The first Test between England and Pakistan was a cliffhanger. There were moments where it looked like Pakistan had the upper hand, then it looked like England were cruising. The pendulum kept on swinging for four days at Old Trafford in Manchester. Eventually, it was England who emerged victorious in the first Test as they chased down Pakistan’s target of 277 runs with 3 wickets to spare.
England were in big trouble when five wickets fell for just 117 but a sixth-wicket stand of 139 between Chris Woakes, who remained unbeaten on 84, and Jos Buttler (75) took the match away from Pakistan during Saturday’s fourth day.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi was disappointed with the end result as he believed the match was in their grasp. Meanwhile, Mohammed Yousuf and Michael Vaughan also reacted to England’s victory on Twitter.
“Congratulations England on a memorable win! Brilliant batting by Buttler and Woakes. Pakistan had the game in the grip, unfortunate that the game slipped away. Such opportunities can not be wasted, pitch was very suitable for our bowling attack” Afridi posted.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali maintained that the series is not over as he looks forward to the next Test match in Southampton.
“It’s disappointing but not over yet, there are still two Tests to go,” Azhar told reporters.
“There a lot of positives from this game, we outplayed England on most parts of this Test match.