Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 1st day January 17, 2012

Ajmal's seven makes it Pakistan's day

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Pakistan 42 for 0 trail England 192 (Prior 70*, Ajmal 7-55) by 150 runs
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Saeed Ajmal took seven wickets for the first time in his Pakistan career as England capitulated in the first Test in Dubai. There was limited turn for Ajmal on a sound batting surface, but his beguiling mix of offspinners and doosras drove England to distraction as they were dismissed by the 73rd over to leave Pakistan firmly in command.

England lost their first seven wickets for 94 and matters would have been much worse without a robust response by Matt Prior, who looked the most decisive of their batsmen from the outset and, with eight down, counterattacked against the spinners before running out of partners.

Pakistan, who batted in untroubled fashion for 15 overs in reply, would have been highly satisfied. They are careful not to describe the UAE as home, but it is fast becoming a favourite refuge. They enjoyed a jubilant first morning, claiming five wickets on a placid batting surface, and Ajmal made further inroads in the last two sessions to ensure that England's first outing as the No. 1 ranked Test side in the world began disastrously.

When Ajmal unveiled his new mystery ball, the teesra, midway through the afternoon session, it proved to be an initial disappointment, a slingy, round-arm affair that Stuart Broad stoutly blocked. But he did not need a mystery ball. To England they were all mystery balls.

When England first encountered Ajmal, at Edgbaston 17 months ago, he took five wickets before they gradually worked him out as the series progressed. They will need to learn quickly again. The battle between Ajmal and Swann, contenders as the best offspinner in the world, could be pivotal.

He was the last Pakistan bowler to be introduced into the attack, but after ten deliveries he had had figures of 3 for 1, removing Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen. England summoned comparative resistance from then on, but Ajmal removed Morgan and Stuart Broad, both lbw sweeping, before tea. Two further lbw verdicts - Chris Tremlett outdone by an excellent doosra - completed the job. For England, only Swann matched Prior's purpose.

England won the toss, the pace of the pitch was gentle, there was no swing or seam, and just a hint of turn. However, just about everything attempted by Pakistan's impressive captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, came off as the cream of England batting disappeared in the first two hours.

There had been concerns about how England, who moved to No. 1 with high-adrenalin performances in front of packed crowds, would respond to the dead air of a virtually empty stadium, especially as their record in Asia is so mediocre - Bangladesh apart they have not won in their last seven Test series on the subcontinent. Those doubts are now apparent to all.

Mohammad Hafeez's offspin was introduced in the sixth over to counter England's left-hand openers and he dismissed Alastair Cook in his first over. Cook attempted to work his first ball into the leg side and got a thick outside edge through point. Then Hafeez found gentle turn with his third delivery and Cook edged obligingly to the wicketkeeper.

Pakistan had opted for three spinners; England stuck to their successful formula of Graeme Swann's offspin supported by three fast bowlers. It was not long before England looked in denial.

Jonathan Trott was the one batsman to fall to pace, the bustling pace provided by Aizaz Cheema. His new-ball spell was curtailed to two overs, but Trott found him a handful on his return. A walking clip to the square-leg boundary represented England's most authoritative moment of the session, but he edged successive boundaries, the second of them flying over leg stump off the inside edge. Trott fell in Cheema's next over, strangled down the leg side as the bowler banged one in.

Ajmal struck with his sixth, seventh and tenth deliveries. Strauss had batted 42 balls for 19 when he misread the length, tried to pull a ball that was too far up to him, and was bowled. Bell came in with his wrist heavily strapped, courtesy of a blow in the nets the previous day while batting against the dog-thrower used by the England batting coach, Graham Gooch. He was met by a perfect doosra from Ajmal, which he edged to give the bowler his third wicket of the morning. Bell did not appear to read it but, first ball at the start of a new series, reading Ulysses would have been easier.

Bell then departed for a long conversation with Gooch, who exchanged dog-thrower for any bone of consolation that he could toss his way.

Misbah had begun by taunting Pietersen with left-arm spin, his nemesis, in the shape of Abdur Rehman. He survived against Rehman, but not Ajmal. Pietersen played slightly across the ball and was hit on the front pad, just outside the crease. Bruce Oxenford, the Australian umpire, was unconvinced but the wicketkeeper gestured excitedly for the DRS and his judgment was well founded, the replay suggesting that the ball would have struck halfway up leg stump.

Morgan, more content than many against spin, was lbw to the slog-sweep, a decision by the Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford that was upheld by the third umpire after England, logically enough at 82 for 5, opted for the DRS. It was a weaker paddle-sweep that did for Broad, who rarely believes he is out, and who also asked for a review; but again television evidence ruled in the umpire's favour.

Only when Swann came to the crease did England play with adventure, a mood that Prior adopted after Abdur Rehman made one turn to strike Swann's off stump. Umar Gul had wasted a Pakistan review in the last over before tea as he demanded a DRS verdict against Swann that had no hope of success. But that was Pakistan's only moment of unprofessionalism in a calm and disciplined performance. Pakistan's jubilation was almost complete.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY addicted_to_chaos on | January 18, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @ reality_check on (January 17 2012, 16:23 PM GMT): You are absolutely correct.... nice post...... For sure England will be back sooner, if not in this test than next two test matches...... @Indian Fans: Stop your wishful thinking by drawing conclusions that English cant bat on slow tracks for reasons that; a) Pakistani bowling is way superior than Indians, b) Pakistani team has no old ghosts in their team

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    This bowler Swan is useless!!! they should have selected Monty Panesar but I guess some elemnts of racism prevented the the English team in selecting him. Ajmal is far superior to Swan and it is quite obvious as to who is the world's best spinner.

    Englih media, thier politicians, their whole system reeks of hypocrissy and double standards. This former colonizer has 0 respect from me and anything their media says is irrelevant!!They will always find excuses to put down another person.

  • POSTED BY addicted_to_chaos on | January 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @sanjaykn on (January 17 2012, 15:42 PM GMT) : You should worry more about your indian team being thrashed consistantly..... When guns are too old they starts backfiring, pretty simple example for your ageing old clumsy-lookin batsmen.... fix this n stop complaining about bouncy n fast tracks being reasons for your team's failures in disgusting manners......

  • POSTED BY SATHYARAMANUJA on | January 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    If you watch the bowling action of Saeed Ajmal, we can clearly conclude that he is a great chucker of the bills and hence no credit for taking wickets by chucking

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    yeah pakistan and show english players ho to play an aay series xD AND thnx for the support indian brothers =)

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Thanks our fellow India. Brethren for all the encouraging compliments

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 18, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I am amused by Indian fans lecturing other fans that winning overseas is important.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    @Zia Rehman He remained unbeaten and this innings score will be added to the current avg (as only the num of dissmissals are used in calculating the avg). So there is a chance to increase his avg

  • POSTED BY Dr.Hasan on | January 18, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Interesting comments here. A few things I would like to comment on: Firstly excellent bowling by all the Pak bowlers and decent fielding as well apart from the two missed chances by another Akmal brother! Secondly more Indians commenting here than Pakistanis LOL probably venting their frustration of the hammering they are getting at the hands of the aussies ... which is rather sad. Thirdly whats all this banter about the pitch being spinner friendly or like pitches in india or sri lanka?? The surface is an absolute feather bed with low bounce and minimal spin. It is nothing like the dust bowls we often see in the subcontinent where the pitches spin SQUARE. Pak's first day success is based on excellent bowling and variations by their bowlers which led to suffocating the english batsmen.

    Lastly PLEASE DONOT write off the english team yet, they are the world no.1 for good reason and will fight till the very end so Pak needs to keep their guard up. Best of luck Pakistan :)

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | January 18, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    How they are batting is an example for entire cricketing world that if you have patience you can bat well. If you have desire and aggression then you can bowled any team out cheaply no matter if your opponent is #1. So 112-0 opening stand is so exciting to see. It seems like the clone of Aus-vs-India.

  • POSTED BY addicted_to_chaos on | January 18, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    @ reality_check on (January 17 2012, 16:23 PM GMT): You are absolutely correct.... nice post...... For sure England will be back sooner, if not in this test than next two test matches...... @Indian Fans: Stop your wishful thinking by drawing conclusions that English cant bat on slow tracks for reasons that; a) Pakistani bowling is way superior than Indians, b) Pakistani team has no old ghosts in their team

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    This bowler Swan is useless!!! they should have selected Monty Panesar but I guess some elemnts of racism prevented the the English team in selecting him. Ajmal is far superior to Swan and it is quite obvious as to who is the world's best spinner.

    Englih media, thier politicians, their whole system reeks of hypocrissy and double standards. This former colonizer has 0 respect from me and anything their media says is irrelevant!!They will always find excuses to put down another person.

  • POSTED BY addicted_to_chaos on | January 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @sanjaykn on (January 17 2012, 15:42 PM GMT) : You should worry more about your indian team being thrashed consistantly..... When guns are too old they starts backfiring, pretty simple example for your ageing old clumsy-lookin batsmen.... fix this n stop complaining about bouncy n fast tracks being reasons for your team's failures in disgusting manners......

  • POSTED BY SATHYARAMANUJA on | January 18, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    If you watch the bowling action of Saeed Ajmal, we can clearly conclude that he is a great chucker of the bills and hence no credit for taking wickets by chucking

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    yeah pakistan and show english players ho to play an aay series xD AND thnx for the support indian brothers =)

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Thanks our fellow India. Brethren for all the encouraging compliments

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 18, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I am amused by Indian fans lecturing other fans that winning overseas is important.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 18, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    @Zia Rehman He remained unbeaten and this innings score will be added to the current avg (as only the num of dissmissals are used in calculating the avg). So there is a chance to increase his avg

  • POSTED BY Dr.Hasan on | January 18, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Interesting comments here. A few things I would like to comment on: Firstly excellent bowling by all the Pak bowlers and decent fielding as well apart from the two missed chances by another Akmal brother! Secondly more Indians commenting here than Pakistanis LOL probably venting their frustration of the hammering they are getting at the hands of the aussies ... which is rather sad. Thirdly whats all this banter about the pitch being spinner friendly or like pitches in india or sri lanka?? The surface is an absolute feather bed with low bounce and minimal spin. It is nothing like the dust bowls we often see in the subcontinent where the pitches spin SQUARE. Pak's first day success is based on excellent bowling and variations by their bowlers which led to suffocating the english batsmen.

    Lastly PLEASE DONOT write off the english team yet, they are the world no.1 for good reason and will fight till the very end so Pak needs to keep their guard up. Best of luck Pakistan :)

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | January 18, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    How they are batting is an example for entire cricketing world that if you have patience you can bat well. If you have desire and aggression then you can bowled any team out cheaply no matter if your opponent is #1. So 112-0 opening stand is so exciting to see. It seems like the clone of Aus-vs-India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I am an Indian and this is the first time I am supporting the Pakistani Team. India were humiliated in England and I hope Pakistan defeat England to bring them down in the ICC ratings.

    Best of Luck Pakistan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Come on England, pull your socks up. We were hoping that you would still be number 1 in the world when we play you in the Ashes next year. Really hoping that you guys get your mojo back so that Australia's resurgence can be tested by a team with a bit of heart and pride.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 18, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    @EddieKhan point noted. Whether home or not pak always displays good bowling performance. Cheers from INDIAN fan :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    sub continent is not ur place dudes...... u can be best only in ur homeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...

  • POSTED BY Musafir366 on | January 18, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I think commentator should act like professional people. rather then giving their own comments they should be tell viewers what happening in the ground. Be unbiased.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Well done Pakistani Eagles... these Lions R ONLY A KING IN THERE COUNTRY. They dont know how to play outside hahaha.. And probably the biggest joke of this year is THE STATEMENT OF BOB WALLIS ON SAEED AJMAL's action... DUDE DONT CRY...

