Pakistan suffered their second consecutive defeat at the hands of England in Multan on Monday. The visitors bowled out Pakistan for 328 to win the second Test in Multan by 26 runs and take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Pakistan, who resumed the fourth day on 198-4, looked set for victory at one point, but fast bowler Mark Wood led England’s fightback by dismissing Mohammad Nawaz for 45 and Saud Shakeel for 94. . Ollie Robinson dismissed the last batsman Muhammad Ali. England players celebrated 50 minutes after lunch. Wood finished with 4-65.
Earlier, Babar had a rare mind-fade moment as an in-swinger from Ollie Robinson cleared him. Babar didn’t deliver a shot as the ball came back swiftly, shocking the Pakistan captain.
Coming to the match, Wood, who missed England’s 74-run win in the first Test in Rawalpindi with a hip injury, turned the match in England’s favor by replacing Mohammad Nawaz (45) and Saud Shakeel (94). Gave. 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) scored tries to seal an unlikely victory to keep the series alive.
But with James Anderson caught behind by Ahmed, Wood dismissing Zahid Mahmood without scoring and Ollie Robinson ending the match with the wicket of number eleven Muhammad Ali for nought, there was celebration in the England camp.
Anderson and Robinson took two wickets each.
The win gave England their eighth win in nine Tests since Brendon McCullum took over as head coach and Ben Stokes as captain in May this year.
Those victories have been built around “buzzball”, a term coined from McCullum’s nickname, and describing the aggressive free-wheeling approach the New Zealander has put in favor since taking charge.
England are now world champions in the 50-over and T20 versions of the game and are climbing the Test rankings ladder fast.
This is England’s third series win in Pakistan after victories in 1961 and 2000 – although they have not toured in 17 years due to security issues.
(with AFP inputs)
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