England turn it around to secure stunning victory

England snatched a fascinating three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford thanks to a daring partnership between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler.

Chasing 277 on a uneven bouncing pitch, England looked all but beaten at 117-5, only for Woakes and Buttler to counter-attack in a partnership of 139.

Buttler was lbw reverse-sweeping Yasir Shah for 75 with 21 still required and the second new ball due.

The promoted Stuart Broad took England to within four, which Woakes got from an outside edge to end 84 not out.

It was Woakes who said on Friday night that England would draw on their experience of recent unlikely victories, and this latest success follows the drama of the World Cup final and the Headingley Ashes Test.

Seeing the condition on the fourth day England were second favourite to  win the first test,107 run first-innings lead after errors in the field, poor tactics and top-order collapse, England really have shown a Champions fightback.

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