Pakistan’s lively paceman Hasan Ali credited bowlers’ line and length in getting England out for a paltry 184 on the opening day of the first Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
Hasan (4-51) and Mohammad Abbas (4-23) bulldoze England after Joe Root won the toss and opted to bat. Pakistan at the close was 50-1 with Imam-ul-Haq dismissed for four while Azhar Ali (18) and Haris Sohail (21) were at the crease.
Hasan said the plan was to bowl full.
“When we started bowling the plan was to bowl full and straight,” said Hasan. “Then fielders helped us by taking good catches, Asad (Shafiq) took good catches so we did that.”
Hasan was a doubtful starter for the Test after injuring his webbing but early morning fitness test helped the management decide his inclusion over Rahat Ali.
“I had fitness test of bowling and batting so I was told after that that I will be playing. It was a dream come true as Lord’s is the home of cricket and here I got four wickets.”
Hasan hoped Pakistan get 300 plus total to put pressure on England.