Shah Masood and Abid Ali at the crease were the opening batsmen. Masood was on strike to face James Anderson. The first over was a maiden over for James Anderson as Pakistan didn’t kick off the score. The match was slow-paced until the 3rd over which got them 4 runs, where it geared up a little. The score after 10 overs was 29-0 with 9runs scored in the 9th over.
The first break came to England on the 15th over when Abid Ali got bowled by Jofra Archer, thudding into the back-thigh, and deflecting into the stumps. Another loss to Pakistan, also losing a review when Azhar Ali got declared ‘out’ of LBW on the 19th over. The score got to 44-2. This marked the entry of captain Babar Azam however, he opened his account only in the 23rd over. Anderson vs Babar was an enticing match to watch.
Pakistan patiently waited till the 37th over which fetched 10 runs in one over in partnership of Shah Masood and Captain Babar Azam taking on Dominic Bess. The score reached to 100-2. The captain made a half-century in the game at the 41st over, which was a moment of applause. Later, the match was paused due to rains.
The game resumed with Jofra Archer to Babar Azam. England Captain Joe Root stepped in and bowled economically giving only one run in his over. The Pakistan Captain was edged and caught by Joe Root. The score updated to 139-3.
In a while from then, Joe Root sought a review to notify LBW for Masood, the attempt went in vain and favored Pakistan. No sooner, Shah Masood scored a half-century. Later, the match went going for England with great bowling resulting to no runs made and also at a loss of Asad Shafiq’s wicket. The score was 150-4.
It was a dry span for nearly 6 overs with batsmen struggling to score. The game appeared in good control of England’s bowlers. Chris Woakes’s perfect ball led to Mohammad Rizwan’s wicket. A great catch by Jos Buttler and the score became 176-5.
The ultimate score before lunchtime was PAK 187-5 with Shah Masood and Shadab Khan on the crease.