Misbah-Ul-Haq has been known as the wall of Pakistan cricket with his quality batting from time to time, whether it is test cricket, one day or T20, he has been up to the mark every time he holds a bat for Pakistan.
With the exaggerating average of 43+ Misbah is one of the most successful captains and batsman for Pakistan over the years. His career includes many records including the series wins against many nations.
Every time he came into bat, most of the time team Pakistan was in trouble, but he always rescued them with his quality and patient batting skills.
The first test match between Pakistan and England started today at Lords when Pakistani captain Misbah Ul Haq won the toss and elected to bat first, disappointing many fans who came into watch Muhammad Amir’s return to the test cricket after six years.
Pakistani openers Muhammad Hafeez and Shan Masood had a positive and watch full start, but Shan Masood departs after scoring a slow 7 runs. Azhar Ali came in to help Hafeez reaches his 40s, and then getting caught behind to a lazy pull.
Azhar was joined by the great Younis Khan and they both then give a little bit of stability to the Pakistani innings. Azhar Ali also departed after making just 7 runs, here came then the King Misbah who along with Younis khan gave Pakistan a momentum till Younis Khan departed after scoring 30 runs.
Misbah ul Haq was joined by Asad Shafiq and then comes the best part of the day for Pakistan when they both batted extremely well facing all England bowlers and added 148(244) runs to the 5th wicket.
During the partnership Misbah became the sixth oldest batsman to score a test century at the age of 42 years and 47 days. Asad Shafiq supported him exceptionally well but departed to Woakes very unluckily.
Rahat Ali joined the skipper but gets bowled to an inside edge off Woakes on the last ball of the day. At the stumps day 1 Pakistan are 282-6 with Misbah-Ul-Haq unbeaten on 110*(179). It’s really hard to say the whole day belongs to which team at the end.