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.
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.
England scripted a brilliant run chase to secure a 3 wicket win in the first #raisethebat Test inside four days against Pakistan at Old Trafford. Despite a rain-marred Day 1 and a first-innings shambolic batting, Joe Root’s men displayed incredible character to pull the match back from jaws of defeat and seal the opener.
Chasing 277, England lost Rory Burns early as the left-hander was trapped in front by seamer Mohammad Abbas for 10 runs. After the loss of Burns, Dom Sibley (36) captain Joe Root (42) saw things till the Shah duo scalped a wicket each. With the middle order failing once more, the scales were tipped in favour of the visitors.
The Three Lions still faced an uphill task still a considerable chase at hand, 58 more than they managed in their first-innings on a wearing pitch, and has only been bettered once before at Emirates Old Trafford.
However, a late and responsible cameo of 80 from Woakes proved to be a gamechanger as he brought home the winning runs in style with a boundary. Woakes along with Butler former a solid 100+ runs partnership to steer the Lions for a win.