England win by 26 runs and take the series 2-0

England win by 26 runs

England won the second Test by a narrow margin of 26 runs on Monday in Multan thanks to four Pakistan wickets taken by Mark Wood, giving them a 2-0 series lead after two games.

After lunch, Pakistan was bowled for 328 after being assigned a difficult 355-run total. The quick bowler finished with 4-65.

Mohammad Nawaz (45) and Saud Shakeel (94) were dismissed by Wood in the space of just 12 balls and one run, turning the contest in England’s favor after Wood missed England’s 74-run victory in the first Test in Rawalpindi due to a hip injury.

After lunch, when Pakistan had slipped to 291-7, Agha Salman (20 not out) and Abrar Ahmed (17) made an incredible effort to win the match and salvage the series.

However, James Anderson successfully caught Ahmed, Wood eliminated Zahid Mahmood without a point, and Ollie Robinson concluded the game by taking out Mohammad Ali at position eleven for naught, leading to celebrations in the England camp.

The most important wickets for England were those of Shakeel and Nawaz.

In his 314-minute vigil, Shakeel, who had eight fours, scored 80 runs with Nawaz as England struggled to get wickets on a Multan field that slowed down significantly as the game continued.

Before lunch, captain Ben Stokes made a last-ditch effort to get Wood in, and he was immediately rewarded with Nawaz being caught by wicketkeeper Ollie Pope.

In his subsequent over, Pope made a diving catch to his left after Wood forced Shakeel to play a draw off a short ball that caught his glove.

Pakistan resumed play on 198-4 after losing Faheem Ashraf for 10 in the sixth over of the day, caught at slip to give spinner Joe Root his 50th victim.

Match statistics

England First Innings wickets lost: 1-38 (Zak Crawley, 8.5 overs), 2-117 (Ben Duckett, 18.6 overs), 3-145 (Joe Root, 24.1 overs), 4-164 (Ollie Pope, 28.4 overs), 5-167 (Harry Brook, 30.5 overs), 6-228 (Ben Stokes, 42.3 overs), 7-231 (Will Jacks, 44.5 overs), 8-245 (Ol (James Anderson – 51.4 ov)

Imam ul Haq took 1-5 (2.2 ov), Abdullah Shafique took 2-51 (13.3 ov), Babar Azam took 3-142 (34.2), Saud Shakeel took 4-158 (45.5), Muhammad Rizwan took 5-165 (49.5), Muhammad Nawaz took 6-169 (51.6), Agha Salman took 7-169 (52.1), Muhammad Ali-II took 5-169 (52.5), Zahid Mah (Faheem Ashraf – 62.5 ov)

England’s second innings wicket losses were as follows: 1-11 (Zak Crawley, 3.5 overs), 2-25 (Will Jacks, 6.6 overs), 3-79 (Joe Root, 20.2 overs), 4-147 (Ben Duckett, 35.2 overs), 5-155 (Ollie Pope, 37.5 overs), 6-256 (Ben Stokes, 58.2 overs), 7-259 (Ollie Robinson, 59.1 overs), 8-270 (James Anderson – 64.5 ov)

Number of wickets lost by Pakistan in the second innings: 1-66 (Mohammad Rizwan, 15.5 overs), 2-67 (Babar Azam, 18.5 overs), 3-83 (Abdullah Shafique, 28.1 overs), 4-191 (Imam ul Haq, 60.3 overs), 5-210 (Faheem Ashraf, 69.5 overs), 6-290 (Mohammad Nawaz, 91.4 overs), 7-291 (Mohammad Ali-II – 102.1 ov)

Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Zahid Mahmood, Abrar Ahmed, and Mohammad Ali-II are the players for Pakistan in the playing XI.

England: Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, Mark Wood, and James Anderson; Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope (WK); Joe Root, Harry Brook, and Ben Stokes (C);

After Match Comment

Ben Stokes believes the game was played differently and under different circumstances than in Pindi, but it was still a tremendous experience to be a part of as it came down to the wire. When asked how to evaluate a target, the respondent said that you look at the surrounding circumstances. They were fortunate that from one end, cracks emerged that allowed their seamers to enter the match; and Robinson, Wood, and Anderson threw themselves into it, flogging their bodies for the team. Because he is the captain; stokes is aware that those three will frequently come through for him, which is why he didn’t extend his arm.

He congratulates Abrar on his debut but notes that other teams would not have scored as many goals off of him as England did. He is proud of the way his players remained aggressive and continued to score goals.

As a result of cheap dismissals in the first innings, according to Babar, Pakistan lost control of the match. Although they improved in the second innings, it wasn’t enough. They didn’t do well as a batting unit in the end; but for Abrar, who took advantage of the conditions, it was a “dream start” and he is now anticipating Karachi. He appears to be somewhat disappointed, as you could anticipate.

Harry Brook is man of the match..

He made an effort to learn from his error in the first innings and refrain from being overly aggressive while still applying pressure to the bowling. They were aware that the pitch would spin because Pakistan had requested it; but their first innings batting was not as strong as it could have been. In the second, however, they wanted to play it their way and be aggressive, and that strategy was successful.

Mark Wood says England are physically and emotionally shattered.

You don’t want to disappoint your friends, he advises. He says that even though Nawaz batted well; they knew they could get through the tail because “Stokes” told him to go and influence the game. Since he had been bowling a little wide during the game, getting wickets strangled wasn’t exactly a plan; rather, he was just attempting to get it straight and hadn’t anticipated Abrar to come in and whack it. He claims that Stokes leads the team in an excellent manner and that he would cross any obstacle for him. He claims that the team’s effort to win this match was tremendous and that he intends to continue playing for England for as long as he can.