Rehan Ahmed’s incredible five-wicket haul put England and a historic clean sweep against Pakistan on the cusp of victory in the third Test.
On the third day in Karachi, Rehan Ahmed, the youngest man to play a Test for England, ripped through the home batting.
At 18 years and 128 days, his 5-48 made him the youngest man to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut. He was the mastermind behind Pakistan’s seven-wicket, 52-run collapse.
With three wickets in the first hour, Jack Leach had raised the prospect of a three-day finish, only for half-centuries from Babar Azam and Saud Shakeel to derail England.
But Ahmed, held back until the 42nd over of the day, had Babar caught at mid-wicket to send Pakistan tumbling to 216 all out.
Even with only a maximum of 22 overs left in the day, England sprinted after their target of 167 – openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett added 87 in 11.3 overs before Crawley fell for 41.
Sensationally, Rahan Ahmed appeared at number three and smashed his first ball for four, only to be bowled swiping at Abrar Ahmed for 10.
Even then, captain Ben Stokes promoted himself to number four, but the nightfall left the tourists 55 runs short on 112-2, with Duckett unbeaten on 50.