England win 2nd Investec Test, level series against Pakistan

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: England comprehensively beat Pakistan in second Investec Test at Old Trafford on Monday, leveling the four-match series 1-1.

In the morning, England resumed their second innings at 98 for 1 on fourth day and took the score to 173 when they declared their innings, setting a 565-run target for Pakistan to win the match.

However like the first innings, Pakistani batting again crumbled and whole team got out for 234 runs, falling short of 330 runs.

In Pakistan’s second innings, Muhammad Hafeez scored 42 runs, Shan Masood 1, Azhar Ali 8, Younis Khan 28, Misbah-ul-Haq 35, Asad Shafiq 39, Sarfaraz Ahmed 7, Yasir Shah 10, Wahab Riaz 10, Muhammad Amir 29 and Rahat Ali 8.

For England, James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes picked up 3 wickets each whereas Joe Root took 1 wicket.

Joe Root was awarded man of the match as he scored 325 runs and also grabbed 1 wicket in the match.

Though Pakistan had an excellent start of the series as they defeated England at Lord’s by 75 runs but the visiting side could no longer remain consistent as they are always labeled ‘unpredictable’.

Pakistan’s performance with the bat and bowl throughout the Old Trafford Test wasn’t worth admiring.

The third Test between Pakistan and England will begin at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground on August 3.