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Oval Test victory doubles joy of Independence Day

KARACHI: Pakistan’s thumping win over England at The Oval stadium on Sunday doubled the joy of Independence Day of Pakistan.

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Felicitations streamed all over on this joyous occasion. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and a large number of celebrities and cricketers including from women team also felicitated the national team over their imposing victory.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took five wickets, while senior batsman Younus Khan made his double century to help Pakistan crush England by 10 wickets in the final test to level the series 2-2.

The touring side bowled England out for 253 in their second innings, Shah completing figures of 5-71, before Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam eased them to a simple target of 40 in 13.1 overs to complete an emphatic win.

“It was special, keeping in mind it was Independence Day, it was something special to draw the series here after being 2-1 down, losing the second test badly and losing the third,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq told the BBC.

“But the way the team fought back, I’m a really happy captain.”

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