Pakistan hand England shock defeat in second Test

Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 14:36

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Abu Dhabi: Pakistan defeated England by 72 runs in the second Test to seal the three-match series on Saturday.

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England were all out for 72 runs in chase of 145 runs in the second innings of the second Test. This is the lowest total by England against Pakistan in Tests.

Pakistani spinners - Abdur Rehman, Saaed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez - bagged all the ten England wickets.
Rehman scalped his first five-for (6 for 25), Ajmal took home three wickets while Hafeez got one.

Earlier, Monty Panesar's six wickets helped reduce Pakistan to 214 in their second innings, setting England a victory target of 145 to square the three-match series.

Panesar, who is playing his first Test since July 2009, and Graeme Swann wasted little time after the lunch interval to finish off the Pakistan tail, removing the last three batsmen in just eight overs.

Swann was the first to strike, trapping Abdur Rehman lbw for 10 in the first over of the afternoon session as the Pakistan left-hander used up his side's final review with a failed appeal.

Panesar then added the wickets of Saaed Ajmal (17) and Junaid Khan (0), having earlier snared Asad Shafiq (43) in the morning session.

The Sussex left-armer finished with 6-62 after replacing the injured seamer Chris Tremlett in the England attack to claim his best innings haul since May 2008.

Before lunch, England's pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad used the new ball to good effect to remove key batsmen Azhar Ali (68) and Adnan Akmal (13) in successive overs after Pakistan had started the day on 125-4.

Ali hit a fighting 68 and added 88 for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq (43) before England took three wickets before lunch, leaving Pakistan under pressure at 198-7, a lead of 128 with only three wickets intact.

Spin duo Abdul Rehman (10) and Saeed Ajmal (11) added an invaluable 26 runs for the unbroken eighth-wicket stand until the break.

Pakistan lead the three-Test series 1-0 after winning last week`s first Test in Dubai by 10 wickets. The third and final Test starts in Dubai from February 3.

Left-arm spinner and chief tormentor Monty Panesar got one to turn across Shafiq`s forward push and the ensuing edge was well taken by James Anderson in the lone slip. Shafiq hit five boundaries during his 138-ball stay.

Ali and Shafiq had put together a partnership of 71 on Friday and began the morning's play cautiously, scoring just 11 runs from seven overs, but became more attacking as the desert sun burnt through the fog shrouding the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Looking more assured with each passing over, Azhar reached his 14th test 50 with a flicked shot past square leg.

England captain Andrew Strauss had started with Broad and Swann before introducing Panesar, who lured Shafiq to play a thick edge Anderson at slip to finally end Pakistan's fifth-wicket stand at 88.

In came Adnan Akmal. The wicketkeeper scored a career-best 61 in last week's first test and he began aggressively here, but that was also his undoing, although Azhar was first to fall.

Azhar tried to fend off Anderson's fierce delivery with his glove, but the ball edged off the bat for a routine catch for wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Akmal (13) was to follow in the next over, Broad claiming his first wicket of the innings thanks to a catch from Strauss at slip.

Pakistan, who play their home matches in the Gulf due to security problems at home, won the first test in Dubai last week by 10 wickets.

With agency inputs



First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 18:10

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