Mark Wood took three vital wickets to thwart Pakistan’s chase… PLAYER RANKINGS after England’s win

Player ratings: Mark Wood took three vital late wickets to thwart Pakistan’s chase and Ben Duckett showed reliability at the top of the order… but Will Jacks may struggle to keep his place for Karachi

  • England won the second Test by 26 runs and sealed a series win in Pakistan
  • Mark Wood took two vital wickets before lunch to thwart Pakistan’s chase of 355
  • James Anderson and Ollie Robinson helped Wood complete the tail after lunch
  • Ben Stokes now has eight Test wins in nine matches since becoming captain
  • Sportsmail has assessed the players’ performances during the second Test in Multan

England’s rampant Test form continued on Monday as Ben Stokes’ side stormed to a stunning and historic series win in Pakistan.

Mark Wood took two vital wickets before lunch on day four to hurt the hosts as they valiantly chased down an unlikely target of 355, leaving Pakistan needing 64 runs with three wickets remaining heading into the afternoon session.

James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Wood overturned Pakistan’s tail after the break to secure England’s 26-run victory and give Stokes his eighth Test win as captain in nine matches. Reflecting on England’s glorious victory, Sportsmail have rated each player’s performance during the second test.

England secured a stunning series win against Pakistan as they won the second Test by 26 runs

Fast bowler Mark Wood was central for England with two quick wickets before lunch

Fast bowler Mark Wood was central for England with two quick wickets before lunch

England

Zak Crawley 3

The first of Abrar’s 11 victims, but threw away his wicket in the second innings and the chance of a non-existent single. Took two important slip catches off Root.

Ben Duckett 8.5

He used his sweep and reverse-sweep expertise brilliantly to play Abrar as well as anyone, scoring 142 runs in 147 balls. One of the tour’s biggest successes.

Ollie Pope 7

Sparkled for 60 on the first day, then ran himself out on the third after dropping to No. 6. Continued to hold his own after England dropped Foakes.

Ollie Pope took a smart catch to dismiss Saud Shakeel for 94 runs just before the lunch break

Ollie Pope took a smart catch to dismiss Saud Shakeel for 94 runs just before the lunch break

Joe Root 6.5

A rare Test calm with the bat, but looked the most threatening of England’s three spinners, taking a crucial catch on the third night to see off Imam.

Harry Brook 8.5

Gave it away in the first session of the game but showed his class with a century in the second innings, including the shot of the game – inside and out over extra cover when Zahid Mahmood hit a leg break in the rough.

Ben Stokes 7

Made 30, when he regretted Abrar’s brilliance, and 41, when he gave it away. Didn’t bowl at all as he continues to manage his tired body, but his captaincy record is getting huge.

Will Jack’s 5

Bowled just four overs in each innings, so barely qualified as the third spinner. Made a spirited 31 in the first innings, but his promotion to No.3 in the second, to give Pope a break, did not pay off. May struggle to keep his place for Karachi.

Will Jacks failed to impress at No.3 despite hitting a promising total of 31 in the first innings

Will Jacks failed to impress at No.3 despite hitting a promising total of 31 in the first innings

Ollie Robinson 8

Match figures of three for 25 in 19.1 overs included Babar Azam, bowled twice for the first time in his Test career. Robinson has grown in stature on this tour, and now has a Test bowling average of 19.61.

Mark Wood 9

His first Test since March was one of his best. Six wickets in the match, including three on the final day to thwart Pakistan’s chase. His first innings of 36 not out also proved decisive in the last ledger.

Jack Leach 6

Four wickets were central to Pakistan’s collapse on the second morning, but he was ineffective in the fourth innings, costing a total of 211 runs. Bowled first ball backward sweep in first innings.

James Anderson 8

Produced the ball of the series to bowl over Mohammad Rizwan’s off stump in the second innings, after removing Imam with his eighth delivery in the first.

James Anderson produced a stunning delivery to topple Mohammad Rizwan’s off stump

Pakistan

Abdullah Shafiq 6

Imam-ul-Haq 7

Babar Azam 7

Saud Shakeel 9

Mohammad Rizwan 6

Shakeel put victory within touching distance for Pakistan with an impressive knock of 94

Shakeel put victory within touching distance for Pakistan with an impressive knock of 94

Agha Salman 5

Mohammad Nawaz 6

Faheem Ashraf 6

Muhammad Ali 5

Zahid Mahmood 6

Abrar Ahmed 9

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