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Woakes, Buttler guide England to victory in first Pakistan Test

Hosts register three-wicket win on day four in Manchester

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Aug 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago

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England beat Pakistan by three wickets in the first Test at Manchester on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

A 139-run partnership by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and fast-bowler Chris Woakes proved to be the undoing for Azhar Ali’s side.

Pakistan, who started the fourth day’s play at their overnight score of 137-8, were dismissed for 169 in their second innings.

Yasir Shah, who was the top scorer for his side with his 33-run knock, was caught by Jos Buttler off Jofra Archer’s bowling after he added 21 runs to his overnight score of 12.

Jofra Archer wrapped things up by cleaning up Naseem Shah.

England, chasing a 277-run target, lost their first wicket at the score of 22 as Rory Burns (12) was given LBW off Mohammad Abbas’ bowling.

The hosts started the afternoon session at the score of 55-1 with skipper Joe Root and Dominic Sibley batting at 18 and 26 respectively.

Pakistan started to make inroads when their 64-run partnership for the second wicket came to an end when Yasir had Sibley caught out by Asad Shafiq for 36.

Root went on to score 42 before he was trapped LBW by Naseem.

Ben Stokes became the third England batsman to be dismissed in the session as he was caught for nine.

Ollie Pope, who top scored with 62 in the first innings, contributed just nine runs to the scorecard before he was caught by Shadab Khan off Shaheen Shah Afridi’s bowling.

As England were struggling at 117-5, Buttler and Woakes then got together and anchored the side to 167-5 at lunch.

They both went on to score half-centuries and stitched a match-winning partnership of 139 runs for the sixth wicket. Their stand was broken when Buttler was dismissed leg before by Yasir after scoring 75.

Stuart Broad made seven when he was dismissed in the same fashion by the leg spinner.

Woakes ensured the side get home as he went on top score with 84.

Day Three

Pakistan suffered a batting collapse in their second innings against England in the first Test at Manchester on Friday.

The visitors were 137-8 at stumps on day three with a lead of 244 runs. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas were unbeaten on 12 and nought respectively

Earlier, England were bowled out for 219 in their first innings as Yasir Shah returned with figures of 4-66 for the side.

The hosts started the third day’s proceedings on their overnight score 92-4. The side added 67 runs in the morning session.

Ollie Pope went on to score a half-century and top scored for the side with 62 before being caught at slips by Shadab Khan off Naseem Shah’s bowling.

The side went for lunch at 159-5 with Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes remaining unbeaten.

The England batting lineup crumbled in the afternoon session as Yasir Shah spinning through the side. He bowled Buttler for 38 and dismissed Woakes in the same fashion for 19.

The leg spinner then had Dominic Bess caught out for one.

Shadab Khan bagged his first wicket after Jofra Archer nicked one to Mohammad Rizwan for 16. He wrapped up the innings by getting James Anderson leg before for seven.

Stuart Broad remained not out at 29.

Despite having a 107-run lead, the situation turned on its head for Pakistan when they came out to bat again as Shan Masood — who played a remarkable 156-run knock in the first innings — fell for a duck.

Pakistan were 20-1 at tea with skipper Azhar Ali and Abid Ali at the crease. The side slumped to 33-2 after the latter was caught by Chris Woakes off Dominic Bess’ bowling for 20.

Chris Woakes then got into the action by taking two wickets in quick succession. He had vice-captain Babar Azam caught by Ben Stokes for just five and then trapped skipper Azhar Ali leg before for 18, leaving the side struggling at 63-4.

Mohammad Rizwan and Asad Shafiq took the side past the 100-run mark but poor running between the wickets cost the latter his wicket and they were 101-5.

The side then slumped to 120-6 after Ben Stokes — who was surprisingly called on to bowl — got Rizwan LBW for 26.

The pressure kept mounting on Pakistan as England’s pace attack had the visitors rattled. Shadab made 15 before he was trapped leg before by Broad.

There was commotion in the final over of the day as  Shaheen Shah Afridi caught out for two by Rory Burns off Stokes’ bowling.

Day Two

England were 92-4 at stumps on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Manchester on Thursday.

The hosts trail by 234 runs with Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler unbeaten at 46 and 15 respectively.

The hosts had the worst possible start to their reply of Pakistan’s first innings total of 326 all out as they lost the wickets of openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley in quick fashion.

Burns was dismissed in the very first over as he was trapped leg before by Shaheen for eight. Sibley wasted a reviewed and was dismissed by Abbas for eight in similar fashion.

Abbas then had talisman Ben Stokes clean bowled with a beauty for nought as the hosts slumped to 12-3.

Skipper Joe Root and Ollie Pope then put on a 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket. They were reduced to 62-4 as the captain was caught out off leggie Yasir Shah’s bowling for 14.

Pope and Buttler added 30 runs to the scorecard before the stumps were drawn.

Pakistan started the second day’s play on their overnight total of 139-2 with vice-captain Babar Azam and Shan Masood at the crease on 69 and 46 respectively.

Babar failed to add anything to his overnight total.   

However, Shan Masood’s sublime knock of 156 proved to be a key factor for Pakistan in taking the initiative in the series opener. He became the first opener from the country to score a Test century on English soil, a feat which was held by Saeed Anwar since 1996.

He also stitched a crucial 105-run partnership at the sixth wicket with Shadab Khan, who played a handy knock of 45.

Day One

Pakistan were 139-2 at the end of the first day’s play. Babar and opening batsman Shan Masood had stitched a 96-run partnership for the third wicket.

It took a while for the Pakistan’s Test vice-captain to get going. He reached his half-century with the help of nine boundaries. He was not out at 69.

Opening batsman Shan Masood was also looking in good nick. He is closing on another Test half-century as he was unbeaten on 46.

Pakistan started the afternoon session at 53-2 with Babar and Shan batting at 27 and four respectively.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first. They managed to struggle earlier with the pace combination of James Anderson and Stuart Broad getting the ball to swing.

Shan’s opening partner Abid Ali survived early on as he edged the ball to slips but it was just out of Rory Burns’ reach. He was finally dismissed in the 16th over as he was knocked over by Jofra Archer for 16.

Test skipper Azhar Ali headed for the pavilion shortly as he was trapped leg-before by pacer Chris Woakes for nought.

The fixture is being contested in a bio-secure environment without any audience in the stands. It will also be the first series in Test cricketing history in which the third umpire will be calling no-balls.

England are heading into the Pakistan series after claiming a 2-1 series win over the West Indies. The side lost the first Test but made a remarkable recovery in the following games to take the series home.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have not played a single international fixture since February this year due to the coronavirus.

Their two-match Test series against Bangladesh, which was to be completed following this year’s edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), was halted halfway. Azhar Ali’s side had a 1-0 lead after winning the series-opener.

The match will begin at 3pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).


England XI: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and James Anderson.

Pakistan XI: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah.

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  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho  August 7, 2020 11:25 am/ Reply

    Centurion Shan Masood was efficient and at times brilliant. Bowlers did a great job. A fine day of cricket for Pakistan. Well played.

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