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England vs Pakistan - 1st Test

Series: Pakistan tour of England, 2018
Venue: Lord's, London
Date: 24-28 May 2018

Pakistan 66/1 (12.4 Ovs) RR: 5.21 | Pakistan won by 9 wkts

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I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special, says a famous line from Steel Magnolias. Pakistan help cricket live that time after time. And about England, they are in need of a famous fix. When a raw opposition is batting, bowling and catching better than you on a rainy day in May, there's a problem. We'll see how they cope with it. Hope you've liked what I've typed all along and hope it's made you smile. With that, Pratyush Sinha takes leave alongside Raju Peethala, Srivathsa, Varun Dixit and Sulthan. See you on the other side, ta-ta.. [THE END]

Mohammad Abbas - Player of the Match: "My first match in Lord's, full house, so I can't be enough thankful. Thanks to PCB who allowed me to come here a bit early, play for Leicestershire and adjust to the weather. You need to bowl a bit fuller here. In Ireland as well, I picked nine wickets and I took eight here. McGrath and Asif are my idols in cricket. Have learnt a lot from them and I try to bowl like them." (Wasim Akram translated that for us!)

Sarfraz Ahmed - captain, Pakistan: "I am very proud of my team. Very inexperienced team -- 12 players who haven't played a Test here -- but we have a talented side. Our coaching staff and the bowling staff worked really hard. If you have to pick wickets in England, you have to pitch it up. We are working very hard on the catching. We dropped a couple in Malahide but we took our chances here. If you talk about the Malahide Test, it was a tough game. Ireland played very well. We got good practice through that before the Lord's Test. Babar is not fit for the second Test match."

Joe Root - captain, England: "We were outperformed in all three departments. First innings, we needed more runs. We did some really good work leading into this game. We made sure that we're ready for this game. Pakistan exploited the conditions and did more than perhaps you expected, and we played bad shots. No regrets about the toss. It's already going up and down. If we had batted well and gotten 250 or 300, it would have been a different game. We have to be a little bit smarter about how we get about things. It's a difficult pill to swallow. We have to be better and we have an opportunity to do that next week. We have shown a lot of character, and I'm sure we can do that."

Here's the presentations..

And it's all come on the back of England harrowingly opting to bat. They should have known that Pakistan sniff occasions better than anyone else. Turns up Mohammad Abbas, a bowler who nibbles it both ways to harvest four wickets. Hasan Ali follows it with four of his own, and England are shot out for 184 on the first day. One could have said that England were done there and then, but not when it's against Pakistan and their disposition to melt as often as fuse. Azhar, Shafiq, Babar and Shadab hit half-centuries to take a definitive lead and Pakistan surged again, braving the Buttler & Bess show to strike England into submission.

12:29pm local: Being a Pakistan fan is absolute work. Imagine being labeled par of Ireland at Malahide and then turning up at Lord's a few days later, only to take England by the neck and smite them into the ground. This is an absolute heist. In daylight. At the home of cricket. No Younis, no Misbah and no Yasir Shah. And look at what they've done. It's as if an English summer doesn't really arrive until Pakistan secure a Test win in London. It's as if it isn't really cricket until Pakistan have numbed you with disbelief.

12.4
4
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, FOUR, Pakistan win the Lord's Test and take a 1-0 lead. And only apt to do it off a full toss that's been clipped away through mid-wicket
12.3
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, looped, blocked
12.2
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, fired in, kept low, Haris Sohail tried to dig it out and missed
12.1
6
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, SIX, umm, it's off a full toss and it's flown off Haris Sohail's bat into the crowd at deep mid-wicket. Only took half a slog-sweep
11.6
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, length ball blocked off the back foot
11.5
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, another short ball that jags into Imam-ul-Haq and hurries him into getting his neck out of the line

David Gower saying that Root on his knees at silly point is going to get a caption somewhere, especially with England losing the first home Test of the summer

