England pulled off a historic fightback to defeat Pakistan in the first #raisethebat Test; courtesy a sixth-wicket stand of 139 between Buttler and Woakes. While Butler was under tremendous pressure after a string of poor shows, the wicketkeeper-batsman delivered after a string of poor performances to turn around the fortunes for Three Lions.
Following the duo’s stellar display, they scripted a unique record to hit the third largest sixth-wicket partnership in successful fourth-innings chases.
England bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes stole the headlines last night as he propelled the Three Lions to a comprehensive win over Pakistan in the series opener. Woakes’ cameo of 80* steered England to secure the first #raisethebat Test in Manchester.
Largest sixth-wicket partnerships in successful fourth-innings chases:
1️⃣ Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer: 238 v Pak, 1999 🇦🇺
2️⃣ Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga: 189* v Zim, 1998 🇱🇰
3️⃣ Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes: 139 v Pak, 2020 🏴 👏 pic.twitter.com/w5cmwIpcI5
— ICC (@ICC) August 9, 2020
Picking up two wickets in each innings as well, Woakes was awarded the Player of the Match award. Following his stellar display, the right-arm pacer has now climbed to the No.7 spot in the latest ICC all-rounder rankings. Woakes, who has 273 points is now in touching distance of veteran Indian all-rounder Ravi Ashwin who currently occupies the 5th spot with 281 points.
Buter, who made 75 on his Lancashire home ground, and Chris Woakes, 84 not out, turned the tide in the home side’s favour to put them right back into the contest.
Jos Buttler admitted he thought he may have played his last Test after the England wicketkeeper atoned for a poor display with the gloves by starring with the bat in a three-wicket win over Pakistan at Old Trafford.
In the interim, England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the remainder of the #raisethebat Test series against Pakistan for family reasons.
England currently lead Pakistan 1-0 in the three-Test series after clinching a memorable three-wicket win, chasing 277, at Emirates Old Trafford on Saturday.