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2nd Test Match
Teams England Flag of England v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Test number 2305
Date 01,02,03,04,05 June 2018 (5-day match)
Venue Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Toss Pakistan, elected to bat first
Result England won by an innings and 55 runs
Man of the Match Jos Buttler
Umpires Rod Tucker & Bruce Oxenford
Last Test Test No.2304
Next Test Test No.2306

England 363 (Buttler 80*) beat Pakistan 174 (Shadab 56, Broad 3-38) and 134 (Bess 3-33, Broad 3-28) by an innings and 55 runs.

This is not a drill. England have won a Test match, at the ninth time of asking - and it was a handsome victory in the final analysis too. A three-day win, sealed in an extended afternoon session after a day of relentless dominance, ensured a 1-1 share of the two-match series, and postponed - at least until August and the arrival of Virat Kohli's India - the existential angst that has hung over Joe Root's team in the early weeks of the season.

In an uplifting development for England's medium-term prospects, the day was delivered in a pleasing synthesis of old guard and new. James Anderson and Stuart Broad topped and tailed Pakistan's second innings with a share of five wickets, as they continued to rail against those who might seek to have them put out to pasture. However, it was the young guns, Dom Bess and Sam Curran, who hustled England towards their goal, as well as a notable returnee, Jos Buttler, who delivered the point-of-difference innings for which he had been selected.

For Bess, in particular, it was an especially triumphant day. Rarely can a 20-year-old have looked quite so at home and composed at the highest level of the game, especially when he had hardly been called upon to perform the role for which he had been selected.

And yet, Bess hasn't wasted a minute of his seven days in the Test limelight. Having made his mark with the bat - both in adversity at Lord's and in forging a position of relative authority in England's only innings here - he had time here to showcase his athleticism in the field before being finally tossed the ball for the 23rd over of Pakistan's second innings: a stunning one-handed pluck at mid-off to extract the dangerous Haris Sohail was a pretty impressive way to pass his time.

When his spell finally began, Imam-ul-Haq greeted Bess with a fairly contemptuous smack back down the pitch - a continuation of Pakistan's rather breakneck approach to their second innings, as if they had sized up Buttler's earlier belligerence and decided that attack was the only means of defending their hard-won series lead.

But to the bowler's immense credit, he refused to be cowed, or to desist from tossing the ball up and inviting further aggression. From the sixth ball of that very same over, he slid one into Imam's front pad, benefiting from the natural variation that can occur when you consistently target the footholes, and up went umpire Bruce Oxenford's finger to end a wait that a less ebullient character would surely have allowed to cramp his style.

A change of ends for Bess allowed his fellow rookie (and birthday boy) Sam Curran to join the fray - and in his second over he too was in the wickets, properly this time, after his maiden Test wicket had been a first-innings slog to deep midwicket. This time, a perfect off-stump lifter to Shadab Khan, the game's only remaining teenager, was deflected to Alastair Cook at first slip, and one of Pakistan's most reliable sources of runs in their victories at Lord's and Malahide had been dispatched for just 4.

Thereafter, it was back to Bess to make up for lost time - as Pakistan continued to bat as if running out of time. Faheem Ashraf, perfectly capable of playing the long game when it suits him, chose instead to take a slog outside off and skied a simple catch to backward point. And then Usman Salahuddin - hitherto batting with the patience of a player who has waited seven years to get his big break - was lured inexplicably into a rash swipe to mid-on.

Bess' figures at this stage were 3 for 21 in 8.2 overs, and not even a massive first-ball mow over deep midwicket from Hasan Ali could wipe the grin from his face. Quite rightly, Joe Root trusted him to close out the contest, and to judge by the number of air shots that landed safe in the closing overs, he would surely have done so, had it not been for the old stager Broad, who docked the tail via two old-school nicks to slip in consecutive overs to wrap up a point-proving display with match figures of 6 for 66.

That wasn't, however, the most devilish array of sixes in the day's play. That accolade was reserved for Buttler, who transcended the tricky conditions, the seeping of English wickets at the other end, and his own lack of familiarity with first-class cricket to tailor the contest to his own strengths. In essence, that involved planting his front foot, flinging his ninja-quick wrists through the line of the ball, and belting England into an invincible position before the innings had fully ebbed away.

Having resumed on 34 overnight - Buttler duly became the first man in the innings to pass fifty, and had he been allowed to loiter for a further three overs, he might well have recorded the first century of the series to boot. His final 11 balls went for 4, 6, 1, 1, 1, 4, 4, dot, 4, 6 and 6 - 35 runs in all - but at the other end, Broad and Anderson, in this discipline at least, were unable to fulfil their sides of the bargain.

