Pakistan scored 139 for two against England on the first day of the Manchester Test on Wednesday. Due to rain and poor light, only 49 overs could be thrown at Old Trafford. Azam (69) and Shaan Masood (46) were at the crease at the time of the stumps.
In the first Test, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali decided to bat after winning the toss. Babar avoided being dismissed on the first ball of Chris Woakes, but after that he played a brilliant innings and scored an unbeaten 69 from 100 balls with the help of 11 fours.
Babar got the good support of opener Shaan Masood, who scored 46 runs in 152 balls with the help of seven fours.
Jofra Archer and Vox gave Pakistan the initial setbacks. Masood and Abid Ali (16) gave a cautious start amidst the cloudy sky, keeping the hosts’ bowlers from success in the first hour.
The new ball pair of James Anderson and Stuart Broad bothered both batsmen several times, but they managed to get the score to 36 runs without losing wickets.
Joe Root decided to field Archer and Vox, replacing Anderson and Broad, and both did not disappoint their captain. Archer bowled Abid Ali on the seventh ball of his match and gave England the first success.
Abid must have been frustrated because the rain had to stop the game for three minutes after his dismissal. Within 10 minutes of the match resumption, Vox lbw captain Azhar Ali. He could not even open an account. Azhar resorted to DRS, but the decision went in favor of the bowler.
Star batsman Babar Azam had to face a lot of trouble in the initial. He opened the account on the 15th ball, but batted brilliantly when he came in rhythm.