On Monday, England stunned Pakistan by winning the first Test by 74 runs. They took the final wicket as daylight was fading to go up 1-0 in the three-game series.
The foreign team scored 657 runs in their first innings and then declared their second innings on 264-7, giving Pakistan an impossible win goal of 343 runs on a placid wicket at Rawalpindi.
Pakistan put up a valiant effort, reaching 268 before being eliminated in an exciting final session, with Saud Shakeel hitting 76 to lead the home team.
Both Mohammad Rizwan (46) and Azhar Ali (40 with an injured finger) made their respective contributions, but they could only buy time.
Naseem Shah and Mohammad Ali, Pakistan’s penultimate combination, battled for over nine overs before the former was out lbw to Jack Leach with only 10 minutes remaining in the match.
England captain Ben Stokes remarked, “A few days ago we were racing around trying to start on time” in reference to the sickness that sidelined several English players.
“So credit to the team for getting here, turning up under the weather. In light of our pregame struggles, this victory means that much more to us.”
Stokes’s bold declaration set the atmosphere for a gripping clash and his bowlers put up a lion-hearted fight on a lifeless pitch to clinch a remarkable triumph.
England’s best bowlers were James Anderson (4-36) and Ollie Robinson (4-50), while Stokes did a great job of leading his side on the field.
Robinson was named man of the match after scoring 37 runs and picking up five wickets in the opening innings.
The Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, expressed regret that his team had not performed to expectations.
On Friday, the second Test will begin in Multan.