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2nd Test: Babar leads Pakistan’s reply after Abrar claims seven on debut | Cricket News – Times of India

MULTAN (Pakistan): Pakistan’s Abrar Ahmed made a shocking Test debut by claiming seven for 114 to bowl out England for 281 on a frenetic opening day of the second Test in Multan on Friday.
Pakistan had been 107-2 in reply, with skipper Babar Azam main their bid for a series-levelling victory with a fluent 61 not out.
Saud Shakeel was on 32 on the different finish when dangerous mild stopped play.
Pakistan are nonetheless 174 behind however shall be pleased with how they’ve bounced again from the defeat within the opening Test in Rawalpindi.
“I will not forget this day,” Abrar informed Sky Sports through an interpreter. “I want to win this match for Pakistan and also do well in the coming matches.”
“I bowled cross-seam to start to see what was required. Variations were the key on this pitch.”
A bespectacled spinner mowing down the highest half of England’s explosive batting lineup within the first session of his debut Test is hardly what visiting captain Ben Stokes would have anticipated after he gained the toss and elected to bat.
Pakistan had been already with out tempo spearhead Shaheen Afridi, dominated out of the collection following an appendicitis surgical procedure.
Their quick bowling assets had been additional depleted after Haris Rauf (thigh) and Naseem Shah (shoulder) suffered accidents in Rawalpindi together with high order batter Azhar Ali (finger).
Pakistan opted for a spin-heavy assault whereas rejigging the squad, selecting Mohammad Ali as their lone specialist seamer sharing the brand new ball with all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.
Their three replacements included Abrar and the leg-spinner impressed instantly after being launched into the assault within the ninth over.
The 24-year-old tasted success along with his fifth supply which he spun by the gate to dismiss Zak Crawley (19).
Ben Duckett (63), one of many 4 Englishmen to smash 100 in Rawalpindi, raced to a 40-ball 50 earlier than falling leg- earlier than in an eventful Abrar over.
It started with Duckett utilizing evaluate to overturn an lbw determination towards him and ended with Pakistan taking the identical path to reverse a not-out determination and take away the opener.
The Abrar-review mixture additionally accounted for the wicket of Joe Root (eight) on a forgettable day for the on-field umpires who needed to reverse a number of of their choices.
Ollie Pope used one such evaluate to delay his innings and went on to smash a run-a-ball 60 earlier than taking part in one reverse sweep too many.
Abrar obtained his fifth when Harry Brook supplied a skier which Mohammad Nawaz took at mid-off.
The flurry of wickets however, England didn’t abandon their aggressive batting philosophy and raced to 180-5 at lunch, which is essentially the most scored by any workforce within the first session on day considered one of a Test match.
When they returned after the break, Stokes (30) and Will Jacks (31) produced breezy cameos earlier than each fell to Abrar.
Particularly spectacular was the googly with which he bowled Stokes who was left open-mouthed by the dismissal.
Zahid Mahmood dismissed Ollie Robinson and Jack Leach in successive deliveries and completed with 3-63 as England misplaced all 10 wickets to spin bowling.
Duckett refused to name Abrar a ‘thriller’ spinner and mentioned they might be higher ready to face him within the second innings.
“There was no real mystery to it but he bowled beautifully today,” the opener mentioned. “I’m sure we’ll have our plans second innings but I’m pretty sure it won’t be blocking it.”
Pakistan misplaced Imam-ul-Haq early of their reply and the opposite opener, Abdullah Shafique, quickly after crossing the 50-mark however Babar seemed in his ingredient hitting 9 fours and a six.



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