Pakistani Young spinner Abrar Ahmed creates history after taking 7 wickets in his Test Debut.
England all out for 281 in their first innings after electing to bat on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan in Multan on Friday. Ben Duckett (63) and Ollie Pope (60) scored breezy half-centuries for the touring side who are 1-0 up in the three-Test series.
For Pakistan, spinner Abrar Ahmed claimed 7-114 on his remarkable Test debut.
The 24-year-old is nicknamed “Harry Potter” by friends because he wears glasses similar to those of the fictional boy wizard — spun magic of his own after England decided to bat on a turning pitch.
Abrar Ahmed became the 13th Pakistan bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on debut.
At the break, Ben Stokes and Will Jacks were at the crease with 14 and zero respectively after the first session was extended for Friday prayers.
It was in complete contrast to the first Test when England smashed 174-0 by lunch on an opening day. Pakistan, aiming to level the series after losing the first Test by 74 runs, included three spinners in the line-up after paceman Naseem Shah was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Despite losing wickets regularly, England scored at a brisk pace, with Duckett knocking nine boundaries and a six and Pope cracking five to the rope. Pakistan captain Babar Azam employed spin as early as in the ninth over, and Ahmed bowled Crawley with a sharp incoming delivery with his fifth Test ball. He then trapped Duckett and Root’s leg before both were given out only after Azam reviewed the on-field calls.
The latest reports are that Pakistan scored 107 runs on a loss of two wickets at the end of the day.
England, who won the opening match in Rawalpindi by 74 runs, are on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005.
Remember that England is leading the Test series by 1-0