Prelude – Pakistan in quicksand
That is the way it feels, does not it? Azhar Ali, with loads of highlight on his personal batting, determined to go first after profitable the toss. However all the pieces went downhill from that time on. Pakistan’s present of resolve in a second-wicket partnership did not stand check of time, and as soon as once more Azhar didn’t divert the eye of his staunchest detractors.
Fawad Alam’s return to the aspect – a statistician’s delight due to the time hole between his two Take a look at appearances – turned out to be a moist squib. He entertained briefly along with his distinctive stance, however ended up nicking the fourth ball he confronted for a blob. The one silver lining for him amidst the darkish, thick cloud is that he’s positively going to get a second crack and salvaging his Take a look at profession within the subsequent innings.
Not as soon as partnership for the reason that 77-run one between Abid Ali and Azhar lasted too lengthy as Abid’s efforts too did not go the space. He fell for 60, Pakistan limped to 126 for five at stumps on a start-stop, rain-hit Day 1. However, there’s nonetheless some rating for optimism that Day 2 may but end up very in a different way as a result of Babar Azam is on the market battling it for his aspect. A battling day on the playing cards for the guests.