2nd Test, Day 1: Pakistan 174 all out against England

England sweating on fitness of Ben Stokes for Headingley Test

England won their first Test match since September as they registered a resounding win against Pakistan. However, the England global found himself in the headlines for a completely different reason as a picture of his bat went viral on the social media after the match.

Pakistan started the two-match test series with a commanding win over England at Lord's but the hosts dismantled Arthur's side in the second test, winning by an innings and 55 runs.

England team members celebrate after defeating Pakistan in an innings defeat to end the two-Test series in a 1-1 draw.

Test debutant Sam Curran, playing in place of injured all-rounder Ben Stokes, ended the innings shortly before the scheduled tea break when he had Shadab caught in the deep by Keaton Jennings.

By sharing the spoils in this short campaign, England avoided a third successive series defeat after reverses in Australia and New Zealand.

It has been a year to remember for Jos Buttler.

Stuart Broad took three for 28 and off-spinner Dominic Bess grabbed his first wickets at Test level in a return of three for 33.

Curran, however, was out for 20 on his 20th birthday when he was well caught in the slips by Asad Shafiq off man-of-the-series Mohammad Abbas, who took eight for 64 at Lord's.


Buttler, dropped on four on Saturday when Hasan Ali failed to hold a routine chance at midwicket, soon altered that statistic.

Then, early in the second session, they lost three wickets for one run in 14 balls to be 79 for seven.

That blow went for four, and Buttler bludgeoned the very next ball for a straight six into the building site which will become the new Football Stand by this time next year.

"We didn't bat well in the first innings and credit to England bowlers", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who won the toss but chose to bat, with his team bowled out for 174 in the first innings.

"We can beat India", he said.

Anderson uprooted Azhar Ali's (11) middle stump before a stunning one-handed catch from Bess gave the Lancastrian his second, Haris Sohail (8) the unfortunate batsman as the England youngster flung himself to his left at mid-off.

Bess bagged Imam ul-Haq as his first wicket at this level.

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