Captain Sarfraz Ahmed Surprised But Proud As Pakistan Hammer England

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed Surprised But Proud As Pakistan Hammer England

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed Surprised But Proud As Pakistan Hammer England

In the post-match press conference, Root, while emphasising the "opportunity" the next Test offers his team, seemed as frustrated as anyone by England's shortcomings.

The tourists' batting was more patient, their bowling more incisive and their fielding superior - England dropped five catches in the Pakistan first innings. Lord's is so kind to Pakistan, so now they move to not so favourite Leeds where the second Test starts on Friday.

"We've got to give it time to work", said Root in a press conference after the game, but for now they have four days until the next Test at Headingley, time they're going to need to make the most of if things aren't going to continue to spiral ominously downwards.

With Dom Bess, it was like Joe Root walked back out, with his back foot punches and cover drives.

Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out. Showed a bit of character last night (Saturday).

Pakistan were set a target of just 64 runs to win the first Test at Lord's on Sunday following England's latest batting collapse.

The hosts soon found themselves in further trouble as Alastair Cook was dismissed for just one.

The answer, some may say, was not flashy enough - none of the batsmen went on to score big or outsmart the England bowlers, but what panned out to be the flawless reply was a team effort.

At the close of play on the day 2, Pakistan trailed England by 177 runs with Mohammad Amir was 19 not out and Mohammad Abbas scored 4 at the crease.

It was the exit of Malan, who saw a piece of his helmet fly off after turning away from a Hasan Ali bouncer, that sparked the slump.

Buttler reviewed but, with replays indicating the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps, Australian umpire Paul Reiffel´s decision was upheld.

A nine-wicket loss came after a winter when they did not win in seven Tests in Australia and New Zealand.

Malan edged a good-length Amir delivery, with diving wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, holding an excellent low one-handed catch that would not have carried to first slip.

Perhaps the only consolation for a beleaguered Joe Root after this chastening defeat, which didn't even make it to the end of the first session on Day Four, is that this team is running out of ways in which things could possibly get worse.

But instead Stokes (nine) carelessly turned Shadab off his pads to midwicket.

This was his 40th half-century at this level but there was no 14th Test hundred as Root fell lbw to Abbas for 68.

The overcast skies above Lord's allied to a green-tinged pitch promised to assist Pakistan's pacemen but several England batsmen were the architects of their own downfall.

Amir speared in a full-length delivery underneath Bess' bat.

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