Pakistan beat England by nine wickets in the first Test at Lord's

Last Updated May 27 2018, 12:43Cricket
Pakistan celebrate the early wicket of Jos Buttler
Pakistan celebrate the early wicket of Jos Buttler

Pakistan completed a comfortable nine-wicket victory over England on the fourth morning of the first Natwest Test match at Lord's.

A century partnership between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess for the seventh wicket on Saturday had staved off an innings defeat and left England looking to set some kind of target for the tourists - but they were quickly parted on Sunday morning.

Buttler added only a single to his overnight score to reach 67 before he was pinned lbw by Mohammad Abbas, with the decision upheld on review to leave England 236 for seven.

Bess, 55 not out having yet to face a ball in the morning session, was joined by Mark Wood who was quickly off the mark with a flashing four through cover point. That was as far as the Durham man got, though, before pushing tentatively at Mohammad Amir and edging to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Abbas removed Stuart Broad in similar fashion for a duck and Bess, left to throw the bat with only last man James Anderson for company, was cleaned up by an Amir inswinger with only 27 minutes played.

Amir finished with four for 36 and Abbas four for 41, the latter finishing with match figures of eight for 64, as England's total of 242 left Pakistan to chase just 64 for victory.

In reply, the visitors suffered an early casualty as Azhar Ali was clean bowled by a snorter from Anderson, but there were few alarms thereafter as Imam-ul-Haq (18 not out) and Haris Sohail (39 not out) cruised to their target before Lunch.

At the presentation, England captain Joe Root said: "Not good enough. And being brutally honest, I think we were out-performed in all three departments.

"I thought Pakistan, their bowlers exploited the conditions which probably did a bit more than expected first thing but we played some poor shots. We gave some wickets away and you can't afford to do that in Test cricket."

Asked if he regretted his decision to bat first, Root said: "No. If we bat well and get something near 250 or 300 it's going to be a very different game batting last on that surface.

"I think as a batting group we've go to try and find a way."

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