Watch: Ollie Robinson picked up a match-winning four-wicket haul in the second innings in England’s first Test win in Pakistan in 22 years, also winning the Player of the Match award for his efforts.
Set a target of 343 to take a series lead, Pakistan were dealt an early blow when they lost their opener Abdullah Shafique in the fifth over of the run chase. Bowling round the wicket, Robinson, who had stuck to bowling short to the opener, saw his efforts rewarded as Shafique managed a thick edge as Pakistan lost their first wicket for 20 runs.
The hosts offered a stern resistance thereafter, and he had to wait for ten more overs for his next wicket. Six overs after James Anderson dismissed Mohammad Rizwan, Robinson got the breakthrough when he sent down a wide delivery to Saud Shakeel. The batter tried to drive for a boundary but he was unable to get past substitute fielder Keaton Jennings, stationed at short cover, who dived full length to his right, to pull off a stunner.
Robinson was the wrecker-in-chief thereafter, as he got the next two wickets to leave Pakistan reeling. The England quick dismissed Agha Salman, another batter who stuck around, bowling an inswinger in the 81st over. Salman remained glued to the crease on his backfoot, was unable to gauge the line of the short ball and was lbw for 30 off 64 deliveries.
The very next over, Robinson got his fourth of the innings with a reverse swinging delivery that forced an edge from Azhar Ali. The batter played it fine only to see it settle in the hands of Root, who managed a low catch. Ali was out for 40, having faced 81 deliveries.
Robinson, who finished with 4-50, has now picked up at least four wickets in an innings in his last three Test matches.