England becomes the first cricketing nation to pile up 500 runs on Day one of Test Cricket. On the first day of the first Test match, England smacked 506 runs in just 75 overs with the four-wicket loss against Pakistan at Rawalpindi.
England’s visit to Pakistan after 17 years was very special, with many records broken. The visiting side surpassed 112 years record of Australia to score the highest runs on Day one. The Aussies scored 494 against South Africa at SCG in 1910. Also, four batters scored a ton; never before have they had four centurions.
Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett yielded an electrifying start yielding 235 runs after opting to bat first. Duckett playing his first test match after six years, hammered his maiden Test ton, while Crawley too got a century in his first match against Pakistan after his record 267.
Surprisingly Root departed for 23, trying to play an aggressive shot. However, Ollie Pope (108) and Harry Brook (101*) followed with a thunderous century. Brook had a chance to score the fastest-ever hundred for England, slowed down after the 90s and ended up becoming England’s third-quickest Test Centurion. Stokes smoked 18 runs in the final over and is unbeaten for 34 from 15 balls.
Zahid Mahmood picked up two wickets for Pakistan, whereas Test debutants Haris Rauf and Mohammad Ali grabbed one each. Only Naseem Shah managed to go at less than six an over as an inexperienced Pakistan attack struggled.
Day Two’s play will be resumed early as the overs were lost due to the bad lights at the end of Day 1.
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