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09-Dec-2022 14:17:00 GMT
Pak vs Eng - 2nd Test, Multan, day 1

A dream debut for Abrar as England fold for 281

Pakistan 107 for 2 (Babar 61*) trail England 281 (Duckett 63, Pope 60, Abrar 7-114) by 174 runs

Multan: Pakistan leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed took a sensational seven wickets on debut to bowl England out for 281 on the first day of the second Test in Multan.

The 24-year-old took advantage of a pitch offering excessive turn to record 7-114, the best figures by any spinner on Test debut for 14 years.

When he took the first seven wickets to fall he was on course to become the first bowler to take all 10 in an innings on Test debut.

But Zahid Mahmood nipped in with the last three, still ensuring that every England wicket fell to leg-spin.

Ben Duckett made 63 from 49 balls and Ollie Pope 60 from 61 for England, who at different stages lost four wickets for 17 runs and four for 50 after winning the toss.

In such conditions, England may rue an XI that includes four pace bowlers and only one frontline spinner in Jack Leach.

Still, James Anderson removed Imam-ul-Haq for a duck before Leach had Abdullah Shafique also caught behind.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam remains, ominously poised on 61. He added 56 with Saud Shakeel, who attacked in his 32 not out as the hosts closed on 107-2, 174 behind.

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