February 4, 2023

PLAYER RATING: Mark Wood took three vital wickets late to thwart Pakistan’s chase and Ben Duckett showed reliability at the top of the league.. but Will Jacks may struggle to keep his place for Karachi

  • England won the Second Test by 26 runs to seal a series win over Pakistan
  • Mark Wood took two crucial wickets before lunch to foil Pakistan’s chase on 355
  • James Anderson and Ollie Robinson helped Wood finish the tail after lunch
  • Ben Stokes now has eight Test wins in nine games since becoming captain
  • Sportsmail has assessed the performance of the players during the second Test in Multan

England’s rampant run of test form continued on Monday as Ben Stokes’ side stormed to a stunning and historic series victory in Pakistan.

Mark Wood took two vital wickets before lunch on day four to hurt the hosts as they valiantly chased an unlikely target of 355, and left Pakistan with 64 runs with three wickets remaining heading into the afternoon session.

James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Wood tipped Pakistan’s tail after the break to seal England’s 26-run victory and hand Stokes his eighth Test win as captain in nine games. Reflecting on England’s great victory, Sports mail rated each player’s performance during the second test.

England had a stunning series win against Pakistan as they won the second Test by 26 points

England had a stunning series win against Pakistan as they won the second Test by 26 points

Fast bowler Mark Wood was instrumental for England with two fast wickets before lunch

Fast bowler Mark Wood was instrumental for England with two fast wickets before lunch

England

Zak Crawley3

The first of Abrar’s 11 victims, but threw his wicket away in the second innings and risked a non-existent single. Held off two key slip catches from Root.

Ben Duckett 8.5

Brilliantly used his sweep and reverse-sweep expertise to play Abrar as well as anyone else, scoring 142 runs off 147 balls. One of the tour’s greatest successes.

Ollie pope 7

Sparkled for 60 on the first day, then ran away on the third day after dropping to No. 6. Continued to hold up after England left out Foakes.

Ollie Pope made a clever catch to send off Saud Shakeel by 94 runs just before the lunch break

Ollie Pope made a clever catch to send off Saud Shakeel by 94 runs just before the lunch break

Joe Root 6.5

A rare quiet test with the bat, but looked the most menacing of England’s three spinners, and had a crucial catch on the third night to beat the Imam.

Harry Brook 8.5

Gave it away in the first session of the game, but showed his class with a century in the second innings, including the shot of the game – inside-out over extra cover when Zahid Mahmood threw a broken leg into the rough.

Ben Stokes7

Made 30 when he was undone by Abrar’s genius, and 41 when he gave it away. Hasn’t bowled at all as he continues to control his tired body, but his record as captain is becoming immense.

Will Jacks 5

Only bowled four overs in each innings, so barely qualified as third spinner. Made a brisk 31 in the first innings, but his promotion to No. 3 in the second, to give Pope a break, didn’t pay off. May struggle to keep his place for Karachi.

Will Jacks failed to impress at No. 3 despite a promising total of 31 in the first innings

Will Jacks failed to impress at No. 3 despite a promising total of 31 in the first innings

Ollie Robinson8

Match figures of three for 25 from 19.1 overs included Babar Azam bowling twice for the first time in his Test career. Robinson has grown on this tour and now has a Test bowling average of 19.61.

Markwood 9

His first test since March was one of his best. Six wickets in the match, including three on the final day to thwart Pakistan’s pursuit. His first innings 36 not out also proved crucial in the final book.

Jack Leach 6

Four wickets were at the center of Pakistan’s collapse on the second morning, but he was ineffective in the fourth innings, taking a total of 211 runs. First ball bowled reverse-sweeping in first innings.

James Anderson8

Produced the ball of the series to topple Mohammad Rizwan’s stump in the second innings, after removing Imam with his eighth pitch in the first.

James Anderson produced a stunning pitch to topple Mohammad Rizwan’s stump

Pakistan

Abdullah Shafique 6

Imam-ul-Haq 7

Babar Azam 7

Saud Shakeel 9

Mohammed Rizwan 6

Shakeel put victory within reach for Pakistan with an impressive knock of 94

Shakeel put victory within reach for Pakistan with an impressive knock of 94

Agha Salman 5

Mohammed Nawaz 6

Faheem Ashraf 6

Mohammed Ali 5

Zahid Mahmoed 6

Abraham Ahmad 9

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