England (Series Correct Score – England 3-0 11/10) have won the first Test against Pakistan on the fourth day after a fantastic partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.
Pakistan’s tailenders put England under serious pressure, adding a quick 32 runs to start the day, but they were eventually bowled out for 169 – setting the hosts a target of 277 to win.
England’s chances of winning the first Test looked slim with only two sides having previously chased down a target over 150 in the fourth innings of a Test match at the Manchester venue.
However, the heroics of Buttler (75) and Woakes steered England to victory on an extremely warm day as they wrapped up the Test with time to spare.
Rory Burns fell for 10, pinned lbw by Mohammad Abbas, but England made it through to lunch at 55-1 and with the opportunity to make some headway in the afternoon.
Dom Sibley was the next to go, making 36, and captain Joe Root reached 42 before being dismissed by 17-year-old paceman Naseem Shah.
England were on the ropes at tea with Ben Stokes going for nine and Ollie Pope out for just seven, leaving Root’s men on 167-5 and with another 110 runs needed.
Buttler and Woakes decided to take the attack to Pakistan, putting the tourists under pressure in a brilliant partnership of 139, before the former was out lbw after attempting a reverse sweep.
Stuart Broad was next up to the crease, however, he was quickly back in the pavilion with just seven to his name and it fell to Dom Bess to help see England over the line alongside Woakes, who ended the day on 84 not out.
England will hope to build on their success in Manchester when they take on Pakistan in the second Test at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, which gets underway on Thursday (Series Winner – England 1/16, draw 10/1, Pakistan 20/1).