LONDON: Pakistani bowlers dismissed England for 184 runs in the first innings of the first Test against England at Lord’s on Thursday.
Opener Alastair Cook, appearing in a record-equalling 153rd consecutive Test appearance, was the only batsman to make a half-century, with a well-made innings of 70.
Mohammad Abbas and the Hasan Ali took four wickets apiece.
England, who were 165 for five at tea, lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs in 27 balls after the interval.
This is the first of a two-Test series.
The tourists struck early with pacer Mohammad Abbas picking up the wicket of Mark Stoneman while Hasan Ali picked up the second wicket of the innings when he dismissed Joe Root. The third wicket also fell to Hasan when David Malan was caught behind for six runs.
Earlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan.
According to the local met office, it may possible that rain will disrupt the first day of the match.
Sarfraz Ahmad, while talking to newsmen ahead of Lord’s Test, said he is satisfied with the team’s preparations and Green Shirts can turn the tide anytime, against anyone, anywhere.
The captain added, English team may be favorite under home conditions but he has confidence in his young team and is confident of his skills too.