May 20, 2001

Pakistan devastated by England's pacemen

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England kicked off a tough international summer with an emphatic win over Pakistan, taking the first of the two-match npower Test series by the convincing margin of an innings and nine runs with a day to spare.

The visitors were overwhelmed by Andrew Caddick and Darren Gough, whose growing reputation as one of the strongest opening attacks in the world was reinforced by a day-long exhibition of tight attacking bowling which accounted for 12 of the 16 wickets that tumbled.

Four went to Dominic Cork and only newcomer Ryan Sidebottom came away from Lord's with nothing though he will have learned much from Gough's and Caddick's masterclass and his economy earned him credit.

Caddick had a brief spell of bad luck midway through the final session after hitting Abdur Razzaq on the helmet. Two balls later, the shaken batsman was returning to the pavilion having edged the ball to the wicket-keeper but was recalled when the celebrating Englishmen suddenly noticed umpire Peter Willey standing with his arm raised, signalling a no-ball.

Azhar was later dropped at backward square leg by Michael Vaughan who was deceived by a late flight kink, much to Caddick's great anguish but in the same over, the Somerset man was rewarded for his patience when Abdur Razzaq, who had been at the crease for almost three hours, offered Mike Atherton an easy chance at first slip.

Razzaq's demise for 53 was followed eight balls later by the departure of Azhar whose luck finally ran out when he pushed tentatively to a fuller length ball and sent the ball directly to Stewart.

Caddick's fourth wicket of the innings, his eighth in the match, effectively stripped Pakistan's cupboard bare and on 122 for seven, a heavy defeat inside three days looked unavoidable.

Such a defeat had looked unlikely at the start of the day when, resuming on 115 for four, they had two days remaining to make sure of a draw.

But the final six wickets fell in 25 overs, the last three in four balls from Gough and, following on, the tourists lost another four by tea, two of them to breathtaking catches by Graham Thorpe.

Gough bowled superbly throughout to finish with 3-40 while Cork wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Waqar Younis for 3-41 but the man of the match award went to Andy Caddick for blasting away Pakistan with 4-54.