The Pakistan-England match became the highest-scoring Test ever to produce a result on the Rawalpindi track, which has been on the headline since Day 1. On Day 1, four batters completed their respective tons to amass 506 runs that is also the highest-ever score on the first day.
A whopping 1768 runs were scored across the five days. What’s astonishing is that the Test produced a result in England’s favor. The match surpassed the 1981 runs scored between South Africa and England way back in 1939 (ended in a draw) and the West Indies and England match (1815) in 1930 (also ended in a draw).
England’s 74-run victory gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. In their first innings, Ben Stokes and Co. amassed 657 and declared the second on 264-7 to give Pakistan 343 runs to chase on a venue that was termed “below average” by International Cricket Council match refree Ranjan Madugalle.
“It’s a great place to be, and I think it’s up there with one of England’s greatest away Test match wins,” Stokes said at the presentation ceremony. “Jimmy Anderson said he was feeling very emotional trying to keep himself together. Having a bloke who’s played nearly 180 Test matches to feel like that at the end of this, I think we’ve achieved something very special this week,” he added.
Talking about the match, on the last day, after scalping Naseem Shah’s wicket, England restricted Pakistan to 268 to win the match by 74 runs. Veteran pacer James Anderson and Ollie Robinson scalped four wickets each.