Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day February 6, 2012

England spun to record low

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Pakistan's spinners set up their first whitewash against England by picking up 48 of the 60 wickets to fall in the series
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England started the series as favourites following their 4-0 result against India, but on spin-friendly surfaces Pakistan were clearly the superior team, completing their first whitewash of England. Here are some of the key stats from the third Test and the series that illustrate Pakistan's highs and England's lows.

  • Pakistan completed their first ever whitewash of England, and their fifth overall in series of three or more matches. It is also their first whitewash since their 3-0 win against Bangladesh in 2003. It was the second time a subcontinent team whitewashed England; they lost 3-0 in India in 1993. Overall, they have lost all Tests in a series (minimum three matches) on seven occasions, including three series against Australia and two against West Indies. For the second time in eight months (the first being India's series in England), the No. 1 Test team has lost all Tests in a series.
  • Pakistan became the first team in over 100 years to win a Test after scoring less than 100 in the first innings of the match. The last time this occurred was when England scored 76 but still defeated South Africa in 1907. It is also the ninth time overall that a team has won despite a score of less than 100 in the first innings.
  • England's batting average of 19.06 in the series is the second-lowest for them in a series of three or more matches, and the lowest since 1888. It is also the lowest average for any team in a series of three or more matches against Pakistan. England's average fell below 30 for the first time in their last seven series (three or more Tests).
  • No England batsman scored a century in the three-match series. This is the first time since the 1999 series against New Zealand and the eighth time overall that England have failed to score a single century in a series of three or more matches.
  • Pakistan's win had a lot to do with the performance of their spinners. They picked up 48 wickets in the series at an average of 15.64. This is the highest number of wickets taken by Pakistan spinners in a three-Test series with the previous highest being 45 against England in 1987-88. The average of the Pakistan spinners (15.64) is the second-best in a series of three-plus matches against England. The series also witnessed 75 wickets falling to spin. Only twice before have spinners picked up more wickets in a three-Test series.
  • Saeed Ajmal finished the series with a haul of 24 wickets. His tally is fifth on the list of most wickets taken by a Pakistan bowler in a three-Test series and the second-highest by a spinner after Abdul Qadir, who picked up 30 against England in 1987-88. Abdur Rehman ended the series with 19 wickets at 16.73.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq won his ninth Test as captain. Among all Pakistan captains to have led in at least 15 Tests, Misbah's win-loss ratio of 9.00 is the best.
  • England were dismissed for less than 200 four times in six innings in the series. Since 2005, England have been bowled out for less than 200 more than four times in a series only once, in the Ashes 2006-07 series when they lost 5-0.

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  • zico123 on February 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    England stripped India off no. 1 ranking, and now they themselves faced a humiliating 3-0 whitewash, they don't deserve the no. 1 ranking as well.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Every team is a lion in its own country. That's the only truth. The era of a team capturing the world end's with australian dominance and the truth is the next no 1 team with same dominance will be australia again.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 7, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Happy to see there is no BS comments from English fans... there Fast track bullies where 'World class batsmen' and fast bowlers were world class after one series. India proved their inability in subcontinent in the ODIs and now Pakistan pproved there inability in tests...kudos to Pakistan!

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Only teams which can win in away matches or series can sustain No.1 ranking ... Like Aus did when they were on top.....

  • HawksEyeFocused on February 7, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Pakistan white-washed England. But I don't think Sri Lanka and India will ever beat England. Both teams Sri Lanka and India don't have the high class spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. In my opinion England will definitely India in test series if not Sri Lanka!!! India may win against Bangladesh!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    It's a magnificent performance by Pakistan and, yet again, England have stumbled in Asia. It was only under Nasir Hussain that England looked the part in subcontinental conditions. Here, they looked like amateurs aginst high quality spin and reverse swing by the highly underrated Umar Gul.On another note... Yes, India have been disgraceful in their last 2 series abroad but at least this English surrender puts the results in perspective. No team these days is good enough to win in alien conditions. Doff your cap to the West Indian team of the eighties who thumped everyone everywhere...WITHOUT neutral umpires!

