Traditionally Pakistan teams have faced tough time when on tour to England both on and off the pitch. Keeping in mind Pakistan’s past tract record the young Pakistan team that is currently on tour of England was not given much of a chance against England in England. But the young guns from Pakistan pulled off an emphatic win against England at Lords in just over three days. Sunday’s win was Pakistan’s fifth Test victory at Lord’s following wins at the “home of cricket” in 1982, 1992, 1996 and 2016. Pakistan despite having faced difficulties overseas especially in England has the best test record out of any side in England in recent years.
England won the toss on Lords and decided to bat in conditions that looked favorable for bowlers. The young and relatively inexperienced Pakistani pace attack took full advantage of the bowling conditions on offer and restricted England to just 184 runs. The Pakistani batsmen added to England miseries as half centuries from Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq and Shadab Khan helped Pakistan post 363 runs in the first innings.
England’s second innings response looked good and they were nearing hundred on the board at the loss of just two wickets but a collapse forced by some brilliant bowling by Muhammad Amir and Muhammad Abbas turned the tables. It was some lower order resistance by Josh Butler and Dominic Bess that frustrated Pakistan. However Pakistani pacers meant business on day four and wrapped up the England innings within a few overs. Pakistani chased down the partly target with the loss of just one wicket on their way to an emphatic nine wicket victory. Muhammad Abbasi who was only playing his seventh match was given the man of the match award for his eight wickets haul. The pacer now has 40 wickets to his name in just 7 matches at an average of just over 16, which is the lowest of any bowler in test cricket in the last hundred years. The young Pakistani players have surprised everyone with their performance and the team will now go into the Headingley test looking to wrap up the series.
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