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    Pakistan finish on 139/2 at Stumps on Day 1 of the first Test vs England at Manchester

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    Bess is spinning it to the left handers really well, thatís why Babar looks more comfortable. Shan has also been in the ďnervous 40sĒ itching to get past the 45 mark especially when heís played twice as many balls as Babar, who is approaching 70. This is also the reason behind him coming out of the crease for that missed stumping. Rain has disrupted his confidence.

    Shan needs to cool off tonight and come in tomorrow with a fresh mind, understanding that he is a different kind of player to Babar and he has no pressure to hurry. Instead, look to take a couple singles to get to the 50 so at least the nervousness of reaching that landmark is out of his mind.

    With Younis and Misbah in the dugout, Iím confident that theyíll reassure him as such and that he doesnít need to rush his 50 whether it comes in 5 balls or 50. Otherwise, once he had found his flow before the rain break, Shan looked great today.

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    Even days play in end, Pakistan need to be looking at 350-400 tomorrow. Atleast 2 hundreds needed from our batsmen.

    Day 2 and 3 should be best days for batting on this surface.

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    Bad light saving Shan from giving it away after all the hard work he put in. You could tell nerves were getting to him but now he can go away, relax and come back tomorrow morning ready to get his half century.
    Brilliant from Babar as expected though. Hopefully he goes on to make it a big one tomorrow.

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    Pakistan's day without a doubt.

    Babar is looking pretty solid.


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    Iím of the opinion to bring Azhar Ali up to open and play Imam at number 3. Azhar Ali is a sitting duck anyways (and as captain he unfortunately has to play) so if he gets 0(15) as an opener at least heís blunted the ball a bit.

    Abid got very lucky today - could have been a lot worse based on how he was playing most balls and reaching outside his off stump - ball beating the bat a couple times. He has a spectacular technique for subcontinental conditions but he just wonít do well in England without adjustments. For this reason, I would drop him since unlike Azhar, he isnít captain.

    Bringing in Imam at 3, he can play the attritional game with a better technique than Abid and better reflexes than Azhar. When the time comes to accelerate, he is a quite decent partner to Babar in the middle.

    I see no other way of strengthening the top 3 given the restrictions of retaining the captain.

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    Thank goodness Buttler messed up the stumping at the end. Good day for Pakistan in the end. Shan is edgy but needs to back himself tomorrow.

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    Today has been a day of good cricket from both sides barring the two misses by Butler. Overall, it was Pakistan's day. One good thing for Pakistan is that the new ball would be available after lunch which is the best session to bat on. If Pakistan applies well, we can have a good score to challenge England. First session would be key.

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    England are still ahead because we have a very long tail starting with Shadab.

    A couple of quick wickets tomorrow and things could unravel quickly for Pakistan.

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    Good day's cricket which was unfortunately curtailed.

    Shan and Abid saw off the first hour, and then Shan and Babar strung together an excellent partnership after losing two wickets in quick succession.

    Babar reinforced his class while Shan, despite a couple of chances, was important in blunting the seamers and allowing Babar to be positive.

    However 350 is still a long way and these two must cash in on their starts tomorrow when England, who had a very average day, will be refocused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    England are still ahead because we have a very long tail starting with Shadab.

    A couple of quick wickets tomorrow and things could unravel quickly for Pakistan.
    In short you wanted to say Shadab shouldn't be in team 😄

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    Pakistan just ahead couple wickets can change things

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    The platform is being laid nicely, hope they can go on tomorrow and surpass 350.

    Then unleash the 2 Shahs, I have not been this excited about Pakistan bowling since 2010.

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    Day 2 - 98 overs tomorrow. Timings 11-13.00, lunch 13.00-13.40, second session 13.40-15.55, tea is 1555-16.15, last session 16.15-18.30. Drinks at 1200 and 1450 and then likely 17.10 and 18.05

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    Wasim Akram's comments on the day:

    "Pakistan did well. They'll be happy, two wickets down with nearly 140 on the board. Obviously, the weather is much better and both Babar and Shan are looking really good. Shan made a mistake, gave away two chances, the stumping and the caught behind dropped by Jos Buttler.

    "But Babar Azam, he really looked good today. Early on, he took his time and after that he went at nearly a run-a-ball. So showes his class and consistency as a player. He's certainly one of the top five players in world cricket right now."


