Victory at Lord`s: Pakistan beat England by 75 runs
2016-07-18 07:36:23 | Latest Pakistani News
Victory at Lord`s: Pakistan beat England by 75 runs
LONDON : – Pakistan on Sunday defeated England by 75 runs in the first Test match of the four-match series that was played at Lord's cricket stadium.
Pakistani skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, after winning the toss decided to bat first. Pakistan posted a total of 339 runs in the 1st innings. Misbah remained the top-scorer with 114 runs whereas Chris Woakes took 6 wickets for England.
The host team was bowled out for a total of 272 runs on the third day of the game in the first innings. England captain Alastair Cook was the top-scorer for his side with an individual score of 81 runs. Yasir Shah made the English batsmen struggle at the crease with his magnificent spin-bowling as he was able to take 6 wickets in the 1st innings.
Pakistan, after having a lead of 67 runs, were able to make another 215 runs hence giving England a total of 283 runs to win the match. With an individual total of 49 runs, Asad Shafiq was the top-scorer for Pakistan whereas Woakes again was the leading wicket-taker for England with a 5-for in the second innings.
England was bowled out for a total of 207 in the second innings of the match. Jonny Bairstow was the top-scorer for England with a score of 48 runs. Yasir Shah was yet again the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan with a total of 4 wickets in the second innings whereas Rahat Ali picked 3 wickets. Mohammad Amir bowled out 2 players. Pakistan won the match with a total of 75 runs.
Yasir Shah marked his first Test outside of Asia and the United Arab Emirates by taking 10 wickets in the match as Pakistan beat England by 75 runs in their series opener at Lord's on Sunday.
Leg-spinner Shah took 10 for 141, including a second-innings haul of four for 69 on Sunday's fourth day. His return, which surpassed Waqar Younis's previous Test-match best for Pakistan at Lord's of eight for 154, was central to the tourists going 1-0 up in this four-match series.
Mohammad Amir in his first Test appearance since he was given a five-year ban for his part in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord's -- Pakistan's last Test at 'the home of cricket' -- ended the match when he bowled last man Jake Ball.
Victory prompted the whole Pakistan team toperform several press-ups in front of the Lord's Pavilion -- a reference to their pre-tour military boot camp.
England, set 283 for victory, were all out for 207.
They were holding firm at 195 for six thanks to a determined stand of 56 between Jonny Bairstow (48) and Chris Woakes (23).
But Bairstow's three-and-a-half hour innings ended when he was bowled trying to whip a Shah leg-break. England were soon 196 for eight when left-arm quick Amir bowled Stuart Broad.
Shah then had Woakes, who took 11 wickets in the match, caught at slip before Amir ended the contest.
It was Pakistan's unheralded left-arm quick Rahat Ali who removed England's top three to reduce the hosts to 47 for three.
His back-off-a-length ball had England captain Alastair Cook (eight) edging through to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Cook's opening partner Alex Hales (16) then carelessly chased a wide Rahat ball outside off stump, with Mohammad Hafeez holding a good catch at first slip.
Joe Root struck two superb cover-driven fours off Rahat but the star batsman fell into a hooking trap on nine when he paddled a Rahat short ball to Shah, set back at deep square leg.
James Vince too got off the mark with a cover-driven four off Rahat.
Vince was on nine when his edged drive off Rahat flew to Younis Khan only for the second slip to drop both the initial low catch and the rebound.
Vince struck nine fours, mainly through the offside, on his way to a Test-best 41 not out at lunch without looking assured.
He had added just one run to his lunch score when, not moving his feet, he edged a booming drive of a Wahab Riaz delivery that moved away to second slip Younis, who this time clung on at the second attempt.
England were making steady progress at 135 for four when leg-spinner Shah, who took six for 72 in the first innings, bowled recalled left-hander Gary Ballance behind his legs for a painstaking 43 with a delivery that spun out of the rough.
Moeen Ali (two) then charged down the pitch in an attempt to drive Shah, only to be bowled between bat and pad by a well-flighted delivery.
The run-rate slowed as Bairstow and Woakes dug in, knowing they had just the tail behind them at a sun-drenched Lord's.
Riaz, the third of Pakistan's left-arm quicks, was desperately unlucky as he repeatedly beat the bat during an excellent spell of reverse-swing bowling.
Pakistani cricketers celebrated their victory with an unusual celebration when the squad performed a series of press-ups.
Misbah-ul-Haq's side attended an army boot camp before the tour to improve their infamously poor fitness, and batsman Younis Khan led the squad in performing a routine of press-ups followed by a salute in front of the ground's famous pavilion.
Misbah, 42, had celebrated in similar fashion on the opening day on Thursday after reaching a hundred that helped set up his team's 75-run win.