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England led the second test against Pakistan in Multan on Saturday, leading by 281 on stumps on day

two as they looked to win the series

England were in charge of the Second Test against Pakistan at Multan on Saturday, leading by 281 on stumps on day two as they looked to win the series. The visitors were 202-5 in their second innings on a rotating pitch - in which 25 wickets fell in two days - with solid Harry Brook 74 not out, partnered by skipper Ben Stokes on 16. Previous spinner Jack Leach won 4 up 98 when Pakistan was bowled out for 202, giving England a first innings leads of 79 runs and putting them in a strong position to win the Test series, Pakistan's first for 17 years.

“I thought it was a pleasant day with 280 ahead so I'm looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings,” said Leach.

"We just hope to get as many as possible. We'd like to have 500 with Brook and Stokes still in it.

In their second innings, England fly-half Ben Duckett hit an aggressive 79 before falling to spinner Abrar Ahmed, who took three wickets to add to his seven in the opening innings. Will Jacks (four) and Joe Root (21) were his other victims.

With a 3-81 record in the second set, Ahmed is the second Pakistani bowler to win 10 or more wickets on his debut, following Mohammad Zahid's 11-130 against New Zealand in 1996.

Brook, who hit eight fours and a six, added 68 for the fourth wicket with Duckett. Ahmed was also involved in all three of Zak Crawley's send-outs, knocking him out of the middle with a direct hit when the batter attempted a quick single.


In the morning session, the Pakistani batsmen lost a strong position after recovering at 107-2 with skipper Babar Azam and Shakeel looking to build a solid lead.

But once Azam was bowled by the fast bowler Ollie Robinson for 75 in the seventh over of the day the innings collapsed with seven wickets dropped for just 37 runs.

"There were some soft layoffs and that pushed us back," Shakeel said.

"We need to get them out to a 300-320 lead and as there is plenty of time there will be a result. We have chased those totals before."

Along with Leach, Root also enjoyed success with his repeated shutouts, sending off Agha Salman (four) and Mohammad Ali (zero). After lunch was extended for the last wicket, Faheem Ashraf (22) and Ahmed (seven not out) lasted 23 runs before Mark Wood broke the partnership.

Root had numbers of 2-23 and Wood 2-40.

Azam hit ten boundaries and a six and added 91 for the third wicket with Shakeel.

Leach enticed Shakeel to play a high shot towards the half where James Anderson held a clever running catch to give the spinner his 100th Test wicket.

England won the first test by 74 runs at Rawalpindi.

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