But England hit back today after losing the toss, bowling the tourists out for 174 at Headingley before ending the first day of the second Test on 106/2.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed hailed the spirit, prayers and various contributions of the Pakistani community based in the United Kingdom especially in Leeds where the national team is playing the second and final Test against England. English seamers, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad scalped three wickets each on the first day to bundle out the visitors for 174 in the first innings.
The forecast is for intermittent rain throughout the day.
Pakistan only need to avoid defeat at Headingley to seal a first series win in England for 22 years. There were positives in the form of Dom Bess, who finally took his maiden Test wicket, and Jos Buttler while Sam Curran, on debut, did a decent job too but this result does not suddenly make England world beaters.More news: Late eagle lifts Matsuyama into share of Memorial lead
Young Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Usman Salahuddin (33) added 42 runs in a fourth-wicket stand before Pakistan lost its last seven wickets for 50 runs.
No batsman has yet made a fifty this innings, with England's highest Test total without an individual half-century their 315 against the West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1986.
Curran, however, was out for 20 on his 20th birthday when he was well caught low down at second slip by Shafiq off man-of-the-series Mohammad Abbas, who took eight for 64 at Lord´s.
Buttler faced 101 balls, including 11 fours and two sixes.
A brief but thrilling passage of play ended with Buttler unbeaten five short of a career-best when Anderson was last out, edging Hasan Ali to slip in mid-morning.More news: Blood test offers hope of detecting cancers before symptoms develop
Their second innings started in style when Azhar Ali drove the first ball, from Anderson, for four.
England's all-time leading Test run-scorer did not look in any trouble until he gloved a hook off fast bowler Hasan Ali to wicket-keeper Sarfraz, shortly before Friday's close.
Anderson used favorable bowling conditions effectively with his twin strikes before lunch as Pakistan wobbled at 48-3.
Any hope Asad Shafiq, one of Pakistan's more experienced batsman, might steady the innings ended when he was given out on review for five after a thin glove down the legside off Broad was caught down the legside by wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.More news: Isis supporter Husnain Rashid admits plot to kill Prince George