Yasir Shah spins Pakistan to a memorable win at Lord's
Pakistan 339 & 215 (Shafiq 49) beat
England 272 & 207 (Bairstow 48) by 75 runs
First Test, day four, 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.
Pakistan resumed on their overnight score of 214 for eight. The team managed to add only one more run to the score and were bowled out for 215 runs after 13 balls into the day’s play.
Early in the fourth innings, Rahat Ali (3-47) struck to remove Alastair Cook (8) in the fourth over. Three overs later, Rahat saw the back of Alex Hales (16) too and went on to account for Joe Root (9) as well in the 14th over.
After 15 overs, England were struggling at 49 for three. James Vince (42) started out positively and scored at a good pace and along with Gary Ballance (43) he took the team safely to lunch with the score at 90 for three.
In the second over of the second session, Wahab Riaz (1-46) had Vince caught in the slips. Just as Pakistan looked to tighten the screws, Jonny Bairstow (48) and Ballance saw off 13.4 overs in their 39 run stand.
Bairstow kept one end locked down and played sensible cricket. Ballance looked well set and good for a fifty but he was castled by a beauty from Shah (4-69) in the 38th over.
In his next over, Shah went through the defences of Moeen Ali (2), to leave England reeling at 139 for six.
It was here that Chris Woakes (23) joined hands with Bairstow and ensured that there were no more wickets till the the end of the session. England were 155 for six at the end of the afternoon session.
Bairstow and Woakes played extremely cautious cricket and shared a 56-run stand which came up in 31.4 overs.
Woakes also survived a review for a caught behind. Soon after, he was given out lbw against Shah but a review overturned the call as there was an inside edge.
A hard fought 147-ball knock from Bairstow came to an end with Shah bowling him with a straighter one in the 71st over.
In the next over, Mohammad Amir (2-39) castled Stuart Broad (1) and had Steven Finn (4 not out) dismissed lbw. However, Finn survived as a review picked out an inside edge and the decision was overturned.
Shah completed a 10-wicket haul by having Woakes caught in the slips and minutes later, Jake Ball (3) had his stumps rattled by Amir as Pakistan completed a 75-run victory and took a 1-0 lead.
England only scored 207 runs in 75.5 overs. Shah was the man of the match.
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