England took an astonishing and extraordinary victory in the first Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi. An ultra-aggressive approach throughout the game paid dividends, with Jack Leach taking the final Pakistan wicket in the dying stages of day five.
In total there were four centurions and another three second-innings fifites, whilst the bowlers, especially the seamers, unlocked the Pakistan line-up in the fourth innings. So how did Ben Stokes's men rate?
Regal hundred and a half-century to boot in declaration chase. Set the tone and put Pakistan on back foot from first over. His best Test match. 9
Century in first innings for six years, style and skills contrast nicely with Crawley and mindset fits the McCullum-Stokes charter. Golden duck was result of trying to move team forward. 8
Unfussy hundred and good match behind the sticks despite early drop, and the fact he only had 30 minutes notice he was keeping. Blossoming as a Test cricketer. 8
Have a crack left-handed Joe. If there is a perfect distillation of Bazball then it was Root batting left handed in England’s second innings. Hard to think that not that long ago he was a downcast, broken figure. A big innings looms on this tour. 7
Has nailed his place in only his second Test with a booming hundred and a rapid 87. Only Stokes hits the ball as hard. How does Bairstow get back in now? That’s the next challenge for England. 9
Has to be man of the match for his captaincy. England won because of his incredible cricket brain and gambler’s instinct. He did not have a brilliant Test with the bat – giving his wicket away twice – and took only one wicket but his influence was felt in every shot played and every ball bowled. 10
Knee injury on day two cut short his Test and tour. What a shame. He could have played a large hand in this game on day five. He will be given another chance. 5
Six-fer on debut was remarkable for a bowler barely out of nappies as a spinner. He kept plugging away and lured batsmen into mistakes. Lots to learn and was not a threat on day five but a great start. 7
Came into his own when the Test was there for the taking. Unsettled the batsmen with his bounce and accuracy. Clever too with his variations. He has that aggressive edge as well and is far fitter. 8
Took the final wicket and was rewarded with a big slap on the head from his mate and captain. No real turn for Leach on this pitch and he was slapped around at times but he kept attacking whereas before Stokes he might have backed off. 7
The talisman on day five. Bowled an outstanding spell before lunch that stopped Pakistan getting away and really took the win out of the equation. Four for 36 was reward for his mastery of Asian conditions – a textbook example of how to bowl on a flattie. 9