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England beat Pakistan by 74 runs in Rawalpindi thriller

first test england v pakistan Ð pindi cricket stadium, rawalpindi
The tourists won in the gloom, with bad light minutes away from ending the game

England beat Pakistan by 74 runs in the opening test in Rawalpindi in fading light on Monday, to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

England amassed 657 in their first innings and declared their second on 264-7, setting Pakistan an improbable victory target of 343 on a docile track.

Pakistan fought gamely and put on 268 before being all out in the absorbing final session, with Saud Shakeel topscoring for them with 76.

James Anderson (4-36) and Ollie Robinson (4-50) were England’s most successful bowlers, while Jack Leach claimed the winning wicket.

The second test in Multan begins on Friday.

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