Yasir Shah and Rahat Ali sealed a historic win for Pakistan at Lord’s to pick up a 1-0 lead in the Test series! A combination of reverse swing and leg spin proved too much for the batsmen to handle on Day 4 as England were bowled out for 207 in their second innings, losing the match by 75 runs.
The first session saw Pakistan being dismissed in just over two overs, as Stuart Broad picked up the final two wickets with just one run added to the overnight score. With a target of 283 on the board, England got off to the worst possible start as they lost their captain Alastair Cook for just 8 runs. The morning got worse as Joe Root fell to the short ball trap, as he played a pull shot and got caught at deep square-leg. James Vince and Gary Ballance were able to restore some stability to the innings but the introduction of Yasir Shah resulted in added pressure. Vince edged an out-swinger from Wahab Riaz and was caught at second slip by Younis Khan.
Ballance and Jonny Bairstow put together 39 runs before the former fell victim to Yasir Shah, as he bowled Ballance with a spectacular leg-break, that led many to remember Shane Warne’s famous dismissal of Andrew Strauss at Edgbaston in 2005. Moeen Ali played a rash shot which ended his innings early – and that turned out to be the beginning of the end for England. Woakes and Bairstow did offer some resistance though, as they put together 56 runs for the 7th wicket.
With the score at 195 for 7, all four results seemed possible but a quicker one from Yasir Shah ended Bairstow’s innings, giving Pakistan the opening they needed to secure the win. Mohammad Amir picked up the final wicket of Jake Ball, with a full delivery and gave Pakistan a fantastic victory by 75 runs. This was Pakistan’s first victory at Lord’s since 1996 and they definitely celebrated it in style!
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