The primary Take a look at between England and Pakistan was a cliffhanger. There have been moments the place it seemed like Pakistan had the higher hand, then it seemed like England have been cruising. The pendulum saved on swinging for 4 days at Previous Trafford in Manchester. Ultimately, it was England who emerged victorious within the first Take a look at as they chased down Pakistan’s goal of 277 runs with three wickets to spare.
England have been in massive bother when 5 wickets fell for simply 117 however a sixth-wicket stand of 139 between Chris Woakes, who remained unbeaten on 84, and Jos Buttler (75) took the match away from Pakistan throughout Saturday’s fourth day.
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Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (4-99) had put Pakistan in pole place with two wickets as England slipped from 86-1 to 117-5 in its second innings. Earlier, Pakistan resumed on 137-Eight and added a quickfire 32 runs earlier than being bowled out for 169.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi was dissatisfied with the top end result as he believed the match was of their grasp. In the meantime, Mohammed Yousuf and Michael Vaughan additionally reacted to England’s victory on Twitter.
Congratulations England on a memorable win! Good batting by Buttler and Woakes. Pakistan had the sport within the grip, unlucky that the sport slipped away. Such alternatives cannot be wasted, pitch was very appropriate for our bowling assault.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 8, 2020
England & Pakistan are the very best 2 groups to observe in World cricket … By no means ever fairly know what to anticipate … nevertheless it makes them each very thrilling to look at … #TestCricket #OnOn
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 8, 2020
— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) August 8, 2020
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali maintained that the collection just isn’t over as he appears ahead to the subsequent Take a look at match in Southampton.
“It’s disappointing however not over but, there are nonetheless two Exams to go,” Azhar advised reporters.
“There a number of positives from this sport, we outplayed England on most components of this Take a look at match.
“I wouldn’t say we misplaced the match in (our) second innings, however we missed an opportunity to knock England out of the sport there.”
“We have been certain we’d wrap it up if yet one more wicket fell,” mentioned Azhar.
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“However they (Buttler and Woakes) attacked from the off and snatched the sport away from us.
“Typically you simply have to offer credit score to the opposition.”
“We have been accountable for the sport; we have been one punch away from ending the sport off, however they got here and dominated us throughout that interval.”