Multan Test: Babar Azam, debutant Abrar Ahmed’s gorgeous spell on debut assist Pakistan struggle again vs England 

Multan Test: Babar Azam, debutant Abrar Ahmed’s gorgeous spell on debut assist Pakistan struggle again vs England 
Multan Test: Babar Azam, debutant Abrar Ahmed’s gorgeous spell on debut assist Pakistan struggle again vs England 

England tour of Pakistan: After 24-year-old Abrar Ahmed produced a spell for the ages with 7 wickets on his debut, Babar Azam led a strong response with the bat. Pakistan reached Stumps on Day 1 at 107 for two after bowling out England for 281 in Multan.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 9, 2022 17:42 IST

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Multan Test: Babar, Abrar’s gorgeous spell assist Pakistan struggle again vs England (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Pakistan captain Babar Azam led a Bazball-esque response with the bat as he negated the England spinners menace on Day 1 of the 2nd Test because the hosts edged forward, albeit by only a bit, on Friday. Pakistan reached Stumps at 107 for two after bowling out England for 281.

Babar Azam was in full management at the same time as Pakistan misplaced opener Imam-ul-Haq (0) and Abdullah Shafique (14) cheaply. Babar flaunted his solidity towards England spinners Jack Leach, Will Jacks and Joe Root to hit 61 not out in simply 79 balls. The Pakistan skipper hit 9 boundaries and a six as he didn’t enable England bowlers to settle right into a rhythm.

It was refreshing to see the method from the Pakistan batters as they fought hearth with hearth on a Multan pitch that assisted spinners from the opening session on a foggy day in Multan.

Pakistan vs England, 2nd Test Day 1 highlights

However, the hero of the day for Pakistan was 24-year-old thriller spinner Abrar Ahmed, who had a surprising outing on his Test debut. Wearing Harry Potter-like spectacles, Abrar spun an online across the England batters, selecting up 7 wickets — a record-equalling feat on Friday.

It was a strong response from Pakistan who have been flattened by England’s Bazball method on a docile pitch in Rawalpindi within the collection opener, which was additionally the vacationer’s first Test on Pakistan soil in 17 years.

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