PAK VS ENG: Pakistan is hosting England in a three-match Test series with the World Test Championship final on the line. The opening game is set to take place at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Thursday, December 1.
The fifth Test series Pakistan has played in the current WTC cycle will be against England; their last series will be two Tests they will play at home against New Zealand in December 2022 and January 2023.
For the first time in 17 years, England is travelling to Pakistan for a Test series. In 2005, when they last travelled to Pakistan, Michael Vaughan led the team in a 2-0 loss.
Due to a virus outbreak that injured many of their players, there was some concern over the start time of the game, but the visitors were able to field an XI in due time.
PAK VS ENG: Zak Crawley And Ben Duckett Get England A Good Start
In this historic encounter, England chose to bat first after winning the toss in Rawalpindi. In just the first session of the innings, they created a record. The first session of a test match was broken by English openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, who scored 174 without loss.
They surpassed India’s previous record of 158 in 27 overs set against Afghanistan four years ago. In 23.3 overs, England scored the same total. Day one’s first lunch saw both openers remain unbeaten, scoring 91 and 77 runs, respectively.
Before lunch on the first day of a Test match, Crawley was just nine runs away from becoming the first batsman to reach a century for England. In the 145-year history of Test cricket, only four Australians, one Pakistani, and one Indian have held this record.
On the first day of the Test match, the right-handed batter finished a quick-fire century after lunch. In his first test in six years, Duckett displayed the same aggressiveness and notched his first test century.
While England made their Test debuts with Liam Livingstone and Will Jacks, Pakistan’s pacers Haris Rauf and Mohammad Ali, spinner Zahid Mahmood, and batter Saud Shakeel all received their first caps.
England Score 506 For 4 Wickets
PAK VS ENG: On the first day of a Test match on Thursday. England became the first side to score 500 runs, crushing Pakistan in Rawalpindi. At the end of the play, the tourists had amassed a score of 506-4. All thanks to the hundreds of four English batsmen. The 494 runs Australia scored against South Africa in Sydney in 1910. Still stands as the previous record for the opening day of a test match.
Only four other times three by England and one by Sri Lanka. Have more than 500 runs been scored in a single day, but never on the first day of a Test? The highest score is 588, which England versus India in 1936 amassed on day two of a test.