Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Pakistan fined for slow over-rate in first Test against England

Pakistan fined for slow over-rate in first Test against England

It would be England's only wicket as Pakistan knocked off the required runs easily - Haris Sohail (39no) taking a particular liking to Bess' bowling, with the Somerset off-spinner plundered for 29 runs in 3.4 overs - to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

Ed Smith, England's new national selector, will face pressure to shake up the side after his first game in charge ended in a resounding defeat.

After being bowled out for 184 on day one of the first Test of the summer, England dropped five catches to allow Pakistan to build a 166-run lead.

In the end, a good night's sleep was all that Pakistan's rampant cricketers needed. "We have been out-performed in all three departments, we have not batted well enough, first innings in particular". So far, they've out-bowled and out-batted us'. "We can do that next week and we must take that chance", Root said.

"Tomorrow we need to make it as big as we can: 150 would be great; we'd probably be trying to think more like 200".

But eight balls into Sunday's play and having added only one more run, Buttler was lbw to Mohammad Abbas for 67 after missing an intended drive.

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England 2nd innings A. Cook lbw M. Abbas 1 M. Stoneman b S. Khan 9 Joe Root lbw M. Abbas 68 D. Malan c S. Ahmed b M. Amir 12 J. Bairstow b M. Amir 0 B. Stokes c sub b S. Khan 9 Jos Buttler (not out) 66 Dom Bess (not out) 55 Extras (b-4, lb-9, w-2) 15 Total (6 wkts, 78 overs) 235 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-31, 3-91, 4-91, 5-104, 6-110. Mark Wood had no answer to Amir's wiles when the new ball was taken midway through the next over - he grazed Amir through to Sarfraz for 4.

It was the latest memorable Lord's incident for Amir, who took six wickets in a Test innings at MCC's headquarters in 2010 - the same match where his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal led to a jail sentence and a five-year ban from cricket.

But the work of team fielding coach Steve Rixon, the former Australia wicket-keeper, was rewarded when Asad Shafiq held a hard catch at second slip edge after Jos Buttler, recalled as a specialist number seven, edged a drive off Hasan and fell for 14.

As Mohammad Amir (four for 36) and Mohammad Abbas (four for 41) shared the spoils, and Pakistan were set only 64 for victory, Joe Root's team extended their winter woes on to home territory - losing their sixth...

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.

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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