Pakistan wrap up convincing win


Pakistan produced a blistering performance on the fourth morning of the first Test at Lord’s to take England’s final four wickets in just 25 balls, before knocking off the 64 runs required to earn a nine-wicket win.

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The second new ball – due after the first two overs of the day – was seen to be a key moment in determining the result of the game after Jos Buttler and Dom Bess’ stirring century stand on the third evening had given England a glimmer of hope overnight, but Pakistan did not even need it to claim the prized wicket of Buttler (67), trapped lbw by Mohammad Abbas (4-41) in the second over.

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.

From there, England’s resistance quickly crumbled, with Mark Wood (4) – soon after cracking a glorious cover drive – and Stuart Broad (0) both out to regulation nicks to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Mohammad Amir (4-36), who shared the four wickets to fall with Abbas, then bowled Bess (57) to end the innings, beating the debutant’s attempted drive.

James Anderson (1-12) also sent the stumps splattering, with Azhar Ali (4) castled by a beauty that angled in at off stump and then straightened to beat the outside edge of his tentative prod.

It would be England’s only wicket as Pakistan knocked off the required runs with ease – 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.

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