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Pakistan defeated England in their first test match on the Lord’s ground. Before this victory, Pakistan had defeated England in 1982, 1992, 1996 and 2016 and their 5th victory here came in 2018.
Pakistan’s eleven consisted of young and inexperienced players, seven of which had never played here before, but their captain Sarfraz Ahmed led them to an outstanding victory.
The young team has out-batted, out-bowled and out-fielded England and proved themselves a strong team in the Test format.
England collapsed from 236-6 to 242 all out on Sunday and the Pakistani batsmen easily chased down the target of 64-runs at Lord’s for the loss of only Azhar Ali. They beat the home-team by nine wickets on their home ground with Imam-ul-Haq scoring 18 and Harris Sohail scoring 39 not-out.
Pakistan now lead the two-match series 1-0 against England.
Pakistan’s coach Mickey Arthur said there was huge excitement about the tour of England with the earlier Irish Test match preparation for the conditions that would likely prevail.
Pakistan lost one session but took full command of the rest of the match. They did everything right. “The England Team was confident but the young Pakistani team prevailed,” said Waqar Younas proudly. Younas is the 2nd highest wicket-taker for Pakistan and a former coach of the Pakistan side.
Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz said “We are here with an inexperienced young team, but we are fully prepared. We have very good bowling line-up and they really did an excellent job for us. Our bowling coaches gave us very useful tips about the length to bowl in English conditions and we worked very hard on our fielding as well. It was fantastic! I am really proud of my young team.”
Joe Root England captain at the presentation ceremony said glumly that his team did not perform well enough. “We really have a good team but we weren’t able to follow through. The Pakistani bowlers bowled well but we played poor shots and lost our wickets”.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain said, “Pakistan out-thought English team in all departments of the game. This is the most worrying. Pakistan crushed England by nine wickets by Pakistan within 90 minutes on day four: a truly alarming way to begin their international summer”.
Haris Sohail finished the game in his style, by smashing a four to mid-wicket on a full toss delivery from Dominic Bess. The ‘Player of the Match’ was Abbas for his of eight wickets haul for 41 in just 17 overs.