ENG vs PAK: Visitors fined for slow over-rate in Lord’s Test

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Lord's was hosting the first Test match of the ongoing series between England and Pakistan, with Sunday being the fourth day where the visitors recording a stunning victory.

Pakistan lost Azhar Ali (4) early in its chase but Imam-ul-Haq (18 not out) and Haris Sohail (39 not out) saw the tourists home on 66-1, 30 minutes before lunch.

Hopes that a return home and a rejigged top-order picked by new national selector Ed Smith would help rid England of the batting slumps that plagued them during a run of seven straight Tests without a victory in Australia and New Zealand quickly proved illusory as they were dismissed for just 184.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined Pakistan for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Lord's Test against England.

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England, who had been 165 for five at tea, lost their last five wickets for a meagre 16 runs in 27 balls. 'You look at the history of Test match cricket and very rarely do you save it from here. Root said his team "did some really good things leading into this week" but cautioned that it will take time for the changes in preparation and mindset to bear fruit. We have been outplayed across all three departments.

Buttler, though, was out in the second over of the day, having added just one run to his overnight score. 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.

"It was not good enough, if I'm being brutally honest", said Joe Root, England's captain. Buttler struck five fours in reaching his half-century and 20-year-old off-spinner Bess, who failed to take a wicket, showed great maturity in a supporting role.

England 2nd innings A. Cook lbw M. Abbas 1 M. Stoneman b S. Khan 9 Joe Root lbw M. Abbas 68 D. Malan c S. Ahmed b M. Amir 12 J. Bairstow b M. Amir 0 B. Stokes c sub b S. Khan 9 Jos Buttler (not out) 66 Dom Bess (not out) 55 Extras (b-4, lb-9, w-2) 15 Total (6 wkts, 78 overs) 235 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-31, 3-91, 4-91, 5-104, 6-110.

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A feature of Buttler's fine innings the previous evening was his positive footwork to the seamers, in particular, getting forward and moving across to off-stump to negate the Pakistan bowlers' probing line, but Abbas found some seam movement back into him with the wicket ball to beat his inside edge.

Mohammad Amir (4-36), who shared the four wickets to fall with Abbas, then bowled Bess (57) to end the innings, beating the debutant's attempted drive.

Anderson bowled Azhar in the third over but Sohail didn't hang around, hitting six fours and a six in a 32-ball knock.

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