Pakistan v England 2028/29 - Fourth Test
Two pathetic English batting performances in the opening Test had destined the side to an early 2-0 deficit in the series before Dom Holroyd (241), Aaron Weaver (160) and Steve Bradshaw (183 off 115 balls) helped England to 744-7 and a crushing innings-and-186-run victory in the third kept the series in the balance.
The fourth Test started on a perfect batting track but England's top order proceeded to throw away starts, with only Henry Bradshaw's 71 saving them from embarrasment as the tail limped to 241 all out. Pakistan were looking comfortable at 139-3 before Will Henderson (4-55) and David Mutch (5-32) combined to take seven wickets for 20 and skittle the hosts for 159.
Holroyd (83) and Steve Bradshaw (74) both made fifties in England's second knock but no other player passed 27 as England could only manage 294, setting Pakistan 377 to win before reducing them to 72-2.
Now, however, Bilal Rizwan and Mohammad Gul added 205 for the third wicket to bring the hosts within 100 of the target before Mutch's arm ball trapped Gul (106) leg before. Rizwan (138) and Pervez Zaman (52) then eased onward before Somerset off-spinner Michael Porter accounted for both, Rizwan edging one to veteran Worcestershire keeper David Page and Zaman chopping onto his own stumps. 350-5.
The new ball was available, but skipper Holroyd kept faith with his spin attack as Hashim Farooqi edged a tentative prod off Porter to Steve Ringham at slip and Pinyal Arif's off-stump was disturbed by the same bowler. 357-7, and 20 were needed with three wickets, but number six, Chetan Shah, was still there. Shah then attempted to flick Worcester offspinner Mutch through the legside and was bowled off his pads before Holroyd called for the new ball and trusted the Northants pair of Henderson and veteran Charles Patrick with saving the match and the series.
Patrick responded immediately, knocking back Pervez Shah's middle stump - 367-9 and ten were needed. Hasan Kundi and Tariq Raja then proceeded on one of the most agonising run-accumulation exercises in Test history and eight overs later, were on 375-9, just one behind before Patrick, incredibly, conjured up a delivery that came in off the pitch between Kundi's bat and pad to bowl him and grant England an incredible one-run win.
Pakistan were set 301 to win in four hours in the final and deciding Test after 144* from Jeff Sked - his first Test century - guided England away from grave danger at 254-6, just 167 ahead, with four sessions to play. Patrick's part in England's resistance was also crucial, making 50 and 47 in the first innings, when Steve Ringham's 128 was instrumental in keeping England in the game. Pakistan refused to make a game of it, and only Ghulam Rauf's 73* saved them after Mutch (3-28) threatened another middle-order meltdown.
The series - arguably one of the greatest ever - was drawn 2-2, and evoked 28-year-old memories of India and Australia's famous clashes.