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    Good start for Pakistan. Can expect England to come hard on day 2 so if Pakistan can somehow get 325-350 (300 at least if they lose early wickets starting day 2) they could fancy themselves well in this game. Babar great as usual, Shan showing his grit albeit with some luck. I hope both score big this innings.

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    How long should Pak bat?

    With only 130 on the board, I hope they are able to reach a solid total by the end of tomorrow, leaving enough time for 3 innings to follow.

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    Chris Silverwood on Stokes:

    "We hope so but I don't want to push him because we don't want to break one of our best players really. Hence going with the same team again to give us that extra bit of cover and not put too much pressure on Ben to bowl and play that full role as the fourth seamer."

    "I thought we started very well. In the morning session we bowled very well and showed what we were capable of. Credit to Pakistan, they played very well as well. But then the session after lunch, we came out and weren't as good as we should have been really.

    "If you're beating the outside edge and you're asking good questions, that is what we aim to do. We want to make them play as much as possible, control the rate and I think if you're doing that then you're doing your job really. Sometimes the edges come, sometimes they don't but it is all about asking good questions and putting the ball in good areas as often as possible, especially with the new ball.

    "(After lunch) we just weren't on the money. The standards that we set ourselves in that first session, we weren't there. The boys have talked about it, there were too many easy balls to hit. We'll address that. The challenge that I've thrown out there in our chat afterwards is when that next occurs - and it will happen again, it's not going to go our way all the time - how can we wrestle control of the game back faster?"


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    England were superb in the morning session after being asked to field, beating the bat with regularity as Pakistan limped to lunch on a rather fortunate 53 for two.

    Yet after the break it was the visitors who seized the initiative as England lost their line and length, allowing the tourists to score at almost four runs an over without the loss of a wicket as they closed a rain-affected day on 139 for two.

    “The morning session we bowled very well and showed what we are capable of,” Silverwood told reporters at the close. “The session after lunch we came out and weren’t as good as we should have been.

    “We just weren’t on the money, the standards we set ourselves in the first session weren’t there to be brutally honest.

    “The boys have talked about it, there were too many easy balls to hit. We will address that.”

    Silverwood’s frustration was in part that once England had allowed the momentum to swing Pakistan’s way, they could not seize the advantage back.

    “The challenge I have thrown down is that when that happens again, and it won’t go our way all the time, how can we wrestle that control in the game back faster?” he said.

    “There is a lot of experience out there and a lot of leaders. It is just recognising situations and getting better at wrestling them back.”

    Babar Azam (69 not out) and Shan Masood (46 not out) will resume the second day on a unbeaten second-wicket partnership of 96.

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    England endured a difficult start to the first Test against Pakistan on a frustrating opening day at Emirates Old Trafford.

    The visitors moved to 139-2 in between 41 overs being lost to rain and bad light.

    They had been 43-2 before Babar Azam stroked a classy unbeaten 69 in a partnership of 96 with opener Shan Masood, who is 46 not out.

    They scored increasingly freely against an England side who lost their way with the ball after lunch, while wicketkeeper Jos Buttler dropped an edge off Masood and missed a straightforward chance to stump the same man from the bowling of Dom Bess either side of a three-hour break for rain.

    Following an inspection at 17:00 BST, there was the farcical sight of no play taking place in bright sunshine until the players returned at 17:45.

    When they did, the light then deteriorated to such an extent England could only bowl spin for the majority of the time until the players left for the final time at 18:11.

    Better weather is forecast for the next three days, with Pakistan having built a good platform after choosing to make first use of a surface that looks ideal for batting.

    If they can post an imposing first-innings total, it would allow their pair of leg-spinners, Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan, more leeway on a pitch that seems likely to turn.

    With Ben Stokes not yet fit to bowl, England are unchanged from last week's final Test against West Indies.

    Training to bowl at 100mph, sledging Flintoff & injuring Yuvraj - Shoaib in his own words
    Tailenders: The 500 club, with Stuart Broad

    Pakistan have drawn their last two series in England and are likely to pose a bigger threat than West Indies.

    Their bowling is at least as threatening as the men from the Caribbean, but their batting is stronger and in Babar they boast arguably the most complete three-format batsman in the world today.

    Though the surface is dry, batting first under the floodlights carried an element of risk for Pakistan, and the door was ajar for England when Abid Ali and Azhar Ali were removed in the space of three overs.

    Babar was circumspect at first, his footwork tentative and his outside edge regularly beaten as he felt his way to two from 26 balls before lunch.

