England levels series with a thumping victory at Old Trafford
MANCHESTER: England outclassed Pakistan in all departments of the game in the second test match of the series as they win by 330 runs, the Men in Green got all out for 234 in the fourth innings. The four-match test series is now level at 1-1.
England completely dominated Pakistani bowling attack in the second innings at Old Trafford as well and posted a mammoth target of 565 runs, which knocked down Pakistan probably before they came out to chase.
Alastair Cook scored the fastest half-century of his career, he remained not out in the second inning at 76 off 78 deliveries, while Joe Root also carried his bat at a score of 71 off just 48 balls. England declared the inning on 173/1.
As Pakistan came out to bat, it was a complete carnage from English pacers, Shan Masood missed a couple of deliveries from Anderson before edging one to Alastair Cook and Pakistan’s ODI skipper, once again failed to make any mark as he was trapped in front of the wicket by Anderson cheaply.
Pakistan was in trouble straightaway with 25/2 when they had to negotiate almost two days to save the game.
The Professor, Mohammad Hafeez seemed a bit confident and looked to play shots, but, he lost his wicket after doing all the hard work to Moeen Ali, he was caught at short-leg by Gary Ballance. Hafeez played a courageous inning of 42 runs.
Ben Stokes, unfortunately, torn his calf muscle while bowling to Younis Khan. He suddenly felt pain in his calf and walked off the field limping. He missed the fourth day and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
Younis Khan threw away his wicket at a crucial moment with an irresponsible and unnecessary shot. He and Misbah Ul Haq were testing English bowlers when Khan tried to hit a big one off Moeen that he couldn’t middle properly and was caught by Alex Hales in the deep.
Misbah was once again in the middle, fighting with Asad Shafiq, the pair looked extremely good for their 43 run partnership before the skipper dragged one from Chris Woakes on to his stumps that brought a tragic end to his inning. He scored 35 runs in the second inning.
As the skipper departed, the bleak hope of saving the game for Pakistan also died and Sarfraz Ahmed following Asad Shafiq lost their wickets in quick successions scoring 39 and 7 runs respectively.
However, England was teased by the long fragile tail of Pakistan. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir made 19 and 29 runs respectively. The tailenders of Pakistan put 67 runs together on the board.
James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes took three wickets each, while Joe Root got one wicket as well of Wahab Riaz.
Joe Root was awarded the Man of the Match for his tremendous show with the bat, he scored 325 runs in the test match, which is the highest total by an English batsman in a test match.
Earlier in the game, Cook won the toss and posted a huge total of 589/8d. In reply, Pakistan couldn’t show much resistance and fell apart at a low score of 198 runs.
England had the option to enforce follow-on, but, Cook opted to bat once again and push Pakistan completely out of the game. They put 173 runs in their second innings at the loss of just one wicket.