A fascinating contest saw England, having conceded a first-innings lead of 107 and then reduced to 117 for 5 chasing 277, pull off a remarkable three-wicket win against Pakistan in the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
A rare rare 4 th innings chase. Well done England.#ENGvsPAK— Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) August 8, 2020
What a win for @englandcricket. Test match cricket at its wonderful, gripping, inimitable best.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 8, 2020
Test Cricket, even in the bubble is still great theater. You can't undervalue the character with which England achieved that win, from 117-5. Im sure back stronger nezt week. Stay "Woakes" everyone.— Ian bishop (@irbishi) August 8, 2020
What Pak missed today,England had in abundance. Self-belief, character, skill and match winners like Buttler & Woakes. Top effort to bounce back from conceding a 107-run lead in the 1st innings & being 117/5 battling last under pressure. You've got to love test cricket!#ENGvsPAK— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2020
How good is test cricket...Patience,Pressure and Partnerships with bat and ball wins it.....#TestCricket— Mickey Arthur (@Mickeyarthurcr1) August 8, 2020
Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler revived England's stumbling chase, with both scoring fifties in the win.
@chriswoakes experience of 10+ first class, showing its true value today. The foundation for every great cricketer— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 8, 2020
Here's my TMS scoresheet of the stand between Buttler (purple) and Woakes (light blue)... brilliant attack, followed by ruthless accumulation. One of England's finest Test partnerships, I would say. pic.twitter.com/98RGiF87ro— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) August 8, 2020
Pakistan's former players lamented the missed opportunity of going 1-0 up in the three-Test series.
Congratulations England on a memorable win! Brilliant batting by Buttler and Woakes. Pakistan had the game in the grip, unfortunate that the game slipped away. Such opportunities can not be wasted, pitch was very suitable for our bowling attack.— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 8, 2020