ENG🆚PAK: Seamers⚡ Skittle Hosts🇽🇪 for 184

England 184 (Alastair Cook 70; Mohammad Abbas 4-23, Hasan Ali 4-51) lead Pakistan 50/1 (Stuart Broad 1-10) by 134 runs

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After Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat under grey skies in the capital, England were bowled out for 184 just after tea, losing their last five wickets for 19 runs. By the close, Pakistan were 50 for 1 and in a very strong position.

Mohammad Abbas and Hassan Ali were the two standout bowlers for Pakistan, sharing eight wickets between them, while only Alastair Cook, who made 70, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes suggested any sort of permanency at the crease. Seven English batsmen made single figure scores and although the conditions played their part, there were some poor dismissals too which has been a feature of England's play of late.

Abbas showed here why he has a first-class bowling average of less than 22. Mixing control with an ability to move the ball skilfully off the pitch and in the air from an easy run-up, he finished with 4/23 and caused all of England's batsmen discomfort. He was well supported by the skiddy Hasan Ali who picked up 4-51.

England's bowlers bowled with similar skill and heart, throwing everything at Pakistan's batsmen in a gloomy final session. With a bit more luck they could have taken four or five wickets but Azhar Ali and Harris Sohail battled gamely to survive.

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