Shah scripts Pak victory in return to big stage

Match Report: Day 4 : 1st Investec Test: England vs Pakistan at Lord’s, July 14-18


Report Day 4 Pakistan, Cricket

Brief Scores: Pakistan 339 & 215 (A. Shafiq 49, S. Ahmed 45, S. Broad 3/38, C. Woakes 5/32) bt England 272 & 207 (J. Bairstow 48, M. Amir 2/39, R. Ali 3/47, Y. Shah 4/69)

Yasir Shah marked his first Test outside of Asia and the United Arab Emirates by taking 10 wickets in the match as Pakistan beat England by 75 runs in their series opener at Lord’s on Sunday. Leg-spinner Shah took 10 for 141, including a second-innings haul of four for 69 on Sunday’s fourth day.

His return, which surpassed Waqar Younis’s previous Testmatch best for Pakistan at Lord’s of eight for 154, was central to the tourists going 1-0 up in this fourmatch series.

Mohammad Amir in his first Test appearance since he was given a five-year ban for his part in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s — Pakistan’s last Test at ‘the home of cricket’ — ended the match when he bowled last man Jake Ball. Victory prompted the whole Pakistan team to perform several press-ups in front of the Lord’s Pavilion — a reference to their pre-tour military boot camp.

England, set 283 for victory, were all out for 207.

They were holding firm at 195 for six thanks to a determined stand of 56 between Jonny Bairstow (48) and Chris Woakes (23). But Bairstow’s three-and-ahalf hour innings ended when he was bowled trying to whip a Shah leg-break.

England were soon 196 for eight when left-arm quick Amir bowled Stuart Broad. Shah then had Woakes, who took 11 wickets in the match, caught at slip before Amir ended the contest. RAHAT TREBLE It was Pakistan’s unheralded left-arm quick Rahat Ali who removed England’s top three to reduce the hosts to 47 for three. His back-off-a-length ball had England captain Alastair Cook (eight) edging through to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Cook’s opening partner Alex Hales (16) then carelessly chased a wide Rahat ball outside off stump, with Mohammad Hafeez holding a good catch at first slip. Joe Root struck two superb cover-driven fours off Rahat but the star batsman fell into a hooking trap on nine when he paddled a Rahat short ball to Shah, set back at deep square leg.

James Vince too got off the mark with a cover-driven four off Rahat.

Vince was on nine when his edged drive off Rahat flew to Younis Khan only for the second slip to drop both the initial low catch and the rebound.

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