  • ansram on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    It has become a fashion for the no:1 to be white washed these days. So much for the no:1 spot. The ranking systems are flawed in a big way.

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    i think no match for pakistan spin in the world now. No doubt india has good spinners but they cant match doosra of saeed and rehman at the stage. Misbah Ul Haq is also behind the unification of team. If captain leads from the front especially in terms of character no one get you shatter. Misbah Ul Haq is very cool customer, a true gentle men pakistan cricket has to experienced with. I wish Misbah good luck for future. No doubt it is credit and reward to his long patience. He was kept away from pak team for a long time. In this situation he remained under pressure and was nuable to show his best. But now Misbah is the leader. Gud luck again

  • rockyyy on February 7, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    from 2000-2011 india did well in all the parts of the world,wheras england didnt.south africa shud have taken that no.1 position after aussies,but they didnt give a consistent performance as they gave b4 ....and most importantly india did well against aussies!!!!

  • MQasimAli on February 7, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    i love pakistan cricket team, i hope this revival will survive for long time, good luck misbah n rest

  • zico123 on February 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    England stripped India off no. 1 ranking, and now they themselves faced a humiliating 3-0 whitewash, they don't deserve the no. 1 ranking as well.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Every team is a lion in its own country. That's the only truth. The era of a team capturing the world end's with australian dominance and the truth is the next no 1 team with same dominance will be australia again.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 7, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Happy to see there is no BS comments from English fans... there Fast track bullies where 'World class batsmen' and fast bowlers were world class after one series. India proved their inability in subcontinent in the ODIs and now Pakistan pproved there inability in tests...kudos to Pakistan!

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Only teams which can win in away matches or series can sustain No.1 ranking ... Like Aus did when they were on top.....

  • HawksEyeFocused on February 7, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Pakistan white-washed England. But I don't think Sri Lanka and India will ever beat England. Both teams Sri Lanka and India don't have the high class spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. In my opinion England will definitely India in test series if not Sri Lanka!!! India may win against Bangladesh!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    It's a magnificent performance by Pakistan and, yet again, England have stumbled in Asia. It was only under Nasir Hussain that England looked the part in subcontinental conditions. Here, they looked like amateurs aginst high quality spin and reverse swing by the highly underrated Umar Gul.On another note... Yes, India have been disgraceful in their last 2 series abroad but at least this English surrender puts the results in perspective. No team these days is good enough to win in alien conditions. Doff your cap to the West Indian team of the eighties who thumped everyone everywhere...WITHOUT neutral umpires!

  • ansram on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    It has become a fashion for the no:1 to be white washed these days. So much for the no:1 spot. The ranking systems are flawed in a big way.

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    i think no match for pakistan spin in the world now. No doubt india has good spinners but they cant match doosra of saeed and rehman at the stage. Misbah Ul Haq is also behind the unification of team. If captain leads from the front especially in terms of character no one get you shatter. Misbah Ul Haq is very cool customer, a true gentle men pakistan cricket has to experienced with. I wish Misbah good luck for future. No doubt it is credit and reward to his long patience. He was kept away from pak team for a long time. In this situation he remained under pressure and was nuable to show his best. But now Misbah is the leader. Gud luck again

  • rockyyy on February 7, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    from 2000-2011 india did well in all the parts of the world,wheras england didnt.south africa shud have taken that no.1 position after aussies,but they didnt give a consistent performance as they gave b4 ....and most importantly india did well against aussies!!!!

