Young. Inexperienced. But never short of fighting spirit. Pakistan conquer Lord’s in style.
The historic Lord’s Cricket Ground was glorified with a bright sunshine on Day 4. The English hopes rested on the shoulders of Jos Buttler and a 20-year old Dominic Bess. Their composed partnership on Day 3 gave England the hope of a dramatic turnaround like Leeds 1981, but that wish vanished like the early morning dew in a winter morning in Dhaka.
In of the most dramatic displays of power cricket, Pakistan annihilated the country that gave the world the game of cricket.
In the second over of Day 4, the clone of Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Abbas angled in a full-delivery, which beat Buttler to trap his pads. The on-field umpire raised his finger. Buttler reviewed, but the decision was upheld. Then Mohammad Amir got one to move away from a good length, which kissed the edge of Mark Wood and England’s hopes of a fairytale, like Leeds started to ebb away.
The dance of t wolves had begun when each and every Pakistani fielder ran towards the bowler to congratulate who was delirious. The celebrations continued when Abbas dismissed Broad with another of his angled deliveries and when an Amir-full-delivery outclassed Bess, a pack of wolves relished the moment in front a sizeable spectator who came to enjoy Test matches in the day when the taamashas give a false message, Test cricket is dying.
That the victory was achieved at the Mecca of cricket made it even sweeter and when you come to know that a young and inexperienced Pakistani team tamed a brilliant English unit at the home of cricket, well, as a Pakistan cricket follower, certainly, the feeling is the sweetest of all.
England lose their first home Test of the season for the first time since 1995 with Pakistan pulling off another famous victory at Lord's.#ENGvPAK REPORT ➡️ https://t.co/bd3NZ7MO9V pic.twitter.com/byqm3Xxa4n
— ICC (@ICC) May 27, 2018
As soon as Haris Sohail clipped one towards leg side to notch up the victory, all the confusions and doubts regarding this team dissipated. It was a suitable reply to the doubters, who time and forget, Pakistan is a different team from others and it is never possible to predict about his volatile cocktail, who can gun down any opposition, any time and any moment.
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) May 27, 2018
In one of his articles, renowned cricket writer Simon Barnes said, “The Pakistan side always has that element of danger. It doesn’t matter who is in the team, it always seems that the normal mechanism of control doesn’t exist. No Pakistan side ever acts as you expect. This makes them most thrillingly watchable side in world cricket. You do not know whether they will come together in an explosion of sumptuous talent, or whether they will collapse like a soufflé. Cornered Tigers, or cornered chickens. They might be majestic; they might tear an opponent in half; they might tear each other in half. You just don’t know”.
That’s Pakistan cricket for you.
They are unpredictable.
Fantastic performance Pakistan … As good as it gets in English conditions … #Lords
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 27, 2018
At Lord’s, they cut the opposition in half and at Leeds, they might tear each other. But whatever it is, you would never be bored watching Pakistan in action. Consistently, they are delivering the Pakistani style of power cricket in an era, when they don’t play at home. They are isolated. Most of the times, either they are kicked in the chest or punched in the face, but the passion for cricket never ends.
Despite the suicide bomb attacks and propaganda of a failed nation, Pakistan still are able to conquer Lord’s and more.