Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

England vs Pakistan - Highlights & Stats

England vs Pakistan - Highlights & Stats

Pakistan beat England by the commanding margin of nine wickets to win the first Test at Lord s on Sunday.

Victory, completed before lunch on the fourth day, put Pakistan 1-0 up in a two-match series ahead of the second Test at Headingley that starts on Friday.

With Mohammads Abbas and Amir to the fore, Pakistan scalped England's supine lower order with four wickets for six runs in the space of 18 balls, before Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail made light of the early loss of Azhar Ali to stroll across the finish line in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 54.

But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around.

In the recently concluded Test between England and Pakistan, the home side was thrashed by a staggering nine-wicket margin. However, International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed 60 percent of his match fee for maintaining the slow over-rate during the Test match. "We were outperformed in all three departments".

"If you look at the England team they are very experienced but I am proud of my players". "We had a really good chat about how we wanted to go about this summer before we approached training and I think we went about things the right way".

The bell, which is located outside the Bowlers' Bar of the Lord's Pavilion, is rung to signify the imminent start of play, and it has become a great honour to be invited to ring it on the morning of a Test match.

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"We took him off the field because he had some discomfort".

Buttler was 66 not out and Bess 55 not out after the 20-year-old marked his Test debut with a fine fifty. Mark Wood had no answer to Amir's wiles when the new ball was taken midway through the next over - he grazed Amir through to Sarfraz for 4.

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.

It was the latest memorable Lord's incident for Amir, who took six wickets in a Test innings at MCC's headquarters in 2010 - the same match where his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal led to a jail sentence and a five-year ban from cricket.

Mohammad Abbas of Pakistan celebrates.

Abbas then repeated that trick with a mirror-image snick off the left-handed Stuart Broad for a duck, before Amir flattened Dom Bess's off stump to wrap up another woeful collapse.

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