First test: Compelling Pakistan beat England in swift victory

Published: January 19, 2012
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal celebrates after dismissing England's Graeme Swann (not in picture) during the first cricket test match. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal celebrates after dismissing England's Graeme Swann (not in picture) during the first cricket test match. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal celebrates after dismissing England's Graeme Swann (not in picture) during the first cricket test match. PHOTO: REUTERS At the break Jonathan Trott was unbeaten on 42 and with him Matt Prior who has yet to score. PHOTO: AFP Umar Gul successfully appeals against England's captain Andrew Strauss (unseen) during the third day of the opening Test match between Pakistan and England at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium at Dubai Sports City on January 19, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Adnan Akmal looks on after playing a shot during the first cricket test match against England at Dubai International cricket stadium in the United Arab Emirates January 19, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI: Mercurial Pakistan have done it once again.

In what can be called a historic win against top-ranked England, Pakistan cruised to a compelling victory when England collapsed for 160. Pakistan were left with just 15 runs to chase to seal the match on the third day of the first test.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit three fours to reach the meagre 15-run target, after he walked on the crease with partner Taufeeq Umar.

Spinner Saeed Ajmal continued his glorious run in the match, finishing at 10-97 – his second 10-wicket haul in Tests. Spin partner Abdul Rehman recorded a 3-37.

But it was paceman Umar Gul who rocked England on Thursday with figures of 4-63. The 27-year-old fast bowler dismissed Andrew Strauss (six) before lunch and then accounted for Alastair Cook (five) and Kevin Pietersen (nought) in his hostile nine-over first spell on a spin-friendly Dubai Stadium pitch.

Pakistan notched the required 15 runs in 3.4 overs to hand England their first defeat in 10 Tests, since losing to Australia at Perth in the 2010 Ashes. The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi from January 25.

England’s batsmen, wrecked by Ajmal’s career-best 7-55 in their first innings of 192, were again clueless against the spin and played some rash shots as they sought to score runs on the pace of Gul.

Jonathan Trott top-scored with 49, but fell to an irresponsible shot, trying to force a short delivery from Gul and being caught by wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal, who finished the match with seven catches.

Trott, who passed the boundary of 2,000 runs when he reached 18 in his 24th Test, hit six boundaries during his 111-ball knock but became Gul’s 150th wicket in his 41st Test.

Misbah surprised at exhilarating win

Pakistan skipper Misbahul Haq admitted he had not expected to win so comfortably. “We didn’t expect that it would come so easily,” he said. “Ajmal put us in a strong position with his seven wickets in the first innings and we batted well to take a good lead.”

Strauss expressed frustration over his side’s abject surrender. “Obviously it’s disappointing to lose in this manner,” he said. “We lost five early wickets and it’s disappointing to bat like this but we are not going to press the panic button and will show resilience in the second match.”

England had another disastrous start as Strauss was adjudged caught behind, pushing Gul to the leg side and seeing the ensuing edge well taken by the wicket-keeper. Strauss instantly challenged the verdict but was left to trudge off the field after television umpire Steve Davis of Australia upheld the original decision.

Soon after the lunch break, Gul produced a sharp rising delivery that caught Cook in two minds as the left-hander gloved it to Adnan, who had no trouble in gathering it.

Pietersen, who has yet to score big on this tour, made it 25-3 when he hooked a Gul bouncer straight into the hands of deep square-leg fielder Abdul Rehman, leaving England in more trouble at 25-3.

Ajmal then got in on the act when he trapped Ian Bell plumb in front of the wicket for four. Bell wasted England’s second referral as television replays showed he was hit on the back leg, in line with the stumps.

Rehman ended a fifth-wicket partnership of 39 by dismissing Eoin Morgan (14) caught behind, while Ajmal trapped Matt Prior to leave England at 87-7. Stuart Broad (17) and Graeme Swann (39) delayed the inevitable by putting on 48 for the eighth wicket before Rehman dismissed Broad and Chris Tremlett off successive deliveries.

Ajmal took the last wicket by getting Swann caught, much to the delight of his teammates and the few hundred people in the stands.

In the morning, Adnan had boosted Pakistan’s lead with a gutsy second Test half-century. Adnan scored a career-best 61, adding another 50 runs after Pakistan resumed at 288-7.

