Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Manchester [UK], Aug 6 (ANI): After finishing the day one of the first Test against England at 139/2, Pakistan opener Shan Masood was hopeful of making the good start count for his side.

At the close of stumps on day one, Babar Azam and Shan Masood were unbeaten for Pakistan at respective scores of 69 and 46 respectively.

Masood has played 152 balls for his unbeaten knock of 46 so far.

"Situationally you always have to look at the team. We always knew that the new ball is going to be a struggle. It's not an easy gig being an opening batsman in this country. But there comes an opportunity to give your team a good start, especially if you opt to bat first," ESPNCricinfo quoted Masood as saying.

At one stage, Pakistan was left 43/2 with Abid Ali (16) and Azhar Ali (0) back to the pavilion.

Ali was clean bowled by Jofra Archer while Ali was adjudged leg-before wicket on the ball of Chris Woakes.

"I just thought it was very important to take the shine off the ball in the first hour and make it easier for the guys coming in. The ball did a bit off the seam in the first session but as the second session went on, we got into a bit of a scoring mode," Masood said.

"But I think there's a long way to go, both as a team and as an individual, and you want to capitalise on any start you get. So hopefully, tomorrow, we can make this count," he added.

Pakistan has decided to go in with two spinners (Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah) for this match.

The ongoing series between England and Pakistan is a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). (ANI)

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