England crumble in the desert

Abdur Rehman claims 6-25 in magnificent display

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England collapsed to 72 all out as Pakistan won the second Test in Abu Dhabi by 72 runs and clinched the three-match series.

The tourists were set a target of 145 to win the match and square the series after their humiliating defeat in Dubai in the opener.

But they paid a heavy price for their cautious approach, with just Andrew Strauss (32) and Matt Prior (18) getting into double figures.

Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman claimed 6-25 in a magnificent 10.1 overs that completely bamboozled the hapless England batsmen.

England had earlier dismissed Pakistan for 214 to give themselves every chance of levelling the series, but they again failed to deal with the host's triple spin threat of Rehman, Saeed Ajmal (3-22) and Mohammad Hafeez (1-11).

Monty Panesar's 6-62 suggested that spin was set to play a key part on day four and England's top order soon found themselve sin trouble.

Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan all went in 22 overs of tortured batting before tea - and the rest followed in less than 15 more as England failed to chase a target as low as this for only the second time in 100 years.

They were lucky too not to be without captain Strauss for half the 32 he eventually managed, following a third-umpire ruling which surprisingly reprieved him on a bat-pad decision.

Cook was first to go, caught and bowled by Hafeez as England's openers struggled to find scoring opportunities past well-set fields as the slow bowlers tested attack and defence on a turning pitch.

Bell was in at number three in place of Jonathan Trott, who spent time off the field because of stomach trouble this morning and therefore had to wait until after tea to bat.

His replacement went in unfortunate circumstances, a diffident defensive shot to Ajmal played with such soft hands that the ball somehow rolled back between the batsman's legs and on to the base of the stumps - just hard enough to dislodge a bail.

If Bell's luck was out, Strauss' had surely been in a few moments earlier.

The ball appeared to run off the face of his bat, on to pad, before being caught low down by Azhar Ali at short-leg off Rehman.

After consulting slow-motion video replay, it was unexpectedly concluded that the ball did not carry.

Rehman, however, instead soon had Pietersen lbw pushing forward - even after an England DRS - and two balls later Morgan missed one that turned and kept low to go for a duck.

Strauss had just swept Rehman for four after tea when he went back fatally to Rehman, and was lbw.

Trott came and went in similar fashion, and Rehman had his fifth wicket after Stuart Broad was bowled through the gate for a second-ball duck.

Shambolic end

The game was up by then, and it was a matter of whether England could avoid a shambolic end.

They could not as the tail folded in a blur, Strauss and Prior the only batsmen to make double-figures.

Panesar had appeared earlier to put the tourists on course for victory.

In his first Test for two-and-a-half years, his was the outstanding contribution as England finally got through Pakistan's second innings.

Panesar ended a determined fifth-wicket stand between Azhar (68) and Asad Shafiq this morning, and then James Anderson and Broad also struck once each with the second new ball before lunch.

Just as Shafiq and Azhar had threatened a century partnership, Panesar got one in the perfect spot to the former - and marginal turn was enough to take the edge for a sharp slip chance, well taken by Anderson.

Yet with each ball that Panesar and Graeme Swann spun past the bat, it was ever more obvious that England would need to bat well when the time came.

Azhar had survived an lbw appeal on 65 via DRS when Hawkeye suggested a big Swann off-break was beating leg-stump.

But he was unable to take advantage because, as predicted by Broad last night, the new ball proved a telling weapon.

Anderson struck in the third over after it was taken, and it was a big wicket too when he got one to climb to Azhar's gloves and end his 195-ball vigil.

England were into the tail, and Broad made another breakthrough in the very next over - Adnan Akmal chasing a wide drive and edging to slip.

Rehman helped Ajmal to shut England out up to lunch, but lasted less than an over of the afternoon - lbw sweeping at Swann.

Panesar then got enough turn and bounce for Ajmal to glove a catch to slip, and last man Junaid Khan was bowled by the slow left-armer heaving across the line and against the spin.

