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17th July 2016: Pakistan Bury Spot-Fixing Demons On Lord's Return

Cricketnext Staff |July 17, 2019, 9:16 PM IST
17th July 2016: Pakistan Bury Spot-Fixing Demons On Lord's Return

Returning to the venue which saw three of their players involved in a spot-fixing fiasco six years ago, Pakistan pulled off a memorable Test win over England at Lord’s on this day in 2016. Misbah-ul-Haq and his players produced inspiring performances throughout the four days of the Test match.

The skipper led from the front with a century in his first innings on English soil. But more than his knock, it was his celebration that grabbed the headlines on Day 1. After bringing up his century, the 42-year-old offered a salute to the away dressing room, following which he did 10 push-ups as a mark of respect for the Pakistan soldiers.

Misbah’s partnership with Asad Shafiq helped the visitors post 339 before being bowled out the following morning, with all-rounder Chris Woakes ending with career-best figures of 6/70. Despite Alastair Cook’s form, England managed just 272 in their first innings. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s craftiness earned him a six-wicket haul, securing Pakistan a 67-run lead.

Woakes once again delivered with the ball in the second innings, picking up five wickets at an economy of just 1.77 to ensure that England had to chase a sub-300-score in the final innings. Pakistan were in pole position after Rahat Ali removed England’s top three within the first session of Day 4. However, partnerships in the middle order tipped the scales in the home side’s favor.

The floodgates opened for Pakistan after Shah broke the defiance of Jonny Bairstow and Woakes, and the lower-order was wiped off in the subsequent five overs.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir picked up three wickets in the Test, including the final one to seal Pakistan’s victory. On the ground where his promising career took a turn for the worse, the youngster gained some redemption by playing a small hand in his country’s first Test victory at the Lord’s in 20 years.

Yasir Shah was awarded the player of the match for his 10-wicket haul, and the entire Pakistan side, led by veteran Younis Khan, crowned the victory with five push-ups. Pakistan, eventually went on to draw the four-match Test series 2-2, on the back of which they topped the ICC Test rankings for the first time.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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