Southampton: England's young batsman Zak Crawley dominated the first day of the Tests against Pakistan on Friday. He scored the first century of his Test career. A double century partnership between him and Jose Buttler pushed England beyond the 300-run mark. Pakistan's team was completely battered ahead of Zak (171 not out) and Jose (87). Both batsmen have spoiled the good start of Pakistan. England had lost four wickets in the first innings to make a strong score of 332 runs by the end of the first day's play.
Zak is playing 171 runs. He shared an unbroken 205-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Butler (87 not out). 332 runs is England's fourth best score in Test cricket against Pakistan. England have previously scored big scores on three occasions (406/2 at the Oval in 1962, 386/4 at Edgbaston in 1962 and at Edgbaston in 2006 (347/6).
England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat. But fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Rory Burns (6) for a total score of 12 runs. Apart from Burns, in the first season, host England lost the wicket of Dom Sibley. He shared a 61-run partnership with Zak before being dismissed for a total score of 73 runs. Sibley's wicket was taken by Yasir Shah. Sibley contributed 22 runs off 47 balls with the help of a four. Ollie Pope could score only three runs and was bowled by Yasir Shah's superb ball.
Captain Root could not last long in the second season. An excellent late out swinger from 17-year-old young fast bowler Nasim Shah went behind the edge of Root's bat and was caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. The captain scored 29 runs off 51 balls with the help of three fours.
Zak completed his half-century by hitting a four off the last ball of the 28th over and with that the lunch was announced. Zak's batting was worth watching when the game started after that. He completed his first century of Test career in 171 balls, while he faced 233 balls to reach 150 runs.
Buttler then played with Zak and did not allow any more wickets to fall until the end of the day's play. So far, 205 runs have been shared between these two. Both of them took the news of Pakistani bowlers fiercely with their fearless batting. Zak has hit 19 fours in 269 balls, while Buttler has hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in 148 balls. On the second day when the pair is on the field, they would like to take England to the 500 mark.