Mark Wood grabbed four Pakistan wickets to hand England a series-clinching 26-run victory in the second Test at the Multan Cricket Stadium and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The fast bowler finished with 4-65 as Pakistan were bundled out for 328 in the post-lunch session on Day 4, having been given a challenging target of 355.
Wood, who missed the first Test in Rawalpindi due to a hip injury, turned the match in England’s favour with the wickets of well-settled Mohammad Nawaz (45) and Saud Shakeel (94) in the space of just 12 balls.
Pakistan went down to 291-7 at lunch, and after the break, Agha Salman (20 not out) and Abrar Ahmed (17) tried their best to pull off an unlikely win for their side and keep the series alive. But James Anderson dismissed Ahmed, Wood cleaned up Zahid Mahmood (0) and Ollie Robinson picked up the wicket of number eleven Mohammad Ali (0), sparking celebrations in the Three Lions camp.
“We had a look at the wicket and it was tricky against slow bowling, but as the game progressed the cracks opened up and our seamers came into the game,” said the winning captain Ben Stokes in the post-match presentation.
“The way in which Jimmy and Robbo bowled in the series and our spinners as well, they are going to deliver more often that not [referring to himself not bowling in the second Test].”
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Great Test match .. Pakistan did so well to get back into the game .. but Winning a series in Pakistan is a incredible achievement .. One of the hardest places to a win .. England are a brilliant test team to watch .. plus they once again got Selection spot on .. #PAKvsENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 12, 2022
8️⃣ wins from 9️⃣ Tests under the coach and skipper 👏
We’re on to something good.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 12, 2022
If other countries don’t follow England and their style of play, they are fools!
Another brilliant win in Pakistan and creating history once again! 🏴 #PAKvsENG
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) December 12, 2022
Absorbing cricket all through, great contest, tense finish. What a series this has been! England continue to redefine the tenor and texture of the 5-day format. Pakistan may have lost but put up gallant, admirable fight
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 12, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 12, 2022
Pakistan just can’t win against England, England have been crushing them in every format. #PAKvENG
— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) December 12, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 12, 2022
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) December 12, 2022
A SERIES WIN IN PAKISTAN.
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 12, 2022
— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) December 12, 2022
A valiant chase from Pakistan but this England team seem to just win games by sheer force of will. The first time England have won 2 consecutive tests in Pakistan. They take an unassailable 2-0 lead headed to the final test in Karachi. #PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/jpOj72OtT7
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) December 12, 2022