  • POSTED BY cricfanraj on | January 18, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Is this the same England team that boasted about the No. 1 Rank...Hahah.. THis should shut the blind supporters who think this Enganld team is one of the bests. They have some good swing bowlers but their batting is noway near to world class. Comparing this with all time great teams is a Joke :-)

  • POSTED BY Drew2 on | January 18, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    @Varun Shukla you are getting your codes mixed up there. India's 5-0 white wash of England was only one day cricket and means nothing at Test level. Sounds like you are still smarting from the absolute hiding India received in England.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | January 18, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Looking forward to toothless England bowling being massacred in these conditions. Please honour our request of 3-0. Two by more than an innings if possible. Just for the fun of it. An Indian Pakistani cricket fan.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    @ramli & @G.Sri I appreciate per "Jull Oye":)D

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    As an Aussie it is great to see England's true ability coming out. Maybe too many South Africans in the team?

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | January 18, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Wonderful Pakistan.. Show world no1 team what is mean by Subcontinent..

  • POSTED BY TopOrder_ on | January 18, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    UAE is in Middle East (GULF) not in Asian subcontinent, all those who are saying that it is HOME series and that is why Pakistan have advantage, must know that although it is a home SERIES but it is actually away series for both the teams (PCB will have financial advantages for being a HOME Series only). Pakistan have only that much of experience in UAE as their opponents there. Pakistan don't play Local cricket or first-class in UAE nor have they training camp in UAE. In fact England had longer practice session then Pakistan on this tour. Pakistan had been playing all of their cricket away from home, and they are MOST successful in it then any other team.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | January 18, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Congrats PAK. destroy them and prove them that they are not good in sub continent type of pitches.,.,, Its PAK / SA deserved to No-1 rank., Best wishes for the remaining test matches., Indian fan :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Pakistan going great .. Inshallah Pakistan will win this match and that is slap on British media

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    'ENGLAND NO. 1 TEST TEAM !!!!!! Heeee heee heee. They are no. 1 only at their english conditions. '

    And India were only good in their conditions whilst Number 1. Comments like this make me laugh. Of course a team is going to be best at home! As for the cricket, well, England have a hell of a lot of work to do. Good bowling from Ajmal but, to be honest, the batsmen got themselves out for a lot of his wickets. Both Cook and Strauss threw away their wickets.

  • POSTED BY EddieKhan on | January 18, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Kindly note that UAE is Pakistan's team second home infact I don't consider it one and even pitches neither the crowd much supports the cause..So posters kindly consider the fact and don't state that Pakistanis are only good in home conditions ...plus ICC should consider this fact before assigning points as per home series to the team not exactly playing at home

  • POSTED BY Fady042 on | January 18, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Awesome performance by Ajmal. England No.1 , no more !! The excuses made by English Media on bowling action of Ajmal were funny !!

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Oouchhh!!! What happened to the No.1 team....can't play outside England.....Seems to be the case....1st India beat you 5-0 in India...and now Pakistan stunned you for 192....hahahahaha....Kudos Pakistan...Well Done and Keep Up the Good Work..

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | January 18, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    England got 192 because they are the world champion any other team would have gone down for even lesser score.

  • POSTED BY skyeshwin on | January 18, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Congrats to the Pakistan team for displaying a dominating performance against the no1 team esp. Ajmal and Misbah. For all the problems they had in the last year off the field, I am amazed by the fighting spirit they have shown. Coming from an Indian.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | January 18, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Love this, would be extremely happy if Pakistan whitewash England. The paper no.1 team have no clue to play spinning ball that too on a day 1 track. Go Pakistan-From an Indian fan

  • POSTED BY ramli on | January 18, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Come on .. Pak brothers ... show England their place in the subcontinent ... good luck

  • POSTED BY S.F.Ali on | January 18, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Not again, English media come on grow up

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 18, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Two divisions of cricket needed.. Countries who play fast bowling well and countries who play spin bowling well.. Unless that, we are no going to have equal contest.. Only Pakistan bowlers are qualified to play in both pitches.. They too have a weaker batting in fast conditions..

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Pakistan........the prestige of sub continent :)

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | January 18, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    lets not get carried away guys, yes pak played very well and induced one of the worst 1st day performances by england in recent memory. however, there is still a full 4 days left, that is why its a test, teams can gather their resources and counterattack. pakistan still has a lot to do to win this test, and a lot more to secure the series. it'll be a tough fight hopefully and that is what i like. and lets quit with the no 1 bashing. till now they have earned it. we'll see in a few weeks though. if england can't draw or win the series, then we need to think about the ranking. but so far, they are no. 1 for a reason, they have played very well for 2 years. One day of test cricket doesnt give us pakistani fans the right to say we've knocked them off that ranking . we need to play like this for at least 14 days of test cricket to really shine. and hopefully we will. some solid batting needed now, hafeez and taufeeq looked ok last night, but the english will come hard.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | January 18, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    @bhavikcs --> first of all Pakistan has not been playing in their homeground for a lot of years...secondly whenever they played, they never were a tiger at home unlike their neighbours both east and south east

  • POSTED BY the_flying_squad on | January 18, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    one swallow doesn't make a summer. a lot of wild predictions going on here.

  • POSTED BY world.cricketer on | January 18, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    top order failed but prior and tailenders shown some fight there but every team at there home(consider dubai for pak) is playing well.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    SAEED AJMAL PROVED TO BE THE BEST!! MY SOLUTE TO THE AMAZING BOWLER!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Looks like it is pretty much easy pickings for the home side these days, in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY PBs09 on | January 18, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Alright guys, i hope no-one's writing England off, i mean, i want England to get thrashed as much as the next guy, but cricket's a funny game. A dramatic turnaround in the next couple of hours could make us all look pretty foolish here. Having said that, here's to a Pakistan innings victory! Cheers.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    With regards to Ajmal's action, he obviously does bowl with a bent elbow, as does any off-spinner who uses that under-hand style. I'm surprised that the ICC don't test every bowler of that type regardless of where they're from. While we now know that every bowler bends their elbow to some degree there's no doubt that that style requires a greater degree than any other. I think that Ajmal and any other bowler of his style should be tested but it makes no difference to this series either way. He's there and bowling well and England need to deal with it, regardless of what may happen in the future.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | January 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    That was a fairly good recovery from England given the atrocious start. One of the things that made Australia so strong for so long was that even when they did poorly there was always at least one batsman who stood up and kept them in the game. This England team are not the Australia team of that era and Prior is not Gilchrist but he sure is a good man to have coming in at 7. England certainly didn't help their reputation against spin on this day but I believe that England are capable of the improvement necessary to take the series and possibly even the match. As well as Ajmal bowled it is encouraging to me that several of the batsmen contributed to their own downfall and that is something they can change. The most impressive dismissal was Bell because A doosra first ball would be difficult for any batsman and especially a right hander. Cook, Trott and Strauss in particular appear to have been more responsible for own their wickets than the bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Holy Moly ! it Seems like no team is consistent outside home conditions .I always had question marks over England's rankings ,because they are one such team that has rarely flourished in sub-continent conditions .England, for some reason have always had problems on 'flat-tracks'. On the other side , I'm delighted to see Pakistan's freshness .I always believed when Pakistani's get going or play to their full potential ,there is no cricketing team in the world that can match them .

  • POSTED BY balajik1968 on | January 18, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Good start by Pakistan. But there are still 4 days of cricket left. Let us wait and watch. And by the way, good luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    will be interesting to see how the so called No.1 side will play now.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Well played, Ajmal & Pakistan: you guys absolutely roasted us on Day One. I have a couple of questions for our Pakistani chums, though: 1. Ajmal is already 34. He's undeniably a top-class bowler, so how come he didn't make his Test debut until 2009, when he was 31? He seems far too good a bowler to have lived in Danish Kaneria's shadow for so long; & 2. How come Hafeez is rarely used in spells longer than five or six overs each? Seems like a waste.

  • POSTED BY crawf2008 on | January 18, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    The beginning of the end for the POMS..... their short time at the top will culminate in a thrashing at the hand of the mighty Aussies... Watch the English press turn against their supposed world beaters in the next few weeks.

  • POSTED BY on | January 18, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    England beat an understrength Indian team so that proved nothing. Well played Pakistan. And as for the garbage about Ajmal's action -- thats what it is --- garbage talk. Give the guy credit where its due..

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | January 18, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Non of the teams can claim to be no. one except seeing it through the ranking system. But that ranking system stinks as it carries forward point from tlast 5 years. Pakistan has won enough matches to move up the ranking but imagin even if they win against England, they will stay at no. 5. And that will be the result after drawing 2 series against SA and WI and winning 4 (against NZ, SL, BD and ENG).

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | January 18, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    All through I have been thinking that how can Pakistan chose Cheema and leave wahab or juned out. He was lucky to get that cheep wicket otherwise he was every where with his line & length.

  • POSTED BY danpaul on | January 18, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Well, Dubai is not sub-continent. It is not Pakistan's home ground. It is not even a turning pitch. It all gives Pakistan's performance extra credits. Pakistan has been performing every where other than its home ground, that is in Pakistan. England has a fear of spinners and their technique lacks that depth to handle quality slow bowlers that have variations, even on a non-turning pitch. England players will not be able to change their strategy and learn new skills in one week's time. These skills comes with years of play and hard work. For that reason, I guess that England will suffer a lethal blow to its standing and over blown reputation as being the top test team in this series!!!!

  • POSTED BY Andy_India_inUS on | January 18, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    Never thought I'd be supporting Pakistan. But if they continue playing like this, I will support them.... except only if they are playing India :-)

  • POSTED BY DomP on | January 18, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    So, with one bowler short, and the seamers not looking threatening, England must bowl economically, and bat long in the second innings. I say they have their work cut out.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 18, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - LOL! Lack of intensity, rusty. Sounds like excuses to me, the fact is it was alright to bag India for these things, saying they should of prepared better, well guess what - you should of prepared better for Pakistan. Whilst I have no doubt that Swann AND Panesar are quality spinners & are great assets to play in Asia, there are massive question marks over the abilities of the English batsmen to cope with a spin barrage. Early signs are terrible & it could halt England their tracks for a long time to come if they drop 9 tests in a row in Asia. 1 day down another 44 to go! @Nutcutlet - well said. For what it's worth - England are deservedly the #1 side, they haven't been tested by quality spin & they could have an ugly next couple of tours (SL & India). The key to staying @ #1, will be how fresh the players are & how well they compartmentalise probable tough times & get back to winning on tours of NZ & Saffa land.

  • POSTED BY RaMin90 on | January 17, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Very disappointing from England. The wicket was offering much turn and yet they got bowled out for less than 200 runs. Even Bangladesh put up a better fight than this. I know its too early to judge England but the way they played their shots was simply just awful. Being an England fan must give credit to Pakistan for putting in a splendid performance probably in my opinion the best and the most difficult team on the planet. Pakistan are far better than India that's for sure and Saeed Ajmal without a doubt is the best spinner in the world. I don't understand how Swann is ranked higher than him.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | January 17, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    I have lost respect for English media and English fans, (conversely the England team are very dignified). The fact is that if Ajmal had an illegal action he would have been held up by umpires, as that is their job. Let them do their job. And there is no point whining like Bob that the evil ICC has suddenly now allowed a 15 deg angle, thereby placing England at some kind of unfair disadvantage. The ICC introduces new rules every few years and the whole world learns to adapt - simple! And yes....WHEN PAK INVENTED IT, REVERSE SWING USED TO BE CALLED "CHEATING"! Now that England's bowlers have mastered that particular dark art, it's suddenly their greatest "strength". If the rules change, then YOUR TEAM HAS TO ADAPT! Learn to face the 15 deg spinners AND better still, get Mushy to help train some of your own! I am tired of the world having to pander to England's whims.

