Sarfaraz proud as Pakistan crush ‘experienced’ England

Arnold Nichols
May 30, 2018

Joe Root has urged England supporters to "keep the faith" despite his side's nine-wicket hammering by Pakistan, their eighth consecutive Test without a win.

Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq was forced from the field during his side's crushing Test win against England after copping a painful blow to his private parts.

England defeated South Africa and West Indies at home previous year, but were outclassed by Australia in the Ashes and also lost a two-match series to New Zealand in March.

It was they who made the most of the bowling conditions to skittle England for a modest first innings score, they who refused to succumb to the panic of yet another batting collapse every time they lost a key wicket and they who produced an all round team performance to comfortably outplay underprepared-looking opponents.

Following a winter when they did not win in seven Tests in Australia and New Zealand, this is an bad result for England, who spoke before this match of returning to winning ways and developing skills that will make them more competitive in foreign conditions.

England's were now 236 for seven and that soon became 241 for eight, after the tourists took the new ball, when Mark Wood edged Mohammad Amir to Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Abbas, in his first match at "the home of cricket", finished with excellent figures of four for 23 in 14 overs.

Abbas was named player of the match after taking four wickets in each innings at Lord's as Pakistan thrashed the hosts by nine wickets, but the fast-bowler is not happy with his achievements, especially not being able to take five wickets at the historic Lord's.

Checks revealed a fracture and Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this test and for the second and final test in Leeds.

"I think we did some really good work leading into the game, making sure we were ready, but we just didn't follow through".

"Pakistan bowled good lines and lengths and got their rewards".

Buttler, fresh back from the Indian Premier League for this NatWest Series opener after 18 months out of the Test reckoning, joined forces in the unlikeliest of circumstances with debutant number eight Bess to give England hope where there was none.

According to ICC press release, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee, with the rest of the players fined 30 per cent.

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

The innings ended when Amir knocked over Bess's off-stump as the batsman went to drive. Chennai were struggling at 92-7 in their chase of 140 but the batsman showed great bravery to deny Sunrisers' strong bowling attack as hit the winning six with five balls to spare and remained unbeaten on 67. So far, they've out-bowled and out-batted us'.

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