Pakistan in England, 3 Test Series, 2020

England vs Pakistan - 1st Test

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date: 05 August-08 August, 2020

England 277/7

RR: 3.37 | England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rory Burns lbw Mohammad Abbaslbw Mohammad Abbas102810
Dom Sibley c Asad Shafiq & b Yasir Shahc Asad Shafiq & b Yasir Shah3611440
Joe Root c Babar Azam & b Naseem Shahc Babar Azam & b Naseem Shah428470
Ben Stokes c Mohammad Rizwan & b Yasir Shahc Mohammad Rizwan & b Yasir Shah92020
Ollie Pope c Shadab Khan & b Shaheen Afridic Shadab Khan & b Shaheen Afridi71810
Jos Buttler lbw Yasir Shahlbw Yasir Shah7510171
Chris Woakes not out not out 84120100
Stuart Broad lbw Yasir Shahlbw Yasir Shah7910
Dom Bess not out not out 0400
Jofra Archer
James Anderson
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 2, w 0, nb 5)
Total 277 (7 Wkts, 82.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
22-1 (Rory Burns,11.1), 86-2 (Dom Sibley,36), 96-3 (Joe Root,38.4), 106-4 (Ben Stokes,42), 117-5 (Ollie Pope,44.5), 256-6 (Jos Buttler,77.5), 273-7 (Stuart Broad,81.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shaheen Afridi15.1 1 61 1 4.04
Mohammad Abbas16 4 36 1 2.25
Naseem Shah13 4 45 1 3.46
Yasir Shah30 2 99 4 3.30
Shadab Khan8 0 34 0 4.25
Shan Masood0 0 0 0 0
Abid Ali0 0 0 0 0
Azhar Ali 0 0 0 0 0
Babar Azam0 0 0 0 0
Asad Shafiq0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rizwan 0 0 0 0 0

That's all from this game! England have come back from behind and won their first game of a three-match series after a long time. They have also received 40 points in the ICC World Test Championship. Pakistan, on the other hand, will need to recover from this loss quickly and perform better in crunch situations. The next Test begins on 13th August, 2020 at 1100 Local (1000 GMT) in Southampton. Until then, cheers and take care.

Chris Woakes, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says playing positive was the way to go especially after Pope fell and he talked to Buttler about it. Adds that the idea to take it to Pakistan worked and seeing Jos Buttler bat like that was good. Says that it was a great partnership and Jos is one of the best white-ball players in the world and he showed that he can play well in Tests too. Goes onto say that he has been working hard in the nets and tried to get into form. States that he focused on the ball and luckily, it worked. Is pleased to take the wickets of the big chaps in the Pakistan team as they can do a lot of damage.

Joe Root, the England skipper, says that it was a fantastic Test match and brilliant cricket was played for all the four days. Adds that Woakes and Buttler were pretty clever with how they played. States that it took something special but they believed that anything can happen and they never gave up. Says that Buttler did really well and he managed the risks well and how he played the spinners was fantastic to see. Adds that they need to back up their performance but realizes that they need to improve on certain aspects of the game.

Azhar Ali, the Pakistan skipper, says that it was a wonderful Test but is disappointed to be on the wrong end of it. Credits Woakes and Buttler for playing really well and they changed the momentum of the game. Adds that when someone plays like that, it is difficult to set fields. States that this innings from Woakes and Buttler was not far from how Stokes played against Australia last year. Goes on to say that they would have enjoyed more with the crowds. Says that it was a surprise that the ball did not reverse later on. States that they had the opportunity to bat England out of the game but suddenly they lost wickets and it is unfortunate not to get more runs on the board. Ends by saying that they should have defended this total.

Stay tuned for the Presentation ceremony as we find out who the Man of the Match is.

277 though still seemed a little out of reach for England on this wicket. The feeling was proving to be correct when they were five down for 117. One partnership though, one brilliant stand, two excellent individually brilliant knocks has taken them over the line. The visitors' bowlers were excellent till the Buttler-Woakes stand. The younger ones, the ones who lacked experience, probably crumbled under pressure and had no answers to the counterattack from the two. Yasir Shah, the experienced campaigner, once again impressed with a four-fer but he lacked support when needed. In the end, this could well be termed as a demoralizing loss.

For Pakistan, this is going to be a difficult loss to take. They would have felt in control of this Test right from the first day when Masood’s marathon innings took them to a competitive total. Then, Yasir’s four-fer saw them bundle out England for 107 runs less than what they scored in their first innings. England did fight back with the ball as a combined effort saw them bowl Pakistan out for 169.

What a turnaround we have witnessed! If any of you’ll thought that England would win when they lost their 5th wicket, you should probably go buy yourself a lottery ticket because we never felt so. It was a tremendous effort from Buttler and Woakes. Take a bow the two of you. A 139-run stand between the two and that too in quick time has single-handledly taken the hosts over the line. This session was all about the two. Yes, Buttler was dismissed towards the end but Woakes with the lower order ensured that the hosts got over the line.

