STUMPS! So, that's the end of play on day one. The play has been called off due to bad light. Such a shame, Babar Azam was looking in fine touch and will now have to restart tomorrow. Shan Masood remains stranded on 46. Do join us tomorrow for second day's action.
The play has been stopped once again but this time due to bad light. Babar Azam picked couple of boundaries after play restarted while Shan Masood was lucky to survive a stumping.
With light not that good, England have been forced to use spinners from both the ends. Dom Bess and Joe Root are bowling in tandem now. Tricky period this for Pakistan batsmen.
Update: Good news is that the play will resume shortly. Rain has cleared and so has the outfield.
Update: Umpires will have another inspection in 15 minutes from now. If no play is possible on or before 10:30 pm IST, then the day will be called off. Pakistan fans will not want that with Babar Azam looking in great touch.
Update: Rain has stopped in Manchester and covers are being removed. There will be an inspection at around 09:30 PM IST. So, if rain stays away we could have play after 45 minutes.
Update: Unfortunately, the rain has got heavier in Manchester and looks like we will have to wait longer for play to begin. First rain needs to stop.
Tea Break: With no relief from rain, umpires have decided to take an early tea to save some time.
That's half-century up for Babar Azam, this has been a special knock by him thus far and he is unfinished yet. Nine boundaries thus far for Babar. Meanwhile, rain stops play as players walk out off the field.
The partnership between Shane Masood and Babar Azam has gone past the fifty-run mark. Masood is into 40s as well as both the batsmen look solid in the middle now.
PAK vs ENG Live Score Updates, Day 1: Action in red-ball cricket is back as England are taking on Pakistan in the first Test of the three-match series. The encounter is taking place at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester. Joe Root and Co must be high on confidence with their recent performance against West Indies and will like to extend their winning run. On the other hand, Pakistan, who are in England since the last month, must have assessed the conditions well and will aim to defeat the Three Lions at their own den. Meanwhile, cricket fans should stay tuned for the live-action of Day 1 of the game. Live Cricket Streaming of Pakistan vs England 1st Test 2020 Day 1.
Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes were chief architects of England’s triumph against West Indies and the duo will look to torment the Pakistan team too. Other than them, youngsters like Ollie Pope and Dominic Sibley also impressed one and all in their previous outings. For Pakistan, Babar Azam, who is placed at the sixth-ranked Test batsman, will be critical to the visiting side's success in the series. While veterans like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq will use their experience to pile up runs in the series. In the bowling department, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi will aim to make a mark. England vs Pakistan, Manchester Weather, Pitch Report & Rain Forecast.
The Three Lions might start the game as favourites. However, they must be aware of Pakistan’s record in England in the past few years. Pakistan have won three out their last six Tests on England soil. So, it will be interesting to see if the visitors will better their record or England will register yet another victory.
England Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Sam Curran
Pakistan Squad: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali(c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Fawad Alam, Sohail Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti