Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Pakistan win softens damage from brutal low blow

Pakistan win softens damage from brutal low blow

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam will miss the remainder of the two-match series against England after fracturing a bone in his left forearm on the second day of the first test at Lord's on Friday.

Pakistan were set a target of just 64 runs to win the first Test at Lord's on Sunday following England's latest batting collapse.

But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around.

England were bowled out for 184 on the first day after Root won the toss and never recovered as they suffered their first defeat in a May test at the home of cricket following series losses in Australia and New Zealand.

In the recently concluded Test between England and Pakistan, the home side was thrashed by a staggering nine-wicket margin.

Perhaps the only consolation for a beleaguered Joe Root after this chastening defeat, which didn't even make it to the end of the first session on Day Four, is that this team is running out of ways in which things could possibly get worse.

According to ICC press release, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee, with the rest of the players fined 30 per cent. "We can do that next week and we must take that chance", Root said. "We have to be better".

"But ultimately we have just got to be better", he said after the match.

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Ben Stokes unfurled a few trademark attacking strokes in his 38 but he was trapped lbw by Abbas following a review and England's last five wickets crumbled for the addition of 16 runs straight after tea.

England's slim hopes of rescuing the game had rested with the recalled Jos Buttler and newcomer Bess, who resumed on 66 and 55 respectively. Buttler struck five fours in reaching his half-century and 20-year-old off-spinner Bess, who failed to take a wicket, showed great maturity in a supporting role.

From there, England's resistance quickly crumbled, with Mark Wood (4) - soon after cracking a glorious cover drive - and Stuart Broad (0) both out to regulation nicks to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

"We have a very inexperienced team but we are very confident in our players".

And Amir put England out of their misery in emphatic fashion by crashing a full delivery into the off stump of Bess (57), before Imam and Sohail briskly took care of business prior to lunch.

Amir finished with innings figures of four for 36 and the impressive Abbas had eight in the game after a second-innings haul of four for 41 in 17 overs.

Anderson bowled Azhar in the third over but Sohail didn't hang around, hitting six fours and a six in a 32-ball knock.

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