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Summary

  1. England bowled out late on day one
  2. Ballance 70, Moeen 63, Cook 45
  3. Recalled Sohail takes 5-96
  4. Sohail playing first Test for five years
  5. Third Test, Edgbaston; series 1-1

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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And that's where we'll leave it after an entertaining and evenly matched day of Test cricket.

England 297 all out after being asked to bat - about level, right? Let's see how Pakistan bat tomorrow.

Goodbye.

And, after missing the press-up celebration at Lord's, Sohail wanted a piece of the action, adding some claps to his workout for good measure.

Old dog. New tricks.

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Pakistan may feel that they have allowed England 40 or 50 too many, but to bowl England out on day one for under 300 is a commendable performance.

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Pakistan's Sohail Khan on Sky Sports: "When I played my first two Test matches, the pitches were flat and it didn't swing for me. But no excuses - I worked hard and it paid off.

"Good areas are good areas wherever you are. My plan was to hit the right area - you can bowl against any batsman if you hit the right area."

There was some dashing strokeplay by Steven Finn, but he was left high and dry when Sohail pinned James Anderson leg before to complete his maiden Test five-fer. That was the last action of the day, England all out for 297.

Pakistan, though, worked their way through the lower order. First Chris Woakes, then, with the aid of the new ball, Stuart Broad and Moeen.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Moeen played lovely today. He played today a very sensible, careful innings. His fifty was worth a fortune to England. That’s enough. If England bowl well, catch their catches, it will be alright.

That left Moeen to complete his sixth Test half-century, often playing with a flourish.

Ballance on his dismissal, on TMS: "I'm a bit disappointed to get out like that. It was a good catch by the keeper. I'm pretty happy with how I played today. Yeah I could have gone across too much but a bit more bat and it could have gone for four."

Ballance shared 66 with Moeen Ali, a stand ended when the left-hander bizarrely tickled Yasir Shah down the leg side.

Gary Ballance on TMS: "It was tough the whole day. They were always in the game, it kept you honest. And at the end of the day I think it was a par score. If someone gets a hundred, and we get 350 that’s great.

"But if we bowl well, this could be a par score. With a bit of cloud cover, we bowl well and get a second-innings lead we will have a chance."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

It was a very accomplished innings today from Ballance, very disciplined and very well earned. Nobody can be guaranteed a long run. You have to perform. There are lots of pluses for being talented and staying in the national side. But there’s no certainty. You’re as good as your last innings.

Gary Ballance was another member of England's middle-order in need of runs, the left-hander delivering his first half-century since the first Ashes Test last summer.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Look at Vince, he’s not convincing. He’s a natural player, but I don’t think he’s got a game plan. Has he got any other shots than the cover drive?

Once again, James Vince threatened to look the part, only to fall in familiar fashion for 39. And, when Jonny Bairstow became Sohail's fourth wicket, England were struggling at 158-5.  

Alastair Cook looked in good touch for his 45, but the skipper falling lbw to Rahat Ali for 45 felt like a big moment. From then on, Pakistan chipped away.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Whoever was the think tank to bring the right-arm fast bowler, did some real thinking on it, just as England had to do thinking after Lord’s. Pakistan are thinking better. I think it will be a real cat and mouse game.

Geoffrey wasn't alone in saying he would have batted. Plenty were thinking the same until Sohail Khan got to work on Alex Hales and Joe Root.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

I said this morning in the first half hour that I’d have batted. The decision by Misbah was a calculated gamble. It was partly negative because he was wary of Anderson. Secondly, he saw something in the pitch that most of us didn’t. There’s a bit of pace, and a bit where the odd ball doesn’t come on. There’s a bit of swing, a bit of movement. There’s been encouragement more than anything. England all out less than 300, Misbah will be thinking he’s done alright.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Pakistan will think they've got to be batting tomorrow night. On a pitch like this if they bat badly, you can see a team being bowled out for 150.

