Hasan Ali, Abbas put Pakistan on top vs England

Hasan Ali, Abbas put Pakistan on top vs England

Haris Sohail (21*) and Azhar Ali (18*) showed great composure to stay unbeaten at the crease at the stumps on day 1.

Opening bowler Mohammad Abbas took 4-23 and Hasan Ali, a star of Pakistan's Champions Trophy triumph in the United Kingdom past year, picked up 4-51.

Opener Alastair Cook was the only batsman to stand out, making 70 in his record-leveling 153rd consecutive test.

Pakistan will give up wearing "smart watches" after being told to ditch them by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an anti-corruption measure during the opening day's play of the first Test against England at Lord's on Thursday.

The recalled Hasan Ali also took a quartet of wickets, with four for 51 in 15.2 overs.

England is now placed in the fifth position on the ICC Test Championship rankings, while Pakistan is placed at the seventh position.

England, who had been 165 for five at tea, lost their last five wickets for a meagre 16 runs in 27 balls.

Overcast skies allied to a green-tinged pitch promised to assist Pakistan's pacemen but Cook defended the decision of his successor as England captain by saying: "It was a really tricky one".


Mohammad Abbas made the breakthrough when he bowled Mark Stoneman (four) with a late swinging delivery to leave England 12 for one in the fourth over.

Pakistan were soon in the wickets with Cook looking on as the other three members of England's top four all fell in single figures.

Root, who could have been run out before he had scored, played carefully to get to four before driving rashly at a wide ball from Hasan to nick a catch to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, benefitted from an "umpire's call" lbw review verdict on 23 and went to fifty with a four to third man off Amir.

Pakistan's close-catching has often been a fallible part of their game.

Jos Buttler, on 14, edged Hasan to second slip where Asad Shafiq took a sharp catch.

England fans have become well-accustomed to batting collapses over the last two years and the latest was inspired by Pakistan's 24-year-old seamer Hasan Ali. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Sony LIV, while the live telecast of the match will be available on Sony SIX, Sony Six HD.

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