  • POSTED BY Stromy_A on | January 17, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Let the whinging begin! English commentators + media complaining already about lack of pace in the Subcontinent wickets. why don't the subcontinent teams prepare wickets with more pace and bounce? So u want wickets to suit your quickies & where your bats feel more comfortable against spin. People advocating such nonsense, do they call for wickets to suit Indian, Pak or Lankan batters + bowlers when they travel abroad. Naaah, they're told to suck up and get on with it.

  • POSTED BY CustomKid on | January 17, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Very interesting day's cricket. England were bogged down by some really tight bowling. No major spin but just enough variation to keep them guessing. As a supporter of neither team it is a very interesting series to watch.

    Could this be 2005 all over again for England. That year they won back the ashes for the first time in who knows how long with a team containing genuine champions - Ponting, McGrath, Warne Gilchrist etc all at their peak under Vaughn's watch.

    A few months later after receiving knight hoods (lol) they toured the subcontinent and got bashed around the gills and hit rock bottom again. Could this be history repeating? Time will tell but I'll certainly laugh hard if it does.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    splendid bowling performance, england will find it difficult in this series against the 3 spinners

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    its all even......England are great at home and rubbish in the sub-continent and Pakistan are great home and rubbish outside the sub-continent........simple

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 17, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Well I think it could of been a WHOLE lot worse for England as they were 5/40 odd, & 100 looked a long way away. Swann & Prior saved England's bacon. The distirbing thing for England is that the pitch wasn't turning & they were still at sea. With another 8 tests in Asia in the coming months, this could be a major reality check. There are parrallells with the Pak A game though, so this Paki side better play well on Day 2 or it will all mean zip. Fundamental difference between the Pak A side & the test team is the batting is many times better, so England will do well to bat again on Day 2. If Pakistan can proceed (probably cautiously) to Lunch Day 3, they would nearly have batted England out of the match with around a 200 run lead. Not quite as attritional as I thought so far!

  • POSTED BY Stromy_A on | January 17, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I fear for Ajmal. What have you done mate. How dare you take wickets against England? Don't u know what happened to the last few pak bowlers who dared to win games against the likes of England/Australia. Asif and Ameer in jail (unlikely to play again), Shoaib apparently had a dodgy action, waqar, wasim no probs with their action but how dare they reverse swing the ball without cheating, they smeared these two greats but Simon Jones + Flintoff became reverse swing specialists when they managed to achieve this once. My prediction Ajmal, fined 80% of match fees and suspended from 2 tests including 6 months suspended sentence if u ever dare to get English bats out. C Braod to be the match referee for all PAK matches.

  • POSTED BY yamin101 on | January 17, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    "Teesra" is illegal until England bowlers like Greme Swann know how to deliver it....

    As you know reverse swings is legal now a days but was not when Pak bowlers (Wasim+Waqar) did the damage in England after 1992 WC, I suppose.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 17, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Some people are saying England can only play well at home but they did beat the Aussies away and Pakistan haven't had any difficult series away for a while. It will be interesting this year to see how teams play away this year. That will be the key to the no.1 spot.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | January 17, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    @Abhijith Jagirdar; January 17 2012, 17:31 PM - what total abject drivel. We talk Test Match here, not ODI. This Test Match is 5-day, not one-day. How can Australia be better than England when we just beat them with 3 Innings defeats in their home? Ha ha ha! such a ridiculous statement from you! Concentrate on india's problem!= trying to avoid yet ANOTHER Test whitewash! Perhaps now that you praise and drool all over Australia who thrash you - you should also for same reason praise England who also thrash you in same way. Only question for us is how did South Africa fail to whitewash india, eh? It's a puzzle, yah. Pakistan are a good team. Wombats always said Pakistan far better than india throughout cricket history - dangerous team - and now it seems that many indians agree and chose to follow Pakistan. Good choice. @Upendra Dev Singh; "Now England has to prove that they are number one side". No, England already did that by whitewashing india. Eye-wateringly ridiculous stuff here!

  • POSTED BY pommy80 on | January 17, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    To Pakistan credit they clearly outplayed us today but after one poor day of cricket by England and people are already writing us of about being number 1. History has shown we have always started poor in series and will bouce back. Come on lads lets show these people with their excuses why we are NUMBER 1!

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | January 17, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    I take back what I said yesterday. Pakistan were outstanding, especially Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | January 17, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Wow! What a great bowling display from pakistan who thoroughly deserve to be right on top! Reading through the comments here though it seems that many have judged one poor batting display (and it was very poor) and decided that the world rankings need changing! There ar 4 more days sheduled to be played in this match and although England are in trouble it's not over yet! Hopefully some hostile bowling will be backed up with some classy fielding and England can restrict pakistan to a sub 250 score? If (and it's a big if) England come come out with some real intent in the second innings things could change dramatically? At present though it's Pakistan on top but things can change - that's the beauty of test cricket! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY A.Ashraf on | January 17, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @Jai_India, Petti,Deepak Dsouza, Abhijith Jagirdar, avinashbalu and all indian and srilankan Pakistan-Supporters! I am a Pakistani but today i am very happy that all my indian and srilankan brothers are supporting us. We are all brothers and have to hold together !!! I hope India and Sri Lanka will also have success this year! Best wishes from Pakistan!!! I hope Pakistan will win this series 3-0! (likely 2-1 or 2-0)

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | January 17, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    congrats ajmal yarr you sure bamboozled the english batsmen.

  • POSTED BY A.Ashraf on | January 17, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Pakistan has showed that they can beat not just weak teams like bangladesh. They also can beat the Number 1 team. The first day is enough to be sure that pakistan is in the moment (one of) the best teams and ranking does not necessarily show who is the best!!!

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Only on | January 17, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Great job Pakistan. Pakistani Fans...just remember be humble as Allah Tala likes humbleness. This is a five day game anything can happen and if Pakistan Inshah Allah wins at the end of five days or before then remember FATAH-E-MACCA. Be Nice and respectfull to everyone does not matter what they said before let the performance of the Team Pakistan talk

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    I would say I'm disappointed but not surprised by the talk of ajmals action... really sad one person made a comment that he bends his ARM by 75 degrees seriously do you even know how a 15 degree bend is? I really wanted to talk about the cricket... one question I ask myself IS if he didn't get any wickets and England were 300-2 would we have heard anything... also when all the rules are for batsman then why shouldn't bowlers innovate he has been cleared before so playing by the rules...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    asian teams, Ind/Pak/SL should use more spin playing against england etc. Pakistan using 3 spinners. its working

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    As a Indian fan I am very Happy to See pakistan Demolish England For the First time..Modesty is a lesson evey Number 1 team should learn...

  • POSTED BY vivek464 on | January 17, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    As an Indian supporter.... GO PAKISTAN GO GO GO. Beat these cocky people on the "flat tracks". Why did you get bowled out for 192?. Pakistan will whitewash. And beat them in the ODIs. Then Eng will come to India and get white washed. Yeah! Cause Poms can't handle spin, and they won't be on number 1 for long. They are number 1 by beating Bang and a bunch of other subcontinent teams in England. They can't handle spin, cuz they're "perfect" techniques can only handle "sporting" pitches. Wait and watch Oz is next to get mauled in India and Pak (i.e. UAE). HTey got beat 2-0 last two times in India. But Go Pak. Definitely the best off spinner in the world (i.e. Ajmal), even if his action is dicey.

  • POSTED BY AH_USA on | January 17, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    What Bob Willis needs is a pacifier, a bottle of milk and a little crib where he can sit and play with his toys. He would not have complained if ENG had put 300+ on the board with 5-6 wickets. What/who is stopping ENG from producing spinners who can bowl doosra? ENG used to cry about reverse swing because their bowlers could not bowl it and their batsmen did not have a clue on how to play it. But once Freddy learned it and bowled ENG to victory in Ashes, they had no issue with it after that. It is called DOUBLE STANDARDS.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    i can't see some indian fans commenting on Pak's fabolous performance today. ohhh sorry i forgot they probably busy mourning their humiliating 3-0 defeat. Well Done Pakistan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    After seeing the comments of both Pakistani and Indians, i recall the film ''LAGAAN" and Saaed ajmal playing "KACHRA" character :D ... Well done Ajmal and Team Pakistan!! Thanks for very supportive comments by Indian Brothers!

  • POSTED BY Hayes.Adam on | January 17, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Top man Ajmal, England will draw this match if not win it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Ajmal made my day.. it was sheer brilliance from him the pitch was not that spin I never saw before any spinner took many wkts on first day of test. Hope pak bat well tomorrow

  • POSTED BY alex100024 on | January 17, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    CAN PAKISTAN BAT? THAT S THE DEPARTMENT WICH MAKE PAKISTAN ALWAYS DOWN IF PAKISTAN'S BATTING PICK UP WICH IS V POSSIBLE IN THESE CONDITIONS PAKISTAN WILL 100% WIN.............GOOD LUCK

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | January 17, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I remember a time when the sweep shot was ENG's only shot against spin, and it led to their downfall time and time again during the Nassar Hussain reign - now it looks like it's back, and they STILL can't play it ! You see very few other sides play the sweep as often as ENG, and you have to wonder why.

  • POSTED BY Qasimmahmood82 on | January 17, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Pakistan has proved that they clearly have best spinners in the world, on the other hand the English media just trying to find excuses once again, anyway for indian fans, 4-0 is coming your way so get yourself prepared you indians! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!! :)

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | January 17, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    @ElPhenomeno - Truth is there is only one team who can consistently play well at away pitches. Yes, you guessed it right. The name is Pakistan. Rest are home track bullies. Thanks for all the support, especially from India.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Superb performance today, particularly from Saeed Ajmal. However, lets not get carried away, theres still 4 whole days left.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | January 17, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @Zia Rehman : Prior's average went up because he was NOT OUT at the end of the day! Hence, scoring 70 can pull his average up above 70 - he'll get another score to add to the mix when he actually loses his wicket! @sanjaykn : Go familiarise yourself with the rules, and then study Ajmal's action before making such irresponsible comments. And watch it side-on; the arm can be bent 15 degrees, but not straighten more than that past the head. It's abundantly clear that once the arm clears the shoulder, it maintains its shape - he's not generating any spin or speed from a bent arm. It's within the rules, and everyone complaining about it just looks small. I have much more of a problem with batsmen like KP and Cook who knowingly edge the ball and stand their ground, only to later admonish others for foul play.

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | January 17, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    It's not only England's batsmen who can't adjust to conditions in Asia, it's the management as well. To only pick one spinner shows their inability to think outside the box.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | January 17, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Can somebody PLEASE ask Bob Willis why it's ok for Swann to wear long-sleeves, but when Ajmal does it, that means it's fair game to cast doubt on his integrity

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | January 17, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    The question had been posed, how long would it take the Imdian fans to return to their petulant, offensive best following their second straight humiliation? We now have the answer: After some other team had one good day against some other team. As an Australian I gave no great interest in defending england, but I hope some dancing on their grave after one day haven't gone off a bit early. Do most of these posters even grasp the ebbs and flows of test cricket? Long way to go in this match/series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Good job done by ''GREEN MACHINE' and especially classy ajmal.'