S Afridi to Woakes, EDGY FOUR! That's the end of this game! What a wonderful chase from England! They were down and out in this game but Woakes and Buttler have done it. They have won it for England. Good length ball on middle, Woakes looks to flick but it takes the leading edge and goes through the slip cordon and into the third man fence. ENGLAND WIN BY THREE WICKETS.
Y Shah to Bess, Full outside off, Bess pushes it to cover.
Y Shah to Bess, Flatter one on off, Bess is in two minds whether to defend it or leave. The ball takes the edge and rolls to the slip cordon.
Y Shah to Dom Bess, Quicker one on middle and leg, Bess looks to flick but misses and gets rapped on the pads. There is an appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire. The replays show that he had hit it with the bat first.
Y Shah to Bess, Flatter on middle, Bess defends it out.

Dom Bess is the next man in with 4 runs to win.

Y Shah to Broad, OUT! LBW! Is it too late for Pakistan? Yasir has picked up the wicket with the new ball! Fourth wicket for him. Floated on middle, Broad looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the pads. Pakistan appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Broad does not review and simply walks back. Root watches from the dressing room nervously. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows that it was plumb in front.
Y Shah to C Woakes, Short ball outside off, Woakes cuts it to deep point for a single. England are just a wicket away.
S Afridi to C Woakes, Just the 5 needed now! A short ball on middle, Woakes pulls it through square leg and a run is taken.
S Afridi to Woakes, FOUR! Lovely! Probably the shot which seals the deal for England. 6 more needed. Fuller and on middle, this is creamed through mid off and it races away to the fence.
S Afridi to Woakes, 10 more needed now! A couple. Catch it was the call but it is away from the fielder. Full and outside off, it is driven wide of the fielder at deep point and two is taken.
S Afridi to Woakes, NO BALL! Outside off, it is left alone. The third umpire conveys the message that Shaheen has overstepped. 12 more needed.
S Afridi to Woakes, Inside edge! Needless stroke there! It is full and outside off, the sucker ball. Woakes goes after it wide from the body. He gets an inside edge onto the pads.
S Afridi to Woakes, No swing on this delivery! It is on a length and around off, Woakes keeps it out easily.
S Afridi to Woakes, Some swing straightaway with the second new ball! The line though is down the leg side. Woakes looks to flick but misses.
Y Shah to Woakes, Full toss on middle, Woakes flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
Y Shah to Woakes, BEATEN! Another beautiful delivery! Tossed up ball outside off, Woakes attempts to defend but fails to get any bat on it.
Y Shah to Woakes, BEATEN! Lovely from Yasir! He has bowled his heart out! Flighted outside off, Woakes looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.
Y Shah to Broad, Full on middle, Broad sweeps but straight to deep square leg. Only a single.
Y Shah to Broad, Flatter one on middle, Woakes flicks it to short leg.
Y Shah to Broad, Floated on middle, Broad sweeps it but it hits the short leg fielder.
S Khan to Woakes, On off, Woakes defends it to covers.
S Khan to Woakes, Flighted delivery on off, Woakes blocks it off the back foot.
S Khan to Broad, Floated delivery on middle, Broad sweeps it through square leg for a single.
S Khan to Broad, On middle, Broad defends it off the back foot.
S Khan to Broad, FOUR! Nicely played! Loopy delivery on middle, Broad sweeps it through square leg for a boundary.
S Khan to Broad, Tossed up delivery on off, Broad keeps it out.
Y Shah to Broad, Floated on middle, Broad sweeps it to the deep square leg region for a single.
Shah to Buttler, OUT! LBW! Is there twist in the tale? Buttler has to go but after playing a terrific innings. He has almost taken his side home! Yasir has his third wicket. Loopy ball on middle, Buttler looks to play the reverse but misses and gets hit on the pads. Pakistan appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Buttler takes the review. The Ultra Edge shows no bat and the Ball Tracker shows that it is umpire's call on impact and hitting the stumps. End of a very good innings from Jos Buttler.

Stuart Broad is the next man in. He has come into play some shots.

Buttler has taken a review as he has been given out LBW! Ultra Edge shows no bat! The Ball Tracker shows that it is umpire's call.

Y Shah to Buttler, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
Y Shah to Buttler, Loopy ball on middle, Buttler reverse sweeps it to the deep point region for another couple.
Y Shah to Buttler, Flatter one outside off, Buttler leaves it alone.
Y Shah to Buttler, Flighted on middle, Buttler whips it to deep square leg and collects a couple.
S Khan to Buttler, Loopy ball on middle, Buttler flicks it to mid-wicket and keeps the strike for the next over.
S Khan to Buttler, SIX! A rank long-hop and Buttler makes full use of it. England need more 26 runs. Short ball on middle, Buttler pulls it over the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum.
S Khan to Woakes, Short ball outside off, Woakes punches it to deep cover for a single.
S Khan to C Woakes, Excellent fielding! Shan Masood has done really well! Flighted ball outside off, Woakes drives it wide of mid off. Masood dives and makes a terrific stop. Saved a certain boundary.
S Khan to Woakes, Tosses this one on off, Woakes pushes it to mid off.
S Khan to Woakes, Floated on middle, Woakes looks to work it to the leg side but gets a leading edge back to the bowler.
Y Shah to Buttler, Outside off, Jos does not bother to play at that.