Pakistan on Sunday beat England by nine wickets in the first Test at Lord’s to take 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Mohammad Abbas, with match figures of 8-64, was named the man of the match.
This is Pakistan fifth Test victory at Lord’s following wins at the “home of cricket” in 1982, 1992, 1996 and 2016. The only other team with more wins than losses against England at Lord’s is Australia, who have won 15 and lost seven.
England captain Joe Root, speaking at the presentation, said his team was “outperformed in all three departments”. “I think we did some really good work leading into this game. We just didn’t follow through with that. I thought Pakistan’s bowlers exploited the conditions but we played some poor shots and gave some wickets away and you cant afford to do that.”
This was England’s seventh loss in 10 Tests as their first match under new national selector Ed Smith ended in a resounding reverse.
What made this loss — just England’s third defeat in a home Test starting in May — all the more galling for Joe Root’s side was that they were outplayed in classic English conditions by a youthful Pakistan side, who displayed far greater discipline with both bat and ball.
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.
The team finished on 66 for one before lunch to go 1-0 up in this two-match series ahead of next week’s second Test at Headingley.
England, resuming on an overnight 235 for six, lost their last four second-innings wickets for a mere seven runs in 18 balls on the fourth morning to be bowled out for 242.
But, in truth the damage had long 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.
That they had not already lost this match by an innings was down to a century stand between the recalled Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess that allowed England to resume Sunday on 235 for six, a lead of 56 runs. Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out.