It mattered not in the end - England are off the mark for their home summer. And Buttler, having segued seamlessly from the IPL to Test cricket in only a matter of days, seemed perfectly primed to take on Scotland and Australia in the middle-distance 50-over format. It all comes rather quickly at the moment, triumph and disaster as well.

Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 1st innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Azhar Ali lbw b Broad 2 29 0 0 6.89
Imam-ul-Haq c Root b Broad 0 6 0 0 0.00
Haris Sohail c Malan b Woakes 28 57 4 0 49.12
Asad Shafiq c Cook b Woakes 27 48 5 0 56.25
Usman Salahuddin lbw b Broad 4 18 0 0 22.22
Sarfraz Ahmed (c) † b Anderson 14 13 2 0 107.69
Shadab Khan c Jennings b Curran 56 52 10 0 107.69
Faheem Ashraf lbw b Anderson 0 5 0 0 0.00
Mohammad Amir c †Bairstow b Anderson 13 32 2 0 40.62
Hasan Ali c & b Woakes 24 16 5 0 150.00
Mohammad Abbas not out 1 13 0 0 7.69
Extras (lb 5) 5
Total (10 wickets; 48.1 overs) 174

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Imam-ul-Haq, 1.6 ov), 2-17 (Azhar Ali, 9.1 ov), 3-49 (Haris Sohail, 20.6 ov), 4-62 (Asad Shafiq, 24.3 ov), 5-78 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 28.1 ov), 6-78 (Usman Salahuddin, 29.2 ov), 7-79 (Faheem Ashraf, 30.2 ov), 8-113 (Mohammad Amir, 38.5 ov), 9-156 (Hasan Ali, 43.6 ov), 10-174 (Shadab Khan, 48.1 ov)

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
James Anderson 15 6 43 3 2.86
Stuart Broad 15 6 38 3 2.53
Chris Woakes 11 1 55 3 5.00
Sam Curran 7.1 0 33 1 4.60
Flag of England England 1st innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Alastair Cook c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 46 106 7 0 43.39
Keaton Jennings c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Faheem Ashraf 29 57 5 0 50.87
Joe Root (c) c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 45 72 6 0 62.50
Dom Bess c Asad Shafiq b Shadab Khan 49 95 7 0 51.57
Dawid Malan c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Amir 28 71 5 0 39.43
Jonny Bairstow + c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Faheem Ashraf 21 48 4 0 43.75
Jos Butler not out 80 101 11 2 79.80
Chris Woakes c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas 17 31 3 0 54.83
Sam Curran c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Abbas 20 38 4 0 52.63
Stuart Broad c Mohammad Abbas b Faheem Ashraf 2 15 0 0 13.33
James Anderson c Haris Sohail b Hasan Ali 5 4 1 0 125.00
Extras (b 8; lb 13) 21
Total (10 wickets; 106.2 overs) 363

Fall of wickets: 1-53 (KK Jennings, 16.6 ov), 2-104 (AN Cook, 34.5 ov), 3-138 (JE Root, 43.3 ov), 4-200 (DJ Malan, 65.1 ov), 5-212 (DM Bess, 68.4 ov), 6-260 (JM Bairstow, 79.6 ov), 7-285 (CR Woakes, 88.6 ov), 8-319 (SM Curran, 100.1 ov), 9-344 (SCJ Broad, 105.1 ov), 10-363 (JM Anderson, 106.2 ov)

Flag of Pakistan Pakistan bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Mohammad Amir 23 5 72 2 3.13
Mohammad Abbas 26 8 78 2 3.00
Hasan Ali 20.2 4 82 2 4.03
Faheem Ashraf 20 4 60 3 3.00
Shadab Khan 17 2 50 1 2.94
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 2nd innings (trail by 185)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
Azhar Ali b Anderson 11 14 2 0 78.57
Imam-ul-Haq lbw b Bess 34 64 5 0 53.12
Haris Sohail c Bess b Anderson 8 12 1 0 66.66
Asad Shafiq c †Bairstow b Broad 5 5 1 0 100.00
Usman Salahuddin c Root b Bess 33 102 2 0 32.35
Sarfraz Ahmed (c) † lbw b Woakes 8 13 1 0 61.53
Shadab Khan c Cook b Curran 4 7 0 0 57.14
Faheem Ashraf c Malan b Bess 3 19 0 0 15.78
Mohammad Amir not out 7 20 1 0 35.00
Hasan Ali c Cook b Broad 9 11 0 1 81.81
Mohammad Abbas c Root b Broad 1 10 0 0 10.00
Extras (b 5; lb 5; nb 1) 11
Total (10 wickets; 46 overs) 134

