Ben Duckett led the way with an unbeaten 82 as England barely took 40 minutes to seal an eight-wicket victory and a historic 3-0 victory over Pakistan.
The tourists resumed on the fourth day in Karachi, needing just 55 runs to reach their target of 167, having left Pakistan for 216 on the back of Rehan Ahmed’s fifth appearance the previous day.
Duckett, who restarted on 50 not out, and captain Ben Stokes (35 not out) saw them rest at home in the morning session as England wrapped up the series win in style.
Heading into their first tour of Pakistan for 17 years, England had only beaten the hosts in Test matches twice before at home – most recently in 2000 in the dark in Karachi.
Back at the National Stadium for the final match of the series, Duquette’s unbeaten half-century and opening stand of 87 with Zak Crawley (41) in the evening session on the third day put Stokes’ side on the brink of victory.
Stokes signaled his intention on the second day of the day when he pulled Mohammed Wasim off midway in the first four of the morning, and he and his partner were running hard between the stumps too.
The pair soon passed the half-century mark for the third wicket too, although the England captain was knocked out when they were dismissed on 22 by Agha Salman’s deep in Abrar Ahmed.
It made no difference to the outcome of the match, however, as Stokes attempted to finish with a six-man back to the ground, but fell short of the cap.
Instead, it was left to Duckett to seal the win, which he did by slashing seamer Waseem into the offside in the 12th over of his innings, with his tally off just 78 balls.
It ended a memorable 2022 tournament for England under Stokes and coach Brendon McCollum, with the Reds’ attention now turning to a two-match series away to reigning World Test champions New Zealand in February.
What did they say
England opener Ben Duckett (82 not out from 78 balls)
“Going to sleep last night, I really wanted to be there at the end. You don’t get many chances to be there at the end at the top of the standings, so I’m very happy.
“I’m very happy. The circumstances, it’s a lot of bowling and that was great. I tried to stick to my game as much as possible and if I’m being too critical I feel like I’ve left some runs in this series…but I’m glad I stuck to my strengths.”
Pakistan captain Babar Azam
“It’s definitely a disappointment as a team. We’re not good enough to respond, but the credit goes to the England team because they played very well.
“There are definitely a lot of positive things in this series that we can take into the next series [at home to New Zealand]But we will also discuss the aspects we lacked in matches, so we will fix that.”
England captain Ben Stokes
“It was perfect. We have a process that we want to play, but the only thing that was challenging this series was the different types of courts we had to play on. But we stuck to our game plan and I think we adapted well, whether it was with the bat or the ball.
“It comes down to belief — the belief that I have in 10 other players with me across the field. I didn’t believe in the team at any point during this series and what we’re trying to do, and I think that resonates around everyone.
“Being able to lead a group with such faith and confidence gives me so much confidence in myself, and it’s something very special to be able to say you have that feeling for your players.”
England returns to action with a three-match One-Day International Series South Africa At the end of January, followed by the test team went to New Zealand in a two-game tour in February. This series kicks off with a day/night test at Mount Maunganui on February 16th.
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