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August 9, 2020

Woakes leads England to stunning win over Pakistan in first Test


August 9, 2020

MANCHESTER: Chris Woakes hit an unbeaten 84 as England came from behind to beat Pakistan in the first Test at Old Trafford on Saturday.

England were struggling in pursuit of a victory target of 277 after collapsing to 117-5 on the fourth day.

But Woakes, who had helped drag England back into the match with 2-11 in just five overs late Friday, and fellow World Cup-winner Jos Buttler turned the tide with a stand of 139.

With just 21 more runs needed, Buttler was lbw for 75, trying to reverse-sweep leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

The batsman reviewed but to no avail, with England now 256-6.

By the time Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi took the new ball, England needed just 13 more runs to win at a sun-drenched Old Trafford.

But there was still time for England to lose their seventh wicket when, with four more needed, Stuart Broad was plumb lbw on the sweep to Yasir.

Woakes, however, finished the match with an edged boundary off Afridi down to the third man rope as England went 1-0 up in a three-match campaign.

Victory meant England had won an opening Test for the first time in six series.

Defeat was tough on Yasir, who took eight wickets in the match.

Wicket-keeper Buttler had had a poor game in the field, twice missing Shan Masood on 45 during the Pakistan opener’s 156 that was instrumental in leaving England with a first-innings deficit of over a hundred runs.

But whether it was cover-driving leg-spinner Shadab Khan or pulling teenage paceman Naseem Shah for another boundary, Buttler put the pressure back on Pakistan.

Buttler’s fifty came off just 55 balls, with seven fours, with Woakes no slouch in a 59-ball fifty he completed by cover-driving Naseem for the eighth boundary of his innings.

It was Woakes’s highest Test score since his hundred against India two years ago.

Although Woakes is known to be vulnerable to the short ball, Pakistan did not pitch short to the all-rounder until he was well set.

Only twice has a team chased more than 200 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Old Trafford, with England making 294-4 against New Zealand in 2008 and 231-3 against the West Indies in 2004.

Earlier, England lost four wickets for 31 runs in slipping to 117-5, with captain Joe Root and Ben Stokes both falling in the collapse.

The slump started when Dom Sibley (36) edged a drive off Yasir to slip.

Root made 42 before he nicked Naseem to Babar Azam in the slips.

Stokes had guided England to an astounding one-wicket win over Australia from a seemingly hopeless position with a brilliant century in the third Ashes Test last year.

Score Board

Pakistan won toss

Pakistan 1st Innings 326 (Shan Masood 156, Babar Azam 69; S Broad 3-54)

England 1st Innings 219 (O Pope 62; Yasir Shah 4-66)

Pakistan 2nd Innings

Shan Masood c Buttler b Broad 0

Abid Ali c Woakes b Bess 20

*Azhar Ali lbw b Woakes 18

Babar Azam c Stokes b Woakes 5

Asad Shafiq run out 29

Mohammad Rizwan lbw b Stokes 27

Shadab Khan lbw b Broad 15

Yasir Shah c Buttler b Broad 33

Shaheen Afridi c Burns b Stokes 2

Mohammad Abbas not out 3

Naseem Shah b Archer 4

Extras (b4, lb5, nb4) 13

Total (all out, 46.4 overs) 169

Fall: 1-6, 2-33, 3-48, 4-63, 5-101, 6-120, 7-122, 8-137, 9-158, 10-169

Bowling: Anderson 9-2-34-0 (1nb); Broad 10-3-37-3 (1nb); Archer 6.4-0-27-1 (1nb); Bess 12-2-40-1; Woakes 5-1-11-2; Stokes 4-1-11-2 (1nb)

England 2nd Innings

RJ Burns lbw b Abbas 10

DP Sibley c Asad b Yasir 36

*JE Root c Babar b Naseem 42

BA Stokes c Rizwan b Yasir 9

OJ Pope c Shadab b Shaheen 7

JC Buttler lbw b Yasir 75

CR Woakes not out 84

SCJ Broad lbw b Yasir 7

DM Bess not out 0

Extras (lb 2, nb 5) 7

Total (7 wickets, 82.1 overs) 277

Did not bat: JC Archer, JM Anderson

Fall: 1-22, 2-86, 3-96, 4-106, 5-117, 6-256, 7-273

Bowling: Shaheen 15.1-1-61-1, Abbas 16-4-36-1, Naseem 13-4-45-1, Yasir 30-2-99-4, Shadab 8-0-34-0

Result: England won by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Chris Woakes (England)

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth. TV umpire: Michael Gough