‘Such opportunities cannot be wasted’: Shahid Afridi, Michael Vaughan react to Pakistan’s loss to England in 1st Test

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The first Test between England and Pakistan was a cliffhanger. There had been moments where it regarded like Pakistan had the higher hand, then it regarded like England had been cruising. The pendulum saved on swinging for 4 days at Old Trafford in Manchester. Eventually, it was England who emerged victorious within the first Test as they chased down Pakistan’s goal of 277 runs with three wickets to spare.

England had been in huge hassle when 5 wickets fell for simply 117 however a sixth-wicket stand of 139 between Chris Woakes, who remained unbeaten on 84, and Jos Buttler (75) took the match away from Pakistan throughout Saturday’s fourth day.

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Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (4-99) had put Pakistan in pole place with two wickets as England slipped from 86-1 to 117-5 in its second innings. Earlier, Pakistan resumed on 137-Eight and added a quickfire 32 runs earlier than being bowled out for 169.

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi was disenchanted with the tip consequence as he believed the match was of their grasp. Meanwhile, Mohammed Yousuf and Michael Vaughan additionally reacted to England’s victory on Twitter.


Congratulations England on a memorable win! Brilliant batting by Buttler and Woakes. Pakistan had the sport within the grip, unlucky that the sport slipped away. Such alternatives cannot be wasted, pitch was very appropriate for our bowling assault.

— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 8, 2020


England & Pakistan are the most effective 2 groups to comply with in World cricket … Never ever fairly know what to anticipate … but it surely makes them each very thrilling to observe … #TestCricket #OnOn

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 8, 2020


#ENGvsPAK ?‍♂️?‍♂️?‍♂️

— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) August 8, 2020

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali maintained that the sequence just isn’t over as he seems ahead to the subsequent Test match in Southampton.

“It’s disappointing but not over yet, there are still two Tests to go,” Azhar instructed reporters.

“There a lot of positives from this game, we outplayed England on most parts of this Test match.

“I wouldn’t say we lost the match in (our) second innings, but we missed a chance to knock England out of the game there.”

“We were sure we’d wrap it up if one more wicket fell,” mentioned Azhar.

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“But they (Buttler and Woakes) attacked from the off and snatched the game away from us.

“Sometimes you just have to give credit to the opposition.”

“We were in control of the game; we were one punch away from finishing the game off, but they came and dominated us during that period.”

[Attribution HT]

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