England win thrilling Old Trafford Test to take 1-0 lead
In the first match of the three-match Test series in Manchester, the host England defeated the visiting Pakistan by 3 wickets. Joe Root’s team has set a new record with this victory. This is the first time since 1999 that a team has won by chasing 265 or more runs thrown by Pakistan. Joss Butler and Chris Oakes have been instrumental in the victory.
In November 1999, in Hobart, host Australia met Pakistan’s target of 369 runs. After that, for more than 20 long years, no one could surpass Pakistan’s 265 runs. The English took a 1-0 lead in the series, taking Old Trafford’s wicket as a record.
The thrill of the dramatic match has spread from moment to moment. At one point England’s defeat seemed a matter of time. But that situation changed in the sixth wicket partnership of the English. The target of the English for victory was 26 runs. Batting on the fourth day with 136 runs for 6 wickets, Pakistan were bowled out for 169 runs. This run was added to the lead of 107 runs and the target of England was 26 runs. England, who lost the first wicket by 22 runs, lost five wickets in 117 runs. However, Jos Butler and Chris Oakes emerged as the saviors. England’s record-breaking victory shattered Pakistan’s dream
Joe Root, who scored 42 runs, and Dom Sibley, who scored 36 runs, left England under pressure. Butler, who was in the middle of a difficult time, and Oaks, who was seen half a century later, handled that pressure slowly. In the sixth wicket partnership, the two formed a great partnership of 139 runs. Gradually, Pakistan fell behind mentally, which became clear in the fielding and body language of the team.
Butler was dismissed for 75 off 101 balls, but Oakes did not take long to pick up the win. Before the match on the fifth day, the team brought a record-breaking victory. Before that, of course, Stuart Broad had to return to the bathroom. However, he left the field with his teammate Dom Base to witness a memorable victory of 3 wickets. Oaks remained unbeaten on 74 off 120 balls. He saw this half-century after 16 innings. Yasir Shah took four wickets for Pakistan.
Pakistan 1st innings – 326
Masud 156, Babar 69
Broad 54/3, Archer 59/3
England 1st innings – 219
Pop 52, Butler 36
Yasir 6/4, Shadab 13/2
Pakistan 2nd innings – 189
Yasir 33, Shafiq 29
Broad 36/3, Stokes 11/2
England 2nd innings – 26/7
WOaks 64 *, Butler 65, Route 42