New Delhi, December 1: The Test match between Pakistan and England in Rawalpindi on Thursday saw the fastest opening stand in English history between Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett.
Crawley made an early statement of intent by hitting three boundaries in the first game off Pakistan bowler Naseem Shah, who took 38 balls to reach his half-century mark. Before lunch on the first day of the Test, Crawley was just nine points away from becoming the first England batsman to reach the century mark. So far, he has broken 17 records.
On the first day of the first test, Crawley got a quick cent after lunch. To reach his 300th Test, the England opener chased away Pakistan’s fielder Naseem Shah. On his second century, Duckett, playing his first Test match in six years, was aggressive, smashing 11 fours.
With that, England scored a remarkable 506-4 on the first day of the first Test.
Earlier at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, England captain Ben Stokes tossed the coin and decided to beat Pakistan in the first Test match. After several members of the touring team contracted an unknown virus on Wednesday, the start of the three-match series, England’s first with Pakistan since 2005, was put on hold.