The fourth day of the England vs Pakistan Multan Test saw the host lose out a close game. Pakistan was on the brink of victory with merely 26 runs to go when they lost their last wicket. The historical test series now has been won by England 2-0 with just one game left. This loss has also ended the World Test Championship hopes for Pakistan.

After the heavy criticism of the England vs Pakistan Rawalpindi test, Pakistan had produced a better pitch this time. The game wasn’t one-sided as both the teams were equally struggling to face the bowlers. Pakistan’s Abrar Ahmed had a dream debut by picking 7 wickets in the first innings of the Multan test. England was all out for 281 in the first innings. Pakistan were looking in good touch with Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel batting in the middle.

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Pakistan’s joy was short-lived as the team soon began to collapse and were out for 202 runs. The centurions of the first England vs Pakistan test, Ben Duckett and Harry Brook took responsibility to score for the team. While Duckett fell short of another century, Brook was dismissed for 108. Eventually, England collapsed as Abrar Ahmed picked 4 wickets in the second innings too. With 355 to win, Pakistan had a rough start.

Pakistan was keen on keeping the England vs Pakistan test series alive. Saud Shakeel fell just 6 runs short of his century. His dismissal was a controversial one. Mark Wood, who was out in the last game because of a hip injury, picked up 4 wickets. Ollie Robinson, and James Anderson had two each, and Jack Leach, and Joe Root with one each.

England’s captain Ben Stokes was proud of the way his team played. This is the 8th victory in 9 games that he has captained. “Obviously different conditions and differently played games but fantastic to be a part of both the games. We had a look at the wicket and it was tricky against slow bowling, but as the game progressed the cracks opened up and our seamers came into the game. The way in which Jimmy and Robbo bowled in the series and our spinners as well, they are going to deliver more often that not (referring to him not bowling),” Ben Stokes said after the England vs Pakistan Multan test.

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