England dismissed Pakistan for 304 on the first day of the third and final test of the series at Karachi’s National Stadium on Saturday, with home side skipper Babar Azam and Agha Salman putting on defiant half-centuries.
Babar hit a superb 78 at the top of the order while Salman made 56 later in the innings to take them to a respectable total as wickets fell regularly around them.
England were 7-1 at stumps with Ben Duckett (4) and Ollie Pope (3) batting together after Zak Crawley was trapped in front of the wicket for a duck in Abrar Ahmed’s opening over.
Pakistan, who have already lost the series with defeats in Rawalpindi and Multan, won the toss and opted to bat first on another flat track. But the hosts were rocked by England, who made early inroads in the first session in their bid for a clean sweep.
Spinner Jack Leach (4-140) first removed Abdullah Shafique with the new ball and took the catch that sent back Shan Masood off the bowling of paceman Mark Wood to leave Pakistan at 46-2 inside 13 overs, before Azhar Ali steadied the ship.
The top-order batsman, recalled for one last appearance announcing his retirement from international cricket following the Karachi test, scored a fluent 45 in the company of Babar before falling on the stroke of lunch.
England then went on the attack and 18-year-old debutant all-rounder Rehan Ahmed -- who became their youngest men’s test cricketer -- had Saud Shakeel caught for 23 for his maiden wicket.
Babar, who hit nine fours in his 123-ball knock, soldiered on after part-timer Joe Root removed Mohammad Rizwan. The skipper passed his half-century but was run out while attempting a single to leave Pakistan in further trouble.
Faheem Ashraf and Nauman Ali then fell to Rehan and Leach, but Salman held the fort and was rewarded with his second half-century of the series before also falling to Leach, who cleaned up the tail late in the day.
England won the opening test by 74 runs before sealing a 26-run victory in the second to secure their first series victory in Pakistan since 2000-01.