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England skittled on fourth morning

Pakistan were left chasing 64 to win the first Test after England’s lower order added just seven runs on Sunday.

Dom Bess, left, and Jos Buttler were unable to continue their day-three heroics
Dom Bess, left, and Jos Buttler were unable to continue their day-three heroics

England’s hopes of salvaging pride from the first Test against Pakistan unravelled as they lost their last four wickets for seven runs inside half an hour on day four.

A century partnership between Jos Buttler and Dom Bess for the seventh wicket on Saturday had staved off an innings defeat and left England looking to set some kind of target for the tourists – but they were quickly parted on Sunday morning.

Buttler added only a single to his overnight score to reach 67 before he was pinned lbw by Mohammad Abbas, with the decision upheld on review to leave England 236 for seven.

Mohammad Abbas celebrates taking the wicket of Jos Buttler

Bess, 55 not out having yet to face a ball in the morning session, was joined by Mark Wood who was quickly off the mark with a flashing four through cover point. That was as far as the Durham man got, though, before pushing tentatively at Mohammad Amir and edging to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Abbas removed Stuart Broad in similar fashion for a duck and Bess, left to throw the bat with only last man James Anderson for company, was cleaned up by an Amir inswinger with only 27 minutes played.

Amir finished with four for 36 and Abbas four for 41, the latter finishing with match figures of eight for 64, as England’s total of 242 left Pakistan to chase just 64 for victory.

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