  • POSTED BY Phillisco on | January 17, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    @Zia Rehman - Batting average is determined by the amount of runs scored per wicket lost. Therefore when a batsman makes a score without being dismissed his average will rise irrespective of whether he has scored above his average or not. In this case Prior's score of 70 increases his average against pakistan up to 75. I hope this explanation helps.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Its great to see Pakistan doing well. Especially Ajmal who looks a good spinner. So much hype around England and now we know, just like Ind, they are only good in home conditions. But then again, it applies to every team these days, be it Australia, England, Pakistan or India. Even South Africa hasn't done wonders outside their den. Let Australia come to India and then we will see how good they are in those powdery wickets. Ha Ha Ha.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Ajmal was the only thread to ENGLAND and I believe they should call up Junaid Khan otherwise rest of the bowlers bowled below avg especially umer gul

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | January 17, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    LOL!!!! Here we go... this was the first test of their recently acquired title and the cracks are beginning to appear.

    Well done Pakistan!!! Please make it 4-0!!! :-)))

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | January 17, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Ajmal has a Test average for bowling of over 30. Barely adequate. He obviously struggles on other sockets. He is not that good and plays a lot against lesser batsmen on turning wickets. Time will tell.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | January 17, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan and always like to see Pakistan doing well (when not playing India). What a bunch of mercurial, talented underperformers. Good luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | January 17, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    We could always take on the indian mantra, that winning away doesn't matter as long as we win at home. I can just imagine Giles Clarke saying "we would beat Pakistan at home so this series does not matter to us".

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    This Pakistani team surely is capable of winning some serious matches!! and playing away from home for the last two years is actually a blessing in disguise for us as it has made Pakistani team the only team that can atleast compete with teams all over the world even in tough conditions... and this team is surely a serious contender for that No.1 spot in tests..

  • POSTED BY Beertjie on | January 17, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Ah @Jonesy2, I wish I could be as sure as you about 2013. Anyway, good to see the old enemy imploding as of old. @AJF.da.man.94, I share your feelings of schadenfreude! Just hope Pakistan keep up the pressure and put them away, so we won't have to listen to the supporters crowing about how good their team is!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    WELCOME TO SUB-CONTINENT ENGLAND, PROVE YOU ARE WORLD NO.1 OR FLASH IN THE PAN? England were bragging after winning against India at home, then got steam rolled in India 5-0, now Pak is going to steam roll them, then they have SL series which can be dangerous for them even without Murali, then vs India in India, no prizes for guessing it will be a big ZERO for England in Sub-continent. ASHWIN the world's best spinner will make mincemeat of Engalnd. When a low rated Ajmal can demolish Engalnd you can imagine Ashwin's superb spin against England. India was No. 1 for over 1 year, England's tenure will end very shortly. Most of these countries England, Australia & Pakistan play only well at home. India is having an off season otherwise they would win even in Australia, 3-1 is the prediction between Aus-Ind.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    i think currently every team is vulnerable against quality bowling... everyone...for me now batting strength is almost same for every team...team which have strong bowling line up are dominating the game...dats y i think pakistan deserve higher ranking than india as our bowling everybody know worst than bangladesh.. anyways i would like to see pak winning 3-0..go pak go...indian supporter

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    English attitude : can't play them? no problem, have them banned. :D

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    This was actually really expected.

  • POSTED BY delastbastion on | January 17, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    FORMER PLAYERS AND MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA" ..........stop trying to help ur boys with ur innuendos and mind games.......LET UR BOYS PLAY IN ALL CONDITIONS AGAINST ALL BOWLERS ,IF THEY CAN TRULY BE CONSIDERED NO1, APPARENTLY AJMAL HAS COLLECTED 57 WICKETS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 2011, which means that the wolds no 1 hasnt had to face up to the new him. let them now face the same devilish deliveries which WI,BD and Sl batsmen have had to face in recent times.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | January 17, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Ajmal's action is definitely suspect. I am sure he will be called very soon to one of the labs in Australia for testing his action. I think if he bowls doosra a few more time, he will get caught.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | January 17, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    I think it's still too early to say England don't deserve their no.1 title. Sure they collapsed for 192 but given Pakistan's unpredictability you cannot write off a collapse from their batsmen as well. It will be interesting to see how the English bowlers cope with non helpful conditions for pace bowling. I think this is the PERFECT litmus test for England's so called no.1 test. If they fail here.. they don't deserve to be no.1 simple as that. I truly believe NO TEAM in the world currently are true number ones anyway. Its just a matter of coping up with the pressure on any given day. India have failed so far. England could follow them suit. Let's see.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    1stly, thnx a Million to Our Indian Brothers n Sisters Supporting TEAM PAKISTAN. Insha Allah , the REVENGE is the 1st Thing on the TEAM PAKISTAN's NOTES. Pray for Us n we'll take da REVENGE for both PAKISTAN n INDIA.

  • POSTED BY InsaneBolt on | January 17, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Is this the future of test cricket, that all teams will become poor travellers ? Hardly a credential that befits a world # 1 team. Over the last quarter of a century cricket lovers have been spoilt by the skills of the Carribeans & the efficiency of the Oz, that has led to the belief that No.1 teams are all conquering. Well, not any more !

  • POSTED BY KKNIAZI on | January 17, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Reading comments here from English fans reminds me of the time when their bowlers couldn't do reverse swing then Bob Willis/Ian Botham brigade would call it "BALL TAMPERING" and when they learned, it became "Reverse Swing".

    Now since they can't produce DOOSRA, its THROWING. For the cynics here, Ajmal's action is cleared by ICC and thats what matter.

    Learn or live with it but don't be a bad sport.

    Cheers

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    "Bell then departed for a long conversation with Gooch, who exchanged dog-thrower for any bone of consolation that he could toss his way" - Well written

  • POSTED BY intrepid_khan on | January 17, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    if only Ajmal was born in west , he would have been the legend of all time, the genius, blah blah ... sadly he is from sub-continent like the great saqi or mushi etc :( but its the responsibility of Asians to recognize their legends irrespective of nationality... ! thumbs up if you agree ..

  • POSTED BY sirvivfan on | January 17, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    I am Pakistani supporter.... We cannot get carried away! This only fist innings, in which we have done well, need to bat long and bowl England out 2nd time not easy? And then we have 2 further test matches? So please be happy but not get carried away. English will create controversy and derailakostani players. So much for good behaviour and spirit etc. Riaz

  • POSTED BY h.m.u.f.c on | January 17, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Pakistan is still miles away from victory..

  • POSTED BY Sheepish_too on | January 17, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Still a lot of people seem to struggle with what World number 1 test team means. It doesn't have anything to do with what pitches you win on, or how much you win at home. It has everything to do with the proportion of the matches you have won in the last 3 years. And the matches you played more than one year ago only count half as much. And then if you are more than 40 points behind another team you'll get some extra points. Essentially that'll only happen if Bangladesh beat people.

    And those points just get compared to everyone else. And if you did better than they did in that 3 year period you're number 1. You don't have to beat West Indies at Sabina Park in 1984. You don't need to beat Australia at the WACA in 2003. That old stuff makes no difference at all.

    And even if Pakistan beat England 3-0 in this series, England will still be number 1.

    Very well played Pakistan today. Another victory for cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Got to say now that there is no match for Ajmal as a offspinner in the world. May be now a best bowler in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Cricket Lovers cannot understand that why English media start crying over good performance of subcontinent players.

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | January 17, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    WELL DESERVED HAUL BY AJMAL. i guess his statement before series has made more impact than his teesra, England tried to play him with a thought to throw him out of park.. Andrew Strauss shouldn't be on back foot, Peitersen shouldn't have sweeped over... and onnn.. but overall it was an AJMAL DAY.. ENG though are ranked 1 but THEY NEED TO SHOW RESPECT TO PAK BOWLING OR THEIR WHOLE SERIES WILL FOLLOW THE WAY LED TODAY. Hopefully it will not be a one sided series but England badly need to learn.

  • POSTED BY StarsnStumps on | January 17, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    All hail King Ajmal!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | January 17, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Easily the most talented bunch. Imagine if Amir and Asif were in this team? Good luck to you my dear Pakistani friends!

  • POSTED BY khan-touch-em on | January 17, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Its been a good start to the series for Pakistan, we will see how the nest few days plan out. Pakistan has a decent/strong bowling attack, but its the batting and the depth in batting which will tell how this series is going to shape out. I think Umar Akmal should have been included as i think the team needs an explosive option. I would have him in place of Adnan. Finaly, i should add for all those in doubt, England has earned its No1 status. A very strong unit, their batting just goes on and on even after Prior.

  • POSTED BY pka1982 on | January 17, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Nice to see Pakistan doing well against England. After India's humiliating losses in England and Australia, i was depressed. Agreed that India were pathetic, but i was angry with the unjustified and premature comments and antics of English fans and analysts. Some of them even had the audacity to name James Anderson the best fast bowler- The guy is afraid to even bowl on unfriendly pitches. Now its refreshing to see today's play, as an Indian fan i hope Pakistan proves that England are no better than India and today's trend continues for the whole series. This doesn't make India any better than what they have shown, but at least puts things in perspective. I am happy that Pakistan is doing well after all the things it had to go through in the last 2-3 years.

  • POSTED BY Monif on | January 17, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Its unfortunate for England. One Asian Team help to become No 1, another takes it off. Now at least a deserving team will be No 1 (SA) if pak win it by 2-0 inshaallah, which looks like will happen. I don't think anyone will question SA, as they have beated India in India twice, Also Pak in Pak. They have not got success against Srilanka but at that time it was Murali(One man to destroy any team in SL). Hope they win in SL also.

    Well done Pak, hope India learn something from border friends and perform in ODI.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | January 17, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Its time for payback to england, they cannot play well in sub-continent period

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 17, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Abhijith Jagirdar, Frustration? For what? It is only the first day mate. There are still 4 days and 2 tests to go for England to prove their worth. Besides, England fans don't make excuses like you do. Pakistan played better than us and won the first day, not because we are missing XYZ. BTW, what is your excuse for your team's debacle down under?

    You have beaten us 5-0 in ODIs. We beat you 4-0 in tests, 3-0 in ODIs and won the T20s both home and away. So, come back after you beat us 4-0 in tests.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | January 17, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    To those criticizing Saeed Ajmal's bowling action, If he played for your team you'd be labelling him a genius.

  • POSTED BY er.Vaibhav on | January 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    its difficult to control the laughter because its so much fun to see this useless so called no.1 team shattering outside home..as always you are nothing but home bullies beate again and again in subcontinents..i bet what will be funnier watching shameless england making shameless excuses...well done pak from acroos the boder

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 17, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    BTW, why wasn't Monty picked? Swann is a over-hyped slow bowler. I always wonder why Dravid said India have to be careful with Swann (and Anderson) when we toured them! Still waiting for Swann to live up to the fears of Dravid.

  • POSTED BY Anon_Cricket_Fan on | January 17, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Way to go Ajmal! I got a chance to watch the highlights. Very impressive! I am an Indian wishing a good cricketer from bottom of my heart!!!

