England’s lower order held on bravely for hours but were unable to deny Pakistan a 75-run victory on day four of the first Test at Lord’s, with spinner Yasir Shah breaking the resistance in the evening.
England were seemingly on track to take the game into a fifth day, but Yasir struck twice after tea, and paceman Mohammad Amir took the final wicket required.
Pakistan had been bowled out for 215 just after play began, just one run added to their overnight score, leaving the hosts needing 283 to win. But they could only make 207.
At one stage, Pakistan seemed set for an easier win, having removed six relatively early wickets thanks to three quick strikes from Rahat Ali. But Chris Woakes, who claimed 11 wickets in the match with the ball, shone with the bat too.
He made 23 off 108 balls, while Jonny Bairstow also showed his good form by reaching 48 off 147 balls. But once they were sent packing after 31 overs of defending, both by Yasir, the resistance was over.
Yasir ended the match with 10 wickets, more pivotal than Woakes impressive 11, while Amir performed well in his comeback Test, taking three wickes in total.
The series now moves to Manchester, where the second Test will start on 22 july.