But all is well that ends well as the game which saw 1,768 runs scored over five days, made its way into the record books as the highest scoring test to ever produce a result.
The highest test of all time (1981 runs) which ended in a draw was played between South Africa and England in 1939, followed by West Indies-England (1815 runs) in 1930 .
Highest number of runs EVER in a five day test.And this lot still took 20 wickets.We don’t do draws.🇵🇰 #PAKvENG
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1670244122000
England picked up a stunning 74-point win over Pakistan to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. The visitors looted 657 in their first set and declared their second on 264-7, setting Pakistan an unlikely victory target of 343 on a docile track in Rawalpindi. It was also England’s only third win on Pakistani soil.
At the same ground in March this year, some 1,187 runs were scored for the loss of just 14 wickets as Pakistan and Australia played out a draw.
Rawalpindi has been described as “below average” by International Cricket Council match referee Ranjan Madugalle, who also awarded him a demerit point.
A location is banned for 12 months if it accumulates five demerit points over a five-year period.