If that was an embarrassing end to a fruitless match for him, it was nothing compared with what was to follow from England.

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George Staples says...

Change this ridiculous selection policy. Have Pieterson and Bell deserved selection ? Will they play next time? Of course they will. Flower and Strauss have a list of the favoured few and thgey will always play regardless of form. England were hammered. Learn by it. George

Posted 20:19 28th January 2012

Imran Khan says...

Where is English team Fans!!!! Congratulations #Pakistan for a spectacular series win against England We Are the Champions

Posted 19:06 28th January 2012

Farouk Ally says...

During this match I sent a comment to Dave. I indicated that KP should never have been picked for the test. I say it again, send him back to SA to face the racism music for which left in the first palce. Bopara will be a far safer bet.

Posted 17:02 28th January 2012

Bill Mclean says...

All hail the no 1 side in the world! Well done, chaps. You showed such grit and determination. Application of the highest order, what. What a pathetic bunch of prima donnas. Shame on all of you!!

Posted 15:28 28th January 2012

Abhijeet Karnik says...

Mr Nasser Hussain who are the donkeys now?

Posted 14:50 28th January 2012

Ihtesham Kayani says...

Where is Bob Willis? He should now report Abdur Rehman for illegal bowling action.

Posted 14:03 28th January 2012

Haider Kanji says...

Just one comment. Broad in conversation to Taxi driver, I hope in future he should think twice before commenting. Yes, with new ball things changed but what happened aftermath. let him talk to the taxi driver. cvricket is very unprectable game. one mistake and you had it.

Posted 13:42 28th January 2012

Stan Turner says...

PATHETIC !!!! back to the good old days of the mystery of spin batsmen prodding around feet stuck in glue no idea which way the ball will turn shows our number one ranking was luck positive not reckless is the way to play spin watch the way the Aussies played Ashwin !!!!

Posted 13:04 28th January 2012

Adam Shaw says...

As a Cricket lover, what a great Test match played, this is the beauty of Test Match. What a victory for Pakistan, amazing what one day can do to undo 3 days of hard work. This Pakistan team totally embarrassed and brought them crashing down to Earth. England Batsmen simply got humiliated, nothing else can be said. To be a top test Cricket team, chasing a score of 145, is done without any hiccups or problems, just look how Australia when they dominated use to brush of that sort of score in 15 over! In that same 15 overs England were on 21/1, how negative can you be when Victory is near? However lets not take anything away from Pakistan, what a great team unit, although the batting is not the best on paper, their bowling attack and team spirit is on a different level to England. After the controversy in the Last 15 months or so, to come out and destroy England like this, has to be ranked as their best ever Test performance and result.

Posted 12:52 28th January 2012

Haider Khan says...

Hey Bob Wills, What about Abdul Rehman, Any insight he bends his elbow as well......

Posted 12:48 28th January 2012

Imran Awan says...

great display from the worlds number one haha

Posted 12:42 28th January 2012

Rehman Minhas says...

Best in the world? We're having a laugh!

Posted 12:32 28th January 2012

John Mcgarvey says...

Absolutely diabolical, each of the players need some sort of punishment for such a cowardly, spineless display. This is like going back to the 90s watching collapses of an epic propotion. BUT and there needs to be a 'but' this is only one series and it should not destroy what has been built up over the previous few years. It's been wonderful being an England fan these last 8 or so years and this is perhaps why this hurst so much and makes me so angry. Nothing sort of an innings victory in the 3rd test or cancel the flight home!

Posted 12:31 28th January 2012

Karl Tebb says...

Good lord, what a disgrace, in all my 52 years l`ve never been so sorry to be an English cricket fan! The players should hang their heads in shame, except Monty, who was magnificent, oh how the batsmen let him down! World ranked No.1 team is looking a joke. Well done Pakistan, you clutched victory from the jaws of defeat, England come home.

Posted 12:23 28th January 2012

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