Press-ups and salutes, Pakistan's day out at Lord's

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17 Jul 2020 | 02:12 AM
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Press-ups and salutes, Pakistan's day out at Lord's

Misbah-ul-Haq and Yasir Shah starred for the visiting side as they defeated England by 75 runs in the first Test of the 2016 tour

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On this day in 2016, Pakistan defeated England by 75 runs at Lord's and took a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq led from the front and scored a solid century in the first innings before legspinner Yasir Shah claimed 10 wickets in the match to lead Pakistan to a stunning victory. The entire Pakistani team then did a series of celebratory push-ups in front of the pavilion and followed it up with a military salute, leaving cricket's most famous ground in raptures.

MISBAH AND CO. CONQUER LORD'S

Opting to bat, Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez got his team off to a decent start by scoring a 59-ball 40. The right-hander crafted a couple of eye-pleasing boundaries, while his partner Shan Masood found it tough to get going. The two added 38 runs for the opening wicket before Chris Woakes had Masood caught behind for 7. The right-arm seamer then got rid of Hafeez when he was on 40 and then Jake Ball dismissed Azhar Ali for 7 and reduced Pakistan to 77 for 3.

With their team in a spot of bother, Pakistan's two most experienced batsmen Younis Khan (33) and Misbah joined hands to form a 57-run association, but the former couldn't carry on and became Stuart Broad's first victim. Misbah however carried on and found an able ally in Asad Shafiq. The duo added 148 runs for the fifth wicket and took Pakistan closer to the 300-run mark.

Shafiq was dismissed for a well-made 73 but Misbah went on to complete his century. He hit 18 boundaries in his 114-run knock and was the ninth wicket to go down. The likes of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir and Yasir all chipped in with a few runs as Pakistan posted a competitive first innings total of 339. For England, Woakes picked up six wickets, while Broad took three.

In reply, the hosts lost Alex Hales early but skipper Alastair Cook and Joe Root added 110 runs for the second wicket to put England on top. The partnership was finally broken in the 29th over when Yasir accounted for Root when he was on 48 and then dismissed James Vince and Gary Ballance in the space of two overs to bring Pakistan right back in the game. Despite wickets falling at the other end, Cook was moving forward swiftly. It was Mohammad Amir who took the all-important wicket of Cook when he knocked him over for 81.

Both Jonny Bairstow (29) and Moeen Ali (23) got starts but couldn't convert it into something substantial. Woakes, who took six wickets in the first essay, also impressed with the bat and played a crucial knock of 35* down the order. However, he didn't get much support as Yasir ran through England's batting order and bowled them out for 272, giving Pakistan a 67-run lead. The legspinner finished with figures of 6 for 72.

Having got a decent lead in the first innings, Pakistan could only manage 215 in their second essay. There was zero contribution from Hafeez and Misbah in the second innings, while Masood, Younis and Azhar all got out in their 20s. The momentum could have turned in England's favour if Shafiq (49), Sarfaraz (45) and Yasir hadn't scored those handy runs on Day 3. It was once again Woakes (5/32) and Broad (3/38) who did most of the damage but Pakistan still managed to set a target of 283.

It was important for Pakistan to get those early wickets and it was Rahat Ali who did the job for the visiting team. The left-arm paceman picked up the first three wickets and reduced the home side to 47 for 3. That's when Yasir took over and dismantled England's middle-order by dismissing Ballance, Bairstow and Moeen. Woakes did show some resilience and played out 108 deliveries for his 23. In the process, he became only the fourth player to take a ten-for and face 200-plus deliveries in a Test (in games where balls-faced data is available).

It was Amir who brought the curtains down by knocking over England's last batsman Ball and gave his team a historic win. This was Pakistan's first Test triumph at Lord's since 1996.    

WHAT FOLLOWED?

Misbah had done 10 push-ups after completing his century in the first innings and the entire Pakistan team celebrated the win by doing press-ups and military salutes.

Pakistan lost the next two Tests comfortably but won the final one at the Kennington Oval to level the four-match series 2-2. They then lost the ODI series 4-1 but managed to win the solitary T20I in Manchester.  

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