What to make of all that? When you win the toss and field then bowl the opposition out for 297 on the first day you're the happier side, right? Pakistan should sleep sounder, but I suspect there will be encouragement for the bowlers throughout this match. We could be in for another cracker.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Pakistan have got to do their batting in the first innings. If they're going to go big they've got to do it in the first innings. I don't think their decision to bowl first has been vindicated yet but Misbah will feel pretty good. That engine room has really got to fire for Pakistan tomorrow. 

Five-wicket haul for Sohail Khan

Oh yes! A brilliant celebration from Sohail Khan, who takes the press-ups a stage further. In his first Test for five years, he picks up his first five-fer and doesn't only do the push-ups, but adds a hand clap between each one. Showing off. With 5-96, he deserves the applause.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

That's a nice friendly day's cricket finished isn't it? It's been a fascinating day - some lovely strokeplay. It's been difficult for bowlers as well with blustery conditions. England will know they could have got more. But they've got a score they can bowl to.

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Anderson lbw Sohail 5 (Eng 297)

It looked pretty plumb and the replay confirms as much. Shape back into James Anderson, crashing into leg stump, England 297 all out. That will be stumps at the end of Pakistan's day.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Good shape back in to Jimmy Anderson.

Umpire review

Eng 297-9

No Jimmy! Is Steven Finn's fun over? Is Anderson lbw? Does Sohail Khan have a five-fer?

Eng 297-9

Steven Finn! On the up through mid-on for four! That's why England aren't declaring. He even holds the pose. If you get a picture of that, he'll sign it for you. Now we're so close to 18:30, I'm pretty sure that Pakistan can't bat tonight. Now Finn's pulling for four! It's like watching Kevin Pietersen. Get him up the order. Now we know why he got the nod over Jake Ball. It's the dashing late-order strokeplay.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

What Pakistan have done, is give themselves a chance. You don't want to judge before both teams have bowled and 287 is very competitive, but it's also below-par. With what England have in the lineup they should be getting more.

Eng 287-9

Shot! Jimmy Anderson gives a short ball the complete beans, getting four over the slips. Then a shimmy, a flash for a single to third man, where fielder Sohail Khan looks like his body could fall to pieces at any moment. There are five overs left in the day. England could bowl a maximum of two of them.  

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STONEY: I wonder if Jimmy will get the reverse sweep out for the new ball?    

bROCKerz: Could certainly do with the Burnley Lara right now! I hear he hit a pretty decent score at this ground once upon a time.

Eng 282-9

Finn 5, Anderson 0

Serious question, but would Pakistan be better off hanging the ball outside off stump for the remainder of the day? Come back and finish this innings tomorrow? I like a good outside-the-box theory. Intentionally or not, Sohail does just that to Finn, who drives like a man trying to nick off. He follows that by taking an off-stump half-volley through mid-wicket in the style of Viv Richards. Shot of the day.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

The Pakistan batsmen will be looking at this thinking they've got a few overs left if they come out to bat. The number three will think 'oh I'll send the nightwatchman out'. Rahat Ali could be the man for that.

Eng 278-9

James Anderson shuffles out to the crease, probably thinking he'd rather be bowling than batting at this moment. Looking again at that Moeen shot, if he'd middled it he would have damaged the ball. Amir consistently goes past Anderson's outside edge. Their openers probably don't mind that - they'd prefer to be strapping the pads on first thing in the morning.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

He's made a very valuable 63 runs. He'll be a bit disappointed with that wicket. He might have wanted to have another look at that. But the new ball does the trick again.

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Moeen c Sarfraz b Amir 63 (Eng 278-9)

No doubt about this one. Moeen Ali plays a champagne drive at Mohammad Amir, only succeeding in getting an edge behind to the big paws of Sarfraz. England nine down, it's been Pakistan's day. Now then (and be honest), who thought that bowling first was a good idea?  

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Sohail will be delighted with his work. That little five-fer would have sat well with his dinner.

not-outEng 278-8

When the ball hits Steven Finn on the flap of the pad, you know that height is going to be an issue. Umpire's call reprieves the big man, who celebrates with a flash outside the off stump. No bat, but satisfying all the same.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

That looked pretty adjacent.

Umpire review

Eng 278-8

This looks close. Sohail Khan shares the new ball, ending Yasir's 25-over spell. Finn the batsman. Look straight, but is it high?