Pakistan Vs England: Abrar Ahmed Takes Seven Wickets On Test Debut As Hosts Impress In Multan
Abrar Ahmed took seven wickets on his Test debut as Pakistan impressed on the first day of the Multan Test against England. The 20-year-old left-arm spinner from Hyderabad finished with figures of 7-66 from 26 overs as England were bowled out for 273 in their first innings. It was a dream debut for Ahmed, who only made his first-class debut last month, and he became the second Pakistani spinner to take seven wickets on Test debut after Abdul Qadir.
Who Is Abrar Ahmed?
Abrar Ahmed is a Pakistani cricketer who made his Test debut against England in October 2016. He took seven wickets in the match, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings, as Pakistan won by 56 runs.
Ahmed was born in Multan, Punjab, and educated at the Multan Public School. He played for the school team and later represented Punjab U-19s before making his first-class debut for Sui Southern Gas Corporation in 2009.
He has also played for Pakistan A and toured with the Pakistan national cricket team to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
Pakistan Vs England Test Match In Multan
Pakistan vs England Test Match in Multan
Abrar Ahmed takes seven wickets on Test debut as hosts impress in Multan
Pakistan’s Abrar Ahmed took seven wickets on his Test debut as the hosts impressed on the first day of the first Test against England in Multan.
Ahmed, who is just 19 years old, bowled with good pace and control to finish with figures of 7-61 from 23 overs. His haul included the wickets of England’s top three batsmen – captain Joe Root, opener Rory Burns and vice-captain Ben Stokes.
Root was the first to go, caught behind for a duck off the second ball of the match. Burns followed soon after, caught at slip for 11, before Stokes was dismissed lbw for 12.
At lunch, England were reeling at 31-3, but they recovered somewhat in the afternoon session to reach stumps on 154-6. Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 54 at the close of play, with Chris Woakes unbeaten on eight.
For Pakistan, apart from Ahmed, spinner Yasir Shah also picked up two wickets. seamer Shaheen Afridi and leg-spinner Shadab Khan chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Abrar Ahmed’s Test Debut
Abrar Ahmed made his Test debut for Pakistan against England in the first Test of the series in Multan. The 20-year-old spinner impressed on debut, taking seven wickets for121 runs as Pakistan won by 10 wickets.
Ahmed’s haul included the wickets of England captain Joe Root and vice-captain Ben Stokes. He also had a key role in dismissing England opener Rory Burns, who he trapped lbw for just four runs.
Pakistan were bowled out for 302 in their first innings, with Ahmed finishing with figures of 3-61. In reply, England were all out for 184, with Ahmed claiming four more wickets. This included the key wicket of Stokes, who he dismissed for a duck.
Pakistan then chased down the target of 41 runs to win the match by 10 wickets, with Ahmed not required to bat.
Ahmed’s impressive performance on debut saw him named as the man of the match. He is only the second Pakistani spinner to take seven wickets on debut, after Abdul Qadir achieved the feat against Australia in 1979.
England’s Reaction To Abrar Ahmed’s Performance
England’s reaction to Abrar Ahmed’s performance was very positive. They were impressed with his bowling and thought he did well on his Test debut. Some of the England players even said that he was the best bowler they had faced in the series.
Abrar Ahmed took seven wickets on his Test debut as Pakistan impressed with a strong performance against England in Multan. The hosts were dominant from start to finish, with Ahmed leading the way with some excellent bowling. This was a great performance from Pakistan and they will be looking to build on this in the rest of the series.