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5 days, 1768 runs, 37 wickets and Pakistan’s defeat … Stokes immortalized the Test match

New Delhi: The ODI series was played between Australia and England in November. There was an ODI between the team that won the T20 World Cup and Australia, which is called its biggest enemy in cricket. The stadium was expected to be packed, but came as a surprise when only 10,406 spectators turned up for the match at the MCG, the lowest since 1979 (12,077). Veterans were saying that ODI cricket is towards the end. A few days later, England reached Pakistan and on the very first day of the Test called Boring, smashed the bowlers on the PATA pitch, smashing the world record 506 runs in just 75 overs. The whole world was shocked by the merciless batting of the English batsmen. Earlier, so many runs were not scored on the first day of any Test match.

Day 5 of Pakistan-England Test saw every form of excitement

Ben Stokes’ team didn’t play with the Pakistani bowlers, rather they trampled them under the bat. Feelings were crushed. But this was just the beginning. The culmination of the thrill in the Test was yet to come. Got to see a lot in 5 days. While Joe Root’s left-handed batting was seen teasing the Pakistani bowlers, T20 batsman Harry Brooks was seen storming the Tests. When Babar Sena’s powerful counterattack was shown, on the last day Ben Stokes immortalized the Test by sealing the victory with the charismatic captaincy.

crew First innings second shift
England 657 264/7
Pakistan 579 268

1768 runs were scored, 37 wickets fell, while 7 batsmen scored centuries

1768 runs were scored in 5 days of the match, while 37 wickets fell. During this, 7 batsmen scored centuries. This defeat also hurt Pakistan because it lost the match despite scoring more than 800 runs. This is a shameful record in itself. There were many characters in this immortal saga of England. It started with the first ball. Both his openers Jack Crowley (122 runs in 111 balls) and Ben Duckett (107 runs in 110 balls) exposed Pakistan’s bowling and Babar Azam’s captaincy with their fearless batting. Young sensation Naseem Shah and cannon bowler Haris Rauf were blown away by the English batsmen.

England exposed Pakistani bowlers on the first day

The result was that Crowley and Duckett’s debut was carried forward by Ollie Pope (108 runs from 104 balls) and Harry Brooks (153 runs from 116 balls) and 506 runs were scored on the first day. However, the Pakistani bowlers made a comeback the next day, but England scored 657 runs in the first innings in ODI style losing all wickets in 101 overs. The whole world was watching the spectacle. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Rameez Raja appeared evasive when asked about the poor pitch, but could not answer why they did not have a Test-worthy pitch.

I’m not interested in playing a draw. Like me, the dressing room is of no interest to any player. We want result. We play only for that.

Ben Stokes, England captain

Babar Azam’s army also counterattacked well

In response, Pakistan also retaliated. The strong bowlers of the English team were also looking ineffective on the Rawalpindi ground. Shafiq (114 off 203 balls) and Imam-ul-Haq (121 off 207 balls), nephew of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, showed courage and added 225 runs for the first wicket. After this, Babar Azam played an inning of 136 runs in 168 balls. In this way, Pakistan scored 579 runs in the first innings losing all wickets in 155.3 overs. Even Pakistan’s spirits were high that it has responded.

England’s brutal form was yet to be seen
The story then took a different turn, as the English batsmen adopted the same ferocious form in the second innings as well. He scored 264 runs for 7 wickets in 35.5 overs. Jack Crowley (50), Joe Root (73) and Harry Brooks (87) once again left no stone unturned to destroy the Pakistani bowlers. Especially the way Joe Root made fun of Pakistani bowlers on the field, history will remember him. Right-handed batsman Root, batting with the left hand, tried to tell that I can play with your left hand as well as your bowlers.

There was a golden opportunity in the second innings, but we lost wickets session by session. Our bowlers were new. Didn’t have experience, had to bear the brunt of it. Most importantly, if the opposition scores runs in Tests at a strike rate of 7, you have nothing to do.

Babar Azam, Captain of Pakistan

Ben Stokes played a big bet
Well, when England set Pakistan a target of 343 runs, it looked a bit risky as Pakistan had scored more than 550 runs in the first innings. He also had plenty of time, but Ben Stokes had faith in his bowlers. When the game started on the last day of the match, Pakistan had 8 wickets. Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq kept the peg, but when James Anderson and Robinson gave England success by taking wickets, it seemed that Pakistani would easily kneel, but it did not happen.

Pakistan also bowed down after fighting, praise the captaincy of Ben Stokes
Saad Shakeel (76 runs, 159 balls), Mohammad Rizwan (92 balls, 46 runs), Agha Salman (64 balls, 30 runs) fought till the last breath for Pakistan. As long as he was on the field, Pakistan looked to be winning, but the captaincy of Ben Stokes has to be commended. He managed to force Pakistan to defeat by bringing changes in attacking fielding and bowling. For England, Ollie Robinson and James Anderson took 4-4 wickets, while Ben Stokes and Jack Leach played a key role in the historic victory by taking one wicket each. This 74-run defeat to Babar in the midst of a shower of runs would keep haunting him for years.

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