11.4
2
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, follows up with the fuller ball that's prodded to long-off. That's a two. And that brings it down to 8 runs
11.3
1
Mark Wood to Haris Sohail, 1 run, short of length and coming into Haris Sohail, who's tucked it uppishly wide of FSL in place. Another single. Pakistan inching closer
11.2
0
Mark Wood to Haris Sohail, no run, back to the comforts of round the wicket. Bangs it in, and has Haris Sohail ducking
11.1
3
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, gets on his toes and guides this with Wood's angle through to deep extra cover

Joe Root on his knees at silly point. Wood from over the wicket to the left-hander

10.6
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, uses his feet now, takes the ball on the full but mid-off with his drive
10.5
4
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, FOUR, that's drilled. Past short cover and past mid-off. Overpitched and Haris Sohail absolutely lays into it
10.4
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, bowls quicker, gets a bit of turn. Left alone
10.3
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, no turn. Skids straight on outside off, left alone
10.2
4
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, FOUR, that's a full toss. Tapped straight down the ground.. Just moved a little leg-side there to make room and lasered it away
10.1
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, sliding on outside off, left alone

Two slips and FSL continue for Bess

9.6
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, nicely bowled. Nicely left. Angled this short ball in from wide of the crease, and Imam-ul-Haq had to really work hard to sway out of the line of that. 22 needed now
9.5
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length wide outside off, Imam-ul-Haq rocks back and blocks inside the line

One slip, silly point and FSL. Wood from round the wicket to the left-hander

9.4
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, another one gaining height from round the wicket, Imam-ul-Haq hops and gets behind
9.3
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, stays put and rides this extra-bouncing ball to covers
9.2
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, blocked towards FSL
9.1
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, bangs it in short outside off, Imam-ul-Haq swayed back

Thanks Varun.

8.6
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, fuller length at the stumps, blocked back to the bowler
8.5
4
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, FOUR, too short and too much room, friendly delivery. Haris Sohail gets in a good position and cuts it through cover for a four
8.4
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, this one came in with the arm. Haris Sohail stays in the crease and blocks it back
8.3
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, well tossed up delivery outside off, leaves it alone
8.2
0
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, no run, fuller length and at the stumps, driven to mid-off
8.1
2
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, 2 runs, on the pads and nicely clipped to mid-wicket for a brace
7.6
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, nasty bouncer aiming at the body, Imam-ul-Haq was hurried but he ducks under it safely in the end
7.5
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, changes the angle, round the wicket but doesn't change his length. It was banged in short again outside off, Imam-ul-Haq ducks again. There wasn't any need to sway away from the line as it was already outside off
7.4
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, goes down, sways away from the line and ducks. Ball thuds into the gloves of the Jonny
7.3
0
Mark Wood to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on that short of length, Imam-ul-Haq jumps slightly as he played that defensive shot right under his eyes to the off-side
7.2
1
Mark Wood to Haris Sohail, 1 run, back of a length at the pads, hops slightly and tucks it to square leg for a single
7.1
0
Mark Wood to Haris Sohail, no run, starts with his favorite short of length delivery, Haris Sohail sways away and then ducks under it

Mark Wood, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Dominic Bess to Haris Sohail, 1 run, faster delivery at the stumps, turned to the leg-side for a run
6.5
3
Dominic Bess to Imam-ul-Haq, byes, 3 runs, beauty from Dominic Bess! Sharp turn, missed the outside edge on the drive and deflected off Jonny's gloves wide of slip for three byes
6.4
4
Dominic Bess to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, too straight. Clipped away off the pads and deflected to fine leg for a four
6.3
0
Dominic Bess to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and turned away sharply, Imam-ul-Haq wanted to drive but ball spun past him. A little puff of dust as ball pitched on the rough patch
6.2
0
Dominic Bess to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, comes on the front foot and blocks it back
6.1
0
Dominic Bess to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and outside off, wants to pitch in that rough, went too wide and Imam-ul-Haq leaves the ball alone

Dominic Bess, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Two slips in for Bess.

