MULTAN – Abrar Ahmed, a Pakistani spinner, kept up his fantastic start, but England increased their overall advantage to 281 runs and took control of the second test in Multan on Saturday.
After taking a comfortable 79-run lead after the first innings in the low-scoring match, England solidified their position by closing off day two on 202-5, helped by fifty-sixes from Ben Duckett and Harry Brook.
Abrar, who took seven wickets in the first innings, came back with 3-81 in the second to stop England from dominating.
Ben Stokes, the captain of England, was at the opposite end of the field with Brook on 74 when poor lighting stopped play. The way Brook and Duckett handled spin was praised by England spinner Jack Leach, who said, “We batted so brilliantly there, it’s amazing to see.”
They performed extremely well, and it placed us in a terrific position. “I know as a spinner how tough it is when someone is sweeping, and reverse-sweeping. Setting a field is incredibly difficult. “I believe that today is incredibly excellent for us.”
After the hosts resumed on 107-2, England took the final eight wickets of Pakistan for 95 runs in a lengthy morning session. In the spin-dominated match, Ollie Robinson had an instant impact with the ball to bring about a batting collapse. To bowl Pakistani skipper Babar Azam (75) through the gate, Robinson produced a reverse swing. Then Leach seized control.
In order to award Leach his 100th test wicket, the left-arm spinner tricked Saud Shakeel (63) into pursuing him. James Anderson then made a smart catch while sprinting backward. Given how challenging I’ve sometimes found it, Leach remarked it’s absurd to believe he had 100 wickets in test matches. Leach, who finished with statistics of 4-98, said, “I definitely feel I’m getting better and better as I play more, so that’s satisfying.”
Joe Root’s occasional off spin proved useful as well, as he took two wickets in one over to expedite Pakistan’s dismissal for 202.
The bespectacled 24-year-old was in the heart of things once more as England started their second innings. Abrar had blown his first test out of the water with his arsenal of tricks on Friday.
Zak Crawley was run out for three by Pakistan’s man with the golden arm as he waited to be inserted into the assault with an underarm flip from mid-on.
When called upon, Abrar delivered a hit in his first over. Will Jacks (four), who had been promoted, attempted to play a slog-sweep against the spinner and had his timbers changed as a result. For the second time, Root (21) was defeated by Abrar, but Duckett (79) hit his second fifty of the game as England’s lead grew.