ENG vs PAK 2nd Test: Despite not having the services of Harris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi, Pakistan managed to bundle out England for 281 runs in the first innings on day 1 of the 2nd Test match on Friday.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, England made a racing start. Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley had added 38 runs in the first 8 overs.
However, the arrival of debutant Abrar Ahmed helped Pakistan come back into the game. Pakistan’s mystery spinner had a sensational start to his career.
Abrar Ahmed’s carnage catches England off-guard
In his very first over, he cleaned up Zak Crawley with a delivery that went through the gate. Ollie Pope and Duckett then added 81 runs for the second wicket to help England reach the 100-run mark.
Pope continued his fine form with the bat as he played a brilliant knock of 63 runs in just 49 balls. England, at that stage, was going pretty well. But, once again, Abrar Ahmed came to the team’s rescue.
He had Duckett’s leg before and then bamboozled Root (8) to leave England in some trouble at 145 for 3. Ollie Pope’s ( 60 off 61) stay at the crease was also ended by the debutant.
He then induced Harry Brook (9) to play a big knock only to get caught at long off. With that wicket, Abrar Ahmed completed a five-wicket haul in his maiden Test match.
His best delivery came in the 43rd over when he rattled Ben Stokes’ stumps with a googly. Abrar ended up picking 7 wickets for 114 runs and, thereby, helped the team bundle out England for 281.
Pakistan, in reply, lost Imam Ul Haq (0) only in the third over of the innings. Abdullah Shafique (14) also couldn’t stay for too long as Pakistan had lost both their openers for just 51 runs on the board.
But, after that, the Men in Blue didn’t lose a single wicket till the end of the day’s play. Skipper Babar Azam led from the front as he is currently unbeaten on 62 off 76 balls. Saud Shakeel is giving him valuable support at the other end, amassing 32 off 46 balls.
ENG vs PAK 2nd Test Day 1 Brief Scores: Pakistan 107 for 2 (Babar 61*, Shakeel 32*) trail England 281 (Duckett 63, Pope 60, Abrar 7-114) by 174 runs