Former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja said he wasn’t astonished that Pakistan lost an almost won game to England. Pakistan put up an impressive 329 on board in the first innings. In response, England were all out at 219. However, Pakistani batsman couldn’t capitalise on the 107 runs lead and all slumped for 169 in the second essay.
A stupendous partnership for the 6th wicket by Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler root for 139 runs led to be the match-winner for England.
Shan Masood played a stellar knock of 156 runs in the first innings, but was out on a duck in the second innings. Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam scored a swift 69 runs in the first innings, however, couldn’t pull off a similar form in the second innings and was sent to the pavilion after scoring just five runs.
It Was A Superb Partnership But Why Did Pakistan Allow It: Ramiz Raja
Ramiz Raja thrashed the Pakistani side as he called them confused and not able to capitalize even when they had the match in their grasp.
“Only Pakistan could have lost from that position. With such a lead they may have thought 250 would be enough to roll over England. With five wickets down and big guns back in the pavilion at 117, allowing over 100-run (139 runs) partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes is the disappointing part. Mind you, Buttler was playing for his position in the XI,” Raja told to Mumbai Mirror.
“Pakistan were a little confused during that partnership. This has been happening with Pakistan quite often, unfortunately. It was a superb partnership no doubt but why did Pakistan allow it? There is a reason their ranking is low in Tests (No 7),” he added.
Ramiz Raja Was Furious With The Amount Of Singles Pakistan Gave Easily
The former Pakistani batsman also criticized the current Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali as he only managed 18 runs in his two innings and was lbw on both instances by Chris Woakes.
“When you got a captain, who is not in great form, the coaching staff has to be more proactive. Also, they get good perspective sitting outside. England were allowed to take easy singles, close to 40 singles were taken by Buttler and Woakes through point,” Raja stated.
A dramatic three-wicket victory for the hosts England in the first Test against Pakistan courtesy amazing 139 runs partnership between Woakes and Buttler.
England were chasing 277 on the fourth day and at one point were reeling at 117 for five. The England duo of Chris Woakes and Butler put up stellar knocks of 84 and 75 runs respectively. The match could have ended on a different note if Pakistani batsman would’ve capitalized on their first-innings lead.