Pakistan Thrash England by Nine Wickets in Lord's Test

by Steven Clarke May 31, 2018, 11:09
Pakistan Thrash England by Nine Wickets in Lord's Test

The duo picked up four wickets each on the fourth day to bundle England out for 242 leaving the batsman with 63 runs to chase in the last innings.

England's second innings began with a deficit of 179 runs and in the most disgusting way. Alastair Cook (one run) and Mark Stoneman (nine runs) fell in the first hour of play, leaving them at 31-2.

The second Test will take place in Headingly, starting from June 1.

Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out.

Abbas removed Stuart Broad in similar fashion for a duck and Bess, left to throw the bat with only last man James Anderson for company, was cleaned up by an Amir inswinger with only 27 minutes played.

A feature of Buttler's fine innings the previous evening was his positive footwork to the seamers, in particular, getting forward and moving across to off-stump to negate the Pakistan bowlers' probing line, but Abbas found some seam movement back into him with the wicket ball to beat his inside edge.

It took Pakistan just 12.4 overs to reach their victory target, with Sohail hitting a six and a four against 20-year-old off-spinner Bess, who went wicketless on debut, as Pakistan sealed their to fifth win in a Test at Lord's in style. "It's a hard pill to swallow".

But for the oasis of Buttler and debutant No 8 Bess's seventh-wicket partnership - which more than doubled the total after they joined forces on a sorry second-innings 110-6, with 69 runs needed to avoid an innings defeat -England were outplayed in all departments here.

"Keep believing", said Root. "We have to be better".

England were bowled out for 184 on the first day after Root won the toss and never recovered as they suffered their first defeat in a May Test at the home of cricket following series losses in Australia and New Zealand.

"We've got to give it time to work", said Root in a press conference after the game, but for now they have four days until the next Test at Headingley, time they're going to need to make the most of if things aren't going to continue to spiral ominously downwards.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has congratulated the national team for winning the Lord's cricket test against England.

At the close of play on the day 2, Pakistan trailed England by 177 runs with Mohammad Amir was 19 not out and Mohammad Abbas scored 4 at the crease.

Imran, who led Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992, admitted that he was highly impressed at how Sarfraz Ahmed's side tormented and punished England throughout the match.


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