Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler: The English duo’s 139-run partnership powered England to an unlikely victory at Old Trafford.
During the fourth day of the first Test of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of England in Manchester, England beat Pakistan by 3 wickets to register a nerve-wrenching finish. Given their recent streak of losing the first match of a Test series, the home team are now 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Chasing a 277-run target, England were reduced to 117/5 in the 45th over as the visitors seemed to have one hand on the match. However, it was a game-changing 139-run partnership for the sixth wicket between wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler and seamer Chris Woakes which turned the tables for the hosts.
In addition to the amount of runs the duo collected, the fact that they did it in only 33 overs (198 balls) found Pakistan clueless regarding both taking the remaining five wickets and containing Buttler and Woakes.
What followed was two confident batsmen putting on display a positive approach to accumulate runs. Perhaps, both Buttler and Woakes understood in the beginning that continually defending against the Pakistani attack will do them more harm than good in the fourth innings.
Buttler, who scored 75 (101) with the help of seven fours and a six, was found wanting in front of the stumps against spinner Yasir Shah to add a late twist to the intriguing days’s play. That being said, Woakes remained patient despite veteran seamer Stuart Broad’s (7) dismissal to seal the chase in the 83rd over.
Although the winning runs came off an outside edge, Woakes played an absolute gem of an innings to score 84* (120) including 10 fours. For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was the pick of their bowlers with bowling figures of 30-2-99-4.
Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler powering England to win Old Trafford Test
Amazing scenes bro 👊🏾 https://t.co/UPatw2zZ4e
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) August 8, 2020
Test Cricket, even in the bubble is still great theater. You can’t undervalue the character with which England achieved that win, from 117-5. Im sure back stronger nezt week. Stay “Woakes” everyone.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) August 8, 2020
Woakes Man of the Match #ENGvPAK
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) August 8, 2020
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) August 8, 2020
Of all the things remarkable in this Test, none more than the redemption for Jos Buttler. Woakes stayed to see England home, but it was Buttler who changed momentum of the match when all was looking lost
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) August 8, 2020
Should have been. Pakistan went flat….like a soda can left open for two days. Inexplicable. They will be kicking themselves….Had the side to win it https://t.co/uqg76vc8jj
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 8, 2020
A rare rare 4 th innings chase. Well done England. 👏👏 #ENGvsPAK
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 8, 2020
Stunning victory for England. Little chance, it seemed, yesterday at 170-8, and today at 117-5 after Shaheen’s brute to dismiss Pope, but this game can confound us all.
— Simon Mann (@Cricket_Mann) August 8, 2020
Chris Woakes with your hair and your beard and your ability to score runs.
— Charles Dagnall (@CharlesDagnall) August 8, 2020
Great game of cricket. Maybe the best of the year. Props to Woakes and Buttler for staging a wonderful comeback. Pakistan not an easy team to beat with runs to chase. It is first time in this century that a team has scaled 250plus target vs Pakistan. #EngvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 8, 2020
Top effort from Woakes. Even the last one could have gone to hand but that’s why you need luck in sport. Well played @ECB_cricket and a fantastic start to the series. Pakistan will think back and feel they should have closed this one.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 8, 2020
Also, where did that 86% winviz prediction in favour of Pakistan go? pic.twitter.com/wAQfpdXlbF
— Elma Smit (@Elmakapelma) August 8, 2020
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 8, 2020
Pakistan cricket may not have the aura of 80s/90s era but boy, they sure know how to make the game exciting! Won 80 per cent of the game before Woakes and Buttler took the match away. Thank god for test cricket in Covid times: watched a full day’s cricket after years! #ENGvsPAK
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 8, 2020
Yes boys what a win!
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) August 8, 2020
What Pak missed today,England had in abundance. Self-belief, character, skill and match winners like Buttler & Woakes. Top effort to bounce back from conceding a 107-run lead in the 1st innings & being 117/5 battling last under pressure. You’ve got to love test cricket!#ENGvsPAK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2020
In the first innings, England lost top order 3 wickets for less than 15 and in second innings half the side was gone before 120. Chase of 277 against this quality Pakistan attack means they showed better fighting qualities than Pak. #ENGvPAK #PakvsEng #TestCricket
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 8, 2020
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) August 8, 2020
— Eleanor Oldroyd (@EllyOldroyd) August 8, 2020
Fuck me, what a beautiful game test cricket is. Inexplicable, impenetrable, and literally nothing compares. #ENGvsPAK
— Dan Cullen-Shute (@creature_dan) August 8, 2020
@chriswoakes experience of 10+ first class 💯, showing its true value today. The foundation for every great cricketer
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 8, 2020
What a joy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Max Rushden (@maxrushden) August 8, 2020
— Rai M. Azlan (@Mussanaf) August 8, 2020
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