England grabbed the win in the first Test against Pakistan after having a tough fight while chasing 277 in Manchester. The hosts won the match by 7 wickets to go 1-0 up in the series.
Chasing a formidable total, the home side lost early wickets including key batsmen Joe Root and Ben Stokes. They were left tottering at 117/5 when Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes joined hands and stitched a steady stand of 139 runs for the sixth wicket.
A rare rare 4 th innings chase. Well done England. ???????? #ENGvsPAK— Ashwin ???????? (@ashwinravi99) August 8, 2020
Woakes in his post match interview last night was calm and composed,took 26 wickets in the series against Pakistan in 2016 and now winning it with the bat for them,fair to say he loves playing against Pak! #ENGvsPAK— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) August 8, 2020
This is England’s 10th highest successful run chase & also their 6th highest successful run chase at home in Test cricket.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 8, 2020
England has been set a target of 275+ on 164 occasions – Won 10, Lost 103, Drawn 51
At Old Trafford, England has Won 2, Lost 7, drawn 2#ENGvPAK #ENGvsPAK
Woakes Old Trafford>Stokes Headingley#ENGvsPAK— Greg James (@gregjames) August 8, 2020
Remarkable fightback by England to win after being 117-5. Pak will be distraught at failure after cleaning up top order. But nothing to take away from brilliant effort of Butler and Woakes. Many twists and turns in the match. Magic & glory of Test cricket upheld once again!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 8, 2020
Buttler eventually was trapped in front of the stumps for 75 but Woakes continued with his batting and struck an unbeaten 84.
For Pakistan, it was Yasir Shah who scalped another four-for in the match.
Earlier, Pakistan and England saw some good performances from the bowlers from both ends. As many 14 wickets got down in one single day in Manchester.
Beginning the proceedings on Day 3, England lost Ollie Pope early on 62. The home side kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 219 giving Pakistan a lead of 107 runs.
Yasir Shah showed his class with the ball and scalped a four-wicket haul.
England bowlers then came back stronger and Stuart Broad removed Shan Masood for a duck. Pakistan batsmen too didnt resist well against the English bowling attack.
However, the batsmen did get startes but failed to convert them into big scores. The scorecrad read 137/8 when the stumps were called on Day 3.
Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes scalped a couple of wickets apiece.