Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes saved the day for England as their brilliant knock helped the home team clinch victory over Pakistan in first Test. Hopes were shattered after the Stokes wicket as it looked like Pakistan are running away with the win. But a 139-run partnership between Buttler and Woakes won the match for the home team.
Jos Buttler departed with 21 runs still to win by Yasir Shah, prompting the promotion of Stuart Broad. Broad too departed with four runs remaining but the lucky Woakes got a thick edge as the ball rushed towards the gap to see the English side burst with joy.
Buttler was under scrutiny for his poor run but England captain Joe Root expects him to come out good in future. “It felt like a matter of time, I’ve said on a few occasions it’s been coming for quite a while,” he said of Buttler’s counter-attacking masterclass.
“There are times where he’s been very selfless, played the situation and done what’s right for the team. He did exactly that again here but for a longer period and got us into a position to win the game. That is really exciting for the team and for him as an individual.
“I think it will provide him with a huge amount of confidence in all aspects of his game and he should take that forward for the rest of the series. He can really use that as a platform to go to another level,” he added.