[caption id="attachment_706619" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/imam.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-706619" alt="Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan, Pakistan tour of England 2018" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/imam.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Imam-ul-Haq Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/imam-ul-haq" target="_blank">Imam-ul-Haq</a> guided Pakistan to 79 for three before bad light forced an early lunch on the first day of their tour opener against Kent at Canterbury on Saturday. <p></p> <p></p>Left-hander Imam, the 22-year-old nephew of Pakistan chief selector and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, was 37 not out, with Asad Shafiq unbeaten on two. <p></p> <p></p>If Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed wanted his top-order to experience typical early season English conditions, he could hardly have made a better decision than to bat first in this four-day fixture after winning the toss on an overcast morning. <p></p> <p></p>Openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali started steadily before Azhar (15), going for a booming drive, was clean bowled by Will Gidman. <p></p> <p></p>And 28 for one became 28 for two when Aslam (13) was LBW to Harry Podmore. <p></p> <p></p>Gidman also had Haris Sohail lbw for five in a miserly return of two for 16 in eight overs. <p></p> <p></p>Uncapped at Test level, Imam who made a century on his one-day international debut against Sri Lanka in October cover-drove two stylish fours off seamer Calum Haggett. <p></p> <p></p>He then advanced down the pitch to drive off-spinner Adam Riley for a boundary one of six fours in his 61 balls faced. <p></p> <p></p>Although the floodlights were on, play was halted shortly before the scheduled lunch break when the umpires ruled conditions had become unsafe. <p></p> <p></p>After this match, Pakistan face Northamptonshire before providing the opposition for Ireland's inaugural Test, in Malahide, from May 11-15. <p></p> <p></p>They then return across the Irish Sea for a two-Test series against England.