Mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed runs through England’s batting line-up, bags 7-114 on Test debut; in pics

By: FPJ Web Desk | December 09, 2022

Unheralded Pakistan spinner Abrar Ahmed bagged a rich haul of 7-114 in a dream debut to dismiss England for 281 inside the two sessions of the second Test on Friday

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The 24-year-old Abrar mystified England on a turning wicket at the Multan Cricket Stadium after not getting picked for the opening Test at Rawalpindi, which Pakistan lost by 74 runs

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Abrar sliced through the top-order with the visitors continuing to bat in their own brand of aggressive cricket and scored at a rate of 5.43

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Abrar became only the second bowler in Test history to pick up five wickets before lunch in his debut Test

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Left-arm spinner Alf Valentine of the West Indies was the other bowler to do so when he debuted against England at Manchester in 1950

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Abrar started the day with the dismissal of Zak Crawley, followed by the wickets of Duckett (63), Joe Root (8), Pope (60) and Harry Brook to register his maiden five-for in Test cricket

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Captain Stokes (30) and Will Jacks (31) added 61 runs but Abrar continued to strike after lunch by removing both batters in his successive overs

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