Multan: England struck back after tea on the first day of the opening Test against Pakistan, reducing the hosts to 244 for 6 at stumps. Pakistan cruised to 103 for 1 at lunch after captain Inzamam-ul-Haq elected to bat first. Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik opened for Pakistan and the duo put up 80 for the first wicket before Andrew Flintoff dismissed Malik (39) leg before wicket before lunch. By the tea break, Pakistan had lost two more wickets, losing Salman Butt on 74 and Younis Khan on 39, but the hosts were already in a comfortable position. But Steve Harmison struck two quick blows after the break, leaving the hosts with the loss of five wickets in the post-tea session. Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq then tried to salvage the innings but then Matthew Hoggard struck and Kamran Akmal was dismissed for 28. Vaughan injured Marcus Trescothick is leading England in the absence of Michael Vaughan, who was ruled out of the opening match of with an injury to his right ankle sustained Monday during a warmup game. Middle-order batsman Hasan Raza returned to the Pakistani side after two years. He was ignored after playing just five Tests, the last being against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. Pakistan named three pacemen aÂ" Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami and Shabbir Ahmed - and two spinners aÂ" Danish Kaneria and Shoaib Malik - in their playing eleven. England are playing their first Test series after beating Australia at home in September to regain the Ashes after 18 years. Teams: England: Marcus Trescothick (capt), Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Geraint Jones, Ashley Giles, Shaun Udal, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard. Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Hasan Raza, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria.
(With wire inputs)