Unbeaten 110 anchors visitors to 282/6 on Day 1
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit a century in his maiden test look at Lord’s and spearheaded pakistan to 282-6 against England on the opening day of the first test on Thursday.
The 42-year-old Misbah overshadowed the come back of quick bowler Muhammad Amir to international cricket after a five-year ban for spot-fixing on constant ground, by smashing eighteen fours in his undefeated a hundred and ten off 179 balls after he won the toss and opted to bat initial.
Asad Shafiq created a compact seventy three with a dozen fours, and placed on 148 runs along with his skipper before falling to England’s better of the four-pronged pace bowlers, Chris Woakes (4-45).
England bowlers got very little support from their fielders, who grassed 2 possibilities, notably Joe Root’s low miss within the slips once Misbah was on sixteen.
Misbah and Shafiq led Pakistan’s recovery from 134-4 on a slow pitch before Woakes claimed 2 late wickets with the second new ball.
Misbah started off in his usual snail-paced style, but once he settled he created scoring look simple on a wicket which had very little for the bowlers.
He went after Moeen Ali’s bowling by smashing the offspinner for four boundaries in one over, including 2 reverse sweptback boundaries.
Shafiq conjointly matched Misbah with some exquisite cuts and drives before Woakes found the edge as Shafiq tried to take his bat away from a delivery outside the off stump.
Misbah noted his ton off 154 balls. once he ran the single, changing into the third oldest man to achieve a century at Lord’s, he saluted his teammates and did ten pushups to indicate he was still young at heart. it absolutely was his tenth test century.
Woakes earlier provided the twin breakthrough when he removed opening batsmen Mohammed Hafeez (40), who was dropped on eleven by James Vince, and shan Masood within the 1st session as Pakistan progressed to 76-2.
Azhar Ali, who hit 2 centuries within the preceding warmup matches, might score only seven and was yorked leg before wicket by debutant Jake Ball, whereas Younis Khan (33) looked settled for an enormous knock before recklessly driving Stuart Broad to midwicket.
But, thereafter, England struggled to induce the breakthrough as Misbah and Shafiq batted decisively and created the foremost of the favorable batting conditions.