Pakistan suffer ‘humiliating whitewash’ at England’s hands

F.P. Report

KARACHI: England comfortably defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in the third and last Test match played at Karachi’s National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, completing a 3-0 clean sweep of the series and hand the hosts their first home whitewash., reported 24NewsHD TV channel.


Resuming on 112-2, England reached the modest 167-run target in just 38 minutes, with Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes finishing unbeaten on 82 and 35 respectively.


England won the first Test in Rawalpindi by 74 runs and the second in Multan by 26 runs.


This was England’s first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having refused to tour the South Asian country in the years since because of security concerns.


Duckett cracked his 12th boundary off fast bowler Mohammad Wasim to seal the victory on the fourth day, with England finishing on 170-2.


Agha Salman dropped Stokes off spinner Abrar Ahmed with the English captain on 22 and just 19 needed for victory.


With nine wins in their last 10 matches, England have vindicated their newly adopted freewheeling approach to Test cricket dubbed “Bazball”, after the nickname of coach Brendon McCullum.


McCullum and Stokes took charge of a misfiring side in May that had won just one of their previous 17 Tests, including a 4-0 humiliation in the Ashes in Australia.


England played power-packed cricket right from the start of the Pakistan tour, smashing 506-4 to set a record for the most team runs on the opening day of a Test.


Four batters — Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Harry Brook and Duckett — scored hundreds that day, another record.


Stokes was also bold in his captaincy, setting a tantalising 343-run target for Pakistan in Rawalpindi and then setting unusual fields to get wickets.


Pakistan’s problems were compounded by injuries to their fast bowlers, with Shaheen Shah Afridi ruled out before the series with a knee injury.


Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah missed the last two Tests with fitness problems.


But Pakistan suffered major batting collapses, losing their last six wickets for 108 in the first innings in Karachi and seven for 52 in the second.


Tuesday’s defeat means it is also the first time Pakistan have lost four home Tests on the trot, having been beaten by Australia in Lahore in March.




Pakistan 1st innings 304 (Babar Azam 78, Agha Salman 56; Jack Leach 4-140)


England 1st innings 354 (H. Brook 111, B. Foakes 64; Nauman Ali 4-126, Abrar Ahmed 4-150)


Pakistan 2nd innings 216 (Babar Azam 54, Saud Shakeel 53; Rehan Ahmed 5-48)


England 2nd innings (overnight 112-2)


  1. Crawley lbw b Ahmed 41


  1. Duckett not out 82


Rehan Ahmed b Ahmed                 10


  1. Stokes not out 35


Extras: (lb1, nb1)                   2


Total (for two wkts, 28.1 overs)  170


Fall of wickets:


1-87 (Crawley), 2-97 (Ahmed)


Did not bat: O. Pope, J. Root, H. Brook, B. Foakes, O. Robinson, M. Wood, J. Leach


Bowling: Ahmed 12-0-78-2 (nb1), Nauman 5-0-38-0, Wasim 9.1-1-40-0, Ashraf 2-0-13-0


Result: England win by eight wickets


Toss: Pakistan


Umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)


TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)


Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)