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England and Ben Stokes shine bright under the fading Rawalpindi light

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Ben Stokes and England did the unthinkable as England beat Pakistan in the first Test at Rawalpindi. Boldness from Stokes paid off as England declared 343 as the target with 4 sessions remaining in the game. England won the game by 74 runs and go 1-0 up in the series. 

The Rawalpindi pitch was flat as ever and did not offer any help for the seamers as well as the spinners. But Ben Stokes and England believed that they could get the Pakistani 10 wickets. Ben Stokes made was tactically brilliant making excellent bowling changes and setting attacking fields. 

Anderson-Robinson Masterclass

Robinson and James Anderson displayed an exhibition of reverse swing bowling on a dead pitch. Robinson took a four-for and broke the game. He had impressive figures of 4-50 in the innings. The 40-year-old evergreen, James Anderson kept everyone enthralled with his immaculate line and lengths making it difficult for Pakistan to score. Anderson ended the innings with 4-36. 

Naseem Shah and Mohammad Ali frustrated England for 9 overs as they kept blocking the ball. The lights were fading, and England turned to Jack Leach. He took the final wicket of Naseem Shah, trapping him on the pads, and off he was in the celebratory run. 

The effort and belief in the English squad made the result possible. With 1-0 up in the series, England would be looking to seal the series in the next match and continue to light up the world. 

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