Pakistan debut Abrar Ahmed charmed England on Friday, taking seven wickets as the holidaymakers were eliminated for 281 on the opening day of the Second Test in Multan. The 24-year-old – nicknamed “Harry Potter” by his friends because he wears glasses similar to those of the fictional wizard boy – created his own magic to finish with a 7 -114. In response, Pakistan was 107-2 at the end, with the captain Babar Azam undefeated on 61 and Saud Shakeel on 32, after 174 runs. Of the 12 wicks that fell that day, James Anderson was the only fast pitcher to eliminate a hitter when he found the opener against Pakistan Imam-ul-Haqwho left without scoring.
The day belongs to the home team, and especially to Ahmed.
Under pressure to equalize, Azam’s wish came true by changing the pitch from the very beginning.
He put Ahmed on the field in the ninth inning, and the crank rewarded him by bowling Crawley with a sharp serve — just his fifth ball in the Cricket Test.
Then, Ahmed ensnared Duckett and Root before — both brought up only after Azam reviewed the calls on the field.
He took a 167-5 lead when Pope and Brook misfired fierce shots and was caught.
Ahmed is happy with his effort.
“People call me Harry Potter, but I’m not a wizard,” he said.
“I’ve done my job, and that’s persecution.”
The moment of the match for him was the scalp of the captain of England Ben Stokes.
“My teammates have told me that it’s usually the first racquet you love, but for me, Stokes’ racquet is the best.”
Stokes (30) and will jacks (31) defied the after-lunch attack to take sixth place in 61 runs.
Ben Duckett (63) and Pope (60) were the top scorers in an England half that ended in tea, after Stokes won the pitch and decided to hit the ball.
spindle Zahid Mahmood claimed the last three goals ended with a score of 3-63.
Ahmed’s metric is the second-best debut for a Pakistani pitcher – after batter Mohammad Zahid’s 7-66 against New Zealand in Rawalpindi in 1996.
He was the 13th Pakistani pitcher to hit 5 or more shots in a set on his debut.
Duckett said he hopes Saturday’s early games will bring England back into the game.
“Ahmed is really good at bowling… it’s definitely spinning,” he said.
“Hopefully we can get cluster wicks tomorrow.”
England, on their first tour to Pakistan since 2005, took a three-game lead 1-0 after winning the First Test in Rawalpindi in 74 runs.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)
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