Rehan, Leach help England dismiss Pakistan for 216

Visitors require 167 runs to win the third Test

By Web Desk
December 19, 2022

A spirited bowling performance by England resulted in Pakistan getting bowled out for 216 runs in the second innings of the third Test in Karachi.

Pakistan’s below-par batting display meant that England only need 167 runs to win the match and complete a clean sweep against the hosts.

Spinners Rehan Ahmed and Jack Leach were impressive and combined to claim eight wickets in the innings.

Rehan bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in his debut Test and returned figures of 5-48. Meanwhile, Leach claimed 3-72. 

At 18 years and 126 days, Rehan became the youngest bowler in men's Test history to take a five-wicket haul on debut. The leg-spinner beat the record held by Pat Cummins when he picked up his fifth wicket on day three of the Karachi Test.

Babar Azam (54) and Saud Shakeel (53) scored fifties for the hosts but were not able to go on and convert that into three figures. 

Azam became the first Pakistani in six years to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year and the fourth batter to reach the milestone in 2022. 

He is the sixth Pakistani batter to reach 1,000 in a year, crossing the total when he reached 45 during an innings that ended on 54.

Azam and Shakeel added 110 runs for the fourth wicket to put Pakistan in a decent position but the former's dismissal, when the score had reached 164, started a collapse with the home being bowled out for 216. 

Pakistan lost their last seven wickets in the second innings while adding only 52 runs. 

It must be noted that England took full advantage of winning the toss — and their batting depth — to win the first Test by 74 runs on a dead wicket that offered nothing to the bowlers.

Rawalpindi yielded 1,768 runs in four innings — the third most in Test history — with seven individual centuries and five fifties.

The Ben Stokes-led unit won the second Test in Multan by 26 runs after Pakistan failed to chase down a target of 355 runs.

England are on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005, having declined to visit in the interim years on security grounds.