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Abid Ali held Pakistan's innings together with an unbeaten 33

Abid Ali held Pakistan's innings together with an unbeaten 33

Disciplined batting in testing conditions helped Pakistan keep England at bay in the first session on Day 1 of the second Test in Southampton. Despite losing an early wicket, Pakistan managed to recover thanks to an unbroken 56-run association between Abid Ali and Azhar Ali, as they took Pakistan to 62 for 1, with Lunch being taken 10 minutes early due to a drizzle.

James Anderson struck early to send back Shan Masood cheaply, getting one to swing in a touch to the left-hander to trap him in front. Abid Ali, meanwhile, had a lucky break as Dom Sibley put down a catch at third slip to deny Stuart Broad a wicket. With Anderson swinging the ball and Broad finding good bounce and zip off the surface, it was a testing period for Pakistan who opted to bat on a greenish surface and had brought in an extra batsman - Fawad Alam (playing his first Test in 11 years) - in place of Shadab Khan.

Anderson and Broad bowled four maidens between them in their first spell that lasted for 10 overs, with plenty of balls that missed the outside edge by a whisker. But Abid and Azhar Ali showcased good application and patience to deny England. Sam Curran, who replaced Jofra Archer for this game, and Chris Woakes then operated in tandem, with the latter bowling a couple of loose deliveries that were put away. Woakes was also unlucky not to pick up a wicket as Rory Burns put down a catch at second slip to give Abid another reprieve.

Even after the first hour, there was enough bounce and movement for the England bowlers, and Woakes was using it to good effect to trouble the batsmen with short of length deliveries. At the other end, Curran was looking to target the pads and the outside edge with a mix of incoming and outgoing deliveries. But Abid and Azhar were up to the task as they raised a half-century stand, with Azhar even playing an on-the-up drive off Anderson square on the off side when the senior paceman was reintroduced into the attack. Broad too was brought back and bowled an over before the players left the field due to rain.

Brief scores: Pakistan 62/1 (Abid Ali 33*, Azhar Ali 20*; James Anderson 1-15) vs England.

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