Adnan, who hit eight boundaries during his 129-ball knock, put on a 30-run stand for the ninth wicket with Ajmal, who made 12. His previous best of 53 came against Bangladesh in Dhaka last month. Swann had Adnan stumped to finish with figures of 4-107.

The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi from January 25, while the third will again be played here from February 3-7.

A slideshow of pictures from the match can be viewed here.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Congratulations. Keep it up!



  • Moiz
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:28PM

    and there you have it.


  • Salman
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:28PM

    There were lots of talk that Pakistan recent victories were against the mediocre sides, well this will certainly close down those speculations. Have to say that, Pakistan is really playing good cricket. They really demolished England in 3 days. All the best greens.


  • _soota
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Hayeee mai sadqe jaon :D Prayers for my team and Pakistan. Today is a good day! :)


  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis. Great victory, keep it up. It was a great team work.


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 6:29PM

    PTI Congratulates Pakistan team on the Victory against England & Saeed Ajmal on 10 Wickets.


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 6:33PM

    An excellent performance by Pakistani team. Specially by Ajmal. Congrats & keep it up


  • THE
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Awesome win!


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Congratulations to all Pakistanis from Pak Science Club


  • Imran Mohammad
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Time to celebrate. A great victory. Congratulations Pakistan, Well Done.


  • Kay Jay
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:44PM

    It was so good to see them perform wonderfully well. May they continue this form in the coming matches.. we need a clean sweep Team PAKISTAN. !!!!


  • Hunzai
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Wa Wa, Team Pakistan, Amazing


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Congratulations!! You have a very talented cricket and played very, very well indeed.
    Contrast that with a bunch of overpaid, uninspired and highly over rated cricketers on a sight seeing tour of Australia.
    They happen to be from India, where I come from myself.
    Sorry to interject this pitiful tale of the indian cricket team, in what should be a celebration of your victory, but I believe the contrast should be made.
    Well done, lads!!Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Pakistan Zindabad ……. OYE HOYE OYE HOYE OYE HOYE !!


  • nelta john
    Jan 19, 2012 - 6:59PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:



  • Concerned
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Great Win. Keep it up guys. It should be 3-0 at the end… and I know you can..if be united.


  • haris mirza
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Pakistani team can only beat in test matches and compromise in finals. {corruption} shame


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Fantastic win. Great going guys. Keep the flag flying high and clean.

    “A good heart and a good mind makes a formidable combination.” (Nelson Mandela)

    Salams to Pakistan


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 7:27PM

    Some relief! Glad atleast the cricketers aren’t disappointing us any more. Well done team Pakistan!


  • blithe
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA:
    There is a reason why sports and politics should not mix.
    Kindly keep your petty politics out of this.

    Congratuatlions Pakistan!!!!
    Ajmal’s smiling face – what a sight…
    Perhaps he should take over the title , ‘The Smiling Assassin’


  • Sarah
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:32PM

    and thats how we bounce back !


  • zavia
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:43PM

    Excellent Guyz. We are proud of you.


  • John
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:48PM

    where are all the indians, who will keeps claiming this match has been fixed?


  • Salman from laawhore
    Jan 19, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Fixed match and a chucker winning combination


  • antanu g
    Jan 19, 2012 - 8:05PM

    lol….now whether england should be barred from test cricket?


  • antanu g
    Jan 19, 2012 - 8:06PM

    @haris mirza:
    sorry…did i read you right…? it appears absurd


  • Jan 19, 2012 - 8:12PM

    Where is Politics in Congratulating


  • bravo
    Jan 19, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Keep up the good work guys


    Jan 19, 2012 - 8:53PM

    great win, PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD!!!!


  • Sumaiya
    Jan 19, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Congrats to the Pak cricket team and our entire nation!
    AWESOME work!!!!!
    Saeed Ajmal, you’re my new heroooo!
    Thankyou thankyou thankyou Allah Ta’ala!!!!!!=)


  • Ali
    Jan 19, 2012 - 9:01PM

    There are three things that unite the whole Pakistan: Islam, Cricket and er… India.


  • Tony C.
    Jan 19, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Congratulations to the Pakistan team. It is good to be able to write about something that almost everybody enjoys. Pakistan will have to come to Australia soon.


