Multan Test: Abrar takes five wickets on debut as England stutter against Pakistan

Debutant Abrar Ahmed Friday became the 13th Pakistani bowler to take a five-wicket haul on the Test debut, sending top England batters back to the pavilion on the opening day of the Multan Test.

England were reeling at 180/5 at lunch after deciding to bat first in the second Test today.

The hosts are already without pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, who misses the series following an appendicitis surgery, and further injuries have forced them to make three changes.

Fast bowlers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf are out, along with top-order batsman Azhar Ali.

The home side have replaced them with all-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf and uncapped spinner Abrar Ahmed.

England, who are 1-0 up in the three-test series, had announced their playing 11 on Thursday, bringing in fast bowler Mark Wood for injured all-rounder Liam Livingstone.

England, on their first test tour of Pakistan since 2005, won the opening match in Rawalpindi by 74 runs.

The final test is scheduled in Karachi from Dec 17.


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