ENG vs PAK: Twitter Erupts as Pakistan Thrash England in Lord's Test

Published - 27 May 2018, 07:40 PM

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New-look Pakistan beat hosts England convincingly by nine wickets in the first Test at Lord’s – to go one-nil up in the two-match Test series.

The match was finely poised when the umpires called off the third day’s play at Lord’s. Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess had batted England to a position from where the match would have gone either way.

Pakistan under the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed was well on top after reducing the hosts to 100 for six.

However, an unbeaten 125-run stand for the seventh wicket between Buttler and Bess had given England a great chance to turn the tables around.

Speaking after the day’s play, Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq has praised Buttler and Bess. However, he had quickly pointed out that the duo would find it tough to get going on the fourth morning against Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas. And the script folded in exactly the same manner.

Pakistan all but sealed the game in their favour by picking up the prized scalp of Buttler in the very second over of the fourth day.

Abbas totally justified Shafiq’s predictions as he sent back the Buttler after he could add just one run to his overnight score of 66. Any chances of England’s revival were then soon ended by Mohammad Amir.

The left-arm pacer Amir dismissed Bess, who could add only two runs to his overnight score of 55. Bess’ dismissal left England reeling at 241 for eight after they resumed the day on 235 for six.

Amir and Abbas went on to take one more wicket each, taking their tally of the innings to four apiece as England were bundled up for just 242.

With just 64 runs needed to seal the game, it was only a matter of time before Pakistan crossed the finishing line.

The visitors started the proceedings on a shaky note, losing Azhar Ali with just 12 runs on the board. However,  Imam-ul-Haq and Haris Sohail did not let England made further inroads in the game.

Concluding, the duo shared an unbeaten stand of 54 runs to take Pakistan home. Sohail scored unbeaten 39 off just 32 while Imam scored 18*.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match Pakistan won by nine wickets: