England hammer Pakistan to win second Test and square series
Leeds, Jun 3 (AFP) England thrashed Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs to win the second cricket Test at Headingley here today.
Victory, completed inside three days, saw England level the two-match series at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test at Lord's by nine wickets.
It was also England's first victory in a Test match since they beat the West Indies at Lord's in September, with the side having endured a winless run of six defeats in eight Tests coming into this fixture.
By sharing the spoils in this short campaign, England avoided a third successive series defeat after reverses in Australia and New Zealand.
Jos Buttler's blistering 80 not out today saw England to a total of 363 and commanding first-innings lead of 189.
Pakistan then collapsed to 134, losing their last seven wickets for just 50 runs. Stuart Broad took three for 28 and off-spinner Dominic Bess grabbed his first wickets at Test level in a return of three for 33.
The match ended when England captain Joe Root, on his Yorkshire home ground, held a sharp slip catch to dismiss last man Mohammad Abbas off the bowling of Broad