  • Zalim singh
    Jan 19, 2012 - 9:38PM

    sadly they cannot defeat India……


  • ahmed
    Jan 19, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @haris mirza:
    mirza saab i do not know what is the problem with people like you that you can not digest even this that Pakistan should win…………


  • Pinky
    Jan 19, 2012 - 9:47PM

    Well done lads!! you have taught the Brits how to count in urdu!!!!..poor blokes are doing doosra teesra all over the place ;p ;p

    loved aju’s celebrations :D


  • S. A. Bukhara
    Jan 19, 2012 - 9:55PM

    Excellent…Eng blundered by not playing Panesar…the next two games would be tighter…but we can win…remember what R Raja said, it is war…show no mercy…and keep smiling on the field…and thanks for putting the smiles back of the fans’ faces after 18 months. Also, someone please take a dhol to the next game and drown out that annoying English trumpet…Recommend

  • Imran Mohammad
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @Zalim singh because there so many other teams to do that.


  • Farhan Khan
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Thank God!!!!
    Run Rate does not Matter in Test Cricket…:PRecommend

  • Pinky
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @zalim singh
    after what you guys have been through lately?, we don’t have (the heart) to ;p ;p


  • Taxed
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:24PM

    See when you root out corruption, how good it can be Well done Pakistan cricket team. Now lets send the politicians to the same jail as those corrupt cricketers and we can have our country back.


    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:29PM

    That’s a big victory.we proud on our team.our team is world BEST team.


  • Enlightened
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Congratulations Team Pakistan! Only thing is missing is a great fast bowler – let’s call him Mohammad Aamir!


  • Muhammad Faheem Khan
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Pakistan played brilliantly.Recommend

  • antanu g
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:42PM

    @Salman from laawhore:
    sour grapes..your bitterness is understood


  • haris mirza
    Jan 19, 2012 - 10:52PM

    @antanu g: @ahmad
    Read not to contradict and confute,
    nor to find talk and
    discourse, but to weigh and
    consider. #Matchfixing


  • Chulbul Pandey
    Jan 19, 2012 - 11:17PM

    Greetings from across the border. Congratulations on the awesome win against the number one team. Keep it up!


  • Rizvi
    Jan 19, 2012 - 11:24PM

    Brilliant victory. Mashallah


  • Fawad
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:01AM

    Gr8. Curiosuly waiting for Ammir to come on board and join team soon in February.


  • antanu g
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:30AM

    @haris mirza:
    lol…so brits paid to pakis for losing the match? pakis could not paid to brits since they are poor…then who did it…perhaps people like u…dont take me wrong..i only mean that people like u have FIXED their mind to demean everything which is positive about our neighbours.


  • captaincookespeersahib
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:41AM

    Are you watching this INDIA?

    This is how you win a test match……:)))

    what was that saying….Baap Baap Hota hai……lololol

    Remember you guys are 7 losses out of the last 7 test matches. With ALL your BEST batsmen batting too. So you have NO excuses.

    Hang your heads in shame. Yes, we will compare all our victories with yours.

    And if we played you tomorrow in a test match series, We’d beat you.

    Pakistan Zindabaad!


  • Chulbul Pandey
    Jan 20, 2012 - 2:44AM


    Ha ha ha!
    It is interesting to read your reaction. Your team won against England… in UAE. Yet, here you are talking about India :D Team Pakistan had a good win. You can try to enjoy it without having India involved. It can be done, trust me :D


  • Mavrick
    Jan 20, 2012 - 3:34AM

    Congratulations from across the border! Would be sweet to see England crushed 3-0 and also an india pak series in 2012


  • BS.Detecter
    Jan 20, 2012 - 5:00AM

    Pakistan Zindabad! :D


  • geeko
    Jan 20, 2012 - 7:08AM

    @antanu g:
    More poors in India than the whole nation of Pakistan united. Swallow it.
    @Chulbul Pandey:
    And what Indians are doing here anyway ? ;D

    I like the “Salman from laawhore” sic Recommend

  • JaySabir
    Jan 20, 2012 - 11:05AM

    @Zalim singh: stop playing too much video games!


  • antanu g
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:51PM

    dont compare india and pak.every team has its high and low.india is marred by big names. once it realises that game is bigger than the players…it will again rise. enjoy your success friends but dont ridicule others. you have also gone through this phase.


  • maestro
    Jan 21, 2012 - 10:38AM

    Can’t wait for Amir to come back! Then we are an unbeatable side! Well done team Pakistan! KEEP IT UP!!


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