Pakistan vs England, Test day one five: full live scoreboard
OVER 21:84/2 (Shakeel 24 Imam 47)
Robinson beat Imam’s outside edge with his first ball, but the next one was blasted away behind the square for four offsides. Ooo wait, there’s some more bounce for Robinson as the Imam is tucked in… I daresay Ben Stokes will be very interested in that.
We are about to start
Ollie Robinson has the ball in his hands.
England’s strategy today
How will England approach this morning? A new ball is available today after 60 overs and as such it would be no surprise to see them returning to short-handed bowling soon, as they did last night
Let’s be honest, this wicket will offer very little, if anything, to stitchers with an aging ball. The effort of England and Pakistan will be key, while on the other hand the form of Will Jacks and Jack Leach will probably decide the outcome of this test match.
An extraordinary test match
Just a few stats for you that underscore the incredible test match we experienced in Rawalpindi in the first four days of action.
England’s first innings run rate was 6.5 runs per over. They became the first team to score more than one run at ball in the first innings of a Test.
England’s run rate in the second innings was 7.36 runs per over. This is the highest in Test history in an innings of over 250 runs. It also made them the first team to go for a run ball in both innings of a Test.
Harry Brook scored England’s third fastest Test century in first innings: 80 balls. This put him behind only Gilbert Jessop (76 balls in 1902) and Jonny Bairstow (77 balls, at Trent Bridge this year). Brook was on his way to breaking Jessop’s run in the second innings but bowled for 87 from 65 balls.
In his second Test alone, Brook has a match tally of 240 runs from 181 balls. His strike rate of 132.59 it is the highest ever for a batsman with more than 200 runs in a Test.
Brook also scored 24 from an over on day one and 27 from over on the second day, England’s most profitable two overs in Test history.
By Zak Crawley 86 balls first inning hundred he was England’s fastest in Test opener.
Brook and Crawley are the only two batters in history to hit 50+ scores in both innings of a Testboth to a run-a-ball or more.
This was the first Test in which both sides’ opening partnerships in the first innings were worth 200 or more, and all four openers made first innings centuries.
506 for four it was the highest total England made on the first day of a Test. Their score for lunch, 174 for four it was the highest total England had made in the first session of a Test.
Crawley took 14 runs from first over of the match, also an England record.
The 44 overs bowled by Zahid Mahmood is the ultimate from a bowler who goes more than a run at the ball. His match figures were: 44 overs, 2 maidens, 319 runs, 6 wickets.
Good morning to those of you hardy enough to be with me on a cold early morning Monday morning and welcome to the live coverage of the final day of the first test between England and Pakistan in Rawalpindi.
On another hugely emotional day yesterday, a positive statement from Ben Stokes has put England in a position to try to win this match, but has also left the door ajar for a Pakistani side to chase down what is still a Test wicket rather lifeless match.
As it stands, Pakistan require another 263 to win this Test match with eight wickets in hand. Imam-ul Haq and Saud Shakeel pick up on 43 and 24 respectively and how this day plays out will surely depend on whether England can make important early forays into this Pakistan batting order.
England’s new approach to the longer format of the game has been a real breath of fresh air, but today he arguably gets his biggest Test yet. Tourists know the risks but are willing to roll the dice to go in search of what would be a famous victory.
England assistant manager Paul Collingwood said: “It’s exciting, isn’t it? On a pitch that has been quite tame and slow, and to be able to watch a match that is going to be exciting tomorrow, that will be great for everyone.
“The bigger picture of what they [McCullum and Stokes] I want Test cricket to be fun and the way we’ve forced the game has gotten us a Test match tomorrow that everyone wants to see.
“I can’t wait for our boys to get out there and pick off seven more wickets to go on and win the Test match. We are confident we can do it.”
He added: “The boys have shown that they are willing to come up with different plans to get the wickets out there and it’s going to be an exciting day.
“It was quite clear from the start that we are willing to lose matches to put ourselves in a position to win them.
“Some might say it’s an advance statement. We’ll see tomorrow if it is or if it’s a really good statement.
“We’re not afraid to lose, which is a good position to be in. It takes the consequences away from the players and how we want to go about things. Tomorrow, hopefully, we can get on the right side and get a win.”