Pakistan complete demolition of sorry England at Lord’s

Pakistan defeated England by nine wickets in Lord’s Test to go 1-0 up in the two-match series

Pakistan defeated England by nine wickets in Lord’s Test to go 1-0 up in the two-match series

Pakistan cruised to a nine-wicket win over England in the first test, needing just one session on day four 4 to take four wickets and then chase down a victory target of 64 at Lord's.

It would be England's only wicket as Pakistan knocked off the required runs easily - Haris Sohail (39no) taking a particular liking to Bess' bowling, with the Somerset off-spinner plundered for 29 runs in 3.4 overs - to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

Azhar Ali was 18 not out and Haris Sohail, missed in the slips when Ben Stokes dived across Dawid Malan, unbeaten on 21.

Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess fought a determined rearguard action as England avoided an innings defeat by Pakistan in the first Test at Lord's on Saturday.

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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.

Pakistan were able to outplay England on all four days of play in the opening Test at the Lord's, a very rare sight for the visitors and the hosts.

Mahmood, who is now Pakistan's Bowling Coach, retired from worldwide cricket in 2007, having played 21 Test matches and 143 One-Day Internationals for his country in a career spanning eleven years. "So he's always with me and I think it's a great feeling for me", Ahmed said. If we could have got two or three in a cluster that would have helped but they kept getting scores. It was compounded both by the meekness of the home team's display and the inexperience of a Pakistan side which contained just four players from the one which performed so admirably in 2016. Credit to Pakistan, they bowled well and they showed some fight with the bat.

That England had not already lost this match by an innings was down to a century stand between the recalled Buttler and newcomer Bess that allowed England to resume Sunday on 235 for six, a lead of 56 runs.

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Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out. Ten balls later, Mark Wood feathered a catch behind to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Mohammad Amir for 4, and Stuart Broad (0) did the same the next over off Abbas.

But the work of team fielding coach Steve Rixon, the former Australia wicket-keeper, was rewarded when Asad Shafiq held a hard catch at second slip edge after Jos Buttler, recalled as a specialist number seven, edged a drive off Hasan and fell for 14.

The innings ended when Amir knocked over Bess's off-stump.

Cook, playing in a record-equalling 153rd consecutive Test, was bowled by an excellent delivery from Mohammad Amir to end an innings lasting over three hours.

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