  • MQasimAli on February 7, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    i love pakistan cricket team, i hope this revival will survive for long time, good luck misbah n rest

  • zenboomerang on February 7, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Kunjan Majmudar :- "Gautam Gambhir was absolutely right after 4-0 loss to Australia....Asian teams should prepare absoulte TURNERS"... Yes we hope you do - the 1st SL v Oz Test was on a rank turner & Oz won easily... Then 2 matches on flat dead pitches & we would have won at least another match except for rain delays... Gambhir also said Siddle hadn't improved since he'd seen him last series... Talk about throwing mud into your own eye... lol... Siddle 22 wkts & Gambhir 4 times - guess who got the last laugh? ...

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    only pay back of 2010 with interst. . . . .o.

  • Harry_Kool on February 7, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    @Kunjan Majmudar. You mean like the one SL prepared for the first test against Australia? What was the result again? Help me understand how that improves circket? If you had pitches that covered all conditions, you would be a much better cricketer for it.

  • mrgupta on February 7, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    So England beat Pakistan when they last toured England and now got beaten 3-0 on Asian pitches. England beat India when India last visited England but have failed to Win a single series in India in God knows how many years. India were unbeaten home and away (SL, NZ, WI and SA) since acquiring no.1 status for almost 2 years, England lost the first series outside their home. And yet Indians are Lions at home and lambs outside but not England, Ha! so much for the no.1 team.

  • playitstraight on February 7, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    A batting average of 19.06 is horrible, even against a quality spin attack. It goes on to show how overrated England's batting line-up is. Take Sri Lanka for example. In their last series vs Pakistan, they managed to draw one thanks to a masterclass double century from Kumar Sangakkara and a century from Prasanna Jayawardene. They could've won the last test in that series, but they ran out of overs. They had to face the same bowling attack, and still tried their best. If they had bowlers who could take 20 wickets, then they would've definitely won. Anyways, England has to improve their batting and find someone like Lara, Ponting, Tendulkar, Kallis, Dravid, Sangakkara, Clarke, or even Younis Khan. Until then, their batting is a concern.

  • GoldenAsif on February 7, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    at Randhawa jay

    Conditions in UAE are similar to the sub-continent but not the same and playing in UAE is still not the same as playing in Pakistan in front of home crowds, so give credit where it is due. Although spinners rightly took the plaudits, unlike subcontinental wickets, the UAE pitches had something for good pace bowlers too as exemplified by low-scoring games and the success of the three main pacers - Broad, Anderson and Gul. Pakistan's 342 in the 1st innings of the first test was the highest innings total in the series, so not exactly batting-friendly paradises like in India and Pakistan

  • Alexei on February 7, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    South Africa is the best test team in the world... Simple. I don't see any better, certainly on paper..

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on February 7, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Came on here to offer congrats to Pakistani team for an excellent performance that is humbling for England to say the least. Surprise surprise the usual Indian suspects are drooling over these threads gloating. But really, I have to ask, what is there for India to gloat over? Does it make your 2 series whitewashes in a row somehow less painful? At least we had one silver lining - our bowlers performed fantastically and unlike the head in the sand reaction that we witness from India ad infinitum, I guarantee the gloaters this failure will be ackowledged, accepted and then reverse engineered until improvements are made. I mean, we could always just pretend it never happened and focus on T20 & IPL but what's the point? Test cricket's where it's at baby!

  • bohurupi on February 7, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Home advantage is always there but Pakistan was not actually playing at their home soil!. You cannot compare what Pakistan has achieved today playing in a foreign land with that of India playing test cricket sitting on mother's lap at home. You cannot simply ignore the facts that Pakistan, playing in another Asian country, are facing all kind of hurdles that are hardly congenial for the progression and promotion of cricket in their country. The young budding cricketers of Pakistan are constantly being deprived of participating in the first class matches against high profile international teams. Empty stadium promise only very little, if any, revenue for their board. Amid all these chaos and stiflings, it is only the sheer spirit, discipline, commitment, and the mix of the anguish with the anger of a captain and his band of players have made all the difference. We pray that they keep it up.

