On the first day of the Southampton Test, Pakistan’s initial batting line failed again. In a rain-affected match, five Pakistani batsmen returned to the pavilion for 126 runs in just 45.4 overs. Opener Abid Ali managed to score a half-century, while Fawad Alam, who played Tests 11 years later, was dismissed for zero. Captain Azhar Ali’s decision to bat first after winning the toss against England did not go down well.
Shan Masood, the century-maker of the previous match, was dismissed on an individual score of just one. On the second wicket, Abid Ali and captain Azhar Ali showed responsibility and formed a partnership of 72 runs.
Azhar Ali was dismissed for 20 runs, Abid Ali managed to score a half-century, he was dismissed for an individual score of 60. Veteran Asad Shafiq could score only 5 runs while the return of Fawad Alam, who played Tests after 11 years and 259 days, proved to be a nightmare. He was dismissed without scoring a run.
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