Pakistan-England Test series ends with first-ever white wash on home soil

The much-awaited tour of England cricket team to Pakistan ended an utter humiliation for the hosts who suffered white wash on their soil for the first time in the country’s history.

England made this clean sweep possible after an eight-wicket win in the Karachi Test on Tuesday as they chased the 167-run target without any fuss in just 28.1 overs – thus ending the series in the same way as they had started in Rawalpindi.

They resumed their innings at 112 for 2 with two left handers Ben Duckett batting and Ben Stokes batting on 50 and 10 respectively on the fourth day of the Test.

It took them only 8.1 overs to score the remaining runs as they attacked the Pakistani bowlers without showing any mercy or losing any more wickets. Duckett remained not out on 81 and Stokes on 35.

For Pakistan, Abrar Ahmed was the only successful bowler who had claimed two wickets earlier on Monday.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan had failed to post a decent score on a placid surface as they were bowled out for just 304. In their, England gained a 50-run lead by scoring 354.

As expected, Harry Brook was declared Player of the Series as he scored three 100s during the series with a total of 468 runs. He also bagged the Player of the Match award.

Although England had managed a modest lead of 50, Pakistan’s batting again failed to deliver and couldn’t take advantage of the situation, as they folded on just 216.

England had won the first Test in Rawalpindi by 74 runs and the second in Multan by 26 runs. It was their first Test series in Pakistan after a gap of 17 years. Their last tour – which was also a three-match series – had ended in a 2-0 victory for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Tuesday’s result also means England have won their last two Tests at National Stadium, Karachi.

Earlier on Monday, Rehan Ahmed – the youngest cricketer to play Test for England – bagged five wickets as the tourists restricted to 216 in their second innings at National Stadium, Karachi.

During the process, Rehan became the youngest ever Test cricketer to take a five-fer on debut.

In the morning session, Pakistan lost three wickets in a space of 11 balls run as they were hoping for a consolation win in the last Test of the series.

As the play resumed on Monday, Pakistan were at 21 for no loss. However, Jack Leach first bowled Shan Masood (24) and then trapped Azhar Ali – who was playing his last innings in Test cricket – before the stumps in the same over. Pakistan was at 53 at that time.

It was disappointing end to his career as he fell for a duck. He has represented Pakistan in 96 Tests so far, scoring 7097 runs at an average of 42.49 with 19 100s and 30 50s. He made his debut in the longest format in 2010 against Australia at Lord’s.

During his career, Azhar became Pakistan’s fifth leading Test run-scorer after Younis Khan (10,099), Javed Miandad (8,832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,829) and Mohammad Yousuf (7,530).

With the addition of just one run, Leach in his next over also claimed the scalp of Abdullah Shafique who too was adjudged leg before wicket.

However, Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel – the only bright point for the hosts in the series – managed to steady the ship and pushed Pakistan to 99 without any loss by lunch.

But things went further south after lunch, as they lost three more wickets – Babar Azam (54) at 154, Mohammad Rizwan (7) at 176 and Saud Shakeel (57) at 177. All these scalps were bagged by Rehan.

During the last session, Faheem Ashraf went after scoring 1 run, Nauman (15), Mohammad Wasim (2) and Agha Salman (21).

Apart from Rehan’s five wicket haul, Leach bagged three wickets with one each for Mark Wood and Joe Root.

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