Pakistan debutant Abrar Ahmed spins magic as England all out for 281

Abid grabs seven wickets for 114 runs, Zahid gets three wickets: Pakistan make three changes with Faheem Ashraf, Nawaz, debutant Abrar Ahmed replacing Naseem Shah, Haris Raud, Azhar Ali: England choose Mark Wood in place of Livingstone

By: News Desk
Published: 09:38 AM, 9 Dec, 2022
Pakistan debutant Abrar Ahmed spins magic as England all out for 281
Caption: Pakistan's Abrar Ahmed delivers the ball during the first day of the second cricket Test match against England.–AFP
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Pakistan debutant Abrar Ahmed mesmerised England on Friday, grabbing seven wickets as the visitors were bundled out for 281 runs on the opening day of the second Test in Multan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The 24-year-old -- nicknamed "Harry Potter" by friends because he wears glasses similar to those of the fictional boy wizard -- spun magic of his own after England won the toss and decided to bat on a turning pitch.

Abrar Ahmed returned with first innings figures of seven wickets by giving away 114 runs in 22 overs. All the remaining three wickets were claimed by Zahid Mahmood for 63 runs.

He dismissed Zak Crawley (19), Ben Duckett (63) and Joe Root (eight) in the first two hours, before sending Ollie Pope (60) and Harry Brook (nine) on their way. After lunch, he clean-bowled captain Ben Stokes (30) and trapped lbw Will Jacks (31).

Abrar Ahmed became the 13th Pakistani bowler to take five or more wickets in an innings on debut.

It was in complete contrast to the first Test, when England smashed 174-0 by lunch on the opening day.

Pakistan, aiming to level the series after losing the first Test by 74 runs, included three spinners in the line-up after paceman Naseem Shah was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Despite losing wickets regularly, England scored at a brisk pace, with Duckett knocking nine boundaries and a six and Pope cracking five to the rope.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam employed spin as early as in the ninth over, and Ahmed bowled Crawley with a sharp incoming delivery with his fifth Test ball.

He then trapped Duckett and Root leg-before -- both given out only after Azam reviewed the on-field calls.


England 1st innings

Z. Crawley b Ahmed             19

B. Duckett lbw b Ahmed         63

O. Pope c Shafique b Ahmed     60

J. Root lbw b Ahmed             8

H. Brook c Nawaz b Ahmed        9

B. Stokes b Ahmed              30

W. Jacks lbw b Ahmed           31

O. Robinson c Nawaz b Mahmood   5

M. Wood not out                36

J. Leach b Mahmood              0

J. Anderson b Mahmood           7

Extras: (b1, lb12)             13

Total: (all out; 51.4 overs) 281

Fall of wickets: 1-38 (Crawley), 2-117 (Duckett), 3-145 (Root), 4-164 (Pope), 5-167 (Brook), 6-228 (Stokes), 7-231 (Jacks), 8-245 (Robinson), 9-245 (Leach)

Bowling: Ashraf 4-1-16-0, Ali 6-1-29-0, Ahmed 22-1-114-7, Mahmood 7.4-0-63-3, Nawaz 12-0-46-0,

Toss: England

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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