  • on February 7, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Sad to see anyone talking about preparing pitches to suit their teams. India V Aus. in Aus - pitches are usually faster and Indian ones usually take more spin - that's their character. But India have some excellent fast bowlers, especially Zaheer & Yudav. Australian batsmen have handled it better, especially oldies (Ponting/Clarke/Hussey). If it was a pitch thing, then you'd always want to bowl first to take advantage of extra bounce, but Australia batted 1st in tests 1 & 4, and 2nd in 2 & 3 - and significantly outscored the Indians. Compare this to the last series in India - 1st match was a beauty, India won by one wicket. Aus. batsmen held their own in the 1st innings, both teams faltered in the 2nd. The fast bowlers did the damage for Australia! Even in the second test which India won convincingly, it's our quicks that do the work. If you tailor pitches for yourself, you may get beaten at your own game - everyone was surprised to see VVS, Sachin, Sehwag & Dravid do so poorly.

  • josh2david on February 7, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Its seems to me England should replace few players who can face the slower and spin balls in subcontinent, Bell , Morgan and Peterson are walking wickets. They should definetely be dropped for SL tour otherwise results will be the same , Bell scored total of 45 runs in this series ! No5 batsman ? selectors has to think about it.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    It is all about playing in the conditions you are used to. I sure the Eskimo team would have a real advantage at the North Pole. Looking forward to seeing England tested further in India and Pakistan tested either in Aus/SA or against batters that can play spin like India. A good era of cricket :)

  • ZsZs on February 6, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Good thing Pakistan "do a Bradman" - as the commentator on Cricinfo said when they were all out for 99 in the 1st innings. One more record created in this series. Hearty congratulations to the Pakistani team.

  • MN-USA on February 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Have the top six English players go through a 3-6 months mandatory "BOOTCAMP" in pakistan, where they get accustomed to the sub-continental pitches, conditions and learn technique to play against spinners to prepare them for Sirilankan and Indian tour. (There are plenty of quality spinners in pak domestic circuit) Then Select only those who succesfully attain the "certification" for their forthcoming tours.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    i think its not fair to say that india wining at home, i think every team is winning at home now, england did it while beating india, ausie, to india, pakistan did to england in asian subcontinent, even playing field is Sth Africa.,

  • drinks.break on February 6, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    If SA beat NZ 3-0 in March, they will take over as the new #1 side. So much for England's golden era of absolute dominance that one-eyed England fans have been trumpeting so loudly!

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir was absolutely right after 4-0 loss to Australia....Asian teams should prepare absoulte TURNERS....England fumbled in just first series after getting to N0.1 status...hahah..India atleast maintained status for almost 2 years...Sorry England...

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Pakistan ZINDABAAD,,,,, england have been outclassed by pakistan

  • FTBRocks on February 6, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    welcome to era os 1990's where SUb-continent team were use to thash ENG-RSA and OZ...so era of HOME tigers is back...interesting thing is everyone is killing visotors on their own pitches...i feel #1 rce should be FREEZED for some time...

  • CHINAMAN_UK on February 6, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    It now transpires England were undercooked, not enough practice in asian conditions, how many of the WINS in Engalnd could the same thing be said by touring teams!

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Pakistan has proved yet that they can win outside the country.Pakistan is best team but the best.

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    On a subcontinent wicket no one can beat Pakistan, That's for sure, but still Pakistan has to do lot more work on fast bowling area.... unlike India or England, they have to win in Australia and South Africa too... Remember Australians were No 1 because they beat India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, west indies and England in their home grounds. so keep it up guys, it's just a take off... Good Luck Team Pakistan ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    so a Green track bully has eaten dust in Asia. so much for the no. 1.

