Pakistan routs England in 1st Test

Pakistan’s Imamul Haq and Haris Sohail celebrate after winning the first Test match against England at Lord’s Sunday. — Reuters

LONDON — Pakistan completed a convincing nine-wicket victory over England to win the first Test at Lord’s with more than a day to spare Sunday.

Set just 64 for victory on the fourth morning, Pakistan finished on 66 for one before lunch to go 1-0 up in this two-match series ahead of next week’s second Test at Headingley.

Imamul Haq was 18 not out and Haris Sohail 39 not out.

England was undone by two top-order batting collapses, slumping to 184 all out after winning the toss in their first innings and declining to 160 for six in its second before fifties from Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess prevented an innings defeat.

This was England’s seventh loss in 10 Tests as its first match under new national selector Ed Smith ended in a resounding reverse.

What made this loss — just England’s third defeat in a home Test starting in May — all the more galling for Joe Root’s side was that it was outplayed in classic English conditions by a youthful Pakistan side, which displayed far greater discipline with both bat and ball.

England, resuming Sunday on 235 for six in its second innings, lost its last four wickets for just seven runs in 18 balls to be bowled out for 242.

That it had not already lost this match by an innings was down to a century stand between the recalled Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess that allowed England to resume Sunday on 235 for six, a lead of 56 runs.

Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out.

But eight balls into Sunday’s play and having added only one more run, Buttler was lbw to Mohammad Abbas for 67.

England was now 236 for seven and that soon became 241 for eight, after the tourists took the new ball, when Mark Wood edged Mohammad Amir to Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Stuart Broad made his Test-best 169 against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010 — a match that became known for a spot-fixing ‘sting’ that saw three Pakistan players, including Amir, jailed by an English court and given five-year bans by the International Cricket Council.

But Broad’s batting has gone downhill since he was struck in the face by a bouncer from India’s Varun Aaron in the fourth Test at Old Trafford four years ago.

And on Sunday he fell for a duck when prodding outside off stump at Abbas, with Sarfraz holding a routine catch.

The innings ended when Amir knocked over Bess’s off-stump.

Amir finished with innings figures of four for 36 and Man-of-the-Match Abbas had an impressive eight for 64 in the game after a second-innings haul of four for 41 in 17 overs.

It took Pakistan, which came into this match on the back of a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland, just 12.4 overs to reach their victory target, with Sohail hitting a six and a four against off-spinner Bess to seal a commanding victory that left England facing some searching questions. — AFP


England (1st innings) 184

Pakistan (1st Innings) 363

England (2nd Innings)

A. Cook lbw b M. Abbas 01

M. Stoneman b S. Khan 09

J. Root lbw b M. Abbas 68

D. Malan c S. Ahmed b M. Amir 12

J. Bairstow b M. Amir 00

B. Stokes c sub (F. Zaman) b S. Khan 9

J. Buttler lbw b M. Abbas 67

D. Bess b M. Amir 57

M. Wood c S. Ahmed b M. Amir 04

S. Broad c S. Ahmed b M. Abbas 00

J. Anderson not out 00

Extras (b4, lb9, w2) 15

Total (all out, 82.1 overs) 242

Falls: 1-1 (Cook), 2-31 (Stoneman), 3-91 (Malan), 4-91 (Bairstow), 5-104 (Stokes), 6-110 (Root), 7-236 (Buttler), 8-241 (Wood), 9-242 (Broad), 10-242 (Bess).

Bowling: Amir 18.1-3-36-4; Abbas 17-3-41-4; Ashraf 9-2-31-0; Hasan 19-3-58-0 (2w); Shadab 19-2-63-2.

Pakistan (2nd Innings)

Azhar Ali b Anderson 04

Imam not out 18

Haris Sohail not out 39

Extras (b3, lb2) 5

Total (1 wkt, 12.4 overs, 51 mins) 66

Did not bat: Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Azhar)

Bowling: Anderson 3-0-12-1; Broad 3-1-13-0; Bess 3.4-0-29-0; Wood 3-1-7-0.