In the first test against Pakistan, England was flooded with runs. At the end of the first day of the match at the Rawalpindi Stadium, they scored 506 runs for the loss of four wickets in 75 overs. It is remarkable that four batsmen scored centuries in the top-5. The game was stopped before 15 overs due to poor lighting. Otherwise, how many more records would be broken!
England won the toss and chose to bat first in this match. Openers Jack Crawley (122: off 111 balls, 21 fours) and Ben Duckett (107: off 110 balls, 15 fours) played in bursts. By the time of the lunch break, England had scored 174 runs in 29 overs. But in the first session, Jack Crawley completed his half-century in 38 balls, while Ben Duckett’s half-century required 50 balls. And in the second session, England’s speed decreased a bit. Jack Crawley completed his century in just 86 balls. Later, Ben Duckett also scored his first century. After adding 233 runs in 216 balls for the first wicket, both Ben Duckett and Jack Crawley were dismissed in successive overs. Ben Duckett was dismissed by Zaheed Mahmood and Jack Crawley by Haris Rauf. Joe Root (23: 31 balls, three fours) who came next couldn’t stay at the crease for long. Zaheed also dismissed Mahmood Root. England lost three wickets and lost 158 in 27 overs in this session. With this, England’s score reached 332 runs for the loss of three wickets in 54 overs.
In the third session, England’s batting reached top gear. Ollie Pope (108: 104 balls, 14 fours) and Harry Brooks (101 batting: 81 balls, 14 fours, two sixes) played in bursts and ran the score. It was at this stage that Ollie Pope completed his century in just 91 balls. In the same over, Brook’s half century was also completed in 51 balls. In the 68th over of Saud Shakeel’s innings, Harry Brook hit six fours in six balls.
Then Ollie Pope got out off the bowling of Mohammad Ali. Harry Brook scored a century in 80 balls with a boundary in the 74th over of the innings. Ben Stokes who came next (34 batting: 15 balls, six fours, one six) also burst with sixes and fours. With this, England scored 506 runs in 75 overs losing four wickets. England scored 74 runs in just 21 overs in the last session. Among Pakistan’s bowlers, Zaheed Mahmood got two wickets, while Haris Rauf and Mohammad Ali took one each.
England became the team with the highest score on the first day of Tests despite batting just 75 overs. England broke Australia’s record of 494 runs against South Africa in 1910. England broke this record after almost 112 years.
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