  • RishiGupte on February 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    English commentators had been going hoopla over their team's new found #1 status. They displaced India, who had in views of many English cricket 'experts' contentiously held on to that title through good home performances. Facts tell otherwise. Let's take a time period from Jan 2000 to Jan 2012. While India was never a dominant team and certainly played excellent cricket at home, they did not play most of their cricket at home, whereas England did! England in fact not only played most of their matches at home but played 22 more Test matches, most of them at home, giving England a marginally better success rate. England played 151 Test matches won 70 and lost 40, win loss ratio of 1.75 out of which 68 matches were played away from home and won 22. That's a staggering 83 Matches at Home! In comparison, India overall played 129 Matches, won 51 and lost 35, win loss ratio of 1.45 of which 72 matches were played away, won 24 which means only 57 were played at home! Statsguru doesnt lie!

  • turingfan on February 6, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Sundhar: first innings of the MATCH. Not the first innings by the winning team. In the match you cite New Zealand batted second after India's first innings.

  • NikhilNair on February 6, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Now go look at the stats... India averaged 22+ in England... and England averaged not even 20 against a good attack! Now say good bye to No.1 because you are just not good enough! SA/AUS/PAK are contenders to attain No.1 status.

  • Mappi on February 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Although England lost 0-3, 48 wkts taken by Pakistani, 27 Wkts by English spinners & 35 wickets to fast bowlers from both the side respectively, wickets were very friendly , yes they were spinning at times, no one said they were deadly wickets as we had seen in Indian home series againts various team in past few years, plus all matches were under DRS which was the best to watch and interesting, hope BCCI the ONLY board to disapprove DRS it should start implement it for all the series. As Indian team struggling badly due to their batting woes same goes for England, well played Pakistan keep on going

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Now it is proven. ENGLAND a paper tiger in Asia. (As every dogs has it own day, England too had its days in England). Australians & English always cries when they visit Asia. Asian teams should learn a lesson. Start making absolute turner. Then you see English & Aussies bundle out less for a record low score. (but be ready, they say this pitch is not suitable for test cricket ... and so on..)

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Sundhar, now look now what you have done!

  • smjr on February 6, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran..... The record is about the first inning of the match and not the first inning score of a team being less than 100, and that team still won the match. The information tabulated here by cricinfo staff is absolutely correct. So Pakistan is the only team that has repeated the record after 1907

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @ Sekaran NZ were bowled out for 94 in their first innings. Not in the first innings of the match. India had already batted before them. Here we are talking about below 100 winning totals in the first innings of the match. @Kunagpal Both Ind and here Eng started the series as no. 1, so this record obviously includes both of them. Even if we agree to your argument, its still a whitewash (3-0) for India!

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran: that was 2nd innings of match.

  • Rohit... on February 6, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran You didnot get the line. It meant the first innings of the match, not the first innings of the winning team. In the match pointed by you, NZ batted 2nd and 4th innings. Not the 1st innings.

  • MacGyver2528 on February 6, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    I think you made is mistake. In November 2011 South Africa beat Australia in Cape Town after scoring about 96runs in the first innings!

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran : The report is correct, The Kiwi match you mentioned , they scored 94 in their 1st innings, but that was 2nd inning of the match. India scored 99 in the 1st inning.

  • nitishverma1909 on February 6, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Sundhar, while indeed New Zealand were dismissed for 94 in "their" first innings, it was in fact the second innings of the match, since India had batted first before them. The statistic in this report refers to a team scoring less than a hundred in "the first innings of the match"

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Misbah is 2nd, after DR Jardine, in the list of captains(ratio wise) to have led in at least 15 Tests in the history of cricket. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;groupby=captains;orderby=win_loss_ratio;template=results;type=team

  • RamaP on February 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @sundhar this article talks about the first innings. if not, there are 13 instances total. chk this out. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;event=1;filter=advanced;orderby=team_score;orderbyad=reverse;result=1;runsmax1=99;runsval1=runs;template=results;type=team;view=innings

  • malik9992 on February 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @ Sundhar Sekaran, in that match india batted first and they lost the match, but in this match Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is talking about the team who batted first and scored less than 100 runs and yet managed to win the match...... he is talking about the teams first inning less in their first which could be the 2nd like (SA v AUS) where Australia batted first and bowled South Africa less than 100 at the SA won the match. Its all about the first inning of the match the team who faces first ball of the test match.

