Yashir Shah 10 wickets puts break on England’s domination on home soil

Pakistan defeated dominant England on their home soil by 75 runs on fourth day of Lord’s test. This victory is third time Pakistan have beaten England away from home in the last 20 years. Yasir Shah finished with match figures of 10 for 141 to help bowl the hosts out for 207 and to make easy way towards win.

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Pakistan won the toss and bravely opted to bat first on English soil where ball does a lot in air. They started well with Mohammad Hafeez and young Shan Masood as they put up a short partnership of 38 runs before Shan Masood was caught behind the stumps. Mohammad Hafeez (40 runs) could not capitalize on to start he got and gave away his wicket when score was 51 runs.

Pakistan may have found themselves in a bit of bother when Azhar Ali was out after adding only seven runs. Misbah-ul-Haq (114 runs) and Asad Shafiq (73 runs) played responsibly and added together 148 runs to take their team in comfortable zone.

Chris Woakes bowled amazingly well to grab six wicket haul as he removed both opener to help his team to get rid of Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood. He also played vital role in chipping few wickets from middle order including Asad Shafiq who looked solid. He was well supported by Stuart Broad who took 3 wickets.

England started their first inning with losing Alex Hales in second over of the innings who scored only six runs. Alastair Cook and Joe Root together added 110 runs before Joe Root was caught by Hafeez of the bowling of Yasir Shah. Though Cook was there at one end but he saw regular fall of wicket at other end. Yashir Shah magical bowling scrambled English batting line-up and they were folded to 272 runs in first inning. Yashir Shah claimed six wicket haul.

Pakistan took handsome lead of 67 runs in first inning, they started their second inning with Hafeez out for duck after facing 11 deliveries. Chris Woakes good work continued in second innings as well as he removed Shan Masood (24 runs) and Azhar Ali (23 runs). Misbah-ul-Haq, centurian in first innings found himself out on duck of the bowling of Moeen Ali which pulled Pakistan in some sorts of bother when score was 60 runs for 4 wickets.

But Asad Shafiq (45 runs) and Sarfraz Ahmed (49 runs) held the inning and short decent inning from Yashir Shah helped Pakistan set target of 283 runs. Chris Woakes continued his great work and took 5-wicket haul while Stuart Broad claimed three wickets. Moeen Ali who was wicket-less in first innings managed to bag 2 wickets.

Chasing the target of 283 runs, England kept losing wickets at regular interval. Alastair Cook (8 runs) was first one to go followed by Alex Hales (16 runs). England would not have recovered form loss of their opener Joe Root was caught by Yashir Shah of the bowling of Rahat Ali. James Vince (42 runs), Gary Ballance (43 runs) and Jonny Bairstow (48 runs) tried everything possible but they could not negotiate good bowling attack from Pakistan. Yashir Shah once again did what their team would have expected.

Yashir Shah took four wickets but a lot of credit goes to Rahat Ali (3 wickets) who removed top three batsman including Cook, Hales and Root because these trio provides solidity to batting order. Mohammad Amir managed to chip in two wickets.

Pakistan 1st Inning: 339 all out
England 1st Inning: 272 all out

Pakistan 2nd Inning: 215 all out
England 2nd Inning: 207 all out

Man of the Match: Yashir Shah (10 wickets)

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