Jos Buttler, Dom Bess resist Pakistan's victory bid over England

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has been fined 60 per cent of his match fee

Jos Buttler and Dom Bess shared a spirited century stand to save England from a humiliating innings defeat by Pakistan in the first Test at Lord's on Saturday.

Pakistan suffered a setback after dominating the second day's play in the first Test against England at Lord's on Friday when in-form batsman Babar Azam was ruled out of the rest of their tour with a fractured forearm. A lack of footwork left him in no position to play a Mohammad Amir delivery that held its line up the Lord's slope and clipped the top of off stump.

Buttler (66 not out), a limited-overs specialist, and Bess (55 not out), a 20-year-old spinner, displayed the kind of diligence and discipline that the top order lacked to earn England a 56-run lead by the close of play on a handsome day in northwest London.

Pakistan team walks off the pitch after taking England´s last wicket on the fourth day of the first global Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord´s cricket ground in London on May 27, 2018.

As England began their quest to get back into this Test match at the halfway stage, the spotlight was firmly on England's struggling opener Mark Stoneman.

Earlier, Pakistan added 13 runs before being bowled out for 363, establishing a first-innings lead of 179.

Stokes (9) then clothed Shadab straight to sub fielder Fakhar Zaman at midwicket before Abbas picked up the key scalp of Root lbw, the England skipper's review in vain with technology showing the ball, which nipped back off a good length, would have gone on to pelt leg stump.

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The 27-year-old has been reluctant to bat at number three in the past but England fans will hope this marks the start of a productive period for Root at first drop.

England lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs.

Buttler and Bess dug in to stop the rot, with Buttler completing his seventh Test fifty in the final hour and Bess his first shortly before the close to boost England's belief that they can set Pakistan a testing target.

The afternoon session saw Amir strike twice to initiate a collapse that saw England lose four wickets for 19 runs.

Jos Buttler was brought back to the Test side after his heroics in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals where he scored five fifties in a row and won matches for his side. He is the one who needs to bat through the day.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

Pakistan were now on the brink of going 1-0 up in this two-match series and recording their fifth Test victory at Lord´s following wins at the "home of cricket" in 1982, 1992, 1996 and 2016.

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