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Flashpoints: England v Pakistan, first Test, day 4

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Here’s everything you need to know about the fourth and final day’s play of the first Test between Pakistan and England at Lord’s on Sunday May 27, 2018.

Pakistan made short work of England on the fourth morning to seal a nine-wicket victory. England began the day on 235-6  a lead of 56  but the overnight pair of Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess fell early as England were bowled out for 242 in 4.1 overs, with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas picking up two wickets apiece.

Set 64 to win, Pakistan completed the chase in 12.4 overs, having lost Azhar Ali early.

Ebbs & Flows: How day 4 unfolded

  • Buttler and Bess, having added 125 runs for the seventh wicket on the third day, strode out with the hope of stretching the England lead further, but Abbas, in only the second over of the day, trapped Buttler lbw for 67.
  • Mark Wood’s stay in the middle was brief, with Amir inducing an outside edge with the second new ball. Sarfraz Ahmed pouched it safely behind the stumps.
  • Stuart Broad lasted all of two balls before falling to Abbas, and Amir then had Bess bowled for 57. England were restricted to 242, with Amir and Abbas picking up four wickets, while Shadab Khan picked up two.
  • Pakistan lost Azhar Ali early in their chase of 64, Jimmy Anderson effecting the dismissal, but Imam-ul-Haq (18*) and Haris Sohail (39*) put on an unbroken 54 to complete the chase.
  • Victory means Pakistan have a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
  • Mohammad Abbas was adjudged the Player of the Match for his match-haul of eight wickets  four in each innings.

Moment of the day

Mohammad Abbas picked up eight wickets in the match

Mohammad Abbas, playing only his sixth Test, picked up four wickets in each innings and was adjudged the Player of the Match.

Man of the hour

Mohammad Amir took four wickets in the second innings

Mohammad Amir, who had picked up a solitary wicket in the first innings, took four in the second, including two on the final morning, to scupper England’s hopes of a revival.

Day to forget

Dom Bess was taken for 29 runs in just 3.4 overs

After impressing on the third evening with a half-century, Dominic Bess had a day to forget on the fourth morning. The debutant was taken for 29 runs in just 3.4 overs in Pakistan’s second innings.

Final thought

England were outplayed in all departments for most of the match, and they’re developing a reputation for top-order batting collapses. They have four days to pick themselves up before the final Test in Headingley from June 1.

Pakistan are on a high. Their young batsmen more than held their own, and they were particularly impressive in the field. Apart from Babar Azam’s injury – a fractured arm could sideline him for up to six weeks – pretty much everything went right for the visitors.

Team Ratings

Pakistan 9/10

This was perhaps the best day for Pakistan so far in this tour. They got four England wickets in next to no time, and finished the match off within the first session.

England: 3/10

A day to forget. The lower order could not muster much of a resistance against the Pakistan attack and their bowlers had just 64 runs to defend.

Player Ratings

England

Alastair Cook: 7/10

Mark Stoneman: 4/10

Joe Root: 6/10

Dawid Malan: 4/10

Jonny Bairstow: 5/10

Ben Stokes: 5/10

Jos Buttler: 7/10

Dom Bess: 6/10

Mark Wood: 5/10

Stuart Broad: 4/10

James Anderson: 6/10

Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq: 5/10

Azhar Ali: 7/10

Haris Sohail: 7/10

Asad Shafiq: 8/10

Babar Azam: 8/10

Sarfraz Ahmed: 7/10

Shadab Khan: 7/10

Faheem Ashraf: 6/10

Hasan Ali: 7/10

Mohammad Amir: 7/10

Mohammad Abbas: 8/10

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