Woakes, Buttler drive England to three-wicket victory


Manchester: Chris Woakes (84*) and Jos Buttler (75) led England to a fighting three-wicket victory against Pakistan in the opening Test at Old Trafford.  

Woakes and Buttler absorbed immense pressure as they joined the crease when England were reduced to 117-5. The right-handed duo added 139 runs together to help England clinch the match.

Pakistani bowlers struggled a lot with just Yasir Shah resisting a bit on day 4. The right-arm leg-spinner took four wickets to become the highest wicket-taker from Pakistan.

The visitors resumed day 4 at 137-8 with Yasir and Abbas at the crease. Yasir, who scored a 100 in Australia, once again proved his batting mettle and scored fighting 33 runs off 24 balls to help his team set 277-runs target for opponents.

For England, Chris Broad and Jofra Archer picked a wicket. Broad finished with 3-37 whereas Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes claimed two wickets each. Dom Bess and James Anderson picked a wicket each.

In reply, England were off to a steady start despite losing Rory Burns for 10 runs. Dom Sibley (36) and Joe Root (42) partnered for scoring 64 runs.

Thereafter, Woakes and Buttler did the job for struggling England and took them over the victory line in the first Test.

Apart from Yasir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Abbas took a wicket each.

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