In a dramatic finish to an incredible Test, England defeated Pakistan at Pindi Cricket Stadium to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. The visitors clinched the first Test, in the final session of Day 5, by 74 runs. The pace duo of Ollie Robinson and James Anderson bagged four wickets apiece on a slow track to bundle out Pakistan for 268 runs in the second innings.

The last-wicket pair of Naseem Shah and Mohammad Ali did their best and attempted to draw the game from what seemed like a lost position for Pakistan. However, they fell short in the face of England’s persistence. The duo kept the English bowlers at bay for 52 balls before Jack Leach eventually managed to trap Naseem in front.

Earlier, Saud Shakeel hit his maiden half-century to keep Pakistan in the hunt before departing for 76. Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan scored 48 and 46, respectively. England posted a record 657 in their first innings before packing the hosts for 579 and then declaring their second innings at 264/7.

England’s Test wins in Pakistan:

  • By 5 wickets, Lahore 1961
  • By 6 wickets, Karachi 2000
  • By 74 runs, Rawalpindi 2022

Brief scores: England 657 & 264/7 decl. (Harry Brook 87, Joe Root 73; Mohammad Ali 2/64) beat Pakistan 579 & 268 (Saud Shakeel 76, Imam-ul-Haq 48; James Anderson 2/36, Ollie Robinson 4/50) by 74 runs.

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