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First test: Woakes and Buttler push England hard to beat Pakistan | News about cricket



MANCHESTER: The amazing partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes has led England to an unbelievable three-goal win over Pakistan in a volatile first test match at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Woakes joined Buttler in the match against England that fell to 117/5 and appeared to slip to defeat as they chased the tough number 277 on a friendly pitch with bowler.
But between them Buttler and Woakes launched a great counterattack to turn the game on the home side with a sixth goal worth 139 runs.
In one final twist, Buttler was finally beaten 75 lbw by Yasir Shah with England demanding 21 more wins to win, reviving the fading hopes of Pakistan.
Stuart Broad was also fired when trying to beat the last four runs but Woakes ended up at 84 failing out.
Pakistan had previously surged their 1
37/8 over night with 32 quick runs to win for 169 – a frenetic flourish that seemed to have put the visitors in control.
England made it 86/1 in the match with captain Joe Root looking for control, but four braces were quickly falling off them making them reel in their attempt at chase in the fifth round. The second most successful investment is seen at Old Trafford.

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