Recent Match Report – England vs Pakistan 1st Test 2021-2023


Lunch Pakistan 17 for 0 (Imam 11*, Shafique 6*) trail England 657 (Brook 153, Crawley 122, Pope 108, Duckett 107) by 640

While Pakistan made some gains on the second morning, they didn’t come without England piling on more pain as newcomer Harry Brook topped a towering scorecard.

England’s record-breaking innings came to an end on 657 with Brook leading the four centurions, having resumed on 101 and slugged his way to 153 in another staggering display by the visiting side who have dominated this match so far. At lunch, Pakistan were 17 without loss in reply.

The hosts managed to prise out the remaining six wickets before lunch, but not before England had added a further 151 runs, having already amassed 506 for 4, the most runs ever scored on the opening day of a Test match.

Ben Stokes, who had taken England past that milestone with a brutal six over long-on off Mohammad Ali in the dying light on Thursday, unleashed another back over bowler Naseem Shah’s head off the second ball on Friday en route to 41 off 18 deliveries. He was out four balls later when Naseem took the pace off and took out the top of middle stump.

Naseem’s fellow quick, Haris Rauf, sat in the dressing room with his right quad wrapped in an ice pack after rolling over the ball while fielding the previous day. Meanwhile, legspinner Zahid Mahmood suffered considerable pain of another kind, his four wickets coming at an eye-watering cost of 235 runs in 33 overs – the most-expensive analysis by a Test debutant.

Zahid was lofted for six down the ground and into the second tier by a skipping Liam Livingstone, also on debut, from the seventh ball he faced in Tests. But he faced just three more before holing out to deep square leg off Naseem.

Will Jacks, England’s other debutant and last-minute replacement for Ben Foakes who failed to recover in time from the sickness bug which swept through the touring camp on match eve, missed Naseem’s yorker on the first ball he faced and was struck on the pad. But Pakistan’s review for lbw failed when the ball was shown to be going down the leg side.

Brook took to Zahid in a remarkable over, which went for 27 runs. Playing just his second Test, Brook reverse-swept Zahid for six over extra cover, swept the next ball fine for four, and reverse-swept again for another four. He wasn’t done yet either as he hammered the fourth ball for four through long on and lofted next for six back down the ground. Brook tried to go big once more on the last ball and while he miscued and sent a top-edged back over his own head, the ball trickled away for another three runs to compound Zahid’s woe.

Two fours in three balls off Naseem’s next over, the second of which split keeper and first slip for four brought up Brook’s 150, although he lofted an attempted sweep next ball to Saud Shakeel at deep square leg to be out for 153 off just 116 balls.

Ollie Robinson took England past 600 with a six off Zahid down the ground before Jacks picked out Naseem at midwicket off Mohammad Ali after a 30-run cameo.

Robinson failed to overturn his lbw dismissal off Zahid for 37 and James Anderson miscued Zahid’s googly straight to Imam-ul-Haq at deep square leg to be last man out and end Pakistan’s suffering – for now.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo

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