Karachi Test: Pakistan all out after posting 302 on a docile track

England lost a wicket after they bowled out Pakistan for a paltry score of 304 runs on the first day of the final Test in Karachi on Saturday.

Zak Crawley fell in the first over when Abrar Ahmed trapped in leg before the wicket. However, Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope survived the remaining two overs with Babar Azam using spinners from both ends.

When the play ended, England were 3 for 1 on a surface which didn’t offer any assistance to the English seamers.

Obviously, it was reason why Babar decided to bat first but Pakistan won’t be happy with their batting display.

Although Pakistan batted positively with a rate of 3.84 runs per over, they kept on losing the wickets with regular intervals with only one 50+ stand in the entire innings. This partnership was between Azhar Ali, who is playing last Test, and Babar, the top scorer in the innings.

They had joined hands at 46 after Shan Masood was caught by Jack Leach at long leg on the bowling of Mark Wood. He scored 30 of 37 balls as Pakistan tried to replicate England’s aggressive style.

Meanwhile, England too had started the attack with Leach from one end, who trapped Abdullah Shafique for 8 at the total of 15.

Coming back to the partnership between Azhar and Babar, Ollie Robinson broke the stand when Pope caught Azhar down the leg side. It was again a short delivery – a weakness that has haunted him during his entire career. Azhar departed after scoring 45.

Later in the second session, Pakistan lost two more wickets – Saud Shakeel (23) and Mohammad Rizwan (19).

But any hopes of a challenging total by Pakistan were dashed when Babar ran himself out after hesitating to take single on a terrible call. He managed 78 runs.

In the later stages of the innings, Agha Salman scored 56 with notable contribution of 20 by Nauman Ali.

For England, Leach produced the best figures of 4 for 140 in 31 overs. Rehan Ahmed – the 16-year-old debutant – bagged two for 89 in 22 overs while Robinson, Wood and Root took one scalp each.

Pakistan made four changes in the side for the dead rubber in Karachi as England have already clinched the series after victory in Multan. They brought in Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Wasim Junior and Nauman Ali in the playing XI.

On the other hand, Ben Foakes and Rehan Ahmed joined the side as they decided to give rest to James Anderson. In the process, Rehan became the youngest Test debutant for England at the age of 16 years and 126 days.  

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