    He was transformed after the break with drives through mid-on and punches through the covers off the back foot. The right-hander was particularly dismissive of off-spinner Bess, scoring 48 from his next 44 deliveries to move to a 70-ball half-century.

    Left-hander Masood, a former student at Durham University, has previously struggled against England - James Anderson had dismissed him six times for 15 runs before this Test.

    Bar the reprieves off Bess, he showed sound judgement and a calm temperament, pinching singles as the perfect foil for Babar.

    Around 13 hours after an entirely different team was beaten in the third one-day international against Ireland, England were beginning their fourth behind-closed-doors Test in as many weeks.

    The match sharpness gained through the series against West Indies should mean England are better prepared than Pakistan, and even though captain Joe Root said he would have batted first, the morning conditions gave the hosts the opportunity for early inroads.

    They beat the bat on a number of occasions but, if anything, were collectively too short against the determined and organised Pakistan opening pair.

    When England went full, they got the rewards. Archer bowled Abid through the gate with a beautiful inswinger, while Woakes trapped tangled captain Azhar in front.

    Woakes, the pick of the bowlers, also troubled Babar, but strangely was not seen after lunch as Pakistan took advantage of a number of loose deliveries.

    If the nick Buttler put down was not immediately obvious, the stumping was glaring, with Masood running past an off-break he was aiming to hit down the ground.

    Babar continued to find the boundary in the late gloom and it was perhaps a relief to the hosts when the umpires decided it was too dark to continue.

    "No one means to miss them," said England head coach Chris Silverwood of Buttler's keeping.

    "Tomorrow he'll come back and be capable of doing something very special for us.

    "He's been tidy behind there more often than not, so we'll keep giving him the support he needs to make sure he's got the confidence."

    'When is Test cricket going to learn?' - what they said
    Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Test Match Special: "There's no point us even talking about the lights and them going off. We talk about it all the time. It seems the conditions have to be perfect for them to stay on the field.

    "I can't get my head round the fact TV companies are paying a huge amount of money, fans are watching the only Test cricket going on in the world from home, yet we've lost out on so much cricket.

    "There were two off-spinners bowling and we went off for bad light. It just doesn't make sense. When is Test cricket going to learn?"

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    wow

    what a horrible batting line up

    if babar falls... its shafiq and rizwan.. lol

    also this should be last chance for golden Boys shafiq and azhar

    if they fail to perform this tour
    so many years wasted with these idiots

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
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    Imam Ul Haq performed better than Abid Ali in practice matches. Yet here we are with Abid Ali in the team. When you are only playing 5 specialist Batsmen plus wicket keeper. You have to give the player in form the Chance. Poor Fawad Alam he is again not playing but He needed to score big in one of those side matches.

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    On papers, PAK is on driving seat - another ~250 on Day 2, Yasir alone (a fit one, I am not sure if he is fit for 65+ overs) is enough there after. But, key is Babar here - he has to double, preferably triple his over night score. After him, PAK tail is like Lord Hanuman's tail - it burned the golden Lanka, but itself didn't get burnt (PAK tail burns the hearts of the fans, but never burns itself .........)

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    They finally listened to the Meme guy it seems, if its outside off LEAVE IT ALONE.

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    Alec Stewart says England "let Pakistan off the hook" with their erratic bowling on day one of the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford.

    Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes struck late in the morning session as Pakistan headed into the interval on 53-2 but some wayward bowling - which Sky Sports' Nasser Hussain described as "pants" - after the break allowed the tourists to reach 121-2 before the day's second rain stoppage.

    Chris Silverwood says England 'weren't on the money' with the ball after lunch as Pakistan made steady progress on day one of the first Test

    Pakistan eventually closed on 139-2 when bad light caused an early finish with Babar Azam unbeaten on 69 and Shan Masood 46 not out - the latter benefiting from a dropped catch and missed stumping by Jos Buttler.

    Former England captain Stewart told The Cricket Debate: "England set such high standards and have just beaten the West Indies. They know they are up against an even better side in Pakistan.

    "They were good in the first session but it was like a different side came out after lunch. England know they let Pakistan off the hook with those overcast conditions."

    The pick of the action from day one in Manchester as Babar Azam and Shan Masood steered Pakistan to 139-2

    Stewart's fellow Cricket Debate guest Dominic Cork agreed that England were poor but was impressed by the application of Masood and Babar, whose unbroken stand for the third wicket is now worth 96.

    "Pakistan played and missed in the first session and could have been two or three down but that's cricket - you are not always going to get the edges," said former all-rounder Cork.