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | January 17, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Finally Saeed Ajmal has Proved his Class!!! I think Green Team is Going to Give a Very Hard Time to England in UAE!!! Today Pakistanis were Looking More Confident then British!!! I Personally Feel Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz should be in Playing Eleven!!! Well Best of Luck Green Team!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    lol @ england..still minnows in asia..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    excellent spell by Ajmal.Well done Pakistan but dont let your guard down & build a large first innings lead,in order to drive home the advantage gained by these bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    pakistan zindabad,pakistan will be succeeded in series against england,inshaallah

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Indian fans firstly said that Pakistan's good performance in 2011 was against the minnows. Now they say well done Pakistan,you did excellent job.England can only win at home not abroad.What kind of no.1 team they are? etc.Did they forget their own team's performance abroad? I am happy that Tendulkar,Laxman,Sehwag,Gautam don't Play for Pakistan.If Players who have scored 99 hundreds cannot score a single one when it matters the most then why would you want them in the team. Pakistan is the best team right now considering the fact they have not enjoyed the home advantage even once since that attack on Sri lankan team in Lahore.And then the spot fixing scandal.When you find the murderers out on bail while the ones who bowled no balls are inside the jail.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | January 17, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Guys chillax. That was only day 1. There are still 4 days left. I would be thrilled and over the moon if Pakistan wins. Can't emphasise enough, how strong Pakistan would have been if Asif and Aamer chose to be faithful to the game. How I rue India not being able to finish it off when England were down at various stages in England. How I wished our Captain wasn't a certain clueless Dhoni. Coming back to this match, I have no doubt that Trott, KP and Bell (my favourite cricketers in the English team) will bounce back. Can't say the same about Cook and Strauss. Never liked them really, though one Brit member on cricinfo reminded me that Strauss played spin very well in India and made back to back centuries. But still, somehow Strauss and Cook never really impressed me. Lastly, very well bowled Ajmal, though I'm just a little concerned about his action. But ICC cleared him. So, one can't complain.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    well done pakistan !!! keep up the gud work ....luking forward for a solid batting performance

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Go pakistan!!.. After defeating India pakistan and sri lanka in their home conditions England media thought they are no1.. What a joke.. They have to show that in subcontinent.. They cant play spin was evident in india where they lost 5-0 there.. Now our pakistani brothers are showing that.. Proud of u brothers.. India and pakistan together can do wonders in the world.. But dont let army call the shots in home affairs..just like india dont allow its army in theirs ... Democracy rocks and is the way forward..

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | January 17, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    First of all congrats to Ajmal for ripping through a confident English lineup and proving that ENG too are kings only at home and they will never win a series in South Asia. Second why r we even bringing India in this discussion is beyond me as this is a series between ENG and PAK and PAK have just won the first day and possibly first test match barring a miracle performance from England in the second Innings. This PAK team is full of confidence and once Aamir return there is no stopping in the bowling department. We always know how good the PAK bowlers are, the only weakness if at all is in their batting. It will be good to see PAK bt Eng 3-0 in this series. I hope cricket returns to PAK soon as there are passionate fans in that country as well. I would also like to see Ind Pak cricket series as it is good for both the nations.

  • POSTED BY Rohanbandekar on | January 17, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Always been a big fan of Ajmal. I hope the same rule of winning outside home applies to England now. Slow turning pitches doesnt mean insult to cricket, it means u need lotta skill and patience to adapt. what would be really funny is englishmen complaining about the pitch now.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    The apparent mighty English balloon has been pricked.Ajmal is ready to face Aussies too if they come ever.Conspiracy is still under way to undermine pakistani cricket but pakistani talent is the best ever solid answer to such a lobby.We love cricket.but it should not be biased.

  • POSTED BY positiveindian on | January 17, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Gr8 work Pakistan. Ajmal has flummoxed the gr8 Tendulkar (WC 2011 SF) so what about mere mortals. If Pakistan can bat decently, England batsmen will really been under pressure. The gr8 thing has been that the pitch is not bad at all. Come on Pakistan!!

  • POSTED BY swingstowin on | January 17, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Can any one from England answer me that why all of a sudden Mr. Bob Willis remembered the legitimacy of Saeed Ajmal's Doosra?? He has been bowling it for quite some time now and surely Mr, Willis didnt discover this particular delivery today!! Or is it just English fans can't believe that their team's weakness?? Can any English fan give an honest,unbiased answer??

  • POSTED BY kristee on | January 17, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Perhaps Monti should have played. About Eng's No 1: they'd be until they're displaced, just like a country was done recently. And, amusingly, some fence-sitters seem happily placed about this series. If Pak wins, they can say everybody is good only at home; if vice versa, they can retaliate to what they were hearing from their neighbors all these days. So I hope it ends in stalemate. England's cricketing history, however, tempts me to believe somehow Oz would re-emerge at the top. That said, England have been fantastic for quite some time, whether home or abroad!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 17, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Seriously , It was a horrible first day for England. I have always said and always will say that England need to play a 5 man bowling attack including Monty and that our best chance of winning vs Pakistan in conditions which they are more used to is to take more wickets rather than to try and score more runs. As an England fan I obviously hope that we can get out of this test with a draw or even a victory and even in our unbeaten reign in test series which goes back to early 2009 we have had bad days ,bad tests and bounced back. Regardless of how this test goes I sincerely hope that Miller goes for the 5/1/5 formation. Credit to Prior , Swann and Anderson for making the score less embarrassing and Ajmal and co for doing a number on our batsmen

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | January 17, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    All you doubters were totally right. It has just been proven by the whitewashes in the 2 test series vs Sri Lanka and Pakistan and now India sandwiching a home series defeat vs SA and then the home whitewash to Australia. We were wrong to ever believe in our team and claim - with the help of the ICC - that we were ranked the best test team in the world. And all this happening within 24 hours of test cricket. Wow , I salute these knowledgeable cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | January 17, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @sanjakkn. You have a valid point about Ajmal's action but to say he bends it by 75 degrees is ludicrous. Either you are exaggerating or you failed your geometry. It's not upto you/me or Bob Willis or Holding to decide. It's upto ICC to decide and they have cleared him 100%... case closed. ICC can't allow one but ban the other. Either ban the doosra altogather or allow it with some relaxation to the rule. I will go for second as it brings some variation to the bowling. Batsmen always get to bend the rule with reverse sweep and pietersen's bunny hops, heavy/light bats etc so why not give bowlers some relaxation to counter it. Either you restrict it for both batsmen and bowlers and go back to what was in the 1930's or relax some rules so batsmen/bowlers can make it interesting in all conditions and not just green English lawns.

  • POSTED BY Gazatteer on | January 17, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Great! English media tend to hyperbolise their team to attract viewers and then the team starts performing badly. The English commentator's, the so called pandits, earlier amplified comments about their team seem a joke so what do they do? They put the blame on the other team so that viewers attention is diverted from commentators to the other team. Shame on you commentators and Mr Bob Willis. You still have time for a comback.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    @sanjaykn cant remember a more pathetic comment from anyone than urs... Ajmal's action is illegal....??? u need to get ur eyes tested.. he has been bowling like this for many years... he has bowled in the world cups aswell.. Nobody said anythng abt his action than.... bt whn a pakistani player got a 7 wicket haul... u people starting questing him...... wht the heell is wrong with u......???

  • POSTED BY dodi4diana on | January 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    jail saeed ajmal too like aamir,he cant do this to england.

  • POSTED BY dubai_hunk on | January 17, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    well done pak..keep it up.....

  • POSTED BY sreeg on | January 17, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Apparently the #1 Team in the world, can win only in their own backyard (which includes their Tasmanian country) Let's see how well they play against Pak in Dubai. Having lost the ODI series in India miserably, i'm waiting for the likes of Botham and others to see what they're seeing. Didn't they make a big deal of India's losses in England?

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Now England has to prove that they are number one side :P

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    That is just magnificent from ajmal u cant ask for more! the wicket of Bell was absolute beauty England shoud come out positive tomorrow so as opners go Pakistan on a roll here might be #1 in next few years!

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | January 17, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I had decided to switch to watching this series as opposed to the Indian massacre down under. What a good day's play, Eng team looks rusty. It will be interesting to see if they can play at the same level as last year, collectively they were all batting at higher than their normal averages. So their honeymoon might be over after such a long break.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @Shan156 , all Indians can understand ur frustration Mate, But the fact is We have already beaten u 5-0 , If pakistan is better than India, Then Australia is betterteam than England as they won in Sri Lanka earlier this year on turning tracks

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Ajmal should thank Bangladesh for honing his skills.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    World's best 11 ( on papers ) crushed by world's best bowler. Go for the kill greens.

  • POSTED BY bhavikcs on | January 17, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    everybody is tiger in their home condition...its england, pakistan,australia or india....no one is consistent in all pitches...england is not no 1 at all....when england will win in india or pakistan and then we can say them no 1

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Ajmal the best spinner in the world.. no doubt ..!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    men i green are on a roll! pommies wont find it easy, they manufactured their own downfals! Ajmal you CHAMPION! made us proud today! lookin formore good cricket to come! ENOUGH HEARD OF ENGLISH MEDIA'S GARBAGE! full of excuses !

  • POSTED BY Abdullah.Khan on | January 17, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    To England they were all mystery balls. Well Said

  • POSTED BY mkhalid on | January 17, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    CRICINFO..Please write some articles about Eng and their pathetic display in sub continent pitches and their ability to hadle spin.. Common do some justice.. Too much is said about India not able to tackle bounce and pace and very less is said about Aus, Eng not able to play spin..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    England are sore losers, I just read the comments of Bob Willis on BBC. He has criticized the action of Saeed Ajmal.It is up to the umpires and ICC to judge his action. If England would have been 192 for 3@ the end of the day, he probably keep his mouth shut.I am a great fan of English team and watched them playing in Australia last year. Their press and commentators and press can not digest the performance of their opponents.

  • POSTED BY dev_000 on | January 17, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Test Team No. #1 doesnt knw how to play a quality spin attack. Test Team No.#2 doesnt knw how to play a quality seam attack. Thats the state of Cricket these days... :-\

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | January 17, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    home track bullies - ENG! hahaha

  • POSTED BY avinashbalu on | January 17, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    i am an indian,but i feel like pakistan has best bowling department than any other subcontinent team.England can play only in their land,once again they have showed us.i think eng is gonna lose this series by 3-0

  • POSTED BY Chymera on | January 17, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    It's nice to see positive indian comments from our brothers across the border. Well done Pak and congrats to Ajmal... the job is yet only half done. England will reassemble their ranks tonight and come with a fresh plan of attack tomorrow. As a fan of cricket I only hope for a good viewing... whoever wins... good luck to both teams and may the best green team win.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 17, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    well bowled by Ajmal, i said before the series that i was sure he would get more wickets than swann and i am going to be proved right...reasonable start from the Pakistani openers...where have all the England fans gone who before the series started were crowing that this series would be a walk in the park and that England had no issues against spin? ..

  • POSTED BY ahtasham.rvj on | January 17, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    They call england the no. 1 test team in the world...how many series they have won outside their home in the last 5 years...I think they haven't won any series except the ashes..but they can't be no 1 if they don't play well on slow turning tracks against a quality spin bowling.....brilliant bowling from Ajmal though...his teesra seems to be similar to dosra but keeping low.... Now the english media has raised question about the action of ajmal...i don't know that why controversial english media protest on wearing full sleefs by ajmal...well don't wanna talk about them...this is just the start dear...picture abi baki hai ( the game hasn't finished yet..) Well done to Pakistan specially ajmal....Also the way Misbah is leading the team is praiseable.. Good luck to pakistan...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    England start doing what they can do well they cant stand in front of Pakistan.. English Media used to criticizes Pakistan actually today they cant digest saeed ajmal's teesra??? No. 1 Team LOL "'C'MON GROW UP""

    Man of The Day. Saeed Ajmal (The Master Of Teesra)..!!

  • POSTED BY Obsidian_pk on | January 17, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    The so-called #1 test team has received a rude awakening. Ajmal literally destroyed England's batting line-up, and it was to be expected from the English commentators on Sky Sports that it is due to England's "rustyness" or their batsmen playing the wrong shots etc.. Honestly, the English commentators are so biased and pro-England that it makes me sick hearing their commentary, they should be replaced.

