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Sad thing was, England's batters wanted to finish it yesterday but the umpires took it away from em by declaring bad light.

 

But the thing I'm worried about is having a result in 2 days+20 minutes is Cricket's money-grubbers going. "We see tests end quickly, so we're going to make all test matches now 3 day matches, with the 4th and 5th day being reserved for extra T20 games."

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Farcial scenes at the T20 World Cup.

South Africa had scored enough runs to win, but didn't face enough deliveries to win.

Confused?

In a game interrupted by rain, Zimbabwe finished 79/5 off 9 overs. South Africa were 51/0 after three overs when rain  forced them off. They had enough runs to win (if the game was reduced to five overs), but both sides need a minimum of five overs for a result to be declared. It didn't help that the rain and wet conditions were causing injuries with the Zimbabwe bowlers (there was a couple, and normally I'd suspect deliberate time wasting, but the injury seemed legit, and it seemed like a legitimate safety issue that Zimbabwe were protesting (they took off their seamers from bowling because too dangerous, and had spinners bowling.

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First Test: Pakistan vs. England. England 506-4 at close of play, Day 1.

  1. England muscle remarkable 506-4 on first day of first Test
  2. First time 500 runs have been scored on opening day of a Test
  3. Brook hits six fours in one over on way to first Test century
  4. Pope, Crawley & Duckett also hit tons for England
  5. Crawley & Duckett put on 233 for first wicket
  6. Crawley's century the fastest by an England opener in Tests.

Four batters crashed hundreds as England piled up the runs on a scintillating first day of the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi.

On a historic occasion - England's first Test in Pakistan for 17 years - the tourists broke records with some breath-taking batting.

Zak Crawley's 122 included reaching three figures from 86 balls, the fastest Test hundred by an England opener.

Ben Duckett marked his first Test for six years with his maiden hundred, making 107 as the openers shared 233 for the first wicket.

When they fell, Ollie Pope picked up the baton with 108, adding 176 with Harry Brook, who stole the show by thrashing England's third-fastest hundred of all time.

Brook made his first Test ton from 80 balls and took England to 506-4, the most runs any team has scored on the first day of a Test, even though only 75 overs were possible because of fading light.

All this after the match was given the go-ahead to begin only two and a half hours before the scheduled start following an illness that ripped through the England camp on Wednesday.

England halted touring Pakistan after gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team in 2009. After almost two decades away, this was a spectacular return.

If there were any doubts that England could replicate the swashbuckling style that brought them so much success in the home summer in away conditions, they were banished with some dazzling strokeplay.

Whatever label this method is given - England do not like the term 'Bazball' - it was not cavalier or reckless, but a perfect execution of positive intent on the flattest of pitches.

Crawley and Duckett added 100 in 13.5 overs, England's fastest century opening stand. The 174 runs they had at lunch was an England record for the first day of a Test. No other England team had ever reached 300 faster, no team in history has got to 400 or 500 quicker.

England were helped by hospitality from the hosts. A Pakistan side containing four debutants were lacklustre with the ball and woeful in the field.

With Rawalpindi a notoriously difficult ground on which to force a result, the lightning speed of England's scoring has given them a superb chance to go ahead in the three-match series.

Crawley took 14 runs from the first over of the match and England never looked back.

Supported by captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum through a run of low scores in the summer, this was a high-class repayment of faith with sweet drives, clips and pulls.

Given out lbw on 99 to Naseem Shah, Crawley successfully reviewed and moved to his third Test hundred two balls later.

Duckett struggled in the four Tests he played in 2016, yet the Nottinghamshire left-hander looked entirely at home, cutting the pace bowlers, then sweeping and reverse-sweeping the spinners.

When he went to his maiden ton, it marked the first time both England openers had made a hundred in the same Test innings since 2013.

Duckett was lbw on review reverse-sweeping debutant leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, while Crawley was bowled by Haris Rauf, but their departures gave no respite to Pakistan.

When Stokes was one of the England players to go down ill, Pope was in line to step up as skipper, but instead he has found himself as wicketkeeper and the owner of a third Test hundred.

He got off the mark with a reverse sweep for four, sliding into the slipstream created by Crawley and Duckett. Only Joe Root, who played a poor sweep at Mahmood to be lbw for 23, missed out.

Pope's ton from 90 balls seemed relatively pedestrian by what was going on around him, with Brook pulverising the weary Pakistan attack.

Like Pope, he played wristy strokes, twice pulling sixes over mid-wicket then hitting every delivery of an over from off-spinner Saud Shakeel for four.

When he had 89 from 66 balls, he was on course to beat Gilbert Jessop's 120-year record for the fastest England century, made off 76 deliveries.

He slowed up around the time Pope was lbw on review to Mohammad Ali, but as the light began to slip away, Brook drove Naseem for four to reach his ton and there was still time for Stokes to belt 34 not out from only 15 balls.

Former England spinner Vic Marks on Test Match Special: "It was an extraordinary display of batting. It wasn't as if they went searching for big shots. It's an extraordinary scorecard with all four centurions playing with such certainty."

"It takes an unusual state of mind to just go for it in a strange conditions where they haven't been in so long."

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: "It's one of those days where it's almost impossible to encapsulate what we've seen."

Credit: bbc.co.uk/cricket

Surreal shit, lads!

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I went to bed after the Stars game, didn't realise there was a second match on.

Got woken up about 3ish after a feral cat broke into our house and attacked our cat. Looked at my phone and saw the score. Re-read it about six times to see if I'd read it correctly.

Watching the replay now before the start of the test in Brisbane and just flummoxed. It's a difficult wicket but not that difficult. Never thought I'd see the day a team got rolled for less than my individual best. Preparing my IPL highlights reel now.

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Just looking through the stats. Just had Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan yet to bowl. Agar used to play for my local district side in Melbourne before moving to Adelaide. I thought he was rubbish (got two ODIs against the Windies last year as about the 12th best available quick left). Thornton is going to be a player though.

Looking at that list of previous lowest scores, and its full of European "sides" there for a participation trophy. Thunder had a fair amount of international reps (Hales, Rossouw, the Afghani quick, Sams, Doggett, Sandhu) and got treated like a park side.

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4 hours ago, DangerMark said:

Looking at this list, 35 seems a little fair, although I can't help but notice that all those games took place in a five year span, some of the other games on the Lowest of All Time First Class/Professional Cricket list go back as far as 1877, and some of them as recent as 2018

Should be noted that they all happened before the introduction of the shot clock.

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England bowl out Pakistan for 216 and are going to try and chase the 167 they need to win tonight. At the time of writing, they would need 8ish runs per over based how long they've got to the close of play, they're running at a little less than 10.

There would be two full days after this.

EDIT: England are slowing down as Pakistan bring on the pace bowlers, but still cruising.

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