Pakistan skipper Babar Azam joined teammates Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq Saturday in scoring a century — the seventh of the match following England’s earlier 4 — as the primary Take a look at appeared headed for a attract Rawalpindi.
Azam cracked a boundary in direction of cowl off opposition skipper Ben Stokes to succeed in his eighth century off 126 balls, studded with 13 boundaries.
Pakistan, 411-3 at tea, are in a powerful place to succeed in 458 and keep away from the follow-on in reply to England’s mammoth first innings complete of 657.
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Azam and debutant Saud Shakeel have been on the crease with 106 and 35 respectively. Azam upped the tempo within the second session after Pakistan misplaced centurions Shafique (114), Haq (121) and Azhar Ali (27) earlier than lunch.
With a crowd of round 14,000 chanting “Babar, Babar”, the Pakistan skipper responded by taking off his helmet and elevating his bat in acknowledgement.
The centuries by Shafique and Haq meant for the primary time in 146 years of Take a look at cricket the openers of each groups reached three figures within the first innings.
Their 225-run opening stand — a Pakistan document towards England — can be the primary time in Take a look at historical past that two 200-plus opening partnerships have been made, following Crawley and Ben Duckett’s 233-run partnership for the guests.
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Pakistan began the day on 181 with out loss and Shafique, 89 in a single day, was the primary to a few figures with a pointy single off Joe Root.
Haq, who began the session on 90, adopted with a boundary off the identical bowler to finish his century.
They each now have three Take a look at centuries and successive tons of on the venue, having additionally reached three figures towards Australia in March this yr.
Zak Crawley (122), Ben Duckett (107), Ollie Pope (108) and Harry Brook (153) scored centuries for England of their first innings.
The three-match collection is England’s first in Pakistan for 17 years.
The Rawalpindi pitch has been closely criticised, with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja calling it a relic of “the dark ages”.
One of many strangest fields ever seen emerged simply earlier than tea.
“I believe it’s the primary time I’ve seen fairly so many individuals all inside, let’s say 15 metres, in a really tight ring on the off-side,” one of many commentators mentioned.
“I’ve seen rings like this within the slips, by no means between cowl and mid-off.”
The consequence was a 4 despatched straight over James Anderson’s head.
Earlier England received to the purpose the place they used spinner Jack Leach’s bald head to try to shine the ball.