Pakistan win softens damage from brutal low blow


Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq was forced from the field during his side’s crushing Test win against England after copping a painful blow to his private parts.

The Pakistanis wrapped up a crushing nine-wicket victory over England to inflict the hosts’ first defeat in a May Test match at Lord’s.

But the Pakistan opener will be left with painful memories from the victory after taking a cricket ball to the groin while fielding.

The batsman was fielding at point when England’s Stuart Broad lashed a fierce cut shot his way.

Imam-ul-Haq got down quickly to stop the ball running away to the boundary but it took a wicket bounce off the grass before cannoning into his nether-regions.

The pain on the Pakistanis face was abundantly clear as teammates rushed in to assist the felled fieldsman, who was writhing on the ground in agony.

Fortunately for Imam-ul-Haq, the pain was worth it as his side coasted to a comprehensive win against England, with the host’s last four wickets tumbling in 27 minutes.

Pakistan knocked off the 64 runs they needed in less than an hour on the fourth day to put the touring side 1-0 up in the two-match series.

“We were not good enough, if I’m being brutally honest. We have been outplayed in all three departments,” England captain Joe Root said at the presentation ceremony on Sunday.

“Pakistan’s bowlers exploited the conditions well but we played some poor shots and you can’t afford to do that.”

Imam-ul-Haq was forced from the field after a painful blow to the groin. Pic: Fox Sports

England resumed on 6-235 after Jos Buttler and debutant Dom Bess had shared an unbroken partnership of 125 in the final session on Saturday to save their team from a humiliating innings defeat.

Buttler fell in the second over, trapped lbw by man-of-the-match Mohammad Abbas for 67 and failing to get the decision overturned on review.

Mark Wood hit one four before he nicked Mohammad Amir, bowling with the second new ball, to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Broad edged Abbas to Sarfraz without scoring and Amir comprehensively bowled the 20-year-old Bess for 57 to dismiss the hosts for 242 as England lost their last four wickets for the addition of six runs.

James Anderson bowled Azhar Ali for four with a fine delivery that knocked out his off stump before Imam-ul-Haq (18 not out) returned to bat his side to the win.

He and Haris Sohail (39 not out) shared an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 54 to see Pakistan to their target.

“I am very proud of my team,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz said.

“We have a very inexperienced team but we are very confident in our players. Our bowlers did a great job for us.”

The second Test at Headingley starts on Friday.

With AAP