The England Cricket team was beaten by Pakistan in the third test match at Sharjah earlier today and with that, the latter was able to win the series as well.
Needing 238 more runs to win the game and square the series up, the English batsmen couldn’t rise to the occasion and despite, the resilience shown by the captain Alastair Cook, they fell short by some distance.
For Pakistan, the spinners delivered the goods as they were expected to with Yasir Shah having another belter of a test match.
England would be pretty disappointed with this loss especially after where they were in the context of the match at the closure of the opening day.
They had been able to send Pakistan packing at not a big score on a surface which was decent for batting and thereafter, they had the opportunity to take a big first innings lead which they failed to do.
Mohammed Hafeez, who is in the Pakistani team only as a batsman these days after being banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council, then played one of the innings of his life in the third innings and took the game away from England almost on his own.
A few people were still backing England to hunt down 284 to win the test match, but, with the surface getting more and more abrasive and Ben Stokes being injured and not expected to contribute in his full capacity, it was a bit too many to score.
Three spinners did the job for the hosts as the game was over in the second session on the final day. At no point of time did England threaten to even run Pakistan close in that chase. It always looked like one team winning and the other just being there waiting for the inevitable to happen.
However, one man stood out for England and that is their skipper, Cook, but, barring him, there’s nothing much to write about that batting performance.