Immediately after winning the match, Misbah-ul-Haq dedicated the win to deceased philanthropist and national icon Abdul Sattar Edhi.
It was a befitting moment for the Pakistan cricket team, who had returned to Lord’s six years after the spot-fixing saga which had hampered its cricket a great deal. It was Misbah-ul-Haq’s debut at Lord’s and Mohammad Amir‘s return to test cricket after six years.
Misbah made a century during the first test match while Yasir Shah excelled in both innings as Pakistan’s spin wizard, clinching ten wickets from the match. Yasir Shah also contributed significantly with the bat to enhance Pakistan’s lead against England, during the second innings.
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Yasir Shah was awarded the Player of the Match award for his ten wickets which helped set Pakistan up for the win.
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“I also tried to perform well with the bat and wanted to score a half-century,” said Shah. Yasir said that initially he wasn’t able to get a lot of turn from the wicket but after working on his action and line and length, he was able to bowl well and dismiss the English batsmen.
Misbah-ul-Haq also spoke at the end of the match and said that he was happy as a captain with the team’s performance.
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“This test match was also memorable for Mohammad Amir, who has now become a mature cricketer,” said Misbah. “Yasir Shah also performed according to the expectations we had from him,” he added.
This was the first of four test matches that Pakistan will play against England. The second test match will be played between both sides on July 22 at Old Trafford.