England whitewashed Babar Azam on Pakistan’s Home Ground. Coming to Pakistan after 17 years, the English won the Test series by 3-0. It was only a matter of time. England needed just 55 runs to win the Karachi Test and sweep Pakistan in the 3-match Test series. Had 8 wickets in hand. It took England just 67 balls and 38 minutes to make this 55 on the fourth day. England became the first team to win the Karachi Test and whitewashed Pakistan on Pakistani soil. This is the first time that Pakistan has lost four Tests in a row at home.
Australia had previously lost three consecutive matches at home against England. Among the Asian teams, apart from Pakistan, only Bangladesh has the record of losing four consecutive Tests at home. However, Bangladesh has lost 6 times in 4 consecutive Tests. Bangladesh lost 13 consecutive Tests at home from 2001 to 2004.
In reply to Pakistan’s 304 runs in the first innings, England scored 354 runs on Harry Brook’s century. Jack Leach and Rehan Ahmed restricted Pakistan to 216 runs in the second innings. The course of the Karachi Test changed after the brilliant bowling of debutant Rehan. As the youngest bowler in Test history, the leg spinner made a feat of 5 wickets on debut.
England’s winning target is only 167 runs. Jack Crawley and Duckett made an aggressive start to get the runs in the late afternoon of the third day. They play in a T20 mood. Crawley made 41 off 41 balls before returning to Abrar Ahmed’s leg spin.
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Duckett continued to show the urge to end the match quickly by picking up a fifty off 38 balls. England shows the thought of finishing the job even with Rehan reduced to three. Skipper Stokes later came in at four himself. The game could not be completed on the third day due to reduced light. Stokes-Duckett did not take time to complete the formalities on the fourth day.
“England is enjoying their time now. Showing Pakistan, how far they are ahead of us’ — Shoaib Akhtar of Rawalpindi Express said in a tweet yesterday. It seems that Shoaib did not say it badly. England just enjoyed their time throughout the series.
Scored runs at 5.50 per over in 3-match Test series. This is the record for the highest runs per over in a series. England has won 9 of the last 10 Tests after Brendon McCullum’s ‘buzzball’ technique. However, before McCullum took charge, this team had won only 1 of the last 17 Tests.