England stumble again as Pakistan close in on victory at Lord’s

26 May, 2018 11:35 pm

LONDON – The last time England lost the first Test of a home summer was 1995 when they were defeated by the Windies by nine wickets. That looks to be about to change as Pakistan close in on a brilliant victory as they continued their complete dominance of this match at Lord’s.

After being bowled out for 363, with Babar Azam unable to resume batting due to injury, they were 179 runs in front on first innings. But for a seventh wicket stand worth 121 from Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess the home side would have already lost this game as they struggled with the bat once again.

With Pakistan so far in the lead it was vital for England to get off to a strong start with their openers laying a solid platform. That isn’t what the home team got, with Alastair Cook trapped LBW off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas for 1 from the 11th ball of the innings.

Cook’s fellow opener, Mark Stoneman, didn’t last too much longer. He was dismissed by a big turning leg break from Shadab Khan that kept low and cannoned into his stumps. With England 31/2 they needed a recovery and that needed to be led by their captain, Joe Root.

A solid stand of 60 between Root and Malan looked to be keeping England in the match, with Root by far the most fluent of the two. Malan had contributed just 12 runs to the partnership when he was the next man to go, edging Mohammad Amir through to Sarfraz Ahmed. Pakistan’s captain took a superb catch with the gloves to leave England 91/3.

Just two balls later there was more jubilation for Pakistan, and dismay for England, when Amir bowled an absolute beauty that moved just enough into Johnny Bairstow to clip the top off his off stump, and England had slumped to 91/4.

With Root still at the crease England would have been thinking there was at least slim hope of them taking this match deep into the fourth day, but he needed support from the other end. When Ben Stokes clipped an innocuous delivery from Shadab into the hands of sub fielder, Fakhar Zaman, it was down to Root and Buttler with England’s long tail starting at number eight.

Root once again failed to convert a fifty into a truly match-defining score when he was dismssed LBW by Abbas for 68. It was a decent innings, but his team needed more from him if they were to claw their way back into this Test.


With the fall of Root’s wicket England had lost four batsmen for the 19 runs in the space of just 5.5 overs. It was down to Jos Buttler to save England’s blushes on his return to the team. Batting with the tail, Buttler made his way to 66* with some excellent support from Dom Bess who finished the day on 55 from 101 balls. Their partnership was the reason that Pakistan will have to bat again, but England are hanging on by a thread.

Bess played some absolutely brilliant drives as he made the most of the old ball against tiring Pakistani seamers, but he was playing second fiddle to Buttler who proved that he is far from being a white ball specialist.

Without Buttler England would have lost by innings, thanks to him they are only looking at a heavy defeat. Stranger things have happened, but Pakistan should wrap up victory tomorrow.

SCOREBOARD

 England  1st innings
 Alastair Cook   b Mohammad Amir                          70
 Mark Stoneman   b Mohammad Abbas                          4
 Joe Root        c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali               4
 Dawid Malan     c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali               6
 Jonny Bairstow  b Faheem Ashraf                          27
 Ben Stokes      lbw Mohammad Abbas                       38
 Jos Buttler     c Asad Shafiq b Hasan Ali                14
 Dom Bess        c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Abbas            5
 Mark Wood       c Mohammad Amir b Hasan Ali               7
 Stuart Broad    lbw Mohammad Abbas                        0
 James Anderson  Not Out                                   0
 Extras          1b 6lb 1nb 0pen 1w                        9
 Total           (58.2 overs)                    184 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-12 Stoneman, 2-33 Root, 3-43 Malan, 4-100 Bairstow, 5-149 Cook, 6-168 Stokes, 7-168 Buttler, 8-180 Bess, 9-180 Broad, 10-184 Wood

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Amir     14   3  41   1  2.93
 Mohammad Abbas    14   7  23   4  1.64
 Hasan Ali       15.2   2  51   4  3.33  1w 1nb
 Faheem Ashraf      9   2  28   1  3.11
 Shadab Khan        6   0  34   0  5.67

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 Pakistan  1st innings
 Azhar Ali       lbw James Anderson                       50
 Imam ul-Haq     lbw Stuart Broad                          4
 Haris Sohail    c Jonny Bairstow b Mark Wood             39
 Asad Shafiq     c Dawid Malan b Ben Stokes               59
 Babar Azam      Retired Hurt                             68
 Sarfraz Ahmed   c Mark Wood b Ben Stokes                  9
 Shadab Khan     c Jonny Bairstow b Ben Stokes            52
 Faheem Ashraf   b James Anderson                         37
 Mohammad Amir   Not Out                                  24
 Hasan Ali       c Jos Buttler b James Anderson            0
 Mohammad Abbas  c Jonny Bairstow b Mark Wood              5
 Extras          0b 14lb 1nb 0pen 1w                      16
 Total           (114.3 overs)                   363 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-12 ul-Haq, 2-87 Sohail, 3-119 Ali, 4-203 Shafiq, 5-227 Ahmed, 6-318 Ashraf, 7-332 Khan, 8-337 Ali, 9-363 Abbas

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 James Anderson    26   6  82   3  3.15
 Stuart Broad      25   9  61   1  2.44  1nb
 Mark Wood       24.3   6  74   2  3.02  1w
 Ben Stokes        22   5  73   3  3.32
 Dom Bess          17   0  59   0  3.47

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 England  2nd innings
 Alastair Cook   lbw Mohammad Abbas                   1
 Mark Stoneman   b Shadab Khan                        9
 Joe Root        lbw Mohammad Abbas                  68
 Dawid Malan     c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir     12
 Jonny Bairstow  b Mohammad Amir                      0
 Ben Stokes      c (Sub) b Shadab Khan                9
 Jos Buttler     Not Out                             66
 Dom Bess        Not Out                             55
 Extras          4b 9lb 0nb 0pen 2w                  15
 Total           (78.0 overs)                     235-6
Fall of Wickets : 1-1 Cook, 2-31 Stoneman, 3-91 Malan, 4-91 Bairstow, 5-104 Stokes, 6-110 Root
To Bat : Broad, Wood, Anderson

 Bowling         Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Amir   17   3  35   2  2.06
 Mohammad Abbas  15   3  36   2  2.40
 Faheem Ashraf    9   2  31   0  3.44
 Hasan Ali       18   3  57   0  3.17  2w
 Shadab Khan     19   2  63   2  3.32

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 Umpire         Paul Reiffel
 Umpire         Rodney Tucker
 Video          Bruce Oxenford
 Match Referee  Jeffrey Crowe

 




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