  • indiaforcup on February 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran: The report says "first innings of the match" not first innings of that particular team. If i remember right, in the test match you mentioned, India batted first. If it were to be the first innings of the winning team then, in the recent test match between South Africa and Australia, South Africa were bowled out for 96 in their first Innings but later went on to win the Test match.

  • mtpak on February 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran The Kiwis batted second in that match. The stats is for a team batting first and scoring less than 100.

  • CodedSteve on February 6, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran. The New Zealanders batted 2nd, not 1st

  • JayPmorgan on February 6, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran , READ the text CORRECTLY . It says the FIRST innings of the TEST , not the first innings of the team in the test. The second part of the paragraph alludes to your link : " It is also the ninth time overall that a team has won despite a score of less than 100 in the first innings" .

  • Dyed.Corduroy on February 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @ Sundhar Sekaran:

    Dude this record is about scoring less than 100 "in the first innings of the match" and still winning .. In the match that u referred to, New Zealand scored 94 in the second innings of the match .. However India scored 99 in the first innings of the match and lost the match .. so no mistakes in this report .. :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    England is still the best team.The problem was these two spinners who aer world class bowlers and any team will have same difficulty with them. No one can win against those two spinners . In fact Mohd Hafeeze himself is a world class spinner too. So Pakistan has 3 great spinners and hardly any reliable consiststbatsman. They should have extra batsman and they should have one fast bowler only.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    They are taking about first innings of a TEST MATCH.

  • China786 on February 6, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    "Pakistan became the first team in over 100 years to win a Test after scoring less than 100 in the first innings of the match. " its about first innings of match,, not first inning of winning team..Hope that clarifies concerns raised by Sundhar Sekaran . Geo Pakistan Hazaroon saal. INSHALLAH

  • Chenn_Krishna on February 6, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    There is no mistake with the report, it is first innings of test not team's first innings.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    It's about the batting first team in the first innings! Kiwis batted second in that match's first innings!

  • shawn_jake on February 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    proud of pakistan.... good luck for the one days

  • puneet_usa on February 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    I would like to congratulate Pakistan Team and its fans for such a splendid performance over the current top team in the world, You all deserve full credit and pat at the back for the way you all went about cricket and also supporters- you guys deserve credit for always backing your team up during tough times- Teams performance depends a lot on how fans react to their performance- Being an Indian cricket fan I do understand that we tend to get too emotionally attached with teams performance but INSTEAD we NEED to accept defeats, cherish victories and learn from mistakes and take steps to improve.. All the media bashing and fans adding fuel to it doesn't really help. I really hope that Pakistan performs exceptionally well on their overseas tours and regain the top spot in all three formats of the game which has been long due- You all have abundance of talent but all the politics involved in Asian cricket ruins so many exciting prospects- World Cricket needs a strong Pakistan Team.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @ sundhar sekaran.... Check ur link again. India batted first and were bowled out for 99 and new Zealand won the match. In article, they are talking about team scoring less than 100 in first innings and win that match.

    Well done Team Pakistan

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Sundhar.... The stats refer to the very first innings of a test match.....Newzealand batted second....!!!

  • AwanSalman on February 6, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran: It was Kiwi's first inning but not the first innings of the match. Record discussed in the article is about the first innings of the match.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @sundhar sekaran in that match india played first innings and they lost it...kiwis played the second inning.

  • Shreyas_Sinkar on February 6, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @Sundhar - It says first innings of a Test match. New Zealand did score 94 in their first innings but it was the second innings of the match.

  • AF2199 on February 6, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @ Sundhar Sekaran .... Dude it was not first innings of the match .... NZ batted second and bowled out for 94 ....

