England horror show leaves patient Pakistan brimming with hope

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• England 184; Pakistan 50-1
• Last five wickets fall for 19 runs in first-day collapse

A post-tea collapse, triggered by Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali, two pacemen of Pakistan who look tailor-made for English conditions, punctured any early-summer optimism in the home camp in the space of seven overs.

The stands were full as the final session began since this was no time for gossiping with old friends out the back. The Royals were dominating everyone’s attention again – the Rajasthan Royals, that is. The score was a less than satisfactory 165 for five but in the 20 minutes before tea Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, fresh from the Indian Premier League, had hinted at a glorious Tamasha after tea. Buttler had cruised to 13 in no time while Stokes, in exemplary Test fashion, had reached 36. It was compulsory to be back in the bucket seats in time for the resumption.

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Written by Vic Marks at Lord’s
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/24/england-pakistan-first-test-lords-day-one under the title “England horror show leaves patient Pakistan brimming with hope”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.