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England vs Pakistan Highlights 1st Test Day 1: Bad light stops play, Pakistan 139/2 at stumps

England vs Pakistan Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1 in Manchester: Follow Highlights of ENG vs PAK 1st Test Day 1 at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.

By | Aug 05, 2020 23:01 IST

England vs Pakistan Highlights, 1st Test, Day 1 in Manchester: Bad light stopped play in Manchester. Shan Masood and Babar Azam finish the day with Pakistan at 139/2 at stumps. Babar remained unbeaten on 69 while Shan is unbeaten on 46. Plenty of action in store in the next four days of the thrilling first Test.

Follow England vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 1 Highlights:

22:59 hrs IST


That’s it. The play has been called off. Pakistan reach 139/2 at stumps.

22:42 hrs IST

Bad light stops play

The bad light has stopped play once again. The players are returning back to the pavillion. Pakistan reach 149/2.

22:40 hrs IST

Dom Bess and Joe Root

With low light, England are asked to use slow bowlers. This tandem attack between Dom Bess and Joe Root is quite interesting. If they can break this partnership before stumps, England might use more spin in this Test.

22:17 hrs IST

Play resumes

The play resumes. Shan Masood and Babar Azam back out to the middle. Jofra Archer starts the attack for England.

22:06 hrs IST

Play to restart at 10:15 pm

The play will restart in 10 minutes. Still awaiting on details regarding how many overs will be played in the day.

21:42 hrs IST

Another inspection at 10 PM

There will be another inspection at 10 PM, according to ESPNCricinfo.

21:10 hrs IST

Inspection at 9:30

The covers are coming off, the sun is out, and there will be an inspection at 9:30 PM.

20:55 hrs IST

Rain is starting to ease up: Report

According to ESPNCrinfo, it is starting to become a little bit brighter and the rain has stopped, it seems. The umpires are having a look.

20:45 hrs IST

Rain update

Rain has become torrential at Old Trafford, according to ESPNCricinfo. We might not see another ball being bowled today, it seems.

19:45 hrs IST

Tea on Day 1

Pakistan reach 121/2 at Tea on Day 1.

19:30 hrs IST

Rain stops play

The rain has stopped play. This seems a lot more heavier shower than before. Lot to talk about for Joe Root to his team - that was not a great half hour for England.

19:25 hrs IST


Babar Azam smashes a six and then follows it up with a single. Brings up his half century in style. What a talented show from the batsman.

19:02 hrs IST


Gorgeous shot from Babar Azam and he takes Pakistan past the 100-run mark with a beauty. Both the batsmen are approaching their fifties.

19:00 hrs IST

Masood approaching fifty

Masood is slowly but surely moving towards his fifty. He could be the silent killer for Pakistan in this serious. Super talented batsman, needs a big stage to showcase himself and this could very well be it.

18:45 hrs IST

Dom Bess into the attack

Time for some spin and it is Dom Bess who is brought into the attack. It will be interesting to see if the surface will provide some spin.

18:40 hrs IST


Wide outside off stump, good height, Babar Azam slams it for a boundary towards covers. Good looking shot. Anderson is not pleased with himself.

18:30 hrs IST

Babar Azam looking good

Babar Azam is looking really good in the middle now. He looks much more settled than when he first stepped in. He needs to stick it out for Pakistan till the stumps today.

18:22 hrs IST

No Stokes yet

Ben Stokes has not been into the attack yet. He had a bit of a niggle, but he was seen practicing in the nets. Maybe, England are being cautious with him. Not to mention, no Dom Bess yet either.

18:10 hrs IST

Back after Lunch

England and West Indies come out for the 2nd session. Interesting little stand from Shan Masood and Babar Azam. England will put back Archer and Woakes into the attack.

17:35 hrs IST


Babar, Shan take Pakistan to 53/2 at Lunch. We will return back after the break for all the updates of the next two sessions.

17:28 hrs IST

50 up for Pakistan

Slow start from Babar Azam. He finally got off the mark after a fair number of deliveries. Babar Azam will be the key player here for the visitors.

17:20 hrs IST

Pressure on Babar Azam

All talk and now it is time to showcase why Babar Azam is one of the most talked about cricketers in the world right now. Azam might be feeling the pressure on his shoulders, but you know what, that’s when his best comes out. Always.

17:07 hrs IST


Chris Woakes has rapped skipper Azhar Ali onto the pads. The umpire has given it out quickly. Ali reviews it. Three reds. This is OUT! PAK 43/2

17:05 hrs IST

Highlight reel

Want to take a look at Jofra Archer’s delivery that got rid of Abid Ali? 

