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Pakistan Stun England to Win First Test at Lord’s

July 18
08:08 2016

englNew Delhi, Monday, July 18 – At Lord’s in London, England squad was stunned by Pakistan post suffering a batting collapse despite being strong after the first Test match begun on July 14. The match which was supposed to end today finished a day ago when the travellers made sure not to make a blunder that could build unwanted stress on the whole squad and snatch victory away from England, who missed the chance of taking a lead in the series.

The home side was led by Alastair Cook. The Playing XI included Joe Root, Alex Hales, James Vince, Gary Ballance, wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Jake Ball. The player to sit on bench was Toby Roland-Jones. Pakistan squad had Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq – the captain, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali and Asad Shafiq. Those in extras were Zulfiqar Babar, Sami Aslam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Rizwan and Imran Khan.

If truth be told, the joy to watch contests that last for five days is totally different thanks to ups and downs in the longest format of the game. The play can change any point of time as like a day ago when wickets were lost and runs weren’t pocketed frequently that could have helped England save the match. The viewers were in no doubt that an interesting contest was on the cards. It was a little bit tough for cricket lovers to wait for the action to begin as both teams being heavyweights. Pakistan’s first innings came to an end at a score of 339 runs in 99.2 overs after they won the toss and elected to bat first. Mohammad Hafeez was successful in leaving an impression as he played a knock of 40 runs in 59 balls, together with eight 4s but opener Shan Masood and Azhar Ali failed to do so as they both were out at an individual total of 7. Hafeez was dismissed by Woakes before Ali.

Younis Khan spent some time on the crease and helped the team get some stability. Prior being dismissed by Broad at 33 runs, he sent the ball into the fences for four times. Misbah-ul-Haq played a captain’s innings, making England go at the back seat for a while. Asad Shafiq was able to perform as well.  Woakes dismissed him at a time when he was batting at the score of 73 attained in 130 balls. His innings consisted of 12 boundaries. Woakes showed Rahat Ali a way back to the dressing room when he was trying to open his account; what he couldn’t. Sarfraz Ahmed – the Pakistan wicket-keeper, also succumbed to Woakes post scoring 25 runs of 29 balls (4 x 4).  Wahab Riaz was another prey of Woakes and out for a duck. Pakistan skipper held the fort for a long time and kept the momentum up. Before Broad earned his wicket, the Pakistan skipper scored 114 runs off 199 balls (4 x 18).

Mohammad Amir threw his wicket to Broad when Root did not make a mistake to pouch the ball. 12 runs off 10 balls from him comprised three boundaries. Yasir Shah was not out at 11 runs, together with a four. As a matter of fact, England looked forward to have a wonderful start in the tournament. However, that did not turn up in a way as the host thought given that opener Alex Hales was dismissed by Rahat Ali at a score of 6. Alastair Cook and Joe Root helped the team not to miss the track by playing a knock of 81 runs (4 x 12) and  48 runs (4 x 7) before throwing their wickets to M Amir and Yasir Shah, respectively. James Vince was lbw by Shah at 16 runs, which included three boundaries too. Gary Ballance was out in the same manner by the same bowler when playing at an individual score of 6 (4 x 1). Jonny Bairstow hit five fours, runs for singles and twos to score 29 before his stint was ended by Shah, who also got wicket of Moeen Ali, who scored 23 runs of 33 balls, together with a couple of fours. Stuart Broad struck a four and faced 45 balls to get 17 runs when Riaz dismissed him.

Steven Finn was lbw by Yasir Shah at 5 runs, while Jake Ball was run out as a result of quick response by Masood & Riaz. Chris Woakes was not out at 35 runs that came post facing 96 deliveries. Four 4s added attraction to his innings. England were all out at 272 runs. Continuous efforts in the right direction were the only way to unlock the door to success. Pakistan second innings ended a bit earlier than expected. 215 runs were totalled by the entire team. Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz were out at a naught, Shan Masood at 24 runs, Azhar Ali at 23 runs, Younis Khan at 25 runs, Asad Shafiq at 49 runs, Sarfraz Ahmed at 45 runs, Yasir Shah at 30 runs and Mohammad Amir at a single. Rahat Ali was not out at a zero.

Target looked achievable since England came out to bat in the morning session of the fourth day. Having cricketers with outstanding abilities, it seemed as if England will have an easy win on their side. But story was a complete change when Alastair Cook had to go back to the pavilion at a score of 8, Alex Hales at 16 runs and Joe Root at 9 runs. Some stability was brought by James Vince, who fell 8 runs short to get a fifty, Gary Balance, who played an innings of 43 runs with the help of six 4s, and Jonny Bairstow, who got 48 runs in 147 deliveries with four 4s included. The moment, they were out, England were off track. Moeen Ali could only score 2 runs when his wicket was taken by Yasir Shah, who also dismissed Chris Woakes at a score of 23 (4 x 1). Stuart Broad lost his wicket at a score of 1 when Amir was brought back on attack.

Game was over for English cricketers when Jake Ball threw his wicket to Amir at a score of 3. Steven Finn was not out at 4 runs which came through a boundary.  The happy faces of Pakistan cricket team left the England hurt as it was a match that could have been won by the host had a few been able to deliver at the right time. Those who saw ongoing tournament one of the best opportunities to create a specific place of theirs got success in achieving it. Shah, who has been into tremendous form, was the key source of motivation for his teammates picking four wickets when England came to bat for a second time. Rahat Ali also did great in the contest wherein England innings concluded at 207 runs. Pakistan won by 75 runs. Yasir Shah was given ‘Man of the Match’ award. Though it is clear that situations in the second match of the Test series will completely be different, people predict an outstanding show from Pakistan again, keeping their strengths in mind. Curtains will be taken off from the fact which team manages to win the second series by capitalizing chances and which group fails to do so.

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