Pakistan thrash England to win 1st Test

Pakistan’s Haris Sohail, left and teammate Pakistan’s Ima-Ul-Haq hug as they celebrate after defeating England by 9 wickets on the fourth day of play of the first test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord’s cricket ground in London, Sunday, May 27, 2018. (AP)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Pakistan thrash England to win 1st Test

  • Set just 64 for victory on the fourth morning, Pakistan finished on 66 for one before lunch to go 1-0 up in this two-match series
  • This was England’s seventh loss in 10 Tests as their first match under new national selector Ed Smith ended in a resounding defeat

LONDON: Pakistan beat England by the commanding margin of nine wickets to win the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.
Set just 64 for victory on the fourth morning, Pakistan finished on 66 for one before lunch to go 1-0 up in this two-match series.
Imam-ul-Haq was 18 not out and Haris Sohail, who hit the winning boundary off Dominic Bess, 39 not out.
England were undone by two top-order batting collapses, slumping to 184 all out after winning the toss in their first innings and declining to 160 for six in their second before fifties from Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess prevented an innings defeat.
This was England’s seventh loss in 10 Tests as their first match under new national selector Ed Smith ended in a resounding defeat.
The second Test at Headingley starts on Friday.

Brief scores:
England 1st Inns 184 (A Cook 70; Mohammad Abbas 4-23, Hasan Ali 4-51)
Pakistan 1st Inns 363 (Babar Azam 68, Asad Shafiq 59, Shadab Khan 52, Azhar Ali 50; B Stokes 3-73)
England 2nd Inns 242 (J Root 68, J Buttler 67, D Bess 57: Mohammad Amir 4-36, Mohammad Abbas 4-41)
Pakistan 2nd Inns 66-1

Result: Pakistan won by nine wickets
Series: Pakistan lead two-match series 1-0

 


Afghanistan will fear no one at the Cricket World Cup, claims Rashid Khan

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Afghanistan will fear no one at the Cricket World Cup, claims Rashid Khan

  • Spin King Khan sends down warning ahead of ODI showpiece.
  • Boast comes just a day following Afghanistan's first Test win in just their second Test.

LONDON: Afghanistan will fear no one at the Cricket World Cup — that is the confident message from the side’s spin king Rashid Khan.
That warning comes just a day after Khan’s teammate Mohammad Nabi declared the side could beat any Test side after they recorded their first ever Test win — a seven-wicket victory against Ireland —  in just their second Test.
Before they can prove Nabi right, however, Afghanistan’s focus is purely on this summer’s ODI World Cup. At last year’s Asia Cup, Afghanistan made a breakthrough by topping their group in the 50-over competition ahead of established Test nations Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. And that has given Khan and Co. the confidence they can shock a few established teams in England.
“We have the talent and we have the skills,” the leg-spinner said. “How we played in the Asia Cup was totally different and we showed that we can beat any side,” said Khan, whose side even tied a match with heavyweights India in the last-four stage.
“The only thing is to believe in your skills. Just to be relaxed in big matches and enjoy your game,” he said.
“And that’s how we should be in the World Cup.”
Afghanistan only gained one-day international (ODI) status in 2009 and Test status in 2017, but their recent rise has coincided with Khan’s emergence as a world-class spinner. The 20-year-old tops the world Twenty20 bowling rankings and lies third in the 50-over standings.