It was the final day at Lords of the first test match between Pakistan and England. There were some predictions of rain. Luckily the day revealed clear skies and perfect sunlight for some good Cricket. Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess, who had already scored half centuries before stumps on the fourth day, were in shape to put some more runs on the board to give England a fair chance in the game. Experts expected that addition of hundred odd runs with the lead of 56 could give England something to bowl at. But it all turned Pakistan’s way as young Mohammad Abbas along with Mohammad Amir crushed the English tail at the very start and just let them add 7 runs in their overnight score.
Now with just 65 runs to chase with ten wickets in hand, Pakistan wrapped up the game with a nine wicket victory to register its fifth winner at the historic Lords cricket ground against the English side. Inam-ul-Haq at 18 not out and Haris Sohail unbeaten at 39 led Pakistan to the brilliant achievement. Pakistan previously won test matches at Lord’s back in 1982, 1992, 1996 and 2016.
Pakistan’s lead at Lords puts the visitors one up in a two-match series ahead of the second test match at Headingly that starts on Friday.
Wicket keeper captain Sarfraz Ahmed rejoiced Pakistan’s convincing triumph. “Yes, I am very surprised,” said Sarfraz. “Ireland gave us a tough time and that helped us prepare for this Test. We thought that even if we lose we should learn.” Sarfraz added. Former cricketers expressed their appreciation for Pakistan on Twitter. Imran Khan, the great Pakistan captain tweeted as “This was a team hardly any expert gave a chance of beating England & that too so comprehensively”. Shane Warne congratulated Pakistan. He and Kevin Petersen both advised England to carry out some drastic changes for the upcoming test match.