Inspiring England defeat Pakistan in Rawalpindi Test

An aggressive England produced an inspiring winning team performance on a dead track first with bat and then with ball as they defeated Pakistan by 74 runs on Monday in the first Test of the three-match series in Rawalpindi on Monday.

Pakistan had begun the fifth and final day on 80-2 after being set a target of 343 for victory, but were bowled out for 268 runs.

It were the pacers who produced the goods for the visitors with Ollie Robinson and James Anderson being their star performers.

Robinson bagged four wickets for 50 runs in 22 overs and James Anderson four for 36 in 24 overs while Ben Stokes and Jack Leach chipped in with one each.

Pakistan’s batters showed some guts and only lost three wickets in the first two sessions but their resistance collapsed during post-tea proceedings for which the Pakistanis batsmen are notorious when it comes to the fourth innings.

Despite multiple centurions in the winning side who shaped the initial English onslaught, the player of the match was rightly awarded to Robinson for his heroics in the fourth innings on a docile pitch that didn’t offer any assistance to bowlers. In total, he bagged five wickets in the match.

Meanwhile, the reaction was spontaneous as expressed by these tweets posted by the official Twitter account of England and Wales Cricket Board.

Earlier, England had scored a record 657 at run rate of 6.50 per over in their first innings before dismissing Pakistan for 579.

In the second, their attacking instincts were even more ominous as they piled up 264 for 7 while scoring at a rate of 7.36 before declaring the innings.

England are on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having declined to visit since then on security grounds. The second Test in Multan is scheduled from December 9 to 13 and the third in Karachi from December 17 to 21.

Reacting to the bold tactics and captaincy of Stokes that generated the result, people on social are praising his decision of declaring the second innings when many thought that the target wasn’t enough.   

Naturally, many are very critical of the Pakistan cricket team and the PCB.

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