And welcome to coverage of day four of the third Test from Karachi which begins with England 55 runs short of a historic victory with eight wickets left, on the verge of becoming the first side to sweep Pakistan in Pakistan.
Yesterday was all about Rehan Ahmed and his five wickets and the young fellow was wreathed in smiles last night, bobbing from foot to foot, cudding his chewing gum, while answering questions.
Rehan Ahmed hailed his record-breaking five-wicket haul on debut a “dream come true” as England moved to within 55 runs of a first-ever series whitewash victory in Pakistan.
“Probably the best day of my life again. To get a five-for on my debut is a dream come true, so yeah, it’s great,” he told BBC’s Test Match Special.
“Obviously I was thinking about it, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t, but at the same time I just tried to forget it more, because the more that you chase a wicket, it won’t happen. So it was nice to get a leg-spinning wicket as well.”
Ahmed was most proud of the ball with which he nicked off Mohammad Rizwan.
“I mean I bowled better balls to not get wickets, so just to bowl Babar Azam out is a dream come true, he’s a very very good player,” he said.
“I liked Rizwan’s wicket because I’ve been working on my leg-spin quite hard for the last two months with Jeetan [Patel, England spin coach], so to get one to get it to spin a little bit the other side, it was great.”
England’s chase started in breathtaking fashion as the required total was rapidly reduced to 80 before Zak Crawley’s dismissal for a run-a-ball 41 saw Ahmed surprisingly come in at number three.
However, he made only 10 from seven deliveries before being bowled by Abrar Ahmed, and looked furious with himself, hitting the bat on his way off the field.
“Stokesy just said ‘get your pads on’ and I was like ‘perfect, it’ll be a great day’,” Ahmed said.
“Just ‘try and finish it tonight’ [was the message from the captain] so that was the plan. I think we would have as well if we had the last seven overs of the day.”