About the Match
Pakistan registered an emphatic win in the second test against England by 178 runs to take a 1-0 lead after the first test ended in a draw earlier; the two teams will face off for the 3rd Test match at Sharjah which starts on 1st Nov. Choosing to bat first, the hosts put up a terrific 378 runs in the first innings and added another 354 runs in the second; the bowlers then defended the target of 491 runs, restricting England to 312 and helping the team clinch a win. England will now have to bounce back with victory to tie the series in the upcoming test match; Pakistan on the other hand will put its best foot forward to continue with their winning momentum and take the title.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq led from the front, setting up a wonderful century off 197 deliveries in the first innings; he received good support from Younis Khan, Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq who kept the scoreboard ticking. In the 2nd innings, Khan yet again blasted 118 runs which boosted their score to 354 with help from Misbah’s 87 and Shafiq’s 79 runs. Mohammad Hafeez who didn’t have much luck in the beginning of the match, scored a well-made half century and looks good to continue with his form.
Wahab Riaz with a 5-wicket haul, was the player of the match, and his economic bowling stifled the opposition in the run chase; Yasir Shah was outstanding a total of 8 wickets that broke the hopes for the visitors and he will be vital to their bowling attack in the upcoming match too.
Bowlers like Imran Khan, who took a total of 4 wickets and Zulfiqar Babar provide the variety in the attack and they will definitely bring in their full firepower to help the team seal the series. Batsmen like Shoaib Malik, who were not very impressive in the recent match but have been instrumental in building the foundation for the team, need to come out all guns blazing here. Overall, they are a tough nut to crack and with the victory, the players have surely received the morale boost.
The English batting line-up wasn’t as impressive as in the first match and they fell short of the target by a big margin of 178 runs to surrender defeat; players like Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes and Buttler didn’t click with the bat and will have to step up to their responsibilities to strengthen the middle order.
Joe Root was impressive with 88 runs in the first innings, which he followed with a good knock of 71 in the 2nd innings but he couldn’t build a solid partnership to carry the team through. Cook and Bairstow must be more consistent and try to propel the innings forward in the upcoming match whereas youngsters like Adil Rashid need to grab this opportunity to shine here.
The bowlers mark Wood, Anderson, Ali, Broad and Rashid found success but they need a good strategy against the hard-hitting Pakistani stalwarts like Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
While Pakistan has the psychological advantage with the recent win, England will be eager to bounce back and draw level here; the contest will surely provide some exciting moments but we feel that Pakistan is better placed to win the match and series next week