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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 11:49 GMT
England gain upper hand in Multan
First Test, Multan, day one (stumps): Pakistan 244-6 v England

Flintoff continued his fine form with the ball
A determined display from England's bowlers left Pakistan fighting to salvage their first innings after day one of the opening Test in Multan.

Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison took two wickets each, and there was success for debutant Shaun Udal as the home side went to stumps on 244-6.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 41, trying to marshal the lower order.

Pakistan won the toss and began well, Salman Butt hitting 74, but they lost four wickets for 22 runs in nine overs.

Pakistan appeared on the way to a good total once Butt and Shoaib Malik, their seventh opening pair in as many matches, had settled in a stand of 80.

Even the wicket of Malik, lbw to Flintoff for 39, did not take them off course.

On a pitch that was slow and low from the start, England failed to exploit their sole obvious opportunity - the small amount of swing on offer early in the day.

But, with Marcus Trescothick at the helm after Michael Vaughan injured his knee last weekend, the tourists refused to let their heads drop.

An impressive display from spinner Udal, at 36 England's oldest debutant in 17 years, and Flintoff brought them back into contention.

Harmison swung the balance further in their favour with two wickets in the first over after tea.

He had danger man Younis Khan lbw for 39 then set Hasan Raza up for a loose drive at a delivery that yorked him.

Despite having two slow bowlers in their attack, Ashley Giles and Udal, England had waited until the 25th over of the day to introduce spin.

Left-armer Giles' arrival directly preceded Flintoff's wicket.

Shaun Udal
Udal celebrates his first Test wicket, dismissing Butt

Udal had to wait until after lunch to bowl his first Test delivery, which Butt lofted over cover for four.

But he soon found his line, and some turn, gaining sufficient confidence to loft a delivery up to Butt, who edged with a wild drive.

In the near-farce that followed, Trescothick juggled at slip, saw the ball bounce of his head for wicket-keeper Geraint Jones to take diving backwards.

Flintoff capitalised two overs later, with a delivery typical of former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, utilising reverse-swing to beat new batsman Mohammad Yousuf.

After Harmison's burst, Pakistan consolidated, with Inzamam sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 55 with Kamran Akmal.

But Trescothick took the new ball five overs from the close.

And Hoggard swung a delivery away from Akmal to induce a poor short and an edge to slip, where the stand-in skipper collected.

Pakistan surprised many by selecting a single spinner, Danish Kaneria getting the nod over veteran Mushtaq Ahmed.

Leg-spin all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has hit 350 runs and taken 14 wickets in the last four Tests, was omitted in favour of batsman Raza.

Pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed, was chosen to play in his first Test for five months after overcoming a chucking controversy, replaced Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Report: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

Interview: England's Shaun Udal

Interview: Pakistan's Salman Butt


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