The day 1 of the 4th Test between England and Pakistan at Kennington Oval (London) was very exciting. England decided to bat first after winning the toss. Despite the quick collapse of England’s top-orders, the hosts managed to score 328 runs (328/10) with the help of the lower-middle order batsmen.
On the day 1, visitors Pakistan batted only 3 overs where they lost opener Sami Aslam and made 3 runs on the board. At the stumps on day 1 of the 4th Test, Pakistan is trailing by 325 runs from the England’s 1st innings total.
Brief Scores: England – 328 (Moeen Ali 108, Jonny Bairstow 55, Sohail Khan 5/68)
Pakistan – 3/1 (Sami Aslam 3, Stuart Broad 1/2)
Here are some statistical highlights of the day 1 of 4th Test:
- After taking the wicket of English batsman James Vince, Pakistan left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz completed his 50th Test wicket. He became 5th Pakistan left-arm pacer to achieve 50+ Test wickets. Wasim Akram (414 wickets), Junaid Khan (71 wickets), Azeem Hafeez (63 wickets) and Mohammad Amir (63 wickets) were the other 4 left-arm Pakistan pacers to take 50+ Test wickets before Wahab Riaz.
- England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow hit another half-century as he scored 55 runs before being dismissed. It was his 6th 50+ score (including 3 centuries) in the ongoing calendar year. With this half-century, Bairstow became joint second most 50+ scorer along with English captain Alastair Cook (6 times 50+ score in this calendar year). Currently, another English batsman Joe Root is leading in this table with hitting 7 times 50+ score (2 centuries and 5 half-centuries).
- No.7 England batsman Moeen Ali played superbly in the first innings of this Test and hit a century. Ali was dismissed on 108 runs. It was the 4th time (all were English batsmen) that a no.7 batsman hit a century at Kennington Oval. Last time a no.7 batsman scored a Test century at this ground was Joe Hardstaff (jnr.) against Australia in 1938.
- Pakistan right-arm pacer Sohail Khan bowled extremely well on day 1 and finished the England’s first innings with the bowling figures of 20.4-1-68-5. It was the 3rd best bowling figure by a Pakistan bowler in the first innings of a Test match at Kennington Oval and 5th best bowling figure by a Pakistan bowler in the first innings of a Test match on English soil.
- 3 Pakistan pacers collectively took all the 10 wickets (Mohammad Amir 2/80, Sohail Khan 5/68 and Wahab Riaz 3/93) of England’s first innings in this Test. It was the 6th time that Pakistan pacers collectively took all the 10 English wickets in a Test innings.
Also, it was the 2nd time that Pakistan pacers collectively took all the 10 English wickets in a Test innings at Kennington Oval. Previously this incident happened on this ground was in 1954.
- England were bowled out for 328 runs in their 1st innings of this Test. It was England’s 4th highest total against Pakistan at Kennington Oval.