The match between England and Pakistan set the momentum of the Test cricket series after almost all sports being halted. The match ended in a dramatic fashion on Saturday at Old Trafford with England beating over Pakistan by three wickets.
At Old Trafford, this is a match which has seen a team chase more than 200 to win in the fourth innings after the twice before with England making 294 – 4 against Newzealand.at in the year 2008 and against the West Indies for 231 -3 at the Manchester ground in the year 2004.
England set a challenging 277 target to win the first test against Pakistan and this series marks the return of the tourists to the international arena after the coronavirus lockdown for more than six months.
On the fourth day, the hosts were struggling with 117 -5 but with Chris, worked with 84 not out turned the tide n a sixth-wicket stand of 139 with Jos Buttler who was at 75. Yasir made a super quick 33 off just on 24 balls including boundaries which had five fours and a six.
The late order batting assault by the tourists saw Pakistan 32 runs being added in 16 balls before they were dismissed for 169 in their second innings.
The former Pakistan leg spinner Mushtaq who is not the bowling consultant tells that Yasir and shadab have not played much cricket for the last five or six months but he feels that they have gained the momentum now by looking at the way they bowled in the first innings of the match.
Gary Winston Lineker who is a former professional footballer and currently a sports broadcaster has commented about this match as Test match cricket at its wonderful, gripping, inimitable best in his tweet along with others who have applauded and appreciated both the teams for their performance at the Trafford.