England had solely ever had two wins within the historical past of Take a look at matches in Pakistan however the Poms have pulled off a second straight win in successive video games.
England have wrapped up the three match sequence with a match to play, nevertheless it wasn’t with out some luck.
England had gained a sequence earlier than again within the yr 2000, when the nation claimed a win within the third Take a look at after two attracts.
However other than that, it’s been lean pickings in Pakistan for the group, with the one different win coming again in 1961.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain stated England’s achievement was “unbelievable”.
“An excellent Take a look at match and a superb Take a look at match sequence, he stated. “Ten days now and it has been fascinating watching each single ball of it.
“Within the historical past of the sport, England have gained two Take a look at matches in Pakistan and in a fortnight, they might win two Take a look at matches back-to-back so it might be historic.”
However England will probably be counting their fortunate stars after a controversial name price the wicket of Saud Shakeel for 94.
Shakeel had a 80-run stand with Mahammad Nawaz however Shakeel needed to take the aspect residence.
Nevertheless, straight after Nawaz was dismissed caught behind, Shakeel adopted swimsuit when he was cramped down the legside.
However cricket followers had been satisfied the ball touched the bottom as Pope tried to snag the catch.
Former England skipper Michael Atherton stated in commentary: “Within the third umpire’s view, he thinks Pope acquired his gloves beneath the ball. I believe you possibly can argue in any other case.”
Ex-England fast Steve Finn added the house aspect had been unfortunate.
“We might have this debate perpetually, however Ollie Pope to me doesn’t look satisfied when he seems as much as rejoice,” Finn advised Sky Sports activities Cricket.
“For me, you’ll be able to simply see the taped-up finger come out the again of the ball there barely, which suggests it could have touched the bottom. However I additionally assume it’s a must to respect the on-field umpire’s determination.”
It was undesirable historical past for Pakistan as effectively, having misplaced a 3rd straight recreation in Pakistan for the primary time since 1959.
After Shakeel’s dismissal, the tail wagged considerably however England claimed the 26-run win.
Pakistan, who resumed the fourth day on 198-4, seemed set for victory at one level however quick bowler Mark Wooden led England’s fightback by eradicating Mohammad Nawaz for 45 and Saud Shakeel for 94.
Ollie Robinson dismissed the final batter, Mohammad Ali, for nought some 50 minutes after lunch to spark celebrations among the many England gamers.
Wooden completed with 4-65.
England, on their first Take a look at tour of Pakistan for 17 years, gained the primary Take a look at by 74 runs in Rawalpindi.
The third and last Take a look at begins in Karachi on Saturday.
— with AFP