Saturday 16 December 2017 / 11:51 PM

PAKISTAN CLINCH STIRRING WIN AT LORD’S

Pakistan have clinched a stirring 75-run victory over England at Lord’s, dismissing the hosts for 207 on Day 4 of the opening Test.

The tourists held a 67-run first innings lead – largely thanks to a memorable century by 42-year-old skipper Misbah-ul-Haq – but England reclaimed the momentum by dismissing Pakistan for just 215 in their second dig on the back of Chris Woakes’ five-for.

Chasing 283 for victory, England were on track as Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow built a promising fifth-wicket partnership, but Ballance’s departure with the score on 135 signalled the beginning of the end.

England’s last six wickets fell for just 72 runs as spinner Yasir Shah (4/69) went on a rampage to clinch his maiden Test 10-wicket bag.

Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq wouldn’t let his team out of their warm-down routine despite the momentous win.

The second match of the four-Test series gets underway at Old Trafford on Friday.

 

Studs 

PAKISTAN

Yasir Shah: Finished with 10 wickets for the first time in his 13-Test career, bagging six in England’s first innings and four – including a crucial double-strike to remove Ballance

and Moeen Ali in consecutive overs – in the hosts’ second. A worthy player of the match.

Misbah-ul-Haq: The skipper is a marvel, continuing to play outstanding cricket past the age of 40. Although he was removed for a second-ball duck in the second innings, his ton held the first innings together and his captaincy was outstanding throughout.

Asad Shatiq: Superb with the bat at No.6, notching 73 in the first-innings and top-scoring with 49 in the second.

 

ENGLAND

Chris Woakes: As usual all the intention was on Stuart Broad, but the 29-year-old – playing in just his ninth Test – grabbed stunning match figures of 11/102, while also contributing 35 not out and 23 with the bat.

Stuart Broad: Played second fiddle to Woakes, but was still England’s most economical bowler and picked up three scalps in each innings.

Alistair Cook: Couldn’t stick around to help his country’s cause in the second innings, but his 81 from 124 balls in the first was England’s only half-century of the match.

 

Duds

ENGLAND

Alex Hales: Didn’t take his chance at the top of the order, making 6 and 16 as both of England’s innings got off to poor starts.

Steve Finn: The enigmatic pace-man didn’t have a great time of it, going wicketless in 34 overs and giving up more runs than any other seamer.

 

Fun facts

-Pakistan’s 4-4 win-loss ratio at Lord’s is second only to Australia’s 15-7 record among visiting teams.

-Woakes became the first England bowler since Ian Botham (v NZ, 1978) to take five wickets in both innings of a Lord’s Test.

-At 42 years at 47 days old, Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest captain to score a Test century, breaking the record of Australian great Bob Simpson (41 years, 359 days). He is also the oldest player to notch a ton at Lord’s in 90 years, and the sixth-oldest batsmen ever to reach triple figures in a Test.

-Seven batsmen were dismissed in the 40s – the joint second-most in Test history.

-The average opening stand was just 16.75, the fourth-lowest at Lord’s in the last 16 years.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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