England complete Second Test victory at Edgbaston
A rampant England completed an unlikely comeback to beat Pakistan by 141 runs and claim a 2-1 lead in the Investec Test Series.
Having declared on 445 for six – setting Pakistan a massive 343 in the process - England terrorised the tourists during an electrifying afternoon session in which they claimed six wickets.
Pakistan’s tail delayed the inevitable with a flurry of boundaries but England would not be denied, man of the match Moeen Ali, who earlier finished on 86 not out, taking the final wicket to send the Eric Hollies Stand into party mood.
Watch the highlights from a dramatic final day in Birmingham.
It was a remarkable victory, given England were 103 runs behind after the first innings, and few would have predicted the outcome when the tourists reached lunch untroubled on 69 for one.
Ali, who settled into a nice rhythm in the Birmingham breeze, tempted Azhar Ali to drive a ball that drifted across the right hander. Alastair Cook, at second slip, took an excellent reaction catch.
James Anderson further undermined Pakistan’s hopes of surviving when he found Younus Khan’s edge with a beautiful outswinger.
But it was not until local hero Chris Woakes and the resurgent Steven Finn combined that the match was really flipped on its head, Pakistan losing four wickets for just one run.
Finn set up the edge-of-the-seat passage of play when he found Misbah-ul-Haq’s edge.
Captain Cook reacts after securing a 2-1 advantage with one Test to play.
Woakes then took two in successive overs, pinning Asad Shafiq in front before Sarfraz Ahmed edged low to Joe Root at second slip.
Finn then produced a pearler to dismiss the excellent Sami Aslam for 70, the left-hander misjudging a ball that angled back in to clip off stump. Suddenly the visitors were staring down the barrel at 125 for seven.
The wickets kept tumbling after tea as Anderson got some extra bounce which Yasir Shah could only guide to Alex Hales at gully.
It was Broad’s turn next when Mohammad Amir drove straight to Woakes and the win was complete when Ali held on to a stinging return catch.
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