Pakistan’s 355 run chase of England was a thrilling experience on Friday. The late breakthrough buoyed the English side to a convincing win even thoug
Pakistan’s 355 run chase of England was a thrilling experience on Friday. The late breakthrough buoyed the English side to a convincing win even though Pakistan played hard till the final moment.
The English team won the toss and decided to bat first, with Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes made forceful contributions. But the highlight of England’s innings was the partnership of 102 between Jos Buttler and Sam Curran. In the end, England posted a fighting total of 350/8 from their 50 overs.
Pakistan came to bat with captain Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq opening the innings. However, their partnership wasn’t enough to move ahead against the strong English bowling attack. Although Hussian Talat and Asif Ali did their best to keep the score moving, they were both dismissed by the English bowlers.
With the match close to its finish, a late breakthrough made the difference for England. In the end, Pakistan slipped to a 54-run defeat as they ran out of overs with the score on 300/9 from 50 overs.
The result means England has maintained its unbeaten record against Pakistan since 2016. It was also a satisfying win for the hosts, who didn’t give up despite being under pressure.
In conclusion, Pakistan battled hard against England’s formidable bowling attack, but in the end the late breakthroughs made the difference, fueled England’s victory and maintained the unbeaten record since 2016.
Pakistan’s Battle In 355-Run Chase Falls Short As Late Breakthrough Boosts England
Pakistan eked out a remarkable 355-run chase in the ICC Test Championship match against England, but fell agonisingly short to the visitors in a high-scoring battle at The Ageas Bowl. Here are some of the key moments from the match that propelled England to victory.
Fizzling Out at the End
Pakistan started the final day on 116-3 in pursuit of England’s massive first innings tally of 583-8 declared. After a dogged start by the two nightwatchmen, it looked like Pakistan were in with a genuine chance of pulling off a miraculous upset only for their innings to fizzle out in the final session. Yasir Shah was dismissed by Jack Leach in the first over of the day, followed shortly by the dismissals of Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan. When the final wicket fell in the 71st over, Pakistan was all-out for 317 and England had won by a margin of 38 runs.
A breakthrough Turned the Tide
The momentum of the match turned as soon as Pakistan reached 202-5. Abid Ali and Shadab Khan had staged a gritty fightback and looked likely to bat out a draw but a remarkable spell from Jofra Archer changed all that. Archer ended the partnership with a wicket-maiden and sparked a late collapse in the Pakistan innings. Following the wicket of Ali for a gutsy 91, Archer picked up two more wickets in the same over. The breakthrough signalled the beginning of the end for the visitors, who faltered for the rest of the day and eventually succumbed just 38 runs short of their target.
Bowling Impressive from Both Sides
The performance of both teams’ bowling attack was impressive throughout the match. England’s pace bowlers combined to brilliant effect and took 16 wickets, while their spinners chipped in with six scalps. Archer was the standout of the bowlers and finished with figures of 6-45. For Pakistan, their spinners performed admirably with 12 wickets between Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, Naseem Shah and Shadab Khan.
Takeaways From the Match
The subsequent analysis from the match will undoubtedly be fascinating. On one side, Pakistan’s late fightback dazzled the cricketing world with an incredibly gutsy performance. On the other, England’s bowlers combined to bring home the victory and set up a fascinating showdown in the last Test match of the series. England have now gone eight games unbeaten in Tests and are firmly at the top of the ICC rankings.
Highly-Charged Second Test Ahead
With the first Test having ended in fascinating fashion, the second Test is sure to be a highly-charged affair. Pakistan have their work cut out to level the series and England will be looking to push home the advantage with another win. It promises to be a thrilling finale to the series and one not to be missed.