Pakistan humiliate England to take series
ABU DHABI, Jan. 28, (AFP) - Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman took a
career best 6-25 to help Pakistan humble England by 72 runs in the
second Test here on Saturday, to give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in
the three-match series.The 31-year-old twice took two wickets in
successive overs to dent England's chase after they were set a 145-run
target on a weary fourth day Abu Dhabi Stadium pitch, bowling them out
for 72 - their lowest against Pakistan in all Tests.
Rehman's effort overshadowed Monty Panesar's 6-62, in his first Test
for 30 months, which finished Pakistan's second innings at 214 in the
This is England's first series defeat after being unbeaten in their
previous nine since their loss to the West Indies in early 2009 - a
sequence which saw them rise to world number one in the Test rankings in
August last year.
Pakistan won the first Test in Dubai by ten wickets. The third Test
will also be played in Dubai from February 3.
Rehman was ably assisted by off-spinners Saeed Ajmal (3-22) and
Mohammad Hafeez (1-11) in a match which saw spinners dominate from the
first day. England lost their top four batsmen in the space of just 37
balls after an extra cautious start on a difficult pitch.England captain
Andrew Strauss topscored with 32 before he became one of Rehman's
victims during his maiden five-wicket haul.
In the penultimate over before tea, Rehman trapped Kevin Pietersen
(one) and two balls later bowled Eoin Morgan (nought) to raise hopes of
an unlikely win for Pakistan.
Sensing they could only upset their rivals through early wickets,
Pakistan opened the bowling with off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez who
responded well by catching Alastair Cook (seven) off his own bowling
after England had edged cautiously to 21 by the 15th over. Bell,
promoted to number three after Jonathan Trott was unwell, was all at sea
against master spinner Saeed Ajmal and his tentative push went through
his legs to hit the stumps. He made only three.
Pietersen, who has been woefully out of form making just 16 runs in
the series, managed one more before Rehman trapped him and in the same
over had the equally out of form Morgan bowled to dent England's hopes
of a victory.
Rehman then accounted for Trott (one) and Stuart Broad (nought) in
the same over to leave England 7-68. Ajmal dismissed Graeme Swann (nought)
and Matt Prior (18) to complete his 100 Test wickets in his 19th match
before Anderson was caught off Rehman to give Pakistan a sensational
England's previous lowest against Pakistan was 130 - made on two
occasions at The Oval in 1954 and Lahore in 1987.
Earlier, Pakistan lost their last six wickets with the addition of 89
runs after resuming at 125-4, with all hopes pinned on Azhar Ali and
Panesar took three of those wickets to finish with his eighth
five-wicket haul in Tests.
Azhar Ali (68) and Asad Shafiq (43) added 88 for the fifth wicket
before Panesar struck.
But England's decision to take the second new ball as soon as it was
due paid rich dividends as Anderson removed the dangerman Ali with a
sharp rising delivery which caught the edge and was caught behind by
Ali hit eight boundaries during his 195-ball knock.
Broad then had Adnan Akmal (13) caught by Strauss in the slips off an
ambitious drive in the next over as Pakistan wilted.
Rehman (10) and Ajmal (17) added an invaluable 36 for the eighth
wicket before Panesar wrapped up the innings by taking the last two
PAKISTAN - 1ST INNINGS 257
(Misbah-ul Haq 84, Asad Shafiq 58, S. Broad 4-47, G. Swann 3-52)
ENGLAND - 1ST INNINGS 327
(A. Cook 94, S. Broad 58 not out, Saeed Ajmal 4-108, Mohammad Hafeez 3-54).
PAKISTAN -2ND INNINGS
Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Panesar 22
Taufiq Umar b Swann 07
Azhar Ali c Prior b Anderson 68
Younis Khan b Panesar 01
Misbah-ul Haq lbw b Panesar 12
Asad Shafiq c Anderson b Panesar 43
Adnan Akmal c Strauss b Broad 13
Abdul Rehman lbw b Swann 10
Saeed Ajmal c Anderson b Panesar 17
Umar Gul not out 10
Junaid Khan b Panesar 00
Extras: (b5, lb6) 11
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Hafeez), 2-29 (Umar), 3-36 (Younis)
4-54 (Misbah), 5-142 (Shafiq), 6-170 (Ali)
7-172 (Adnan), 8-198 (Rehman), 9-208 (Ajmal)
Bowling: Anderson 14-3-39-1
ENGLAND - 2ND INNINGS
A. Strauss lbw b Rehman 32
A. Cook c and b Hafeez 07
I. Bell b Ajmal 03
K. Pietersen lbw b Rehman 01
E. Morgan b Rehman 00
M. Prior c Shafiq b Ajmal 18
J. Trott lbw b Rehman 01
S. Broad b Rehman 00
G. Swann lbw b Ajmal 00
J. Anderson c Gul b Rehman 01
M. Panesar not out 00
Extras: (lb9) 09
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Cook), 2-26 (Bell), 3-33 (Pietersen)
4-33 (Morgan), 5-56 (Strauss), 6-68 (Trott)
7-68 (Broad), 8-71 (Swann), 9-72 (Prior)
Bowling: Hafeez 8-3-11-1