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.
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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:
That’s it. The play has been called off. Pakistan reach 139/2 at stumps.
Bad light stops play
The bad light has stopped play once again. The players are returning back to the pavillion. Pakistan reach 149/2.
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.
The play resumes. Shan Masood and Babar Azam back out to the middle. Jofra Archer starts the attack for England.
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.
Another inspection at 10 PM
There will be another inspection at 10 PM, according to ESPNCricinfo.
Inspection at 9:30
The covers are coming off, the sun is out, and there will be an inspection at 9:30 PM.
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.
Rain has become torrential at Old Trafford, according to ESPNCricinfo. We might not see another ball being bowled today, it seems.
Tea on Day 1
Pakistan reach 121/2 at Tea on Day 1.
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.
FIFTY FOR BABAR AZAM!
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.
Gorgeous shot from Babar Azam and he takes Pakistan past the 100-run mark with a beauty. Both the batsmen are approaching their fifties.
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.
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.
Wide outside off stump, good height, Babar Azam slams it for a boundary towards covers. Good looking shot. Anderson is not pleased with himself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Want to take a look at Jofra Archer’s delivery that got rid of Abid Ali?
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.
Rain stops play
The rain has stopped the play as showers come down in the middle just after the wicket. Pakistan 36/1
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pakistan out to bat
Shan Masood and Abid Ali out to bat for Pakistan. James Anderson starts the attack for England. HERE WE GO!
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.
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
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
Pakistan win toss and opt to bat first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
England vs Pakistan
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