Hasan Ali, Abbas put Pakistan on top vs England

Pakistan dominate Day One

Pakistan's bid for a victory inside three days over England in the first test was thwarted by an unbeaten 125-run stand between Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess at Lord's on Saturday. A lack of footwork left him in no position to play a Mohammad Amir delivery that held its line up the Lord's slope and clipped the top of off stump.

England lead by 56 runs and have four second innings wickets remaining and while the tourists are still way in front, the home team will feel they can still put the pressure on an inexperienced battling line-up which is a batsman short after the unfortunate injury to Babar Azam.

Pakistan team walks off the pitch after taking England´s last wicket on the fourth day of the first worldwide Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord´s cricket ground in London on May 27, 2018.

England were then 43 for three.

Cook failed to back up his first-innings 70 as he was pinned on the knee roll by Abbas (2-36) in the second over to fall for his fourth single-figure score in six Test innings, while Stoneman was bowled by leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-63) from a delivery that kept low after spinning back out of the rough.

The 27-year-old has been reluctant to bat at number three in the past but England fans will hope this marks the start of a productive period for Root at first drop.

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A quartet of batsmen made fifties, with England dropping four catches and missing one other obvious chance - a marked contrast to an impressive display by an often-criticised Pakistan slip cordon. In England the live telecast would be available on Sky Sports, and streaming Sky Go.

Amir, whose career nearly came to a complete end at Lord's back in 2010 after he received a jail sentence and five-year ban from cricket for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during a corresponding Test against England, had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls.

Buttler and Bess dug in to stop the rot, with Buttler completing his seventh Test fifty in the final hour and Bess his first shortly before the close to boost England's belief that they can set Pakistan a testing target. He was picked ahead of Jack Leach, who got injured a day before selection.

"We wanted to scrap hard, and try and get ourselves back in the game, " said Buttler, whose 130-ball innings has been unusually measured and mostly risk-free for a player who arrived straight from the Indian Premier League.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

Pakistan clash against England in a 2-Test series, after their win over Ireland last week.

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