Men in Green register nine-wicket win in the first Test of two-match series
Pacer Mohammad Abbas produced an outstanding performance to help Pakistan in registering a nine-wicket win against England in the first Test of the two-match series at Lord’s. The game started with the home side opting to bat first in good conditions with a bit of moisture on the track.
However, their decision backfired as Pakistan bowled the Three Lions at the score of 184 in just 58 overs on day one. The star of the show for visitors was pacers Abbas and Hasan Ali, who claimed four wickets each and just gave away 74 runs in between them. For the home side, veteran opener Alastair Cook was the only one to put some resistance as he scored 70 off 148 balls with the help of 14 fours.
In reply, the Men in Green put a great performance with the bat and scored 363 runs in first innings and finished the proceedings with 179-run lead, thanks to half-centuries from Azhar Ali (50 off 136 balls with the help of six fours), Asad Shafiq (59 off 100 balls with the help of six fours and one six), Babar Azam (68 off 120 balls with the help of 10 fours) and Shadab Khan (52 off 85 balls with the help of six fours).
However, there was bad news for the visiting side as well as Azam was ruled out after suffering a fracture in his forearm.
For the home side, pacers James Anderson and Ben Stokes claimed three, whereas Mark Wood claimed two wickets. Starting their second in a huge deficit, England had another shocking display with the bat and lost their first six wickets for just 110 runs on the board, meaning an innings defeat looked imminent.
But a 126-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess scored fighting half-centuries to keep the home side alive in the contest. But a fiery half hour on the fourth morning from Mohammad Amir and Abbas restricted England to just 242 in the second innings.
Abbas once again finished with four wickets, this time alongside Amir for the visitors, whereas Captain Joe Root scored 68 off 120 balls with the help of eight fours. Another poor performance from England meant Pakistan had a 64-run target to chase to win the first Test, which they achieved at the expense of one wicket.
Mohammad Abbas, for taking eight wickets in the match, was named player of the match.