England produced a stunning performance in the second Investec Test Match at the Emirates Old Trafford, beating Pakistan by 330 runs to level the series at 1-1.
After suffering a 75-run defeat at Lords in the opening match of the series Alastair Cook’s men bounced back in convincing fashion. After winning the toss and electing to bat the Three Lions, led by Cook (105) and the ever-improving Joe Root (254) ended their first innings on a mammoth 589-8 (declared).
Then it was the turn of the bowlers to inflict further misery on the tourists with Chris Woakes (4 for 67) and Ben Stokes (2 for 39) spearheading a brilliant bowling performance which saw Pakistan dismissed in just 63 overs for 198.
Given the dominance of his bowlers many expected Cook to enforce the follow-on and look for a swift end to the game, but the England captain instead choose to give his seamers a crucial break as the hosts returned to the crease.
Root’s batting sets Pakistan big target at Emirates Old Trafford
England’s victory owed much to the batting of Joe Root. The 25-year-old is one of the world’s most talented players and his vast range of shots, proved to be too much for the Pakistan bowlers to handle.
After a gigantic score of 254 in the first innings, the Yorkshire star scored added another 71 runs in the second innings; including his fastest ever half-century in Test cricket which came off just 38 deliveries.
A truly remarkable performance from Root.
Alongside the ever reliable Cook (76) England set the visitors a target of 565 to take the game.
Bowling surge leads England to victory
Once again the power of the England bowling attack, particularly the impressive Chris Woakes, proved the difference in the decisive Investec Second Test.
But it was England’s leading all-time wicket taker Jimmy Anderson who made the crucial breakthrough early on, removing Masood for just one run. Azhar was the next to fall to the Lancashire legend and after Moeen Ali removed Hafeez, Pakistan were 83-3.
Staring down the barrel of huge defeat, Pakistan did provide some resistance but in truth they were outclassed and a flurry of wickets saw them move from 102-4 to 167-7; with Woakes, Anderson and Ali doing the damage yet again.
Fittingly it was Woakes who claimed the final wicket to cap off a tremendous display of bowling as his delivery to Amir was driven straight into the grateful hands of Stuart Broad.
This was England’s second-biggest victory against Pakistan in terms of runs; and there fifth biggest Test Match victory in terms of runs.
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