England Batsmen collapses against Pakistani bowlers on day 4 of Lord's Test
LONDON - England were all out for 242, giving Pakistan 64 to win the first Test on Sunday. England could add only six runs to their overnight total of 52.
On Saturdya, England struggled with the bat again, finishing day three of the Lord's Test on 235/6, just 52 runs in front of Pakistan. Amir and Abbas took two each.
The last time England lost the first Test of a home summer was 1995 when they were defeated by the Windies by nine wickets.
That looks about to change as Pakistan closed in on a brilliant victory as they continued their complete dominance of this match at Lord's. After being bowled out for 363, with Babar Azam unable to resume batting due to injury, they were 179 runs in front on first innings.
But for an unbroken seventh-wicket stand worth 121 from Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess, the home side would have already lost this game as they struggled with the bat once again.
With Pakistan so far in the lead it was vital for England to get off to a strong start with their openers laying a solid platform. That isn’t what the home team got, with Alastair Cook trapped lbw off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas for 1 from the 11th ball of the innings.