Babar begins with a flourish as hosts falter

Manchester, August 5

Babar Azam struck a fluent unbeaten half-century as Pakistan moved to 121/2 at tea following a session minimize quick by rain on Day 1 of the primary Test in opposition to England at a dark Old Trafford right here at the moment.

It was a worthwhile interval earlier than the break for the vacationers, who will resume with the imperious Azam (52 not out) and opener Shan Masood (45 not out) as they search to mount an enormous first innings whole having gained the toss and elected to bat. The pair have been capable of up the scoring charge after lunch, including 68 runs in 16.1 overs earlier than rain compelled them from the sphere.

It was chalk and cheese from the primary session, the place England’s bowlers beat the bat nearly at will and picked up the wickets of captain Azhar Ali for a duck, trapped leg earlier than wicket by Chris Woakes, and Abid Ali (16), who was bowled by Jofra Archer.

England had discovered the appropriate line and size then, however have been wayward after lunch and Azam, the important thing participant within the Pakistan batting line-up, was capable of capitalise as he moved to his half-century from 70 balls with 9 fours. — Reuters

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