Rampant Wood fires England to sequence win over Pakistan

Rampant Wood fires England to sequence win over Pakistan
Rampant Wood fires England to sequence win over Pakistan
England’s Mark Wood celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Zahid Mahmood during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and England, in Multan, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022.

England’s Mark Wood celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Zahid Mahmood throughout the fourth day of the second check cricket match between Pakistan and England, in Multan, Pakistan, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022.
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Mark Wood grabbed 4 Pakistan wickets to present England a hard-fought 26-run win Monday within the second Test in Multan and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The quick bowler completed with 4-65 as Pakistan had been dismissed for 328 about 50 minutes after lunch on day 4, having been set a difficult 355-run goal.

Wood, who missed England’s 74-run win within the first Test in Rawalpindi with a hip harm, turned the match in England’s favour with the wickets of Mohammad Nawaz (45) and Saud Shakeel (94) within the house of 12 balls and one run.

Pakistan slumped to 291-7 at lunch, and after the break Agha Salman (20 not out) and Abrar Ahmed (17) tried to hit out for an unlikely win to maintain the sequence alive.

But James Anderson had Ahmed caught, Wood dismissed Zahid Mahmood with out scoring and Ollie Robinson ended the match with the wicket of quantity eleven Mohammad Ali for zero, sparking celebrations within the England camp.

Anderson and Robinson took two wickets apiece.

The win offers England their eighth win within the 9 Tests since Brendon McCullum took over as head coach and Ben Stokes as captain in May this 12 months.

Those victories have been constructed round “Bazball”, a time period coined from McCullum’s nickname, and describing the aggressive free-wheeling strategy the New Zealander has instilled within the facet since taking up.

England are actually world champions within the 50-over and T20 variations of the sport and quickly ascending the Test rankings ladder.

This turns into England’s third sequence win in Pakistan after victories 1961 and 2000 — though they have not toured in 17 years due to safety points.

“It was pleasing the best way we caught on the process of going out and placing them beneath stress even when situations aren’t in our favour,” mentioned Stokes afterwards.

“Jimmy, Robbo and Woody put in a critically good effort, so hats off to the lads. The method they bowled all through the sport, they regarded an enormous menace.”

Shakeel, who hit eight boundaries in his 314-minute vigil, added 80 runs with Nawaz as England discovered wickets arduous to return by on a Multan pitch that slowed significantly as the sport progressed.

In a last-ditch effort, Stokes introduced in Wood earlier than lunch and was immediately rewarded with Nawaz caught by wicketkeeper Ollie Pope.

In his subsequent over Wood pressured Shakeel to play a pull shot off a brief ball that caught his glove, with Pope taking a diving catch to his left.

Replays had been inconclusive as as to whether the ball scraped the bottom earlier than Pope caught it, however, controversially, the third umpire deemed there was not sufficient proof to overturn the choice.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam accepted it as a part of the sport.

“As professionals we have to respect and observe the umpire’s choice,” he mentioned.

“We made errors as a staff,” mentioned Azam after Pakistan misplaced their final six wickets for 37 within the first innings and final 5 for 38 within the second.

Resuming on 198-4, Pakistan had misplaced Faheem Ashraf within the sixth over of the day for 10, caught at slip for spinner Joe Root’s fiftieth wicket.

The third and closing Test begins in Karachi from Saturday.

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