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Pakistan’s Rahat Ali rocks England at Lord’s, before James Vince hits back

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Pakistan’s Rahat Ali celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord’s in London yesterday.

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Pakistan’s Rahat Ali removed England’s top three batsmen as the first Test at Lord’s in London hurtled toward an exciting climax on yesterday’s fourth day.

At lunch, England were 90-3 in their second innings, needing a further 193 runs to reach their victory target of 283.

James Vince was a Test-best 41 not out and the recalled Gary Ballance 15 not out after Rahat had taken three wickets for 36 runs in eight overs.

England captain Alastair Cook launched the chase with a four off the very first ball of the innings when he cut a loose Mohammad Amir delivery to the boundary.

All the pre-match focus had been on Amir, making his return to Test cricket after six years out at the scene of his 2010 spot-fixing crime, but it was fellow left-arm quick Rahat who stunned England.

His back-off-a-length ball had left-hander Cook (8) edging through to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Cook’s opening partner Alex Hales made a brisk 16 before chasing a wide ball from Rahat outside off-stump, with Mohammad Hafeez holding a good catch at first slip.

Rahat had taken two for eight in 13 balls and England were 32-2.

Joe Root, England’s new No. 3, got off the mark with a back-foot cover drive for four off Rahat and also drove him through the same region, off the front foot, for another boundary, but with a man set back for the shot, the star batsman fell into a hooking trap when he paddled a short ball from Rahat to Yasir Shah at deep square-leg.

Root was out for 9 and England were 47-3.

Vince, too, had gotten off the mark with a cover-driven four off Rahat.

Yet to play a major Test innings, Vince was almost out on 9 when his edged drive off Rahat flew to Younis Khan at second slip.

Younis dropped the low one-handed chance and just failed to cling on to the rebound.

Vince struck three fours in as many balls off Wahab Riaz, the third of Pakistan’s three left-arm quicks, and the Hampshire batsman made it five fours in six balls faced when an edge over point and more authoritative cut off leg-spinner Shah, England’s first-innings tormentor, took him to 39.

That saw Vince, in his fourth match at this level, surpass his previous Test-best of 35 against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street in May.

Earlier, Pakistan added just one run to their overnight 214-8 as Stuart Broad had both Shah, out for a Test-best 30, and Amir caught behind.

All-rounder Chris Woakes led England off the field after taking 5-32 for a match haul of 11-112.

England needed to surpass their record fourth innings-winning chase in a Lord’s Test of 282-3 against New Zealand in 2004 if they were to go 1-0 up in the four-match series.

Only the West Indies, with 344-1 in 1984, had ever made more in the fourth innings to win a Test at headquarters.

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