England beat Pakistan by 74 runs in Rawalpindi Test
Pak batsmen battered in front of two England bowlers in second innings
New Delhi. The kind of victory that the England cricket team registered in the Rawalpindi Test match was not expected by anyone in the first four days of the game. Against Pakistan, the team took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a resounding 74-run win. After scoring 657 runs in the first innings, England declared the second innings by scoring 264 runs for 7 wickets. Pakistan, who scored 579 runs in the first innings, had a target of 343 runs. On the fifth day, the entire team was reduced to 268 runs in the second innings.
The England captain won the toss against Pakistan on 1 December and decided to bat first. Beating Pakistan’s bowlers fiercely, the team made a world record by scoring more than 500 runs on the very first day. 4 English batsmen Jack Crowley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Harry Brook scored centuries. England were all out for 657 runs and Pakistan scored 579 runs in the first innings on the basis of centuries from Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafiq and captain Babar Azam. The second innings was considered very important and England showed the courage to declare the innings at 264 for 7 wickets.
In front of Pakistan, the English team had set a target of 343 runs in 4 sessions. Given the number of centuries scored in the first innings and the condition of the pitch, the decision of England captain Ben Stokes seemed risky. The experienced pair of fast bowlers James Anderson and Oli Robinson proved the captain’s decision right and wreaked havoc on the entire Pakistan team. Anderson took 4 wickets for 36 runs while Robinson took 4 wickets for 50 runs. Together these two shared a total of 8 wickets. Two fast bowlers were heavy on the Pak team.
Fast bowlers shine on spin friendly pitch
In the first innings, most wickets were taken by spinners from Pakistan and England. Zahid Mahmood took 4 wickets for the Pak team while Will Jack took 6 wickets for England. In the second innings, England’s pair of Anderson and Robinson, taking 8 wickets, belied the theory that helped the spinner on the fourth day in Asia.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 05, 2022, 20:31 IST