    It was world-class bowling from Pakistan, with Misbah making the right decisions to put Pakistan in command from the start. And it's going to be interesting to see in the coming days how England cope with the Pakistani spin attack, to be honest, as long as Pakistan bats sensibly and with confidence, and their bowling doing the rest of the trick, England do not have much of a chance.

    They're only decent in home conditions and certainly do not deserve the #1 spot, the whole ranking system is flawed anyways, to say the least.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Not an untypical England first innings or team selection. A reluctance to use even a second spinner coupled with an inept batting performance with most wickets going to straight-onners. Where this belief that the next ball will come on and bounce properly comes from in splte of the evidence is a mystery. A good bowling performance by Ajmal but he is playing with an advantage that England refuse to countenance. As throwing is now allowed English spinners have to learn this new technique which facilittes the 'doosra' and brings considerable advantages of accuracy and consistence. Anyone in doubt of this should try playing darts with a straight arm.

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | January 17, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Ajmal chucks his way to seven and Hafeez to one. Umpires and ICC are silent watchers. Cricket is the loser.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    wow what a spell of spin magic,,but again same thing start happening English ex captains n media start blaming ajmal for suspicious action,,such a shame ,no1 team almost bundle out for some 90 odd runs just a ruff keeping give them face saving total,,my advice to ajmal just stay calm n focus on your game ,,you will be da diff b/w two side best of luck ajmal,,you are pride of Pakistan ,,DIL DIL PAKISTAN JAAN JAAN PAKISTAN

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | January 17, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I watched the morning session before I went to work and England made some poor shot selections, but more so it was down to excellent bowling by Pakistan. Hopefully it was a blip and England will get accustomed to the conditions and see the merits of more than one spinner for the remainder of the series (although one spinner took all the wickets). Well played Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Dannov747 on | January 17, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Don't get too cocky boys. This match will end in a draw. Mark my words. Belly double second innings :D

    Still good bowling from Ajmal. We really need to learn to play spin better.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | January 17, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    and now the excuses will start, flat pitch, no crowd, too hot. come on boys, face it, to be number 1 you need to be beat everyone everywhere consistently for years. this england side had no clue how to negotiate a FAR superior Pakistan side

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    DUBAI IS NOT SUB CONTINENT. NEITHER THE PITCHES ARE OF TYPICAL SUB CONTINENT ONES...... I URGE CRICINFO TO POST IT TO CLERIFY THE MISCONCEPT

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Ajmal has played with thier minds,they were seriously frightened....Excellent.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 17, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    England just didn't seem to be that on today.hopefully this will be a wake up call for them and they will show their true quality.No good being number 1 if you can't play in all conditions.Otherwise it just makes England a poor mans India

  • POSTED BY Coastaltown on | January 17, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Lots of big talk after just one day of the series. England got to number one by digging themselves out of deeper holes than this. Batting looked rusty, and I would have liked to have seen another practice match. Most of these guys have played no meaningful cricket for three months. Morgan, however, needs his head examining, that was an idiotic shot at that stage of the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    I am happy the way Pakistan, my national team, played. Hats off to Saeed Ajmal, he is really a magician. Cheema, Hafeez and Rehman too did their part in the game beautifully and they also deserve a pat. But I wonder where is the Pakistan Pace Wonder Boy, Umar Gul is??? He was such off color in this test and the worst part, the worst ever use of UDRS by Umar Gul's insistence :s. If Cheema was paired with Riaz or Khan, it would have a much better output. Overall Pakistan team proved they are a lethal team and should not be taken lightly. As for English Media, I would say that greatest bowlers ever, double W's and Saqlain Mushtaq, were also accused of tampering the ball, when they tethered English batting line-up in 90's. So, it's ususal ENglish crying and childish behavior. Saeed Ajmal should not be worried over this and he will Insha-Allah Spin the whole English through out the series. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Welcome England! ;) Its the spinning subcontinent! England again shows bow-not-to play spin! :D Welldone Ajmal! Beautiful bowling! And beware England, the pitch hasn't even started turning. Keep up the good performance Pak.And we Indians, from across the border are cheering for you! :) Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    way to go ajmal tear these englishmen apart(metaphorically)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    HATS off for ajmal...welldon boys keep it up... i want to see 350+ scoroe tomorrow at end of the day with 6 wickets remainng...CROSSED FINGURE..best of luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    england will have to do a brisbane here .... 509-1 all over again

  • POSTED BY NikhilNair on | January 17, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    This series will prove that it's not just subcontinent teams who are bullies at home... it's EVERY cricket team! Everyone's good at home... and struggles overseas. Except for SL in recent past, who haven't been doing great anywhere... it applies for all top teams. I hope Pakistan thrashes England and make a statement. They have been underestimated by everyone, and it's about time the world cricket gives them their dues. And Ajmal is proving to be the spinner to watch out for in the coming years [not Swann]! This is from an Indian fan :)

  • POSTED BY THINK_BEYOND on | January 17, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    ENGLAND NO. 1 TEST TEAM !!!!!! Heeee heee heee. They are no. 1 only at their english conditions. They should carry the english weather / conditions with them wherever they go to be at no. 1. Well played Pakistan. I can see a good team building up - the next world cup champion.

  • POSTED BY Abu.Ashhad on | January 17, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    after this bowling performance by pakistan now Indian fans must declairs England as Minows ... like they did for Sri lanka lol ....

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Pakistan have done great job........well done.........

  • POSTED BY Peterincanada on | January 17, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    This had nothing to do with subcontinental conditions. It was good bowling defeating bad batting on a placid pitch. Now the conditions do not help seam and swing it should be a long hot day in the field tomorrow. Posters are right Panesar should have replaced a seamer. At least those braggarts who have been comparing England to the great Aus and WI sides have been mercifully quiet.

  • POSTED BY Asmax on | January 17, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    English men whining at their best, come on guys don't be a pussycat. If you cannot play the guy compliment him don't complaint, how can you claim to be the "world number one team" when you have no clue to spin. We gave you Mushy to coach and learn things but you are just pathetic.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | January 17, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Good day for Pakistan.. specially Ajmal. Let's not fast forward and predict the outcome as there are still ten more innings to go. England are #1 side and won't fold easliy no matter what kind of pitch or bowling. Having said that it will be more tough for England outside the usual seaming English conditions but if they hold on then they deserve the #1 spot. England is more balanced than Pakistan as Pakistan is still weak in batting dept not to mention the fielding but it will be a good contest. Can someone please tell Bob Willis to shut up about Ajmal's bowling action and enjoy the series. He sounds like a really bad broken record.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    wel am sure nw English critics got medicine..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    mashaALLAH nice performance by pakistan and especially ba saeed ajmal well done guyz keep it up

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | January 17, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    good performance by ajmal & i think tesra is not required. But apart from him both seamers didnt support so it will be better if they pick junaid next time as he bowled well during SL series on same pitches. still a long way to go in this test & if pak could get a healthy lead they can win ths. but they need to be calm & TUK TUK wil be good strategy in next few sessions.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    @ElPhenomeno. Wow what a comment. same could be said about your team that it can play only at home grounds and the conditions suitable to them. what happened to them in India??? and our bowlers did well in your country as well. Therefore you have to admit that our bowling attack is better than yours.

  • POSTED BY HughL on | January 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    England have played some great cricket recently and consistency of selection is to be applauded but this was the time to get away from six batsmen, there seamers and one spinner. The extra batsman didn't really help and we could do with Monty Panesar out there. Often the case that teams who are winning so much resist altering the make-up of the side but Monty deserves a shot. Thsi pitch isn't one for seamers

    On the plus side, though I want England to win its good to see Pakistan playing well- international cricket needs a strong Pakistan team

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Quote from movie Matrix is applicable when James was out LBW.

    "Did you hear that sound Mr. Anderson?' "That is the sound of inevitability. You had your time. Now it is ours"

  • POSTED BY topeleven on | January 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Gr8 performance by Pakistan.... The main problem with England today was they didn't try to play straight. They perished cutting or sweeping or playing across the line. Time and again this has been the problem with the english side. They premeditate a shot and play it not picking the delivery rightly. They have to learn playing inside out shots, wrist shots.....This match belongs to pakistan for sure

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    TIL Ramiz raja s got great sense of humour..today when England cricket team was doing very badly..and england bowling coach Mushtaq ahmad seemed very worried in the balcony with england team..Ramiz commentated "mushtaq seems very worried . Had he been passing all the wrong information".

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Thats how you bowl!!! indians

  • POSTED BY anindya_mozumdar on | January 17, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    It's a pity that fans all around the world, especially those from the sub-continent, tend to draw conclusions based on a day's play. For all you know, Pakistan may be all out for 150 tomorrow morning. By the way, I am not an English supporter.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    well done guys, still a long way to go, best of luck for rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY southafrican on | January 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    @ArronDore. Now where do you get this crazy view that England make the Pakistani bowlers better than they are? Give credit where its due... Ajmal is the worlds best spin bowler and bowling in tandum with Afridi, Hafeez, Rahman in all formats has been a joy to watch. There is always some accusation and mischief making in finding excuses for your teams dismal batting. Ajmal is top class and you find reason to accuse him of throwing. I agree with you..... You should have stayed in bed.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | January 17, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    hahahahahahaha england sck

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    some people argued that Swann was the best bowler in the world. hes an ordinary bowler who does well in england and australia. the real no.1 bowler is the one who can trouble batsmen in all conditions like ajmal does. no arguments, ajmal is the best spinner in the world - coming from an indian.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Well Done Team Pakistan Ajamal Rocked......

  • POSTED BY Long-Leg on | January 17, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! To be honest I am not surprised. I have been following England since the 1970s and had a feeling we were undercooked and would come unstuck today. In truth we were just outplayed. I hope we learn quickly otherwise this test series will be over before it has begun. I bet the selectors wish now that Panasar was in the team and they had picked five bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    very good first day all round performance by pakistan against quality test side is very encouraging sign of their performance.They should have restricted Eng to 150 but now atleast they need 150 lead to get chance of winning this first test.Thats the chance they will never get in last 2 tests because till now Eng have realized their grave mistake of not playing monty and that will give chance to pak batting to compile 300 plus .Nowadays test fate can be easily judged after first day performance and if collapsed didnt ensue they will heading 1-0 in next test.I am not carried away with this performance it will take lot of skill to get Eng out again cheaply but we do have bowlers who can do it specially beware of abdurrehman he ll play his part in next innings .Lead of 150 will make us safe.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is a very crafty bowler and england must play him well to win the series. It is all about reading the wrist of the spinner but very few players are capable of such skill. Warne and Murali said that Brian Lara knew very well which way the ball would turn and this is the reason he dominated spinners right through his career.

  • POSTED BY bilalAWAN on | January 17, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Good to see positive comments from indian brothers!!!

  • POSTED BY sanjaykn on | January 17, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    bhajjis doosra also needs to be banned outright! The arm should be straight when you deliver the ball! All these guys are throwing and that is wrong! the offspin ball at best will deviate a little when you undercut the bowl! The whip lash action cannot be done with severe bend of the lower arm after the elbow. ajamals real time action is a testimony to my observation. It is embarassing to watch. This seems like kind of poetic justice for asian countries as they get rolled over by green lush lawns outside subcontinent! So they are letting these offspinners run amuck. No wonder he will continue to bag 5 fer's every other match! It is not in the spirit of cricket! I am yet to see doosra bowled without bending the arm in its limitations! arm bending is illegal. you need to make a proper circle when you bowl! Nearly 35% of bowling actions are illegal today! Ajmal need to be tested! you have full series to look at his action to confirm my observation!

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | January 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Expect the english players and their fans to whine that spin should not be allowed in cricket, just like Swann wanted ODI's banned!! HAHAHAHA...

