Twitter erupts as England chase down 277 to beat Pakistan by 3 wickets

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Chris Woakes (Image Source: ECB)
  • England defeats Pakistan in the three-match series opener at Old Trafford.

  • This is England's 10th highest successful run chase in Test cricket.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes (84*) and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (75) etched their name in history books as the pair guided the hosts to register one of the most memorable Test victories at Old Trafford in Manchester against Pakistan.


At one stage, Pakistan were at the top in the game as they dismissed five England batmen for just 117 during the home team’s chase of 277. But, Woakes and Buttler added a match-winning 139-run partnership and took the game away from Pakistan, forcing the tourists to experience a gut-wrenching defeat.

Yasir Shah first dismissed Buttler, and then he sent Stuart Broad back to the hut. His efforts went in vain as the Joe Root-led side successfully chased down the total in the end.


Earlier, Pakistan started Day 4 with their score reading 137-8. The visitors added crucial 32 runs off 16 balls, thanks to Yasir Shah, who came out all guns blazing to help his side add valuable runs.

In reply, England started their chase by losing the wicket of opener Rory Burns (10) early. Skipper Root (42) and Dom Sibley (36), meanwhile, kept Pakistan restless and added a 64-run stand before Yasir came for rescue. Yasir applied a smart tactic to change the angle and went round the wicket, which helped him in picking the prized wicket of Sibley.


Naseem Shah then dismissed Root, who edged a lifting delivery to first slip, followed by Yasir claiming another wicket and this time of Ben Stokes (9). The England all-rounder couldn’t keep himself out of a googly bouncing at him from the rough and gloved it to the keeper. As if the trouble wasn’t enough, middle-order batsman Ollie Pope (7) was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Afridi with a peach of a delivery.

Well, it’s now a second occasion in the history of English cricket when they chased down a total after the fall of the fifth wicket.

Most runs by England in a successful run chase since the fall of 5th wicket


  • 215 vs Aus The Oval 1902
  • 160 vs Pak Manchester 2020*
  • 129 vs SA Joburg 1909/10
  • 122 vs NZ Trent Bridge 2004
  • 120 vs Aus Melbourne 1907/08

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