Woakes, Buttler take England house in opposition to Pakistan

Manchester, August 8

England scored an exhilarating three-wicket win over Pakistan within the first Test match right here on Saturday, with Chris Woakes shepherding the house workforce within the chase of 277 with an unbeaten knock of 84.

Fittingly, it was Woakes who scored the profitable runs when he edged Shaheen Afridi via the slips for 4. Woakes had added 139 runs with Jos Buttler (75), who fell with England solely 21 runs in need of the goal. The fall of Buttler late within the day prompted jitters within the England camp, however Woakes remained calm as he helped England go 1-Zero up within the collection.

Earlier, needing 277 for an inconceivable victory, England had been decreased to 117 for 5 earlier than Buttler and Woakes revived their hopes with a valiant stand.

England misplaced a flurry of wickets, slumping from 86/1 to 117/5 as some excellent bowling gave Pakistan a stranglehold halfway via the afternoon.

Pakistan started the day on 137/Eight of their second innings however blazed one other 32 runs to be all out for 169, setting England a tricky goal on a pitch providing tempo, bounce and spin. England have been in a gap, however Buttler and Woakes went into One-day mode and commenced to pepper the boundaries. — Agencies

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