ENG vs PAK: Ahead of the start of the first Test between England and Pakistan, head coach Brendon McCullum said that England would play an aggressive brand of cricket and a loss wouldn’t heart their sentiments too much. On day 1 of the Test match, they showed just that.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, England put on a massive score of 506 runs on the board at the end of day 1. Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley opened the batting for the team and laid the foundation with a mammoth 233-run partnership for the opening wicket.
Both showed intent right from the start of the innings and kept dealing in boundaries. Crawley went on to score his third century, while Ducket smashed his maiden ton in Test Cricket.
England batsmen smash successive centuries
Crawley hit 21 fours en route to an outstanding 122-run knock in just 111 balls. Ben Ducket, on the other hand, amassed 107 runs in 110 balls. Zahid Mahmood got Pakistan the first breakthrough in the form of Duckett in the 36th over.
One over later, Harris Rauf rattled the stumps of Crawley as Pakistan revived some hopes. Joe Root also got out after scoring 23 runs in 31 balls but this was followed by a 176-run stand between Harry Brook and Ollie Pope.
Pope made 108 off 104 balls, while Brook also smashed his maiden ton and is currently unbeaten at the crease. During his innings, he smacked six fours in six consecutive deliveries to Shakeel in the 67th over of the innings.
His unbeaten knock includes 14 fours and 2 sixes. Ben Stokes too set his intentions quite clearly right from the start of his innings. The southpaw has played an unbeaten knock of 34 runs in 15 balls, including 6 fours and a six and is looking brilliant in the middle.
At the end of the day’s play, England managed to score 506 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.