Pakistan claim victory over England at Lord's after 20 years

Published: July 17, 2016
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Mohammad Amir (3R) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad (not pictured) for 1 run on the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in London, on July 17, 2016.  PHOTO: AFP

Mohammad Amir (3R) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad (not pictured) for 1 run on the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in London, on July 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Yasir Shah marked his first Test outside of Asia and the United Arab Emirates by taking 10 wickets in the match as Pakistan beat England by 75 runs in their series opener at Lord’s on Sunday.

Leg-spinner Shah took 10 for 141, including a second-innings haul of four for 69 on Sunday’s fourth day.

His return, which surpassed Waqar Younis’s previous Test-match best for Pakistan at Lord’s of eight for 154, was central to the tourists going 1-0 up in this four-match series.

Mohammad Amir in his first Test appearance since he was given a five-year ban for his part in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s – Pakistan’s last Test at ‘the home of cricket’ – ended the match when he bowled last man Jake Ball.

Victory prompted the whole Pakistan team to perform several press-ups in front of the Lord’s Pavilion – a reference to their pre-tour military boot camp.

England, set 283 for victory, were all out for 207.

They were holding firm at 195 for six thanks to a determined stand of 56 between Jonny Bairstow (48) and Chris Woakes (23).

But Bairstow’s three-and-a-half hour innings ended when he was bowled trying to whip a Shah leg-break.

Yasir Shah (L) celebrates with Mohammad Amir after taking the wicket of England’s Moeen Ali for 2 runs on the fourth day of the first Test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord’s cricket ground in London, on July 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

England were soon 196 for eight when left-arm quick Amir bowled Stuart Broad.

Shah then had Woakes, who took 11 wickets in the match, caught at slip before Amir ended the contest.

It was Pakistan’s unheralded left-arm quick Rahat Ali who removed England’s top three to reduce the hosts to 47 for three.

His back-off-a-length ball had England captain Alastair Cook (eight) edging through to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Cook’s opening partner Alex Hales (16) then carelessly chased a wide Rahat ball outside off stump, with Mohammad Hafeez holding a good catch at first slip.

Misbah — the man we learned to love

Joe Root struck two superb cover-driven fours off Rahat but the star batsman fell into a hooking trap on nine when he paddled a Rahat short ball to Shah, set back at deep square leg.

James Vince too got off the mark with a cover-driven four off Rahat.

Vince was on nine when his edged drive off Rahat flew to Younis Khan only for the second slip to drop both the initial low catch and the rebound.

Vince struck nine fours, mainly through the offside, on his way to a Test-best 41 not out at lunch without looking assured.

He had added just one run to his lunch score when, not moving his feet, he edged a booming drive of a Wahab Riaz delivery that moved away to second slip Younis, who this time clung on at the second attempt.

England were making steady progress at 135 for four when leg-spinner Shah, who took six for 72 in the first innings, bowled recalled left-hander Gary Ballance behind his legs for a painstaking 43 with a delivery that spun out of the rough.

Moeen Ali (two) then charged down the pitch in an attempt to drive Shah, only to be bowled between bat and pad by a well-flighted delivery.

The run-rate slowed as Bairstow and Woakes dug in, knowing they had just the tail behind them at a sun-drenched Lord’s.

Riaz, the third of Pakistan’s left-arm quicks, was desperately unlucky as he repeatedly beat the bat during an excellent spell of reverse-swing bowling.

Earlier, Pakistan added just one run to their overnight 214 for eight as Stuart Broad cleaned up the tail.

Shah did not add to his 30 but more than made amends with the ball.

Army chief congratulates Misbah

While skipper Misbahul Haq dedeicated the team win to philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who passed away last week, army chief General Raheel Sharif congratulated him for the historic win.

“Historic Pak cricket victory at Lords. #COAS called Pak Cricket team Captain MisbahulHaq and congratulated him and the team on victory,” said the ISPR.

Malik Riaz announces £50,000 for Pakistan team

Real estate developer Malik Riaz has announced £50,000 for the winning Pakistan team.

“Malik Riaz of Bahria watched Lords match today despite being indisposed & announced £50,000 for winning Pak team! Thank you Malik Saheb!,” tweeted PCB executive committee member Najam Sethi.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • M.rashid mian
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:49PM

    I love my pakistan and peoplesRecommend

  • Salman
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:02PM

    Woo hop what a victory …just one more wkt …Recommend

  • Khilari
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:12PM

    Great win, great team, congrats! Misbah is my man. Well done yasir, Amir and Misbah. You have done us proud.Recommend

  • Pukhtoon
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:16PM

    Fair cricket and we won. Alhamdolillah. Recommend

  • Ansuman
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:19PM

    Well played pak.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:20PM

    Pushups Made my day. Recommend

  • Singh
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:25PM

    Pakistan zindabad. It was a team work. Congratulations to everybody. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:14PM

    Well done and great job team Pakistan. Try to learn from your mistakes and improve the game. Looking forward for the next test. Good Luck.Recommend

  • Ih
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:41PM

    Congratulations Pak team. Team performance with Yasir deserves top honors.Recommend

  • Saifulhaq
    Jul 18, 2016 - 12:04AM

    Brilliant show!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jul 18, 2016 - 12:26AM

    Bravo Pakistan, well played. Unsurprisingly, the comments section is void of any comments from our ‘worthy neighbours’.Recommend

  • Jul 18, 2016 - 3:05AM

    Well done Pakistan. Now stay humble, play with dignity and finish he job with honour. Recommend

  • Shakti
    Jul 18, 2016 - 6:17AM

    I watched most of the game over the weekend. The English batsmen were clueless against Yasir. Brilliant cricket by Pakistan. This is a much better team without showoffs like Shahzad and Akmal. Congratulations to Pakistan on a historic win !!Recommend

  • nasir ali khan
    Jul 18, 2016 - 7:30AM

    @Shakti:
    I don’t know why you have to bring akmal and shahzad everytime you get a chance.Also akmal is not a part of test team in years so how this comparison is made. And shahzad is still better than Shannon Masood if performance is concerned. Recommend

  • nasir ali khan
    Jul 18, 2016 - 7:32AM

    @Shahid:
    Obviously because their overseas record Is worse than pathetic. It would be difficult to digest this victory. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 18, 2016 - 8:20AM

    Yep, great job…though no need for press-ups display after the victory lest England catch on to our secret weapon from boot camp.Recommend

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