MULTAN: England beat Pakistan by 26 runs in the second test in Multan on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing 355 for victory, Pakistan were all out for 328 in the second session on day four of the contest. Saud Shakeel top-scored for Pakistan with a valiant 94, while Imam-ul-Haq made 60. Mark Wood was the pick of the England bowlers, claiming 4-65 as England registered their first series win in Pakistan since 2000-01.
The visiting team led the series 2-0.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan resumed their second innings at an overnight score of 198 against England. Chasing the target of 355 runs, Pakistan needed 157 more to deny the tourists a second successive victory in the three-match series.
Team Green lost the early wickets of Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Nawaz on the fourth day which put England in a commanding position.
On Day 3, Pakistan lost the key wicket of half-centurion Imam-ul-Haq late on the third day to give England hope in the second Test on Sunday.
England, which held a 79-run first innings lead, had set up a target of 355 runs after it was bowled out for 275 in its second innings today.
England defeated Pakistan by 74 runs in the first Test at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, which was also England’s first test in Pakistan in 17 years.
The left-handed pair of Imam, who made 60, and Saud Shakeel (54 not out) had shared a 108-run stand and attacked the bowlers before Imam played a loose drive against Jack Leach and was caught in the slip late in the last session.
James Anderson, Robinson and Wood showed a great display of seam and swing bowling in the middle session, claiming three wickets for 17 runs before Imam and Shakeel dug in and took Pakistan to 136-3 at tea.
Imam didn’t open the innings after feeling discomfort in his right hamstring and went to the hospital for MRI scans but batted confidently at No. 5 Will Jacks had a chance to end his innings but couldn’t hold onto a sharp return. Harry Brook also couldn’t grab a low one-handed catch at forward short leg when Shakeel was batting on just four.
Earlier in the day, Brook had hit his second successive century and made 108 off 149 balls before England was bowled out for 275.
In the absence of Imam, Abdullah Shafique (45) and Mohammad Rizwan (30) batted fluently and provided a confident start of 66 before England’s seamers started to pressure the home team after lunch.
Anderson dismissed Rizwan immediately after the break off a ball that left the right-hander just enough to knock back his off stump. Babar Azam (1) offered no shot to Robinson’s sharp incoming delivery and was also clean bowled. Wood switched ends and went through the defences of Abdullah with a sharp fast delivery as Pakistan slumped to 83 for three.
Mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed prospered again and ended up with match figures of 11 for 234, becoming only the second Pakistani after Mohammad Zahid to take 10 wickets on a Test debut. Fast bowler Zahid took 11-130 against New Zealand at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in 1996.