England v Pakistan | 1st Investec Test, Day 1
The Pakistani Captain Misbah ul Haq scored a century at the first day of Lord’s Test at the age of 42 years 47 days, being the oldest Pakistani player to score a test century. This is Misbah’s first ever test in England as he played his cricket all over the world in past. Misbah ton sets the tone for Pakistan. The maiden ton was also his 8th test hundred as Pakistani captain leaving behind the great Inzamam ul Haq who also scored 7 test hundreds as Pakistani captain during his test career. This was Misbah’s 10th test hundred overall. Mibah is also the 3rd senior person to score a test hundred in Lord’s at the age of 43 years and 47 days and after 80 years of Lord’s test history. He is overall the 6th in the list of most aged person to score a century in the history of test cricket. He and Asad Shafiq are also involved in a partnership of 148 runs after building Pakistan a strong foundation on the first day of first test at Lord’s.
Earlier the day begin with Misbah ul Haq winning the toss for Pakistan. Remember he won last 7 consecutive tosses in test for Pakistan. Although it was a good toss to win and the two openers also survived for the first crucial hour of batting, yet Pakistan lost their first 3 wickets for just 77 runs on the board. The upper order failed to inspire the spectators as Muhammad Hafeez, Shan Masood and Azhar Ali scores just 40, 7 and 7 respectively. After which Younis Khan and Misbah were involved in a 57 runs partnership. Younis scored 33 runs before he dismissed caught Ali Bold Broad. After his dismissal Asad Shafiq played a good knock along with the Captain Mibah to lead Pakistan to a good position. Asad Shafiq is considered as technically the most correct batsmen in Pakistani Squad. He was playing well till the new ball was availed by Alister Cook after 80 overs. Asad nicked a ball that he wants to leave and Bairstow takes a nice easy catch to get rid of him. He scored 73 of 130 balls with 12 fours in the innings. Misbah ul Haq scored his maiden 110 runs on 179 balls with the help of 18 fours. He played his shots all over the ground. Being the most senior person in both the teams he played his part for Pakistan justifying his decision of winning the toss and batting first.
It was a full house here in Lord’s and most of the people are eager to watch Mohammad Amir to bowl first time in test matches since 2010 when he was caught in match fixing scandal. But the day belongs to Misbah ul Haq. Pakistan lost 2 quick wickets at the end when Asad Shafiq and the night watchman Rahat Ali fell quickly after the new ball was taken by England Captain Alister Cook. Rahat Ali was out on the last ball of the day by playing an unnecessary shot. He was bowled by Woakes without scoring a run. For England it was Woakes who took 4 for 45 in 18 overs. Pakistan ends the day with a score of 282 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 87 overs with a run rate of 3.24. Overall it was a great day of test cricket with Pakistan a slight edge to start the second day of first test at Lord’s.