England beat Pakistan in Multan Test by 26 runs, win series

By: News Desk
Published: 12:25 PM, 12 Dec, 2022
England beat Pakistan in Multan Test by 26 runs, win series
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England dismissed Pakistan for 328 on Monday to win the second Test by 26 runs in Multan, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Mark Wood grabbed four Pakistan wickets to give England a hard-fought 26-run win Monday in the second Test in Multan and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The fast bowler finished with 4-65 as Pakistan were dismissed for 328 about 50 minutes after lunch, having been set a challenging 355-run target.

Wood, who missed England's 74-run win in the first Test in Rawalpindi with a hip injury, turned the match in England's favour with the wickets of Mohammad Nawaz (45) and Saud Shakeel (94) in the space of just 12 balls and one run.

Pakistan slumped to 291-7 at lunch, and after the break Agha Salman (20 not out) and Abrar Ahmed (17) tried to hit out for an unlikely win to keep the series alive.

But James Anderson had Ahmed caught, Wood dismissed Zahid Mahmood without scoring and Ollie Robinson ended the match with the wicket of number eleven Mohammad Ali for zero, sparking celebrations in the England camp.

Anderson and Robinson took two wickets apiece.

Shakeel and Nawaz's wickets proved the most consequential for England.

Shakeel, who hit eight boundaries in his 314-minute vigil, added 80 runs with Nawaz as England found wickets hard to come by on a Multan pitch that slowed considerably as the game progressed.

In a last-ditch effort, skipper Ben Stokes brought in Wood before lunch and was instantly rewarded with Nawaz caught by wicketkeeper Ollie Pope.

In his next over Wood forced Shakeel to play a pull off a short ball that caught his glove, with Pope taking a diving catch to his left.

Resuming on 198-4, Pakistan had lost Faheem Ashraf in the sixth over of the day for 10, caught at slip for spinner Joe Root's 50th wicket.

Scoreboard

England 1st innings 281 (B. Duckett 63, O. Pope 60; Abrar Ahmed 7-114)

Pakistan 1st innings 202 (Babar Azam 75, Saud Shakeel 63; J. Leach 4-98)

England 2nd innings 275 (H. Brook 108, B. Duckett 79; Abrar Ahmed 4-120)

Pakistan 2nd innings (overnight 198-4)

Abdullah Shafique b Wood          45

Mohammad Rizwan b Anderson        30

Babar Azam b Robinson              1

Saud Shakeel c Pope b Wood        94

Imam-ul-Haq c Root b Leach        60

Faheem Ashraf c Crawley b Root    10

Mohammad Nawaz c Pope b Wood      45

Agha Salman not out               20

Abrar Ahmed c Duckett b Anderson  17

Zahid Mahmood b Wood               0

Mohammad Ali c Pope b Robinson     0

Extras (lb3, nb3)                  6

Total (all out, 102.1 overs)     328

Fall of wickets: 1-66 (Rizwan), 2-67 (Azam), 3-83 (Shafique), 4-191 (Haq), 5-210 (Ashraf), 6-290 (Nawaz), 7-291 (Shakeel), 8-310 (Ahmed), 9-319 (Mahmood)

Bowling: Robinson 14.1-3-23-2 (nb3), Leach 26-0-113-1, Root 21-3-65-1, Wood 21-2-65-4, Anderson 16-1-44-2, Jacks 4-0-15-0

Result: England win by 26 runs

Toss: England

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA) and Aleem Dar (PAK)

TV umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)

Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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