Pakistan wrap up nine-wicket win as England wilt before lunch

Dean Simpson
May 28, 2018

Pakistan scored 363 in their first innings and England collapsed to 110 for six in their second before a seventh-wicket partnership of 126 between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess spared the embarrassment of an innings defeat and took the match into the fourth day.

England needed early wickets and Broad snared Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for four, but the hosts failed to make another breakthrough under the floodlights.

But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around.

The pair's 125-run stand was also a vindication for England's new national selector, Ed Smith, who had recalled Buttler as a specialist number seven and picked Somerset off-spinner Bess.

There is little time for an inquest into England's humiliation - and make no mistake, regardless of Pakistan's excellence, their opponents have been largely woeful - given that the second Test at Headingley gets underway on Friday.

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.

"I think we did some really good work leading into this game".

England, who had been 165 for five at tea, lost their last five wickets for a meagre 16 runs in 27 balls. If we could have got two or three in a cluster that would have helped but they kept getting scores.

"I thought Pakistan's bowlers exploited the conditions but we played some poor shots and gave some wickets away and you can't afford to do that".

Malan edged a good-length Amir delivery, with diving wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, holding an excellent low one-handed catch that would not have carried to first slip.

"We chose to do a precautionary X-ray at the end of the day's play. when we got to the hospital the X-ray confirmed that there was a fracture of the forearm, just above the wrist".

Pakistan came into this match on the back of a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland at Dublin's Malahide ground - a match played in similar conditions to those they found at Lord's.

Buttler was 66 not out and Bess 55 not out after the 20-year-old marked his Test debut with a fine fifty.

From there, England's resistance quickly crumbled, with Mark Wood (4) - soon after cracking a glorious cover drive - and Stuart Broad (0) both out to regulation nicks to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Anderson bowled Azhar in the third over but Sohail didn't hang around, hitting six fours and a six in a 32-ball knock.

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