England defeats Pakistan in 1st Test

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England has won their first test match against Pakistan. They have successfully chased a challenging target of 277 runs with three wickets remaining.

Chris Woakes edges one straight to third man and big roar from the dressing room. Woakes remains unbeaten on 84. England take a 1-0 lead in this 3-Test series.

Before the tea break, England lost a flurry of wickets as they chased 277 for victory over Pakistan on day four of the first test on Saturday, but Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes launched a counter-attack to leave the game thrillingly poised.

The hosts slumped from 86-1 to 117-5 as some superb bowling gave Pakistan a stranglehold midway through the afternoon, but Buttler and Woakes made sure England cross the line and win the inaugural test match against a promising Pakistani team.

Pakistan began the day on 137-8 in their second innings but blazed another 32 runs to be all out for 169, setting England a tough target on a pitch offering pace, bounce and spin.

Mohammad Abbas trapped opener Rory Burns lbw for 10 early on, and England crept up to 55-1 at lunch before skipper Joe Root and Dom Sibley dug in to give England a solid platform.

Sibley showed great patience in reaching 36 but paid the price for a rash shot when he edged an attempted drive off leg spinner Yasir Shah and was taken by Asad Shafiq at slip.

Root swept to 42 but just when he looked set for a big score he fell to a superbly directed delivery from teenager Naseem Shah, the ball catching the splice of the bat and being held by Babar Azam at first slip.

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