Pakistan scored 139/2 on day one of the first tests against England, which turned out to be a pretty irritating day for the players and the lovers of the sport, as the start-stop drama continued throughout the day due to heavy rains and low light.
After Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali elected to bat first winning the toss on an overcast morning, the Pakistani openers did seem a bit rusty and the lack of cricketing action was apparent at the start.
This can be seen as Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes made early inroads into the Pakistani top order. Jofra Archer bowled an absolute beauty to crash into the off stump of Abid Ali, and just after a brief rain interruption Chris Woakes delivered a perfect full delivery getting the skipper Azhar Ali stuck a plum in front of the stumps for a six-ball duck.
Although Pakistani opener faced a tricky period against Stuart Broad and James Anderson first up, with some beautiful swinging deliveries and a number of steeping bouncers, he showed some great patience and temperament to see off the first couple of spells with the new ball.
After the early departure of Azhar Ali bought Babar Azam into the crease. Azam took the time to settle as he negotiated Archer and Woakes before lunch. But once they returned after lunch both Azam and Masood looked comfortable, as Azam crafted Anderson for three boundaries in three overs, and Masood comfortably facing off Broad. The English bowlers seemed a bit out of the place after lunch with Archer bowling plenty of short stuff.
In this match, Anderson even became the first bowler ever in test cricket, who got a front foot no-ball called by the TV umpire under the new trialed systems in the 31st over of the game.
By the time rain stopped play Pakistan had recovered well from 43/2 to 121/2 with Babar Azam reaching his 14th Test 50 adding a 78* run partnership with opener Masood.
After almost three hours were lost due to rain interruption, extra time was added at the end of the after play resumed but England was only allowed to bowl spinners due to low light. Finally, the umpires stopped play for the day due to bad light and called it stumps with Pakistan at 139/2.
DAY 1 SCORECARD
Pakistan (1st innings)
Shan Masood 46 (not out)
Abid Ali b Archer 16
AzharAlilbw b Woakes 0
Babar Azam 69 (not out)
Extras (b 1, lb 6, nb 1) 8
TOTAL (49 Ov, RR: 2.83) 139/2
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Abid Ali, 15.1 ov), 2-43 (Azhar Ali, 18.1 ov)
BOWLING O M R W
JM Anderson 8 2 32 0
SCJ Broad 11 4 24 0
CR Woakes 8 2 14 1
JC Archer 10 3 23 1
DM Bess 9 1 30 0
JE Root 3 0 9 0