The Three Match Test Series between England and Pakistan came to its expected conclusion early on Day 4 with England causing a 3 – 0 Whitewash on Pakistani soil. This is a result which has never happened before in Pakistan and the home team have no one else except themselves to blame. The England Cricket Team ticked all the boxes right with their captain Ben Stokes leading from the front. From getting bogged down by an unknown virus at the start of the Test Series to completely decimating the Pakistani bowling attack by the end of it, the English have a lot to show for in the last couple of weeks. The Pakistanis, on the other hand, should hang their head down in shame for letting down their country and fans so badly.

Harry Brooks hitting a Century
Harry Brooks hitting a Century

The sun has set on a Series which will be forever remembered for Ben Stokes Fearless Captaincy, the rise of Harry Brooks in Asian conditions, a defensive approach by the Pakistani Cricket Team and the Swashbuckling ‘Bazball’ hitting by the English. It was a Test Series marred by a demerited Pindi Pitch, Azhar Ali’s long-due forced retirement and controversial team selection by the home team. The Series was also lit up by the young Abrar Ahmed with his mystery leg spin and the young Rehan Ahmed with his wily leg breaks.

The First Test – Pindi Dead Track

The England Cricket Team started their First Day of the Test Series in the most unorthodox fashion by hitting 506 runs on the first day in a mere 75 overs. This set the tone for the entire three match series. There were four centurions from the English side on that first day and two from the Pakistani side in terms of bowlers giving away more than a hundred runs. Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum has already made their intentions very clear before the first ball was bowled. They would press for a result of the match, irrespective of the way the result went. And press they did! The English bought life to a dead track with the batters going full throttle. From the Pakistani side, Captain Babar Azam scored a century, however it was not a match for the Englishmen.

It was the Fifth Day of the Test match when the setting sun and the aggressive fielding from the England Cricket team finally did the Pakistani batters in. James Anderson created magic by getting the old ball to reverse swing in the final session of play. The 40-year-old veteran showed the world how fitness and determination can get you to glory despite your age. With all the fielders standing around the last batsman, Jack Leach was able to claim the final Pakistani scalp 15 mins before close of play. This win gave the English a definite edge in the entire series. There were no complaints from the England Cricket Team regarding the Pitch conditions, or the shortage of overs bowled every day. They just went about their job meticulously in the most professional manner possible.

The Second Test – Multan’s Spinning Track

Under heavy criticism, the Pakistani cricket team decided to go with the young Abrar Ahmed with his mystery spin. This young spinner had an impeccable domestic record, and he spun his magic on Day 1 of the Second Test Match at Multan. The English batters were hitting their way through regular fall of wickets. With Naseem Shah and Harris Rauf injured for the Second Test, Pakistan’s bowling line up was wholly dependent on Abrar. However, one person can only do so much. He cannot fight against an entire English Cricket team who came with perfect planning and execution. Abrar was just mildly supported by the batters who created more of a mess than anything else.

Abrar Ahmed - The Mystery Spinner
Abrar Ahmed – The Mystery Spinner

The Second Test at Multan was a short meal which got over in about three hand a half days. It came down to England giving a competitive target to the Pakistanis in the final innings and the Pakistani batsmen falling short by 26 runs. The English won the Test match and the Series in an emphatic fashion with Ben Stokes again succeeding in making short work of the Pakistan’s inadequate planning and approach.

The Third Test – Karachi’s Dry and Spinning Pitch

Babar Azam would have dearly prayed to the heavens when he went out for the toss on Day 1 of the Karachi Test. After having lost the series, there was nothing except playing for pride and redemption. The Pakistanis started in an orthodox Test cricket fashion and scored 300 odd runs on the First Day. Despite England losing one wicket before the end of play, the match seemed very much in balance. For the first time, one could feel that Pakistan has a chance in the Series. However, the Second Day saw the England batters work their way with Harry Brooks again showing what a great player he is shaping up to be! Not only did England equalise the runs but they went ahead to get a lead of 50 runs. These 50 runs would have long-reaching implications on this game.

Getting into the Third Day of this Karachi Test match, the optimistic would have given Pakistan an edge over the England Cricket Team. However, as many times as it has happened, the Pakistani batters did their best to disappoint. The whole team was bundled up for a little over 200, leaving the visitors a target of 167. The English openers – Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley came out with the mindset of getting over with it on the Third Day itself. However, it was the English Captain who was at the crease at the end and walked out of the ground with immense pride and satisfaction.

Pakistan Cricket Team - Dismal Performance
Pakistan Cricket Team – Dismal Performance

With Babar Azam trying to claim that he dominated in all three Test matches to Ramiz Raja diverting all the attention to matters off the field, this Test Series was a sorry excuse for the Pakistan Cricket Team. Their performance was a reflection of arrogance, lack of game plan and trying to cover up disastrous selection decisions. Even the Captain and their star batter looked out of sorts throughout the series and remained in conversations due to snapping back at reporters or getting into fights with security personnel. Cricket seemed far from his mind. The vice-captain contributed nothing in the entire series except for taking up place of a senior veteran who could have bought some stability to the chaos. The loss ensured that the Pakistani Cricket Team were mercilessly left behind in the race for qualification for the WTC Finals.

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