With this, the Karachi-born spinner achieved a unique milestone as he became the first-ever Pakistan bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick a five-wicket haul in the first session of a Test match.
Ahmed dismantled England’s top order and left them reeling at 167/5 inside the first session of the opening day of the ongoing Multan Test, dismissing Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, and Harry Brook.
No other bowler apart from Abrar Ahmed could manage to eke out a wicket in the first session of the ongoing Test. England was reeling at 180/5 at lunch after deciding to bat first in the second Test.
The leg-spinner also became the 13th Pakistan bowler to bag a five wicket-haul on debut. He also became the first Pakistani debutant to pick up five wickets on the first day of a Test match since Wahab Riaz picked up a 5-for against England at the Oval in 2010.
Pakistan Aims To Level The Series
Pakistan are already without their pace master Shaheen Shah Afridi, who was ruled out of the series following appendicitis surgery. Later Haris Rauf, who made his Test debut against England in Rawalpindi also ruled out of the series due to injury.
Naseem Shah, who picked a five-wicket haul in the first Test also ruled out of the second Test after he suffered a niggle in his right shoulder. The hosts have replaced them with all-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf and uncapped spinner Abrar Ahmed.
England currently leads the series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Rawalpindi. They must be looking to take an unassailable lead by winning the Multan Test. They have brought in their star fast bowler Mark Wood for injured all-rounder Liam Livingstone in the ongoing Test.