    "Pakistan left the ball really well and that made Stuart Broad and James Anderson bowl tighter to the stumps and when you do that Masood and Babar will whip you through the leg-side.

    "England were striving for wickets and got greedy and didn't stick to their plans. I think they will hold their hands up and say it wasn't the best they ever bowled.

    "Ultimately it will be about what they do on the morning [of day two] - if they allow Pakistan to build a big first innings Pakistan become favourites, especially with two leg-spinners."

    Stewart praised Pakistan's aggressive call to bat first under leaden skies but says England are only a few wickets away from supremacy.

    "It was a good toss to win - and it showed what Pakistan are about. It was a positive option," added the ex-England wicketkeeper, now director of cricket at Surrey.

    "The easy decision would have been to look upstairs and gone 'it could swing and seam' but they looked at the pitch and decided they wanted first use of it.

    "They backed their batsmen, who batted with a good tempo, played the ball late, played straight.

    Nasser Hussain looks at the changes Babar has made to his game which have helped him become one of the game's best batsmen
    "I'd still says it's even-stevens. England bowled poorly at times and Pakistan batted well but the game hasn't gone away. Let's not go too hard at England. If they make early breakthroughs, then they will control it."

    England head coach Chris Silverwood - who remains hopeful Ben Stokes could bowl in the Test as he deals with a quad issue - said of his team's bowling efforts: "We started off very well, we asked a lot of good questions and beat the bat a lot, but after lunch we weren't so good.

    "We bowled too many four balls and gave the momentum back to Pakistan and they capitalised. We weren't quite on the money when we went back out there.

    He was struggling for a bit of rhythm. As a bowler I've felt that before, it happens, but what I've said to Jimmy is you're only ever one ball from finding rhythm again. When he does, we know how devastating he is.
    Chris Silverwood on James Anderson

    "The challenge I've thrown out there in the dressing room to the boys is, if that happens again - and it will do because not everything goes our way all of the time - how do we wrestle things back


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    How long should Pak bat?

    With only 130 on the board, I hope they are able to reach a solid total by the end of tomorrow, leaving enough time for 3 innings to follow.
    No need to even think about this before tea.
    See what is happening then. These 2 batters are key. If they fall quick, it could unravel, whereas 2 sessions of Babar and we are looking at 400.

    Huge first session coming up, and England will start with woakes and archer.
    Perfect time to bat with the ball being 50 overs old,


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    Pakistan Test opener Shan Masood considers himself and his teammates very fortunate for being able to play Test cricket amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has thrown the world into disarray.

    The 30-year-old Masood scored an unbeaten 46 on the rain-hit opening day of the first Test against England and featured in a steady partnership with Babar Azam (69 batting) before play was abandoned due to rain at Manchester.

    “We consider ourselves very fortunate that even during these sad times, amid this pandemic, we have actually got to play the game we all love. There is no better thing than to play for your country,” he said at the end of day’s play.

    “We have been practising for the last one month but playing international cricket is always different. There was a little rustiness among the players because we haven’t played for three months,” he added.

    Masood praised Azam saying he has always enjoyed batting with him.

    “I’ve always enjoyed batting with Babar Azam and there’s no doubt that it’s a good thing for Pakistan that we have a batsman in our side who ranks among the top batsmen in the world, in all three formats,” he said.

    Masood said it was not easy to play amid rain disruptions.

    “As a team, being in that stop-start position is not always easy because you have to switch on, switch off, and switch on back again. These are the challenges of Test cricket, especially in England where we all know about the weather,” he said.

    “We were very happy that we got through that period and hoping that tomorrow, providing the weather is fine, we make a decent start count.”

    https://sportstar.thehindu.com/crick...le32282483.ece
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    With 41 overs lost to rain on day 1, they should look to start play 30 mins earlier everyday and extend it by 30-45 mins later in the day to get max overs in as over the course of the next 4 days the weather looks to be decent.

    98 overs per day for the remaining 4 days won't be enough especially if the match becomes interesting as it will still be 9 overs short.

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    Highlights of Day 1:



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    Hopefully we get more play today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    England are still ahead because we have a very long tail starting with Shadab.

    A couple of quick wickets tomorrow and things could unravel quickly for Pakistan.
    England is ahead...
    Typical mamoon comments

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    Should get a full days play in today, lets hope we can bat all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imshally81 View Post
    England is ahead...
    Typical mamoon comments
    Mamoon is praying for pakistan collapse so he can have a rant about something.

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