Pakistan fined for slow over-rate

02 June 2018, 12:40 | Kristine Mills

Babar Azam had to leave field after copping a blow to his forearm while batting on 68

Babar Azam had to leave field after copping a blow to his forearm while batting on 68

Amir, whose career nearly came to a complete end at Lord's back in 2010 after he received a jail sentence and five-year ban from cricket for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during a corresponding Test against England, had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls.

Among their batsmen, Asad Shafiq has risen six slots to 26th place after slamming 59 in his only innings of the match, while Harris Sohail has moved up 13 places to 80th rank after scores of 39 and 39 not out. However, International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed 60 percent of his match fee for maintaining the slow over-rate during the Test match.

Nevertheless, Root warned: "It's easy to look at (this result) and say "right, we need to make drastic changes".

Sarfraz also paid tribute to the influence of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, with the South African having launched his time in charge with a 2-2 series draw in England in 2016. "I haven't seen him bat much, but I've heard a lot about his batting from the guys at Somerset", he said.

Test wins for Pakistan at Lord's, which is joint second-best for any team, after Australia's 17. "Ireland played really well".

Pakistan's bid for a victory inside three days over England in the first test was thwarted by an unbeaten 125-run stand between Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess at Lord's on Saturday.

In a reversal of the expected order of things, England were disastrous in the field in this Test, chances missed and catches put down with the sort of tragicomic regularity usually so championed by Pakistan - as it was their opponents could scarcely have looked sharper. It was nowhere near good enough for Test level.

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Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out.

8 - Wickets for Mohammad Abbas, at an average of eight runs per wicket, over both innings of the Test (4 for 23 and 4 for 41).

England were now 236 for seven and that soon became 241 for eight, after the tourists took the new ball, when Mark Wood edged Mohammad Amir to wicket-keeper Sarfraz.

But Broad´s batting has gone downhill since he was struck in the face by a bouncer from India´s Varun Aaron in the fourth Test at Old Trafford four years ago.

Meanwhile the modest Sarfraz, who led Pakistan to a brilliant victory over arch-rivals India in last year's Champions Trophy one-day final across London at The Oval, played down his captaincy skills.

And on Sunday he fell for a duck when prodding Abbas to Sarfraz.

Jonny Bairstow followed two balls later, Amir's ripper squeezing through bat and pad to smash off stump, and Ben Stokes made just nine before clipping Shadab to midwicket.



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