Pakistan fined for slow over-rate during Lords Test

Ruben Hill
May 31, 2018

That left them already 166 runs ahead of England's meagre first-innings 184.

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. "I am very proud of my team", Pakistan captain Sarfraz said.

"If we can get another 25 on top of that and do exactly what we did in the first innings - bowl in the right areas and apply some pressure - then we've got a really good chance".

The third day ended with England 235-6 in their second innings - a lead of only 56 runs - and still facing the likelihood of a thumping defeat.

Root said he had no regrets about opting to bat first.

James Anderson (1-12) also sent the stumps splattering, with Azhar Ali (4) castled by a beauty that angled in at off stump and then straightened to beat the outside edge of his tentative prod.

"We've got to give it time to work", said Root in a press conference after the game, but for now they have four days until the next Test at Headingley, time they're going to need to make the most of if things aren't going to continue to spiral ominously downwards.

Pakistan came into this match on the back of a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland at Dublin's Malahide ground - a match played in similar conditions to those they found at Lord's.

For his terrific 8-wicket haul in the match, Mohammad Abbas was awarded the man of the match. The home team had a different look to its side with Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess included in the playing XI.

Buttler and Bess clung on till tea, however, and played sensibly in the final session.

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.

And Amir put England out of their misery in emphatic fashion by crashing a full delivery into the off stump of Bess (57), before Imam and Sohail briskly took care of business prior to lunch.

"England better buck up their ideas and turn it around".

"Credit to the way they've batted today".

"In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount", the statement added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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