  • POSTED BY Akif-Ali on | January 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I must say 'cheeeeeeeers'  we played with pride and the way we should have to, and poor Englishmen showed their temperament against spin bowling.

    Lucky you are bowyss, our best fast bowlers were provoked & tempted to be billionaires over the night and a sorry day dream converted in to a nightmare for us, although everything was pre planned to remove Aamir who is becoming a threat to world but no offenses. Nevertheless. queue is long my friend, 100s of +150 KM/h bowlers are waiting for their turn to glow and teach you how to bowl even on seaming tracks. Like other nations we are not dependent only on few legendary so called batting walls & medium pacers ;)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Hoping for a 3-0 whitewash by Pakistan. Then we will see if the English are in a position to say to others - "lions at home and chickens abroad".

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Now England will use their resources to bring new allegations for TEAM PAKISTAN - as their so Called " RONDHI " will start now -

  • POSTED BY sanjaykn on | January 17, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    HIs regular offspin has bent arm like 50 degrees after the elbow, is that bowling? Doosra looks like 75 degree whip lash! Have you guys not seen clean offspin bowling at all? Swann bowls it right! In india ashwin also has clean action and so too ojba. Harbhajans doosra also has issues but it is much better than ajmals!

    When the arm is straight there is no way you can overspin the cricket ball other around. And whoever came with stupid 15 degrees needs there head to be examined! All the doosra actions have folks bending there arms more than 45 degrees!

    The umpires need to have full power to call the ball invalid if he deems fit! All this checking blah blah is totally useless. Murali got away with 80 degree bent thanks to his bent arm of 45 degrees! Muralis doosra should have been banned outright! botha's doosra is rightly banned, his bent cannot be seen at all! ajmal is worse, normal offspin is 35% bent and doosra more like 75% bent! his doosra needs to be banned right now!

  • POSTED BY foursandsixes on | January 17, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    England will lose this series 0-4. They will lose test series in India 0-4. They will lose a test series in SL 0-2.

  • POSTED BY malik770 on | January 17, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    england did,nt need teesra. saeed ajmal doosra was enough.

  • POSTED BY sanjaykn on | January 17, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Ajmals doosra looks totally dubious to me! Right from the first time I saw him. The arm is ridiculously bent! Even today I was watching his action and it ain't clean by any stretch of imagination( it is ala murali). Now do no tell me ajmal also has bent arm and bent leg born( he has copied saqlin's action ofcourse). Though his regular offspin and variations are terriffic( the doosras bowled by harbhajan, ajmal are all dubious. I thought harbhajan was bad but ajmal's is worse!). And do not give me any bull there is no teesra or chauta! It is just that just like indians and pakistanis are like dear caught in a head light when it comes to pacy wickets( and all at sea when the bowl pitched up--swing,pace,seam), same holds true for english,aussies,newzealand,south africa come and play on these desert dust bowls! So ajmals bowling looks like he is the next big thing when he bowls to these teams!

    No body dares to bell the cat. His doosra is worse than bothas! And it needs to be tested!

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | January 17, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    England cannot justify being no 1 test team on the basis of today's performance. They got to nail in the sub-continent and be a bit more confidence with spin bowling. Yes, they did have a glorious summer, but it was against an Indian side with a very poor overseas record and continues to struggle in Australia. Pakistan boosts very good bowlers with the wow factor and exploited the weakness of all the English batmen. I must give full credit to Pakistan team, who are a much improved team. Sadly, that cannot be reflected for the Indian team who I support. England can fight back as they have a strong team, but Pakistan is in control for now. It will be an interesting few days.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Smart Stats- "Matt Prior's unbeaten 70 is his third fifty-plus score in seven Test innings against Pakistan, and lifts his average against them to 76"

    How in Blazes does a 70 increase an Average above 70 ???? Is someone throwing BS stats or am i missing something crucial?

    ps: Congrats to Pakistan for winning the day but honestly they failed in the fielding dept once again and let the tail wag wayy too much, heres hoping the batsmen can set up a decent score (300 + hopefully) if Pakistan squander this chance and this test is drawn this will be equivalent to English victory, we might not get such a great chance again so please continue doing well guys.

    Lots of Love and prayers sent your way

    -Cricinfo please publish!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    GREAT PERFOMAOUS BY PAKISTANI CRICKETERS IN DUBAI . WELL DONE PAKSITAN

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    TIL Ramiz raja s got great sense of humour..today when England cricket team was doing very badly..and england bowling coach Mushtaq ahmad seemed very worried in the balcony with england team..Ramiz commentated "mushtaq seems very worried . Had he been passing all the wrong information".

  • POSTED BY Sunny7024 on | January 17, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    what i for see 400 plus from pak and eng all out around 350 , giving pak 150 to win at last day.... surprise is this the ball hasn,t spin much and england batsman were dancing... 3rd and 4th day will be more tough whn ball will start to spin...monty would have been a much better option in place of tremlet....

  • POSTED BY birdz_eye on | January 17, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Redemption with vengeance this is what I want with team Pakistan. Still early days need to dominate the Englishmen completely like we did to heroes of Ashes 2005!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Great work Pakistan. However, I must say, it is such a pleasant thing to see Indian-Pakistani people together <3

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | January 17, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    First blood to Pakistan, though still a long way to go. Not sure why so many people are surprised; Pakistan has always produced the most prodigiously talented cricketers, they have just never been a well-oiled machine that England are, and rarely "click", or else are horribly mis-managed by administrators. It's like we forgot that in 2010 they almost ended Cook's career, and Ajmal made KP look foolish throughout. Unlike the England v India contest, I don't expect England to subside, but to come back and bowl hard, which should make for good, competitive cricket, which is what we desperately need in series involving Asian sides right now. It's about time Pakistan showed some respect back to England, and the best way is by playing aggressive, competitive cricket. I'm glad that today set the tone for a hopefully compelling test series.

  • POSTED BY shamlaatu on | January 17, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Should've not let Prior score a seventy odd. Pak batting is totally unpredictable, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN ANYTIME, and most of the time it goes down the hill. We have started off well and I got my fingers crossed for the team not to press that red panic button. Would have been awesome if we had gotten Prior for less then 10 runs, but oh well, we have already exceeded the expectations so no complaints !!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    It's great to see Indians and all Asians supporting the Pakistani cause here... We need this from our brothers throughout this series... The impact this kind of support brings to the unit, to the team, simply cannot be measured. We need to make a statement... Cricket has been taken out of our country (can't blame anybody else for that) but it runs in our blood. In the recent past we have seen many dark phases, one after the other. It's only fitting that we get to see the other side as well, and that too, through on field performances... I'm not too sure how these rankings work, but if you had to rank the passion the fan has, undoubtedly Pakistan/India would top the list... So it is heartening to see Pakistan being talked about once again for their cricketing abilities rather than off/on field foolishness. Go Pakistan! The Asian bloc has its eyes on you and fancies you to pip England!

  • POSTED BY prashkannam on | January 17, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    JUSS...GOES TO PROVE ENGLISH TEAMS ARE GOOD ONLY IN THER OWN BACKYARD AND TO AN EXTENT IN AUSTRALIA AS WELL....SO DONT BLAME INDIAN WHEN THEY DONT DO WELLL IN ENGALND...I GUESS ENGLISH RECORD IN SUBCONTINENT IS WORSE OR PATHETIC IN SUBCONTINENT...THEIR SPIN PROBLEMS ARE MANIFOLD.....INDIANS HAVE @ MANAGED TO WIN 1 OR 2 GAMES IN ENGLANDIN THE PAST DECADE...POMS HAVENT......POMMIES ARE TIGERS ONLY AT ENGLAND THEU BECOME LAMBS IN SUBCONTINENT........THEIR NO 1 RANKING IS AGAIN FLAWED AND THEY DONT DESERVE IT UNLESS THEY PLAY MORE OFTEN IN SUBCONTINENT AND WIN @ LEAST A COUPLE OF SERIES IN INDIA DUBAI OR SRILANKA.I DOUBT IT WUD HAPPEN!!!

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | January 17, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    the people who still wana talk about spot fixing are helpless... anyone unbaised wil find many things to talk about this team... too early to say but i hope pakistans performance by the end of series will shut their mounth... figures are crossed and best of luck to pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    wow =) the world champ odi is being smaked abroad at fast pitches in oz and the worlds test number 1 team is being smaked at slow pitches in uae !! haha ironies... aniway lets hope Pak doesnt be the regular they where they are expert at winning from sure lost stages and viceversa,,.. they b the #teamMisbah ,, categorized as patient,consistent,humble and witty!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Its pleasant that all sub-continent fans are encouraging and backing up Pakistan. Team Pakistan really needs this support to come out of the situation designed by the Cricket Enemies, The Bukies. Thanks to all Inda, SL and BD cricket lovers.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | January 17, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Really disappointed about the English Media calling Ajmal a chuker .This is not expected of so called gentlemen of cricket.If they could include him in the team then he is world class otherwise a chuker.Hi 5 Wombats I am watching you

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Look at Ajmal bowling action.Its mere chucking and he cannot be compared with Muthaiah Muralitharan

  • POSTED BY aqwsde on | January 17, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Those who comments nasty about bangladesh -why r u silent t this time.see the performance of no.1 & no.2 ( IND & ENG) test team.bangladesh played much better than them.learn to support a passionate cricket nation who r trying to improve themselves.we BD fans support our team-not for country,we support them bcoz we love cricket.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | January 17, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    I should have added isn't it great to see both teams on best behaviour? Not the least attractive feature of the first day's play has been the spirit in which it has been played, with players playing hard but enjoying the contest with smiles on their faces, and no sledging or boorish behaviour from anyone. May this be the key note of the series! Well done, both teams!

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | January 17, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    And that is what you see improving in Pakistan. Finally they have managed to encounter their weakness and converted them into their strength. I could not sleep until I saw 7 down for 94. That was amazing stuff to bend the world no. 1 team on knees and show them how their opponent have earned respect in past 12 months. I also saw England were bowled out for 187 in december 2010 against Australia and 221 in the 2nd last test against india. They were bowled out under 200 first time in past 13 months. Amazing stuff from Pakistan who are the next best competitor to the world no.1. I dont say Pak will win. The best is that I want them to win but want to see a real cricketing event in which two powerful cricketing nations are battling for to take edge over one another. Unlike what India shown in England and Australia. At least we see a competing cricket from both sides. The series just got started, its day 1 and its open. England are hot favorites on Paper. Pakistan is favorite by experience.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Thanks to all indians supporting Pak

  • POSTED BY devalyagnik2003 on | January 17, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Fast Track Bullies!!! Lets see how many innings they take to reach 300 on sub continent pitches.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Well done pakistan keep on doing good ........

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    wow what a day pakistan had today superb all credit goes to AJMAL

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan,specially Ajmal.Bowling was great,but they must show the best job in bating & score at least 400.........A great chance for Pakistan,they should utilize it properly.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    wow this team and world no 1 what a joke absoulate joke cant play spinners the ball was neither turning they just couldnt read variation before calling us (india) poor tourist english fans first look at your team we knew it from india odi series and bangladesh A series that they cant play spin and for those who were wating for tests here it is . pitch doesnt do anything in uae what will you guys do when ball actually turns in sri lanka and india world no 1 ranking stay shorter than ours for you

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | January 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Looking at the emply stands cricket adminstrators have to make a choice wheather to play test cricket with 100 people watching or bet on T20 with 100 thousand in the stands. Cricket has to change, no one cares about the records or number of centuries or other stats. We as fans want instant cricket that is fun to watch, quick to finish and has a glamour of a professional sport (razzle-dazzle).

