The third Test will be played in Karachi’s NSK Stadium. Visitors will make history.
This may be their greatest chance to whitewash Pakistan on tour for the first time (1961 and 2000).
Pakistan’s WTC finals chances are bleak. Even if they win the final 3 Tests, they may not finish in the top 2.
Before the new administration, England was out of contention. Final qualification has nothing to lose.
Once England won, once they lost, and five times they drew at Karachi’s NSK Stadium.
England beat Pakistan in Karachi in 2000.
The series was tied 0-0 into the last match. Pakistan won and batted first. Inzamam ul-Haq (142) and Mohammad Yousuf (117) struck hundreds in the first innings on a batting-friendly pitch.
Ashley Giles’ 4/92 helped the hosts fall from 323/3 to 405 all-out. Darren Gough took 3 wickets.
England batted 388 times. Mike Atherton scored 125 off 579 deliveries against Pakistan’s bowling. Nasser Hussain scored a half-century.
256/3 became 388 all-out. Waqar Younis took 4 wickets for 88 runs to lead Pakistan.
The plot turned here. Pakistan blew a first-inning lead. No Pakistani batsman reached 40 runs, therefore they were out for 158. Giles (3/38) and Gough (3/30) bowled out Pakistan.
In 41.3 overs, England scored 176 runs. The starters were good. Several wickets fell quickly, causing some fear.
Graham Thorpe scored 64 from 98 balls while using night vision glasses. Graeme Hick also scored 40 off 64 balls. The match ended towards sunset in Pakistan, just before 6 PM local time.