Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder, led England to a memorable win in a thrilling finale of the Third Test between England and Pakistan in Rawalpindi
Ben Stokes, the English all-rounder, led England to a memorable win in a thrilling finale of the Third Test between England and Pakistan in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Sunday.
The test match was filled with drama and excitement that kept the spectators on their toes until the last ball. On the fifth day of the test match, the match was in a tantalising position with England needing 117 runs with the loss of six wickets to win.
However, Stokes sealed victory for England with ruthless batting. In a sensational innings, he scored an unbeaten 78-runs off 103 balls with nine fours, three sixes and a brace of two apiece from number nine Dominic Bess and number 11 Jack Leach at the end.
The highlight of his innings was a six off Shaheen Afridi that brought him to a fifty. He hit a four off Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah to take England over the line. Stokes’ brilliant show of batting earned him the man of the match trophy.
The nail-biting win left fans cheering and applauding the victory of Stokes and his team, as he became the hero of the match. The 11-run victory declared England winners of the Third Test and levelled the 4-match series at 1-1.
All in all, Stokes’ heroic batting was a spectacle to watch and with his support from the end, England achieved what had looked to be impossible win in Rawalpindi’s dying light.
Ben Stokes’ England Seal Win For The Ages In Rawalpindi’s Dying Light
England had an extraordinary one-wicket win against Pakistan in the first Test match of the series, in which skipper Ben Stokes produced a masterful performance in the dying light of Rawalpindi.
The victory came against all odds, as England had long lost hope of winning the match after Pakistan had declared their first innings on day four – despite being behind in the game – and then sought quick runs later on.
England’s Tightening Grip on the Match
England were certainly in the driver’s seat at the start of day five.
Their bowlers had performed remarkably well and the building impetus behind their attack had Pakistan on the ropes, stump after stump was falling.
However, a stubborn Pakistan defense, alongside the resilient batting of Mohammad Abbas and former captain, Azhar Ali, kept the Englishmen at bay.
Ben Stokes Saves The Day
With England needing 11 more runs to win, the pressure was firmly on Ben Stokes.
At this point, the game was hanging dangerously in the balance.
But in true Ben Stokes fashion, he rose above the occasion, producing a spellbinding 34th over in the final hour of play, which included three consecutive boundaries, to secure the win for England.
The Heroes of the Match
It was clearly a match that was won with contributions from all around the team.
- Stuart Broad – The veteran, whose spell of 2/34 took all the limelight.
- Joe Root -who scored a solid half-century as captain.
- Zak Crawley – Who scored a brilliant 67 on the first day’s play.
However, it was ultimately the performance of Ben Stokes in the dying light of Rawalpindi that sealed the victory for England, and it will definitely be remembered as a great victory for many years to come.