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Lords, 1982. Pakistans target to win the Test is a simple 76. Pakistan dont do simple. They do complex and unfathomable. Its the final session of the Test and rain clouds rush towards St Johns Wood. Pakistan last won a Test in England 28 years earlier - Fazal Mahmoods match at The Oval. This win can shape history, be a catalyst for Imran Khans new age. A win at Lords, to follow humiliation in 1978 - and if there is one thing Imran cant stomach, its humiliation. His every cell has pride stamped on it. This win will be a manifesto for pride-branded cricket. Yet the rain clouds are gathering and only 15 overs remain.Pakistans opener Mudassar Nazar holds the record for the slowest Test hundred. He doesnt appear, left in the pavilion to be satisfied with his surprise six wickets in the second innings. Imran places history in the hands of Mohsin Khan, to follow his dashing double-hundred in the first innings, and Javed Miandad. The rain clouds are in a rush, but Miandad and Mohsin are more urgent, scampering singles and thrashing boundaries. Pakistan win by ten wickets. Javed kisses the turf and runs for the pavilion. We are in the time of pitch invasions, and where better to sprint in triumph than at Lords? Imran smiles for his statement victory.England are back at full strength at Headingley to narrowly take the series. But nothing takes the edge off that first win at Lords. Nothing. Lords is the home of cricket and the ground to make history for Englands opponents. Pakistan will never look back.****A decade later, another chase at Lords. It is important. Pakistan are the ODI world champions. Winners over England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March, an iconic final in the history of one-day cricket. Wasim Akrams final, where he scores quick runs and conjures incredible wickets, blowing a hole in Englands soul. In these undifferentiated days, the status of world champions in one-day cricket somehow implies superiority in Test cricket too. Pakistan feel the pressure of tackling their vanquished rivals so soon, of defending their world standing. In any case, this is England. And this is the home of cricket. Thats pressure enough. Pakistans captain, Miandad, knows all this and he has his pride too. The pride of Karachi, of never taking a backward step.Pakistan hunt a second series win in England, after winning their first in 1987. An unlikely alliance of Headingley and Saleem Malik, backed up by Imrans ten wickets, delivered that series. But Imran is now gone, a victim of age and a feud about the World Cup spoils. Miandad is captain on the team sheet rather than by proxy. Its the fourth day and Pakistan require a simple 138 to win. Nothing is simple in Pakistan cricket. They find themselves at 95 for 8, with Wasim and Waqar Younis at the crease. The two Ws believe theyd won the match once, sharing 13 wickets as we fall in love with reverse swing - and England possess the might of Gooch, Stewart, Hick, Smith, Lamb and Botham. Now the two Ws must win the game again, with the bat this time. Loves labours lost. This match decides nothing except first blood in the series. But every match for a former colony at Lords is a judgement, on how we are and how far weve come. And weve come down to this, 43 required with two wickets in hand. Only Aaqib Javed to come. At the ground, people are frozen rigid in their seats. At home, people are sucked into their televisions. The fate of the world hangs on this, at least it seems to. Pakistan dont lose another wicket. Pakistan dont lose. Wasim crashes a lavish four to the cover boundary, grabs a stump and sprints for the pavilion. Hes met halfway by team-mates, and ecstatic fans, carried aloft like the King of Lords.England play a perfect game at Headingley, but Pakistan decide the series at The Oval. Pakistan almost win by an innings and no Pakistani scores more than 59. Fifteen wickets to the lords of reverse swing. Pakistan arent just world one-day champions. They are more than that - and Lords plays its part.****By 1996, England are no longer feared. It is Pakistan who are feared, with their world-class opening bowlers and mystery spinners. They can bat too. This is the most complete Test team Pakistan cricket have ever known. Nothing is simple, for sure. They are successful but not quite as successful as they might be. And there are reasons, some that only emerge later, for why the chaos keeps boiling over, why the genie loves to escape the lamp.The first Test is at Lords and Pakistan dominate. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar are formidable in a team at its peak. Nothing is simple, though, for Pakistan cricket. They dominate at Lords but the result is in doubt. England are holding on, rather too easily, at 168 for 1 on the final day chasing 408, with Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart at the crease. The game is a draw, a nailed-on draw.And then it happens, the deep magic fills the ground. Waqar charges down the slope, Mushtaq Ahmed skips and twirls his variations. Extreme pace from one end, swinging in at the stumps, a legspinner casting his spell at the other, the battle rhythm of Pakistan cricket is scattering Englands senses. With each wicket, Waqar charges in faster, bowls it quicker, swinging it more and later. Each war cry from him is louder and more victorious. The stumps are his. England are gone for 243 and Pakistan win again at Lords, this time by 164 runs.The Oval seals the series. A fine win by nine wickets. This Pakistan is too strong for this England. And Lords played its part, settling the mood, making it three wins out of four for the men of Pakistan.