Pakistan thrash England to win first Test

Mohammad Abbas celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad caught behind left who walks from the pitch during the fourth day of play of the first test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in Londo

Pakistan thrash England to win first Test

It was probably too little too late for England, who were desperate to make a strong start to the two-Test series following their heavy Ashes defeat in Australia and a rare loss to New Zealand.

"I thought Pakistan's bowlers exploited the conditions but we played some poor shots and gave some wickets away and you can't afford to do that".

The last time England lost the first test in a home summer was in 1995 against West Indies and they only have four days to regroup before the second and final match at Headingley starting on Friday.

A seventh-wicket partnership between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess of 126 had briefly raised English hopes that they might do the unthinkable and emerge from a match which Pakistan had dominated without defeat but that was distinguished within the opening 25 deliveries of day four as Pakistan took the remaining four English wickets to fall.

"But we had that belief that he will come good".

'We've seen one or two keep low, Amir, Abbas and Ali will bowl that fuller length with a bit of skid so it's not going to be easy for the England batsmen'.

Sarfraz also paid tribute to the influence of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, with the South African having launched his time in charge with a 2-2 series draw in England in 2016.

Amir, whose career nearly came to a complete end at Lord's back in 2010 after he received a jail sentence and five-year ban from cricket for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during a corresponding Test against England, had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls.

"The Malahide game was a very tough game for us", said Sarfraz.

"We took him off the field because he had some discomfort". "Ireland played really well".

Nasser's words make sense and paint the picture perfectly and completely, since England were always chasing the rabbit after being bowled out for 184 in the first innings, but credit can not be taken away from Pakistan in any way.

'England don't lose home matches in May. At stumps, Buttler batting on 66 and Bess on 55 runs. Pakistan took the second new ball after 80.2 overs and with the fourth ball off the new cherry Amir had Mark Woods caught behind.

But Broad´s batting has gone downhill since he was struck in the face by a bouncer from India´s Varun Aaron in the fourth Test at Old Trafford four years ago.

Abbas followed the example of Amir to dismiss Stuart Broad for a duck in similar fashion, Sarfraz gathering another edge after an unconvincing prod.

Buttler fell in the second over, trapped lbw by man-of-the-match Mohammad Abbas for 67 and failing to get the decision overturned on review.

And it took Pakistan just 12.4 overs to knock off the 64 needed for victory, with Haris Sohail hitting 39 not out from 32 balls.

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