Watch: Mark Wood picked up a crucial four-wicket haul in the second innings of the second Test against Pakistan in England’s 26-run win at Multan, which gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Set 355 to level the three-match Test series, Pakistan got off to a cautious start, reaching 66-0 before James Anderson started off proceedings for England with the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan. The hosts were two wickets down in no time, as they also lost their skipper Babar Azam three overs later. He was bowled by Ollie Robinson for the second time in the game.
Wood, who was playing his first Test in nine months, had picked up three wickets in the first innings, at one point breaching the 97mph barrier, and carried his form in the second leg as well, ending with 4-65, including crucial scalps to leave the hosts reeling.
He picked up the third wicket of the innings, dismissing a well-set Abdullah Shafique, who played out 94 deliveries for 45, with a peach. The 141.7kph delivery was bowled on the off stump but tailed back in, managing to sneak through Shafique’s bat-pad gap.
From 83-3, Pakistan recovered well and were on track to chase the target down, reaching 290-5 with Mohammad Nawaz and Saud Shakeel stitching together 80 runs in 21.5 overs. Wood sparked a mini-collapse, opting for a bouncer ploy and dismissing the duo within two overs to bring England back in the game. He first bowled a short ball to Nawaz, who could only manage to glove it to keeper Ollie Pope. Five balls later, Shakeel was dismissed as well, albeit off a controversial decision, as he looked to go for a pull. The ball took his glove and went to Pope, who dived to his right before taking a catch, seemingly inches off the ground.
The dismissals of Nawaz, who made 45 in 62, and Shakeel, who fell six short of a hundred, left Pakistan at 291-7, leaving them with 64 more runs to get.
Wood also came back to dismiss Zahid Mahmood, bowling a full-length delivery that nipped back in. It beat Mahmood’s front-foot defence, with the ball crashing onto his off-stump. He was dismissed for a duck, with Pakistan losing their ninth wicket of the innings.