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Magnificent Misbah props up Pakistan

Woakes does star turn for England with 4 for 45 as visitor finishes day one on 282 for 6

Magnificent Misbah props up Pakistan - Cricket News
Misbah was 110 not out in a Pakistan total of 282 for 6 at stumps on the first day of a four-match series.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years as he helped his side recover against England at Lord's on Thursday (July 14).

Misbah, the 42-year-old skipper, was 110 not out in a Pakistan total of 282 for 6 at stumps on the first day of this four-match series.

He came to the crease with Pakistan in trouble at 77 for 3 after he had won the toss. But together with Asad Shafiq (73), Misbah put on 148 for the fifth wicket.

Chris Woakes, the allrounder, twice took two wickets in quick succession at either end of the day. The Warwickshire paceman bowled Rahat Ali, the nightwatchman, for a duck off what turned out to be the day’s last ball to finish with figures of 4 for 45 in 18 overs.

Misbah's achievement was all the more impressive as this was also his first Test at the home of cricket. Remarkably, this was also Misbah's first Test anywhere in England.

Not since England's Patsy Hendren made a century against Australia aged 45 at Manchester's Old Trafford ground back in 1934 had an older player scored a Test hundred.

England made a strong start with the ball through Stuart Broad and Jake Ball, Broad's Nottinghamshire colleague who was given a debut in place of James Anderson after the selectors decided against risking England's all-time leading wicket-taker following a shoulder injury.

Ball's second delivery saw him appeal for leg before against Shan Masood. Kumar Dharmasena said not out and an unsuccessful England review confirmed the ball had pitched outside leg-stump.

Mohammad Hafeez struck two fours off Ball but was lucky on 11 when an edge off Broad was dropped low to his left at third slip by James Vince.

Hafeez cashed in with well struck cover-drives for four off both Nottinghamshire bowlers. But first-change Woakes removed both openers. A rising delivery had Masood, the left-hander, playing away from his body to be caught behind by Jonny Bairstow for seven. The same combination then dismissed Hafeez for 40.

Hafeez's 59-ball innings, including eight fours, ended when he tried to work to leg a short ball from the Warwickshire allrounder that swung away a touch only to get a top edge, with Bairstow holding the skied chance.

Post lunch, Azhar Ali had failed to add to his interval score of seven when he was trapped in front by a Ball yorker. The batsman reviewed but the verdict stayed as the ball was found to be clipping leg-stump.

Pakistan was 77 for 3 when veterans Younis Khan and Misbah steadied the innings. Misbah was dropped on 16 by Joe Root, who grassed a tough slip chance off Steven Finn.

Younis struck several elegant drives but gave his wicket away on 33 when he clipped Broad straight to Moeen Ali at square-leg to end a stand of 57 with Misbah that had had taken Pakistan to 134 for 4.

But Shafiq offered excellent support with a 130-ball innings featuring 12 fours. He was out shortly before the close when, trying to withdraw the bat against Woakes with the new ball, he was caught behind.

Woakes then made it two for none in 11 balls when he removed Rahat to round off an intriguing first day.

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