maidens. Jimmy Anderson also finished with four wickets, while Steve Finn bagged two as the visitors were bowled out within 40 overs.
Despite conditions in Birmingham being less than batsman-friendly, Pakistan captain Salman Butt surprisingly opted to give his side a bat. It was a decision that almost immediately looked to be the wrong one.
With just eight runs on the board after half an hour’s play – and with Butt and his opening partner, Imran Farhat, both struggling – Broad made the day’s first breakthrough to remove the latter for a duck. Farhat edging behind to a grateful Matt Prior.
After Finn had struck to remove the Pakistan captain, and Anderson had seen off Shoaib Malik, Broad grabbed his second victim of the day. Azhar Ali given out lbw without scoring, and with Pakistan on just 29-4.
The visitors continued to struggle with the conditions and when Broad removed debutant Zulqarnain Haider for another duck, they were reeling on 36-6.
Umar Amin gave Pakistan’s innings a hint of respectability as he scored 23 before becoming Broad’s fourth and final victim. Paul Collingwood taking a smart catch off the 24-year-old’s bowling.
Team-mate Anderson wrapped things up for England with three late wickets to leave Pakistan all out for just 72 – their lowest-ever total against England. In all, the tourists used up just 39.3 overs of the first day’s play.
By contrast, England had made 43 runs without loss by tea, to put them in a commanding position.