England seal sensational win over Pakistan in Test cricket

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England win by 74 runs in “sensational Test” to go 1-0 up in three-match series.

The English cricket team have sealed a dramatic win over Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Monday evening.

Just before sunset, Jack Leach trapped Naseem Shah lbw as England closed out a 74-run win, giving England their seventh win in eight games since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took over as Test captain and coach.

All-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson praised “incredible” captain Ben Stokes after the sensational Test win saying his bold second-innings declaration paved the way for a famous win, giving his side “so much confidence.”

Anderson who took 5 wickets in the match said of Stokes:

“He is someone you want to play for, he is incredible. He knows what he wants to do. He thinks about it a lot, the fields that he sets. It’s great for us. We chat a lot about things and it’s exciting to try different things.”

The 74-run victory has given England their third Test triumph in Pakistan, and it has already been labelled as one of the “greatest wins in their history.”

Speaking to the BBC after the match, captain Ben Stokes said: 

“I guess it’s one of those feelings that only sport can give you. The toil of everyone from the last session yesterday to everyone today, it’s one of those real group efforts to come out here and take 20 wickets and the way in which we operate today and the way that everyone threw themselves into the challenge of what we had was incredible.

“We’ve got a dressing room with some pretty sore bodies up there. But they’ve done it for each other and it’s a real sign of our dressing room at the moment. Everyone is doing what they need to at the time for the other 10 blokes around them.”

On the declaration Stokes continued: 

“It was pretty easy because of how we want to approach, not only the way we want to play, but the way in which Test cricket should be played. Allowing the game to end in a draw is something we have no interest in doing.”

On the tense finale the captain told the BBC: 

“I’ve never seen quarter past four go to half past four so quickly. There were no complaints about the wicket or anything. we just got on with it and dealt with. It’s amazing the way this group operates. Everyone plays for the person next to them. Really special group of men.”

The next Test begins in Multan on Friday (05:00 GMT)

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