5.6
0
Broad to Haris Sohail, no run, another ball outside off, watches the line and lets it go through into the gloves of Jonny
5.5
0
Broad to Haris Sohail, no run, on a good length and moved away a touch, left alone
5.4
4
Broad to Haris Sohail, FOUR, these Pakistan batsmen seem to be in a hurry, they want an early lunch. It was on a fuller length again, he comes on the front foot nicely and opened the face of the bat on drive to find the gap through cover, dukes races along...
5.3
0
Broad to Haris Sohail, no run, blocked to the leg-side
5.2
4
Broad to Haris Sohail, FOUR, lovely away shape and outside edge was found, he pushed his bat hard and ball flew after catching the outside edge over slip for a four
5.1
0
Broad to Haris Sohail, no run, too wide of off and it moved away sharply too, comes on the front foot and leaves the ball alone
4.6
0
Anderson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on a good length and outside off, left alone
4.5
0
Anderson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, comes on the front foot and drives it straight to mid-off
4.4
1
Anderson to Haris Sohail, 1 run, changing the angle. That round the wicket angle to the left-hander now. On a good length and outside half of the bat to cover for a single
4.3
3
Anderson to Imam-ul-Haq, 3 runs, he was onto the front-foot in a flash, doesn't time the drive as well as he would have liked and failed to send the ball to ropes, takes three runs
4.2
0
Anderson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and outside off, left alone
4.1
1
Anderson to Haris Sohail, 1 run, on the pads, clipped to square leg for a run
3.6
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and angled away from Imam-ul-Haq, played inside the line and ball goes into the gloves of Jonny
3.5
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, wanted to play a similar straight drive as he played in the last over but bat didn't come at the right time and ended up inside edging it to mid-on
3.4
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, erring in line down the leg-side, misses the flick and Jonny collects it down the leg-side
3.3
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller than the last ball, Imam-ul-Haq was nicely forward and defends it late to mid-off
3.2
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and at the stumps, straight bat and then a block to mid-off
3.1
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, on a good length and angling away from the left-hander, left alone
2.6
2
Anderson to Haris Sohail, 2 runs, too straight from Anderson, Haris Sohail flicks it off the hips to fine leg where Wood was too square he makes ground quickly and stops a four
2.5
0
Anderson to Haris Sohail, no run, closer to the stumps but not close enough, sees the line and leaves it wisely
2.4
0
Anderson to Haris Sohail, no run, good length and outside off, left alone

Haris Sohail, left handed bat, comes to the crease

2.3
0
Anderson to Azhar Ali, out Bowled!! Off-stump goes for a toss and England have their first breakthrough. 1 gone, 8 still to go for England. It was in the fuller length area, and moved in with the slope after pitching, Azhar played down the wrong line and just kept walking. He wasn't keen to look at the horror sight of off-stump flying, who would? Azhar Ali b Anderson 4(10) [4s-1]

Anderson to Azhar Ali, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

2.2
1
Anderson to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, good length and at the stumps, pushed to point and takes a single
2.1
0
Anderson to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, fuller and angling away from the left-hander, left alone
1.6
0
Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, nicely forward again and controls the block with gentle hands to slip
1.5
0
Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, too wide, Azhar Ali gets a good stride forward and leaves it alone
1.4
0
Broad to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller in length and just outside off, Azhar Ali was defeated by the movement. He gets an inside edge and that saved him
1.3
1
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, 1 run, inside half of the bat to square leg for a single
1.2
4
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR, stunning shot! Imam comes on the front foot, shows the full face of the bat, high elbow, dominant right part of the body and he drives it handsomely wide of mid-off for a four
1.1
0
Broad to Imam-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length delivery outside off, watches the line of the ball and controls his bat

Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
4
Anderson to Azhar Ali, FOUR, opened the face and did it exceedingly well, used soft hands and ball runs through slip cordon for a four
0.5
0
Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, played slightly away from the body but controlled it well to block it to the off-side
0.4
2
Anderson to Azhar Ali, leg byes, 2 runs, indipper on the pads, Azhar misses the tuck. Ball deflects off the pads to fine leg for a brace
0.3
0
Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, that fuller length outside off, not much movement. Azhar Ali gets a good stride forward and leaves the ball alone
0.2
0
Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, stands tall in the crease to defend it to point
0.1
0
Anderson to Azhar Ali, no run, on a good length and outside off, Azhar Ali played away from the body and blocks it down

Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq are at the crease. Azhar Ali is on strike. Anderson will open the attack