‘Bazball beat Kudrat ka Nizam’ – Fans go berserk after England defeat Pakistan in the Rawalpindi Test

By Daniel S

December 5, 2022

The first Test match between Pakistan and England started on 1 December 2022 in Rawalpindi. After a long gap of 17 years, England faintly came to Pakistan to play a Test series. It was the first match of the series. However, before the clash, there were some reports that the game can be delayed by one day.

Some England players got infected with an unknown virus. But, they managed to field a playing XI as per the schedule.  Speaking of the match, Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to bat first. Then, England had a blistering start to their innings on Day one.

England registered a 74-run win over Pakistan in the first Test of the series

On Day one, Ben Stokes and his men became the first team to score more than 500 runs on Day one. Even, four different batters managed to score hundreds on that opening day. However, the visitors scored 657 runs in 101 overs in the first innings. In response, Pakistan scored 579 runs in 155.3 overs. Thus, England had a lead of 78 runs. Three different batters including the skipper, Babar Azam scored hundreds in that innings. Agha Salman also impressed everyone with his 53 runs off 67 balls. For England, debutant Will Jacks was the star with the ball as he took six wickets for 161 runs in 40.3 overs.

In the third innings, England declared their innings after scoring 264 runs for seven wickets in 35.5 overs. After scoring 153 runs in the first innings, Harry Brooks again scored 87 runs off 65 balls, including 11 fours and three sixes in that innings. Thus, England gave a target of 343 runs to Pakistan in the fourth innings. In reply, the Men in Green had a decent start as they ended Day four with 80 runs on the board after losing two wickets. On Day five, England’s bowlers fought well and at the end of tea, Pakistan were at 257 runs for five wickets in 77 overs. But, Ollie Robinson and James Anderson took four wickets each as England defeated Pakistan by 74 runs.

Here is how fans have reacted to the defeat of Pakistan against England in Rawalpindi: