Pak claim series after England collapse for 72

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Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 17:56 [IST]
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Eng bowled out for 72, Pak clinch series

Abu Dhabi, Jan 28: Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman claimed a career best 25/6 to help Pakistan beat England in the second Test on Saturday, to clinch the series 2-0.

The 31-year-old struck twice in successive overs to restrict England chasing a 145-run target on a uneven fourth day Abu Dhabi Stadium pitch. England were bowled out for 72, their lowest against Pakistan in all tests.

Rehman's stats over-powered Monty Panesar's 62/6 in his first Test for two-and-half years, which finished Pakistan's second innings at 214.

The number one Test team in the world suffered their first series defeat after nine since their loss to West Indies in early 2009.

Pakistan won the first Test in Dubai by ten wickets. The third Test will also be played in Dubai from February 3.

Spinners dominated the match with off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (22/3) and Mohammad Hafeez (11/1) as England lost their top four batsmen in the space of 37 balls on a difficult pitch.

England skipper Andrew Strauss scored 32 runs, highest in England's innings, also fell victim to Rehman. In a decisive over before tea, Rehman trapped Kevin Pietersen (1) and two balls later bowled Eoin Morgan (0) to increase chances of an unbelievable win for Pakistan.

Pakistan opted for a spinner to begin with, Mohammad Hafeez claimed Alastair Cook's (7) wicket. Ian bell (3), promoted up the order, struggled against spin sensation Saeed Ajmal as he was bowled out.

Pietersen, who has made only 16 runs this series added another run to his tally before Rehman trapped him and as well as bowled out Eoin Morgan in the same over.

England's hope for a victory were cut-short when Rehman once again claimed to wickets of Jonathan Trott(1) and Stuart Broad (0).

Saeed Ajmal achieved 100 Test wickets in his 19th Test match after dismissing Graeme Swann (0) and Matt Prior (18). Anderson was caught off Rehman to give Pakistan a sensational win.

Earlier, Pakistan resumed their innings at 125/4 with all eyes on Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq who added 88 for the fifth wicket before Panesar struck.

Panesar took three of those wickets to finish with his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests.

Azhar Ali (68) was caught behind by Matt Prior. 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 wickets.


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