England have yet again outplayed Pakistan with another stunning victory for a side that just seems unbeatable at the moment, as they have also whitewashed the Men in Green by 3-0. This was never in doubt when Day 4 started, as Pakistan needed something magical if they were to pull off a victory. But the overnight batters, Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes ensured that no wickets to fell and scored the remaining runs in no time.
Right from Day 1 though England have shown great character in this game! They were asked to bowl on a flat wicket but they managed to bowl Pakistan out for an average score. Jack Leach was the star for England with a four-wicket haul. For Pakistan, a few of their batters got off to start but none went on to make it big and that is what they needed.
However, despite not getting a big score, the Pakistan spinners came to the fore and had England five down for below 150. Harry Brook though along with Ben Foakes led the fight back, the two added over 100 and helped England take a slender lead.
Pakistani batters couldn't play spin
Pakistan's problem in their second innings was they lost wickets in heaps, they began well with the bat but Leach then ran through the top order. Azam and Saud then put up a 100-run stand to change the tide in their favour again but it was then the Rehan Ahmed show, the youngster spun a web and bagged a fifer on debut. His spell absolutely killed the game as Pakistan only managed to give England a target of 167 which the visitors easily knocked off.
The debutant leg spinner Ahmed proved to be the lightning spark for the team. He took 7 wickets in the Test match which included a 5 wicket haul in the 2nd innings which changed the dynamics of the match as he got a sharp turn from the wicket. Meanwhile, there was a huge round of applause for Azhar Ali as he made his way back to the pavilion, not the finish he would have wanted but he surely had a career to remember.
Here's how fans reacted:
Chalo ji hogaya whitewash!#PAKvENG— rania. (@boysplayedwell0) December 20, 2022
Jaate Jaate Abrar Ka Software Bhi Update Kar Diya England walo ne😂😂😂— PatelVandit🇮🇳 (@iamvandit16) December 20, 2022
12 Over 78 Runs😂 #PAKvENG
Pakistan cricket is going through it's "Manhoos Tareen" phase. 😡— Cricket Tweets (@crickettweets22) December 20, 2022
Subha subha manhoos khabar. 😡#PAKvENG
White wash kar Diya eng nay , it hurts 💔 .— Ayesha Siddiqua💜Eman and Mishaal Api's day ❤️🎂 (@asiddiqua7) December 20, 2022
We actually want you guys to fight , phir agay jeetna harna alag baat hai 😕#PAKvENG
Not bashing Babar.— Bismil Jatoi (@Bismiljatoi) December 20, 2022
But Rizwan wont improve he never will.
Whats Faheem ashraf got to do near this side ???
Nawaz was a better option only he could play freely in this castrated team#PAKvENG
Done and dusted!!! Just like that!!!— CricketGully (@thecricketgully) December 20, 2022
England has blown away the Pakistan camp as they won the game by 8 wickets.
Pakistan has been whitewashed in their own backyard 3-0.
Entirely dominant performance from Bazball, Stokes and company!!#PAKvENG