Abrar joins rare lists with incredible bowling on Test debut

MULTAN: Mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed joined an elite group of just three bowlers to take a five-wicket haul in the very first session of their Test career.

The 24-year-old claimed his maiden five-wicket haul on his Test debut and restricted England to 180/5 before Lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Multan.

He then went on to hunt two more wickets in the afternoon session and finished with astounding figures of 7-114 in his maiden Test innings.

With a majestic display of spin bowling in Multan, Abrar became the third bowler after  Australia’s Fred Spofforth and West Indies’ Alf Valentine to grab five wickets before Lunch on the opening day of their Test debut.

He is the only bowler to do so in the present century since Valentine achieved the feat in 1950 while Spofforth had this honour in 1879.

Moreover, Abrar also becomes the third Pakistani bowler after Mohammad Zahid and Mohammad Nazir to take seven scalps in the debut Test.

It is pertinent to mention that England were bowled out for 281 in the first innings on the first day of the Multan Test.

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