Pakistan has registered a huge victory at the historical venue of Lord’s after 20 long years by 75 runs. Pakistan is now leading the four-match test series against England with 1-0.
Misbah Ul Haq dedicated the win to Pakistan army and the philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi who recently left this world, Pakistan team was bearing Edhi foundation’s logo on their jersey. He further claimed that Amir is a changed kid now and this win at Lord’s is the most memorable win of his career.
Pakistan set up a stiff target of 283 runs at Lord’s. There was a lot of stir about Mohammad Amir, but, it was Pakistan’s another left-arm pacer, Rahat Ali that stood up to the occasion and rocked English batting early in the piece.
Rahat didn’t take long to remove both England’s openers, Alastair Cook and Alex Hales at a score of 32 runs. The best English batter, Joe Root couldn’t contribute much in score as Rahat Ali brilliantly set him up with a short ball and took his wicket at total of 47 runs.
James Vince and Gary Ballance tried to deny Pakistan’s dynamic bowling attack that had fierce pacers and the magical leggie, Yasir Shah.
Wahab Riaz managed to get an outside edge of James Vince, when he was batting on 42 runs that was plucked brilliantly by Younis Khan in the slip cordon. England was down to 96/4. Afterwards, it was Yasir’s mesmerizing spell.
The leggie reminded the whole world of Shane Warne with the dismissal of Gary Ballance, where he bowled from around the wicket, pitched the ball outside off stump that spun enough to disturb Ballance’s leg stump. Moin Ali was the next to fall, who tried to use his feet and put Yasir under pressure, but, he completely lost it.
When Chris Woakes came out to bat, England was in deep trouble at a score of 139/6, however, he along with the in-form Jonny Bairstow tested Pakistan’s strong bowling line up to the core.
The two had a nerve-wrecking 56 runs partnership. They had a lucky stay in the middle with several deliveries went pass their outside edge off Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz. Jonny Bairstow fought brilliantly for his 48 runs from 147 deliveries before being bowled by Shah.
England’s senior pro in the team, Stuart Broad walked out to bat, who was welcomed by Mohammad Amir with a fierce inswinging delivery that he couldn’t negotiate. In that over, there were chants of “Amir, Amir” in the stadium.
Chris Woakes’s courageous innings of 23 off 108 deliveries came to an end when he tried to cut Yasir Shah and edged it to Younis Khan in slip.
Mohammad Amir completed Pakistan’s famous win by clean bowling the debutante, Jake Ball. He took two wickets in the innings.
The whole team after the win, lined up and performed push ups as a celebration similar to what Misbah Ul Haq did after scoring the century to pay tribute to Pakistan army.
Misbah-ul-Haq, while talking in the post match ceremony, dedicated the victory to the great Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi who passed away a few days back in Pakistan.
Yasir Shah was phenomenal with the ball, he took ten wickets in the match with the figures of 6/72 and 4/69 in the two innings respectively. He received man of the match award for his outstanding performance. While, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz took three wickets each in he match. Whereas, Rahat Ali took four wickets in the match, shining bright in the second innings with 3/47.
Earlier in the game, Misbah Ul Haq won the toss and elected to bat first. Pakistan managed to score 339 runs in the first innings, while England only put 272 runs having a trail of 67 runs.