****Two decades later, the world is changed. The revolution a distant memory. The heroes gone; 2001, 2006 and 2010, the intervening England tours, produce no wins at Lords, and only a decline in standards. The year 2001 is the twilight of the idols, a drawn series through luck and the weight of history. Then 2006 brings a team that can bat in parts but betrays its bowling traditions. It also brings the rule of Inzamam, with the assistance of the Bob. It brings The Oval and Darrell Hair and the forfeit. But 2010 is worse. A batting side of horrible inexperience, a camp of distinct immaturity, and the scandal of no-balls. Cricket is finished in Pakistan, perhaps Pakistan cricket is finished? Yet this is Pakistan, and nothing is simple or easily fathomable. Pakistan is not weak. This Pakistan team is strong, save for its openers. The strongest, hungriest Pakistan team to visit England since 1996. The most complete Pakistan team to visit England except that team of 1996. How they did it is written in these pages. The will of Misbah-ul-Haq and the grit and guile of Younis Khan. The discovery of Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed, two of Pakistans most accomplished players in their respective positions. The pace of Wahab Riaz, that wild, raging power that summons the magic of reverse swing. The revelation of Yasir Shah, a legspinner in the tradition of Abdul Qadir and Mushtaq, perhaps better than both, and in tandem with the pace bowlers beating the battle rhythm of Pakistan cricket to scatter Englands senses. And then at Lords, the resurrection of Mohammad Amir, the bearer of the flame, the next great Pakistan fast bowler.Nothing is simple in Pakistan cricket. This isnt the wild, electric, ill-disciplined Pakistan of yore. This is a new Pakistan, a second revolution. This is a revolution of patience and discipline, of dot balls and boot camps. A Pakistan that stokes wildfire and electricity but confines them within a calm embrace.This is Pakistans fourth Test win at Lords. Each win is the stuff of legend, but that is the nature of Lords. It would be too simple to say each win matters as much as the others. Nothing is so simple in Pakistan cricket. Up until now, Imrans 1982 victory was the greatest, but it was coming, Pakistan were a team whose moment was about to arrive. In 2016, 34 years later, Pakistan cricket has given us unparalleled highs and bottomless lows. No series victory in England for 20 years. So many bad times that the good times were almost forgotten and unimaginable. A Pakistan team has never approached a Lords Test under such scrutiny, this unsure of its worth outside Asia, and against an opponent flying so high. What to expect was hard to fathom. Yet Pakistan mastered the pressure. They mastered the circumstances. They delivered the greatest Lords win, but they didnt sprint off the pitch. They paused in front of the pavilion for a salute and press-ups to pay respect to their country and their countrymen.This is a second revolution in Pakistan cricket. A revolution of pace and fire. A revolution of mesmeric spin and dedicated batting. A revolution of deep magic and battle rhythms. Above all, this is a revolution of respect.Cheap Custom College Jerseys . There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. Wholesale Custom College Jerseys . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. . 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Clearance Custom College Jerseys . -- James Young couldnt wait to apply those tweaks to his jump shot, and the first one he made against UT Arlington told him it could be a good night.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen walked through the locker room after the Bulldogs beat Massachusetts and noticed that his players didnt know whether to celebrate.Guys arent sure, he said after the Bulldogs rebounded from a mediocre first half -- again -- to win 47-35 on Saturday.Thats how young a team we are: `Are we supposed to smile? We won a game but I made a mistake, Mullen said, imitating his players confusion. Yeah, we won a game. Enjoy it.The Bulldogs (2-2) have struggled all season with inconsistency, and it was never more frustrating than when they spotted then-No. 20 LSU a 20-point lead last week, rallying to lose 23-20. Against UMass, Mississippi State trailed 14-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half before finding a rhythm.Nick Fitzgerald led the Bulldogs 65 yards in 80 seconds, hitting Fred Ross for a 9-yard touchdown to make it a one-point game at the half. In the third quarter, the two connected for a 46-yard touchdown before UMass scored to retake the lead.Then the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns just 17 seconds apart, on Aeris Williams 16-yard run and then another on the next play from scrimmage when Jamoral Graham returned an interception 38 yards for a score.Everybody was hyped and they wouldnt even let me sit down, Graham said. And I was tired.Four minutes later, Fitzgerald hit Farrod Green from 13 yards out to make it 41-21 just before the end of the third quarter.Fitzgerald completed 25 of 38 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for 110 yards. Fred Ross caught eight passes for 126 yards and two TDs for Mississippi State, which once again struggled to play well for two halves in a row.Its hard to get a win, Williams said. But we were way superior to them.Andrew Ford, making his second start for the injured Ross Comis, completed 24 of 40 passes for 2773 yards and four touchdowns for UMass (1-3).dddddddddddd But he also overthrew his receiver on the first play after Mississippi States go-ahead touchdown, and Graham was there to make it 34-21.UMass failed to move on its next possession and punted it back to the Bulldogs, who took over on their own 39-yard line. Fitzgerald went 3 for 3 on the drive and also added a 15-yard run as Mississippi State converted its third touchdown in 4 minutes, 11 seconds.I had a good time coaching the game, UMass coach Mark Whipple said. Our guys battled. Im proud of them. There was a lot more good than bad.HALFSIESIn addition to the LSU loss, the Bulldogs also led South Alabama 17-0 at halftime in their opener but lost 21-20. Against South Carolina, Mississippi State led 24-0 at halftime before holding on for a 27-14 win.We play a good half here and a good half there, Fitzgerald said. Weve just got to string two good halves together and get rid of the terrible ones.SCORINGMarquis Young ran for 125 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown in the first quarter that gave UMass a 7-3 lead. Jalen Williams caught two touchdown passes, and Bernard Davis and Sadiq Palmer each had one for the Minutemen.THE TAKEAWAY:MISSISSIPPI STATE: The Bulldogs needed this game to replace Tulane on the schedule. UMass agreed as long as MSU came to New England first. The Minutemen will visit Starkville next year and again in 2020.UMASS: You cant say UMass, one of just four FBS independents, is afraid to schedule tough opponents. The Minutemen have now played two SEC teams and one from the Atlantic Coast Conference, along with Florida International.UP NEXTMISSISSIPPI STATE: A week off before hosting Auburn.UMASS: Tulane on the UMass campus in Amherst. ' ' '

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