Misbah century spearheads Pakistan to 282-6 in 1st test
LONDON (AP) Captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit a century in his maiden test appearance at Lord's and spearheaded Pakistan to 282-6 against England on the opening day of the first test on Thursday.
The 42-year-old Misbah overshadowed the return of fast bowler Mohammad Amir to international cricket after a five-year ban for spot-fixing on the same ground, by smashing 18 fours in his unbeaten 110 after he won the toss and opted to bat first.
Asad Shafiq made a compact 73 with a dozen fours, and put on 148 runs with his skipper before falling to England's best of the four-pronged pace bowlers, Chris Woakes (4-45).
England bowlers got little support from their fielders, who grassed two chances, notably Joe Root's low miss in the slips when Misbah was on 16.
Pakistan recovered well from 134-4 on a slow pitch before Woakes claimed two late wickets.