Following his side’s 26-run loss to England in the second Test, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said his side failed to finish the game well as a batting unit.
Pacer Mark Wood, spinner Jack Leach and batter Harry Brook were the stars for England as they overcame resistance by Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Nawaz to defeat Pakistan by 26 runs in the second Test at Multan to clinch the three-match series by 2-0.
“We were not up to the mark in the first innings. There were a couple of soft dismissals but were well short of the mark. We fought back with the ball and bat in the second innings but it was not enough. There were a couple of good partnerships but in the end, we did not finish well as a batting unit. It was a dream start for Abrar and he used the conditions well. Looking forward to the Karachi Test. We will do our best,” said Azam in a post-match presentation.
Opting to bat first, England was blown away by debutant spinner Abrar Ahmed (7/114). Ben Duckett (63) and Ollie Pope (60) scored fifties to take England to a respectable total.
In their first innings, Pakistan was bundled out for just 202 runs. Babar Azam (75) and Saud Shakeel (63) scored fluent half-centuries to steer the hosts beyond the 200-run mark.
Pakistan’s lower order failed to put up a fight against the English side. Spinner Jack Leach (4/98) was the pick of the bowlers. Mark Wood, Joe Root also took two wickets. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson took a wicket each. England had a 79-run lead in the match at this point.
In their second innings, Harry Brook (108) and Duckett (79) served as the driving force behind the 354-run lead. Abrar continued his dream debut, taking 4/120. Zahid Mahmood (3/52) also delivered a tight spell.
Chasing 355, Pakistan had an opening partnership of 66 runs between Abdullah Shafique (45) and Mohammad Rizwan (30). A 108-run stand for the fourth wicket developed between Saud Shakeel and Imam-ul-Haq (60), which was broken by Leach.
An 80-run stand for the sixth wicket between Shakeel and Nawaz put Pakistan in strong contention for the match. But pacer Wood dismissed them for 45 and 94 respectively.
After this, Agha Salman (20*) and Abrar Ahmed (17) tried to fight back, but the hosts were bundled out for 328 runs and lost the match by 26 runs and lost the series by 2-0.
Wood (4/65) was the standout bowler for England. Robinson and Anderson took two wickets. Leach and Root took a wicket each too.
Brief Scores: Pakistan: 202 and 328 (Saud Shakeel 94, Imam-ul-Haq 60, Mark Wood 4/65) lost to England: 281 and 275 (Harry Brook 108, Ben Duckett 79, Abrar Ahmed 4/120) by 26 runs. (ANI)
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