England beat Pakistan by eight wickets in Karachi Tuesday’s third and final Test to sweep the series, 3-0. The result also handed the Pakistanis their first home whitewash.
After winning England’s second series whitewash on the subcontinent, skipper Ben Stokes declared that it won’t sink in until they get home or in 2019; this was a follow-up to the 2018 result in Sri Lanka.
England’s run was resumed on 112-2. England hit the modest target of 167 runs in just 38 minutes. Stokes and Ben Duckett were unbeaten on 82, 35, respectively.
England won the first Test at Rawalpindi with 74 runs, and Multan with 26 runs.
This was England’s first Test tour to Pakistan since 2005. The country has refused to travel South Asia in the years that followed because of security concerns.
Duckett scored his 12th boundary against Mohammad Wasim, to secure the win on the fourth day. England finished on 170-2.
Agha Salman defeated spinner Abrar Ahmad on 22. With just 19 votes needed, victory was assured.
England’s nine victories in the past 10 matches have proven that they are willing to accept their freewheeling Test cricket approach, which was nicknamed “Bazball”, for Brendon McCullum.
McCullum and Stokes were given the reins of a dismal side in May, which had only won one of 17 previous Tests. This included a humiliating 4-0 defeat in the Ashes in Australia.
England played explosive cricket from the beginning of the Pakistan tour. They smashed 506-4 in Rawalpindi, setting a record for most Test runs on the first day.
Four batters, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope, Harry Brook, Harry Brook, Duckett, all scored hundreds on that day, a new record.
Stokes was also bold with his captaincy. He set a tantalising target of 343 runs for Pakistan in Rawalpindi, and then he created unusual fields to score wickets.
– Stuck to your task
Stokes was very complimentary of England’s ability to adapt to slow pitches.
He said, “We have a process that we want to play, but the challenge was the different pitches in every Test.”
“I know it’s a cliched thing, but being out in the subcontinent is one of the hardest places to do it.”
Stokes stated that his bowlers did a great job.
Stokes stated that “We were particularly good at the ball”
“Whoever I gave it to, they seemed to deliver. “The commitment and the mindset have been outstanding.”
Stokes praised Brook as the man-of-the-match in Karachi, and the player for the series.
Brook is a remarkable person for us. “Everyone has stood up at one point. Brook has set Pakistan ablaze, his calmness and belief are exceptional.”
Brook ended the series with 468 runs. This included three hundred — the highest number of runs in the series.
Stokes had kind words for Rehan Ahmed, the leg-spinner who became England’s youngest Test player at the age of 18 and 128 days. He was also the youngest person in the world to pick up five wickets on debut.
Stokes stated, “It was great for us that an 18-year old came into his first Test match with such a cricket-savvy mind — especially under Test-match pressure.”
Babar Azam of Pakistan said that he is not going to give up his captaincy, despite being responsible for the whitewash.
Azam said, “Definitely, it’s disappointing as a team.” “We aren’t good enough to fight for our rights. We lost back-toback wickets, were good in patches, and that cost our lives.”
Azam said that he enjoyed the challenge and would not quit the captaincy.
“Captaincy to me is a matter if honour. He said, “I will do my best for my country and myself.”
Pakistan’s problems were made worse by injuries to their fast bowlers. Shaheen Shah-Afridi was ruled out of the series due to a knee injury.
Haris Rahman and Naseem Shaikh were unable to participate in the previous two Tests because of fitness issues.
Pakistan suffered serious batting collapses and lost their six wickets in Karachi for 108, and seven for 52 in Karachi for 52.
This defeat is Pakistan’s fourth consecutive loss in home Tests. They were beaten in Lahore by Australia in March.