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Pakistan is in trouble after England’s record-breaking Test match breakthrough

Pakistan is in trouble after England’s record-breaking Test match breakthrough

Pakistan is in trouble after England’s record-breaking Test match breakthrough

Pakistan is in trouble after England’s record-breaking Test match breakthrough

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  • After reaching 174-0 in just 27 overs, England has had a great start in the first Test match against Pakistan in Rawalpindi
  • Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett were unbeaten at lunch on the first day with 91 and 77 runs, respectively

The opening over of the innings, in which Naseem Shah gave up 14 runs, saw the England openers play quickly and attack the Pakistani spinners.

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The 103 runs scored by England in the first 14 overs of this innings, according to CricViz, were the highest total at this point in a Test match’s first innings where ball-by-ball statistics is available, which includes all Tests since 1999 and the majority of matches since World War II.

With the exception of Naseem, every other Pakistani bowler gave up runs at a rate of more than six per over.

Crawley needed just 38 balls to reach his half-century and was nine balls short of becoming the first England hitter to reach a century before lunch on day one of a Test. So far, he has hit 17 boundaries.

In his second half-century, Duckett, who was taking part in his first Test match in six years, was as aggressive, hitting 11 fours.

Thursday’s toss winner was England captain Ben Stokes, who decided to bat against Pakistan.

After several members of the touring team became ill with an unknown infection on Wednesday, the start of the three-match series, England’s first in Pakistan since 2005, hung in the balance.

Pacers Haris Rauf and Mohammad Ali, spinner Zahid Mahmood, and batter Saud Shakeel have all received their first Test caps for Pakistan.

Both hitters Liam Livingstone and Will Jacks made their international debuts for England.

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Multan (December 9–13) and Karachi will host the final two tests (December 17-21).

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