Pakistan complete nine-wicket demolition of sorry England

Pakistan complete nine-wicket demolition of sorry England

But for the oasis of Buttler and debutant number eight Bess' seventh-wicket partnership - which more than doubled the total after they joined forces on a sorry second-innings 110 for six, with 69 runs needed to avoid an innings defeat - England were outplayed in all departments here.

Overall, England - on a sunny day and in the best batting conditions of the entire match - had lost four wickets for 19 runs.

England were 235-6 at stumps.

Mohammad Amir has had both some of his best and worst days at Lord's, getting on the honours board in 2010 in a Test where he was involved in a spot-fixing scandal that saw the Pakistan paceman jailed and banned from cricket for five years. He hasn't played any red-ball cricket since December.

But at least Buttler, who finished on 66 not out, and Bess (55 not out) justified their selections and gave their team a bit of confidence ahead of a potentially even more hard five-test series against top-ranked India.

"With Dom Bess, it was like Joe Root walked back out, with his back foot punches and cover drives".

It was another failure for Stoneman, who was struggling for form coming into the test and scored just 13 runs in two innings at Lord's. "He's got a great character and he really showed that".

The Yorkshireman was not hiding away from evident problems after England were dispatched early on day four at Lord's - where they were bowled out for 184 after he chose to bat and then could set Pakistan only 64 to win after mustering 242 at their second attempt.

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.

Bayliss s side have lost six of their last eight Tests, ahead of the finale of a two-match series against Pakistan at Headingley starting on Friday.

Babar Azam, who was forced to retire hurt after being struck on the wrist by a Ben Stokes delivery in the first innings and ruled out of the further part in the series, has moved up 14 places to 86th position after his 68-run contribution.

Cook was lbw to Mohammad Abbas in the second over and Stoneman looked uncomfortable in his 45-ball stay before he was bowled by spinner Shadab Khan.

But there was no 14th Test hundred for the Yorkshireman, who was lbw to an Abbas ball that nipped back and hit him in front of his stumps.

But the damage had been done and a Pakistan side who have always been a byword for poor fielding outplayed England in this area too.

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