Lord's Test: Pakistan crush England by nine wickets

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But this was a moment of unalloyed joy to set alongside Amir's role in Pakistan's Test win over England at Lord's two years ago - a victory that helped them to a 2-2 draw in a four-match series.

May is traditionally a happy hunting ground for England, an amuse-bouche of an often slightly under-prepared, lower ranked team, in helpful early season conditions, to get the side revved up for more challenging opposition later in the summer.

"The game was lost when England won the toss and said we're going to bat first", were former England captain Nasser Hussain's words after the hosts were outplayed across four days by a new-face Pakistan side.

"Pakistan's bowlers exploited the conditions well but we played some poor shots and you can't afford to do that".

England's second innings was following a similar path at 110 for six before a century stand between Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess prevented an even greater margin of defeat.

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Victory, completed before lunch on the fourth day, put Pakistan 1-0 up in a two-match series ahead of the second Test at Headingley that starts on Friday.

England resumed on 235-6 and with a lead of 56 runs on Sunday (NZT), but lost its last four wickets for seven runs in 25 balls.

Root, promoted up the order to number three, also fell for four when he drove at a wide ball from Hasan and edged behind to opposing captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Credit to Pakistan, they bowled well and they showed some fight with the bat. England created chances but didn't take them.

In the end, a good night's sleep was all that Pakistan's rampant cricketers needed.

In the recently concluded Test between England and Pakistan, the home side was thrashed by a staggering nine-wicket margin.

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Ben Stokes unfurled a few trademark attacking strokes in his 38 but he was trapped lbw by Abbas following a review and England's last five wickets crumbled for the addition of 16 runs straight after tea.

Mark Wood hit one four before he nicked Mohammad Amir, bowling with the second new ball, to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

But the work of team fielding coach Steve Rixon, the former Australia wicket-keeper, was rewarded when Asad Shafiq held a hard catch at second slip edge after Jos Buttler, recalled as a specialist number seven, edged a drive off Hasan and fell for 14.

Stuart Broad made his Test-best 169 against Pakistan at Lord's in 2010 - a match that became known for a spot-fixing "sting" that saw three Pakistan players, including Amir, jailed by an English court and given five-year bans by the International Cricket Council.

The innings ended when Amir knocked over Bess's off-stump.

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