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Awesome job! Pakistan did it :D

  • ranjit.sg on February 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran: The report is talking about scoring less than 100 in the first innings of the match. NZ were dismissed for 94 in their first innings, but it was the 2nd innings of the match, as India had batted first.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @sundhar: there isno mistake in report... it says a team won after scoring less than 100 in first innings "of the match", in your link the kiwi innings of 94, it was the second innings "of the match", first innings was india's 99.

  • only_india_1 on February 6, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran: this report says: 1st innings of the match; it doesn't say team's first inning. In 2002 india batted first.

  • Tiger-Khan on February 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    can someone explain how Pak is below india in the test rankings??

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    So, lowest average since 1888 ( O _ O )? England exploring and successfully accomplising to reach some new depths in cricketing lows? When you want to see circus dancers against spin, you just invite the English to Asia :).

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @Sundhar Sekaran the people are on about the first innings of the match. Whereas new zealand were out for 94 in the second innings of the match.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @sunder skaran.. what they mean is first inngins of the match.. not the team...

  • khan-eddi on February 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    great win, Misbah has certainly silenced his critics. Way to Go Pakistan!

  • Naren on February 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @Kunagpal: what are you trying to say? What difference does it make? Anyway for your information until the series is over the points are not changed. So India lost 4-0 when they were still No.1.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @ Sundhar Sekaran..The report says.."in the first innings of the match" while the match you are referring to is true, but it was the 2nd innings of the match when NewZealand got out for 94!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    I think there is a mistake in this report.. Kiwis won a test match against India in 2002 after being dismissed for 94 in their first innings.. Look at this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64021.html

  • salman_0902 on February 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Pakstan is the dream crasher. they will always win from the best and can lose to the weakest.

  • asaduzzaman-khan on February 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    A lot of records in this series. Happy to see, test cricket is gaining its glory back. This series and last year's Aus vs SA series presented some high quality crickets.

  • Kunagpal on February 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Actually this is the first time a no 1 ranked test team has been whitewashed. India had already lost the no 1 ranking to england after the third test, so the 4-0 drubbing dosent count

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Please don't blame the statistician for being an Indian. Best wishes to Pakistani brothers. :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    y all fuss about spinners onli ? nodoubt they held the keys but its was UMAER GUL who brought Pak back in the last test..plus the precise razor attacks of chhema.... the seamers like stuart,anderson and gul also deserve a fair share of credit!

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  • on February 6, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    y all fuss about spinners onli ? nodoubt they held the keys but its was UMAER GUL who brought Pak back in the last test..plus the precise razor attacks of chhema.... the seamers like stuart,anderson and gul also deserve a fair share of credit!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Please don't blame the statistician for being an Indian. Best wishes to Pakistani brothers. :)

  • Kunagpal on February 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Actually this is the first time a no 1 ranked test team has been whitewashed. India had already lost the no 1 ranking to england after the third test, so the 4-0 drubbing dosent count

  • asaduzzaman-khan on February 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    A lot of records in this series. Happy to see, test cricket is gaining its glory back. This series and last year's Aus vs SA series presented some high quality crickets.

  • salman_0902 on February 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Pakstan is the dream crasher. they will always win from the best and can lose to the weakest.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    I think there is a mistake in this report.. Kiwis won a test match against India in 2002 after being dismissed for 94 in their first innings.. Look at this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64021.html

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    @ Sundhar Sekaran..The report says.."in the first innings of the match" while the match you are referring to is true, but it was the 2nd innings of the match when NewZealand got out for 94!

  • Naren on February 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @Kunagpal: what are you trying to say? What difference does it make? Anyway for your information until the series is over the points are not changed. So India lost 4-0 when they were still No.1.

  • khan-eddi on February 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    great win, Misbah has certainly silenced his critics. Way to Go Pakistan!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @sunder skaran.. what they mean is first inngins of the match.. not the team...