There was an historic first test victory for England against Pakistan, as they visited the nation for a test series for the first time in nearly 20 years. However, Ben Stokes will be looking for another positive display from his team in the second test, as England could wrap up a memorable series victory.
Before Betting On England vs Pakistan
There was a big advertisement for test cricket between England and Pakistan in the first five-day meeting between the two nations. It was once again credit to England and the job that Ben Stokes is doing as test captain that England were able to record victory. Under his captaincy, England has never looked to do anything other than win, and that was evident as the nation batted for the first time. England hit the highest ever total of 657, before later taking the decision to declare when at 264/7 in the second innings.
Pakistan looked calm in their response to that high total, but eventually they fell short in the final minutes of play. Jack Leach took the final wicket of the game by LBW, which came after the 97th over on the fifth and final day. England’s win was by a 74-run margin, and it was a historic moment for the nation.
The decision by Stokes to declare appeared risky at the time, but it only showed the confidence that he has in his bowlers, and in that first test, they repaid that confidence. Ollie Robinson and James Anderson both took four wickets apiece, while Ben Stokes and Jack Leach also got in on the act.
Backing that up in the second test will now be the big question that England must answer. The action gets underway on Friday, December 9, before the fifth day is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13 at Multan Cricket Stadium.
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There is expected to be a response from Pakistan following their dramatic defeat in the opening test, but the prowess of both nations means that it may once again be difficult to separate them. But, it could be difficult to see past England given the form that all the star players are currently in.