Jibran Khan Niazi, who played alongside Misbah-ul-Haq as a young cricketer, examines what makes the Pakistan captain tick and critically assesses the key points from their outstanding win over England in the first Test.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has reached the pole position in the International Cricket Council player rankings for Test bowlers after his man of the match performance in the first Test against England at Lord's.
Riding on Yasir Shah’s four-wicket haul, Pakistan dismissed England for 207 runs in the second innings, while defending a target of 283 runs to claim a 75-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s, thereby taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
Chris Woakes took another five-wicket haul in the match as Pakistan were restricted to 214 for eight in their second innings, ending the third day of the first Test against England at Lord’s with a lead of 281 runs.
England were rattled by Yasir Shah’s five-fer and were reduced to 253 for seven from 71 overs, still trailing Pakistan by 86 runs in the first innings by the end of day two of the first Test at Lord’s.
Chris Woakes impressed with a four-wicket haul but it was Misbah-ul-Haq’s unbeaten century which highlighted the first day of the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s as the visitors posted 282 for six from 87 overs at stumps.
Pakistan fans were celebrating before their team took on England at Lord's as a team representing the National Asian Cricket Council beat their counterparts from the Barmy Army to win the first Edgbaston Fans Trophy.
The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan gets underway on Thursday with the first game at Lord's. This is the first time England are hosting Pakistan since 2010. Ahead of the much awaited first Test, let us have a look into some of the key statistics.
England batsman Gary Ballance, who has been recalled to the Test side for the first match against Pakistan at Lord’s, dismissed concerns over his groin injury and said that he is fit to play on Thursday.
Pakistan held steady at 71 for one from 24 overs in the second innings with a lead of 143 runs after Sussex declared on 291 for five following a marathon opening partnership of 212 runs between Luke Wells and Harry Finch on the second day of the tour match in Hove.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont continued their excellent form at the top of the order as England Women set a target of 171 runs and went on to secure a 57-run victory against Pakistan Women to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the third Twenty20 International in Chelmsford.