Pakistan romp to victory in Dubai

January 19, 2012

by Paddy Briggs

First Test: Dubai International Stadium
Day 3: Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets

Pakistan crushed England by 10 wickets today, handing the home side a 1-0 series lead with two Test matches to play in the series.

After a late fight back on day 2, England would have felt they were still in with a sniff of winning this opening Test match going into today’s play. However, England were unable to wrap up the Pakistan tail this morning, as Pakistan gained a first innings lead of 148. Graeme Swann finished with innings figures of 4-107, after Mohammad Hafeez had top scored yesterday with 88 for the hosts.

With such a large first innings deficit, England were fully aware that they needed to post a large second innings total in order to remain in the contest. However, they were soon on the ropes, as again they faltered with the bat crashing to 35-4. Umar Gul picked up three out of the four wickets in a spell of bowling that effectively won the match for Pakistan.

A notable dismissal was that of Kevin Pietersen. The Surrey batsman was out caught on the hook for a duck in what was a brainless bit of cricket in the situation.

England’s lower to middle order didn’t offer too much more resistance than that of the top order, and England were bowled out for just 160. Jonathan Trott top scored with 49, with Graeme Swann making 39.

Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with figures of 4-63, but there were also three wickets a piece for spinners Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal. England yet again looked all at sea when Ajmal had the ball in hand, as they struggled to pick his variations.

Needing just 15 runs to win the match Pakistan cruised to their total without losing any wickets, and England left the field looking dejected.

England will need to dust themselves down, as they know they must win the final two matches of the series to claim victory in the UAE.

The Scoop 19/01/2012

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