16:55 hrs IST

Play resumes

It was a short and snappy break but it has certainly given England some sort of break from the dreariness that was put forth by the openers. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood face the heat. Archer and Woakes attack for England.

16:46 hrs IST

Rain stops play

The rain has stopped the play as showers come down in the middle just after the wicket. Pakistan 36/1

16:45 hrs IST


Jofra Archer bowls a ripper through and through Abid Ali. It goes through the bat and pads to knock down the stumps. Finally, a breakthrough for England. PAK 36/1

16:35 hrs IST

Archer into the attack

Stuart Broad has been replaced by Jofra Archer. The right-armer will be eager to prove himself after what was a tough month for him.

16:30 hrs IST

Starting to drizzle

It is starting to rain in Manchester. The umpires are waiting, hoping it will blow over. But it is starting to gain momentum. Seems like a passing shower.

16:16 hrs IST

Change in bowling attack

James Anderson is being replaced by Chris Woakes. He forced his selection after picking a fifer in the previous Test. He is a serious wicket-taker and England will hope he can get another one here.

16:10 hrs IST


Frustrations continue for Anderson. Just bowled outside off stump to Ali, he slogs it, it just goes over the 2nd slip, for a boundary. There was certainly a chance there for England.

16:00 hrs IST


James Anderson has bowled outside off stump, but just a bit full on, batsman just pushed it between the slips for a boundary. Frustration for England veteran.

15:55 hrs IST


Abid Ali tries to sneak in for a single, but his partner screamed NO at the top of his lungs. Good call there, it would have been a really tight run to take.

15:45 hrs IST

Good start

Shan Masood and Abid Ali are off to a steady start. The two are looking rock solid in the middle at the moment. The first phase of the game will set how this Test goes and it is important for Pakistan for the two batsmen to stick it out for as long as they can.

15:40 hrs IST

Stuart Broad on the other end

The hero of England summer, Stuart Broad is into the attack. What an exciting month this has been for the seamer. Out of the team, into the team, joining 500 club. He will be eager to get a wicket or two quickly.

15:30 hrs IST

Pakistan out to bat

Shan Masood and Abid Ali out to bat for Pakistan. James Anderson starts the attack for England. HERE WE GO!

15:20 hrs IST

No ball technology

“Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams. Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket,” ICC Media tweeted.

15:10 hrs IST

England XI

England Team: 1 Dom Sibley, 2 Rory Burns, 3 Joe Root (capt), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Chris Woakes, 8 Dom Bess, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Jofra Archer, 11 James Anderson

15:04 hrs IST

Pakistan XI

Two spinners for Pakistan but no Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan Team: Shan Masood, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Azhar Ali (capt), 4 Babar Azam, 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Shaheen Afridi, 10 Mohammad Abbas, 11 Naseem Shah

15:01 hrs IST


Pakistan win toss and opt to bat first.

14:55 hrs IST

Will Stokes play?

Some good news for England fans, ESPNCricinfo reports, the No.1-ranked all-rounder is warming up and also bowling a few deliveries. Looks like he is fit to play.

14:50 hrs IST

Weather forecast

You can’t get away from rain when you are in England can you? The hosts were forced to train indoors on the eve of the Test match and as far as the weather forecast for today is concerned there is above 50% chance of rain in the first session. It is likely clear out a bit as the day progresses but brace for a few rain stoppages.

14:46 hrs IST

Misbah-ul-Haq speaks on mental aspects

Finding a way to stay fresh will be key, Pakistan coach Misbah ul Haq admitted.

“Everybody is good, the mental health, they look good and they are enjoying as a team,” Misbah said. “But Test cricket is different. Once you are in, pressures just build sometimes, but we’ll try to keep it so they are mentally fresh regardless of the results.

14:42 hrs IST

TV umpires to call no balls

“Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams. Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket,” said ICC.

14:36 hrs IST

England wait on Stokes fitness

Ahead of the first Test match against Pakistan, England skipper Joe Root needs more clarity on all-rounder Ben Stokes readiness to feature as a front-line seam option before picking the side for the series opener.

14:31 hrs IST

Pakistan squad for the first Test

Pakistan included two wicket-keepers in the 16-man squad for the first Test against England.

Azhar Ali (C), Babar Aazam (VC), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, and Yasir Shah.

14:26 hrs IST

Bizarre circumstances

How often have we seen a side finishing an ODI series against a team and starting a Test series the next day against a different team? Scratch your heads for answers but England’s two different set of sides have made that possible. They played Ireland last night and now they will play Pakistan today.

14:20 hrs IST

England vs Pakistan

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of England vs Pakistan 1st Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester. We are all set for what promises to be an exciting three-match series between two quality sides.

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