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Pakistan beat England in last half hour

Final scores:

Pakistan:

1st Innings: 378-10(Misbah 102,Shafiq 83, Younis 58,Masood 54)
2nd Innings: 354-6 dec(Younis 118,Misbah 87,Shafiq 79)

England:

1st Innings: 242-10(Root 88)
2nd Innings: 312-10(Root 71,Rashid 61)

Result: Pakistan beat England by 178 runs

Pakistan Yasir Shah

Into the final 30 minutes!

Nobody expected any match of the series to go down to the wire like this one! Especially, after England recorded a record defensive effort in the first win to stand toe to toe with a monstrous Pakistan total in the first Tet. The scenes of the first Test make it hard to believe how the Englishmen fell to the men in green in the second Test, and that too with just half an hour (6.3 overs) to go.

Adil Rashid, the England spinner, showed great character with the bat right at the death. After an outstanding 4 hour plus stand by Rashid, the England bowler became the last wicket to fall, handing Pakistan a well deserved 1-0 lead in the series.

Taking nothing away from Rashid’s effort, the pitch did lose its charm for the slower bowlers, hence leading to an extended last few wickets stand for England. Yasir Shah, however, did end up sealing the deal, bagging the last wicket of the game, after his spin partner Zulfiqar Babar grabbed a catch at short cover.

To summarise things up, the Test match victory was a collective effort of the spin duo of Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar. Shah and Babar picked up 7 wickets between them in the final innings, bowling 88 and a half overs, giving away 140 runs.

Although a total of 491 always went that an England defeat would be more of a formality, it was Joe Root’s dimissal in the opening hour of the final day, that marked the start of the England execution. Stuart Broad fell, with 41 overs to go and a Pakistan victory could be smelt from within millimeters.

With 1 more Test match to go in the 3 match Test series, a 1-0 lead for Pakistan is massive! Should the men in green end up winning the last match, and as a result of that, taking a 2-0 lead, they would go second in the ICC Test Championship rankings. That would be a remarkable achievement from a country deprived of international cricket in its own country.

Pakistan’s participation in the 2016 edition of the World T20 seems in jeapordy, as a result of the recent security conditions in India. As if that wasn’t enough, the post match presentation ceremony was stormed with tragic news of a horrible earthquake of magnitude 7.5 in Pakistan’s major cities.

For England, the task at hand always looked anything but possible, considering their record in the past 10 years, and also considering the enormity of the required target.

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