PAK vs ENG 2022 Live Score, First Test, Day Two: Four England batsmen scored centuries as the visitors posted a fearsome 506/4 in just 75 overs on the opening day of the First Test against Pakistan, breaking quite a few records in the process, here on Thursday.
Openers Zack Crowley (122) and Ben Duckett (107) stitched together a solid 233-run opening base to lay a solid foundation. Then, the likes of Ollie Bopp (108) and Harry Brook (101*) capitalized from the start with their partnership of 176 to put England in a commanding position.
The visitors smashed 174 runs in the morning session, picked up 158 after lunch despite losing three wickets in quick succession, and scored another 174 runs in the abbreviated final session, in which only 21 overs were possible as the fading light forced early stumpings.
All this action was only possible after confirmation in the early morning from the English camp that the tourists – who had contracted the viral infection in the run-up to the start of the first Test – had, in fact, recovered sufficiently to get the XI into the start at the appointed time.
On their first day back in Pakistan to play Test cricket after 17 years, England broke several records including the most scored on the first day of a Test match.
A look at the few records that were discarded on the first day in Rawalpindi
Most of them are run on the first day of testing
England’s 506 runs, which came from just 75 runs with an impressive run rate of 6.75, is an all-time record for the most runs scored on the first day of a Test match. They beat 494 runs by Australia against South Africa in Sydney in the first Test of the series in 1910.
Then Australia finished on 494/6. Australia also made 482/5 in 86.5 overs in Adelaide against South Africa on the first day of the 2012 Test, at a scoring average of 5.57.
Four centuries on the first day
Aside from openers Zack Crawley and Ben Dockett, Harry Brock and Ollie Pope also completed hundreds, all but one of them reaching triple figures with a batting average of over 100. This marked the first time there were four captains on the first day of a Test match.
Record-breaking opening platform
Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett smashed an opening stand of 233 in 35.4 overs, at a scoring average of 6.53, making it the highest run rate in an opening partnership of 200 or more in Test cricket.
Overall, there have only been three double-century opening partnerships scored in excess of six runs each: Joe Burns and David Warner (6.29 runs each over against New Zealand in 2015) and Graeme Smith and IBD Villiers (6.22 runs each over against Zimbabwe in 2015). 2005).
Six fours more
England’s Harry Brook smashed six fours in one match on his near debut, Saud Shakil, making it only the fifth time the batter had hit four fours in one match over a Test match.
Other examples were Sandeep Patel vs. Bob Willis in 1982, Chris Gayle vs. Matthew Hoggard in 2004, Ramnaresh Sarwan vs. Manaf Patel in 2006, and Sanath Jayasuriya vs. James Anderson in 2007.