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Azhar Ali, 4.3 ov), 2-30 (Haris Sohail, 6.6 ov), 3-42 (Asad Shafiq, 9.2 ov), 4-84 (Imam-ul-Haq, 22.6 ov), 5-97 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 27.5 ov), 6-102 (Shadab Khan, 30.2 ov), 7-111 (Faheem Ashraf, 37.1 ov), 8-115 (Usman Salahuddin, 40.2 ov), 9-124 (Hasan Ali, 43.1 ov), 10-134 (Mohammad Abbas, 45.6 ov)

Flag of England England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
James Anderson 10 2 35 2 3.50
Stuart Broad 12 2 28 3 2.33
Sam Curran 7 2 10 1 1.42
Chris Woakes 6 0 18 1 3.00
Dom Bess 11 1 33 3 3.00

Match details

Close of play

  • Day 1 - England 1st innings 106/2 (JE Root 29*, DM Bess 0*, 37 ov)
  • Day 2 - England 1st innings 302/7 (JC Buttler 34*, SM Curran 16*, 96 ov)

Match notes Day 1

  • Tea: England - 0/0
  • Over 1.2: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - Imam-ul-Haq (Upheld)
  • England: 50 runs in 13.5 overs (83 balls), Extras 1
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 83 balls (AN Cook 23, KK Jennings 27, Ex 1)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 24/2 in 14.0 overs (Haris Sohail 15, Asad Shafiq 6)
  • Drinks: England - 53/1 in 17.0 overs (AN Cook 23)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 21.6 overs (132 balls), Extras 1
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 68/4 in 26.0 overs (Usman Salahuddin 3, Sarfraz Ahmed 6)
  • Over 29.2: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - Usman Salahuddin (Struck down - Umpire's call)
  • England: 100 runs in 33.4 overs (202 balls), Extras 2
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 104 balls (AN Cook 23, JE Root 26, Ex 1)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 35.4 overs (214 balls), Extras 4
  • End Of Day: England - 106/2 in 37.0 overs (JE Root 29, DM Bess 0)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 113/8 in 38.5 overs (Shadab Khan 21)
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 43.1 overs (259 balls), Extras 4
  • Shadab Khan: 50 off 48 balls (9 x 4)
  • Innings Break: Pakistan - 174/10 in 48.1 overs (Mohammad Abbas 1)

Day 2

  • Rain: England - 106/2 in 37.0 overs (JE Root 29, DM Bess 0)
  • Lunch: England - 106/2 in 37.0 overs (JE Root 29, DM Bess 0)
  • Rain: England - 106/2 in 37.0 overs (JE Root 29, DM Bess 0)
  • Wet Ground: England - 106/2 in 37.0 overs (JE Root 29, DM Bess 0)
  • England: 150 runs in 46.6 overs (282 balls), Extras 6
  • Drinks: England - 159/3 in 50.0 overs (DM Bess 22, DJ Malan 6)
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 85 balls (DM Bess 26, DJ Malan 19, Ex 5)
  • Tea: England - 199/3 in 64.0 overs (DM Bess 40, DJ Malan 27)
  • England: 200 runs in 64.4 overs (388 balls), Extras 12
  • Over 67.6: Review by Pakistan (Bowling), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - DM Bess (Struck down)
  • Over 77.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - JM Bairstow (Upheld)
  • England: 250 runs in 78.3 overs (471 balls), Extras 17
  • Drinks: England - 260/6 in 80.0 overs (JC Buttler 25)
  • New ball taken after 81.5 overs
  • England: 300 runs in 95.5 overs (575 balls), Extras 17
  • End Of Day: England - 302/7 in 96.0 overs (JC Buttler 34, SM Curran 16)

Day 3

  • Over 9.2: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - Asad Shafiq (Upheld)
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 48/3 in 11.0 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 16, Usman Salahuddin 2)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 11.6 overs (73 balls), Extras 6
  • Over 22.6: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - RJ Tucker, Batsman - Imam-ul-Haq (Struck down - Umpire's call)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 97/5 in 27.5 overs (Usman Salahuddin 25)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 29.2 overs (177 balls), Extras 6
  • Over 41.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - BNJ Oxenford, Batsman - Hasan Ali (Struck down)
  • JC Buttler: 50 off 92 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • England: 350 runs in 105.5 overs (635 balls), Extras 21
  • Innings Break: England - 363/10 in 106.2 overs (JC Buttler 80)


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