England fights valiantly on last day, before being bowled out with only 6.3 overs remaining in second Test
England fought hard on the fifth and final day but Pakistan overcame the resistance from the lower order to win the second Test by 178 runs and to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
Yasir Shah (4 for 87) and Zulfiqar Babar (3 for 53) shared seven wickets between them, but a stubborn stand for the ninth wicket between Mark Wood (29) and Adil Rashid (61) kept England in the game. The duo batted out 29.2 overs and gave England hopes of saving the match. But England, who had been set a daunting 491-run target, was bowled out for 312 late on Monday (October 26), with only 6.3 overs remaining in the Test.
When the day began, Pakistan was well-placed to win and the bowlers pushed England further back when the visiting side was reduced to 193 for 7 shortly after lunch. However, England’s resistance began with the eighth wicket stand between Stuart Broad, who played well for his 30, and Rashid – with the duo adding 60 runs.
After that, Wood and Rashid batted out nearly two and a half hours to raise visions of a heroic draw. But Babar scalped Wood, and soon after that, Yasir finished the match by ending Rashid's 239-minute resistance by having him caught in the covers in fading light. Rashid’s innings spanned 172 balls across nearly four hours, while Wood also showed great resilience during his 95-ball stay.
England’s innings had stretched to 137.3 overs, but ultimately Pakistan squeezed through.
England began the day on 130 for 3, but by lunch, Pakistan sensed victory with the score 187 for 6 and just four wickets to take. That soon became 193 for 7, with Ben Stokes falling to Imran Khan, before the lower order dug in.
England had pinned its hopes on Joe Root (71) and Jonny Bairstow (22) at the start of the day. During his innings, Root completed 3,000 Test runs when he reached 61 with a single off Wahab towards square leg. This was Root’s 34th Test and he became the 41st English batsmen to score 3,000 or more runs in Test cricket.
But Babar dismissed Root with a sharp turner which took the edge of his bat towards the slips, where Younis Khan took a low catch.
Bairstow also departed soon after, Yasir castling him through the gate with a sharp googly for 22, as England slumped to 163 for 5.
Just before tea, Wahab bowled Broad to bring Pakistan two wickets closer to the win, but Rashid and Wood carried England to 285 for 8 at tea with 31 overs remaining to bat for a draw. Rashid scored his maiden fifty soon after tea, pushing for a quick single off Wahab.
The third and final Test starts in Sharjah on November 1.