  • POSTED BY atul2884 on | January 17, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    great work by Pakistan team. Its good to see pakistan team getting united and killing the english. Ajmal has showed his class and ability by taking wickets of KP, Bell and Strauss. Good work by Prior and Tailenders. They have got some runs on the board. Pakistan have begun well and they have Yonus and Misbah who can bat all the day and score about 200 runs for the team which will give a decisive lead.I think pitch should play well for the next 2 days and then it would start taking turn which should be well exploited by Ajmal and Rehman. Hope to see a god cricket. Indian cricket team should atleast learn something from England to score with tailenders. remember India have tail starting from Dhoni

  • POSTED BY Elliott_Tree on | January 17, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    OK, Round 1 to Pak bowlers. Time for Eng bowlers to show the discipline that got the #1 ranking. If it does a bit in the morning - great. If it reverses later - great. But have to bowl tight the whole way through (good start from Broad). If Eng can make Pak work for every run they'll stop the game running away. But still unlikely to bowl them out cheaply, so better hope that the 1st innings batting was an aberation - or we'll lose anyway.

  • POSTED BY Khan1983 on | January 17, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @landl47 and rest of Barmy army! I will just say - learn to be gracious even in face of adversity! I won't say 'Take that!' as there r plenty here to say that. Though I will reiterate to my good friend SirvivFan - as I said earlier numbers can't stack up to real skill,mate!

  • POSTED BY Salman_Mughal on | January 17, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I am waiting for English media breaking another controversy against Ajmal this time

    "Ajmal is bowling unplayable deliveries and unplayable deliveries are not allowed against England" so ajmal should be banned !!!

    lolz...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Hi England, Welcome to harsh reality, Please lame excuses like former No.1

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | January 17, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    This was a genuine day of test cricket, and on this evidence it promises to be a stirring series. Of course, Ajmal bowled brilliantly and once again his performance showed up the technical limitations of several English batsmen against top-class spin. I have remarked in recent posts that England hasn't seen quality spin bowling in a while and I had qualms about Gooch's ability to coach v spin. With no pleasure at all, on the evidence of this first day's play, I would appear to have made a valid point. Apart from the splendid Prior who played straight and late, only EM, and GS to some extent, had the measure of what was going on. I thought Morgan looked very safe until he lost concentration and fatally played an ugly sweep, but he is short of match practice. England is left asking a miracle from Swann now and it's clear Panesar should have played (I've said that before too!). We all live & learn and the absence of a 2nd spinner will have been noted. Eng. will fight, for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    too early to make an assessment . But England, Australia and India all appear to be home town tigers their success based on home turf manipulation. With Australia and England grass bowl pitches and in the case of India dust bowls. Srinivasen the head of the BCCI has just announced that crumbling dust bowls await England and Australia. Another nail in the coffin of test cricket. As a matter of fact there did not appear to be anybody watching the match, noticed a few camels in the background though.

  • POSTED BY knan on | January 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Well done Ajmal and Pakistan. We are proud of you - a despairing supporter of the Indian cricket team

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | January 17, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    As for the rest of the match, I'd say if England can restrict Pakistan to a 100 run lead, they are still in with a chance of victory. I should imagine Pakistan will be looking towards a 200 run lead though

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Beware Brits, Ajmal is unleashed with a Teesra not Doosra, it will be hard to judge him in this entire series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    wow, what scintillating performance by Pakistan so far...., England lions were made surrender by the brilliance of Saeed Ajmal's mystery bowling, well for English players it was like mystery. I remember England suffering at the hands of Pak last year in their home grounds but they just win the series by the whisker, however this is not easy in UAE.... well done Pak I am happy to Pak play positive cricket right from the start. I wish Pak beat the hell out Eng this time and show them how to play real cricket. I hope every Pakistani is behind my comment. MYKhan

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Great bowling by Ajmal that too on a pitch that which had 'nothing in it for the bowlers'. The next time R.Ashwin uses this excuse somebody should remind him of Ajmal's figures in this match.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    pakistan zindabad, I am from india, I m happy pakistan playing good cricket, we indians lost, and we pakistanis giving back to them, I feel like india is in pakistan and pakistan is in india, brothers

  • POSTED BY tashan007 on | January 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Being an indian i am big fan of ajmal and i was waiting for this moment to see english team demolished in subcontinen.

  • POSTED BY jonnybtestmatch on | January 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    England can come back don't worry. They may lose this test but still have the ability to win two games. They need to get after the spinners early. When sides go into their shell against the spinners it gets them into the game. Ajmal does not spin the ball much, not discrediting his performance, but he was allowed to bowl. Get after any spinner early, push the field back and life becomes very difficult.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    well done saeed.....this was a good reply to Swan's statement in some news paper

  • POSTED BY K-amps on | January 17, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    The pitch had little or no spin. Ajmal's mind tricks played better on the English rather than his off-spin pehla and doosras did. Prior showed how easy it is to bat here. The top 7 panic'ed ! There are few other reasons why they got out in heaps. 1 to Ajmal, 0 to the top 7 English batsmen.

    If England can keep Pakistan below a lead of 130, it could turn out to be very interesting as the wicket could turn on the last day.... and England will bowl it.

  • POSTED BY chasman62 on | January 17, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Usual litany of nonsensical and often farcical comments on these blogs. Poor day for England, looked uncertain and rusty against spin on a slow but by no means treacherous pitch. Ajmal bowled well but all batsmen (apart from Bell perhaps) contributed to their own downfall.

    All sides have days like this, it is how you come back tomorrow that matters. Looked demoralized as they left the field but hopefully they can come back firing tomorrow. Team selection a little odd to me, Tremlett looked off the pace and his lack of cricket showed. Why not Finn if you want a tall guy to bang it in, and more to the point why not Panesar...and leave out one of the so-called batsmen.

    One swallow does not make a summer gents, and one day does not make a Test series....that's why it's the best form of the game.

  • POSTED BY reality_check27 on | January 17, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    very well bowled saeed on a pitch where it wasnt turnng even turning that much saeed has got so many wickets this has always been my point that when england and australia think that they are the best teams when on slow tracks they are as poor as any asian teams can be on fast tracks and i can only imagine what saeed would do when england bat on 3rd r 4 day when it will start turning more than it did england better stop watching test matches for a year because once pakistan is done srilanka and india are waiting plus u have south africa at home so that puts you much more difficult position

  • POSTED BY reality_check27 on | January 17, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    very well bowled saeed on a pitch where it wasnt turnng even turning that much saeed has got so many wickets this has always been my point that when england and australia think that they are the best teams when on slow tracks they are as poor as any asian teams can be on fast tracks and i can only imagine what saeed would do when england bat on 3rd r 4 day when it will start turning more than it did england better stop watching test matches for a year because once pakistan is done srilanka and india are waiting plus u have south africa at home so that puts you much more difficult position

  • POSTED BY Phillisco on | January 17, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    England definateley lacking the intensity they have shown over the past couple of years. Ajmaal has bowled well but this os not a spinning track, most of englands dismissals have been poor shots, showing they are not applying themselves well. They need to learn how to motivate themselves in empty stadiums with no atmosphere when playing tests in the subcontinent. Pietersen especially thrives on the big occasion and I fear this may not be big enough for him. More concentration and application needed.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Pak must score 450 or more to win this match easily.Forget about the teesra everything that Ajmal touches turns to gold.

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | January 17, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    After India's defeat to England and Australia, it is refreshing to see a subcontinent have England on the mat. Hope Pakistan wins the series convincingly.

  • POSTED BY gunnerr4life on | January 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    So , Ajmal justifies his talking before the start of series .. well done , he really is a best spinner at the moment ! Pakistan should not get carried away by this and should try hard to reach 400 in the 1st innings .. If Pak scores over 350 , then it's game over for Eng ! Pak did make a mistake in picking the starting 11 though . Wahab Riaz and Junaid khan would have been a better choice instead of Cheema and Gul ( great bowler but out of form ) !

  • POSTED BY Aragorn_11 on | January 17, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    No dominant force in world cricket anymore. period. makes for good cricket though!

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Surprised the World XI is losing to Pakistan - but stranger things have happened

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Some gold standard tripe written here. One fellow writes "England claims itself #1". No, the ICC ranks them #1. Yes, they didn't bat well today but there are still 4 days of cricket left in this test and two more tests left after this in the series. A #1 team is allowed to have off days. More important is, how they come out of it. Australia had several days like this when they were #1. They bounced back. I am not surprised that there are so many Indian fans here posting drivel - when your team can't win, you take pleasure from another team's miseries. There is a reason why test matches run for 5 days. Teams have time to recover. England clearly lost the first day but anything can happen in the next 4 days. If England fail miserably in this series, then we could accept that they are not worthy #1. But, not after one day.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Owsom Performance By A Ajmal ! Team England was too confuse and have no clue picking length against spin and specially against the Ajmal, And now i see them crying over 15 Degree Arm Rule ..:D They need to put their act together and have some Game spirit. Not Every Day is You Day ...Admire the good game ..or just Grow Up !

  • POSTED BY mustufa on | January 17, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Lets just calm the freak down, and lets see what england has in the tank, they fight all the way, Pakistan will have it very tough tommorow morning, runs would be very hard to come by

  • POSTED BY abhyudayj on | January 17, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    England has weakness against spin, they lost the ODI Series in india by 5-0 and now in Ist Innings below 200 against Pakistan They has to win series in subcontinent,they had been win series in seams tracks that not enough to declared as No.1 Test Side

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    India is the number 2 ranked test nation in the UNIVERSE!!!!!

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 17, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    3rd innings the key for pakistan, as it usually is in most test matches IMHO

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @ INIDAN_Nandi aw whats the matter still hurting

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Prediction: Next move of Cry Babies will be to raise hue and cry on Ajmal's bowling action!!

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | January 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Well done Saeed Ajmal,u r best spinner in the world.Now English media will start crying about his doosra and his actions.I request to some jealous indians if u do not have heart to appreciate Ajmal brilliant bowling then do not criticize him.Ajmal has proved again and again against best teams that he is the best.Come on Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Where is land47 boasting about the quality Eng medium pacers?

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 17, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    just goes to show the completely undeserved number 1 ranking. england need to learn from australia how to bat in these conditions, maybe look at few of michael clarkes and/or mike husseys innings in sri lanka. england fast bowlers are benign and one dimentional as well they also might want to look at the way peter siddle, shane watson, ryan harris bowled on slow low pitches.

  • POSTED BY KYZA on | January 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Well Done to our beloved Pakistan!!!!!!!!!I woke up very early this morning to tune in to the action, the excitment was amazing for any Pakistan fan, sadto see an virtually empty stadium, but it is a working day in Dubai. Pakistan played very well, unfortuate not to get them all out for under 150, but we played very well, bowling is our strength and we must build the match around our bowling, batting must grind out England now for 2 whole days, then get England back in and get 10 morew wickets inshallah, and we can win this match.I agree with other posters Ajmal is at the top of his game at the moment, it was superb bowling on a batting wicket, he was amazing. Don't all Pakistan fans think it is amazing the talent we have when we can afford to leave 2 world class young bowlers on the bench, like Junaid and Wahab and still get 10 England wickets, Pakistan have certainly turned a corner for the good, let's work really hard tomorrow and show our metal and god wiling if we can a good lead

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Jai_India, England may well be humiliated but it won't be against India. Pakistan is a way superior team to over-hyped India and if and when they win against us, we will make no excuses unlike you cry babies ("Australia beat us because of seaming tracks and batsmen out of nick" - pathetic) . If they win, it is because they played better than us.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    let us not get carried away by the fabulous performance from the Pakistani players. to me it was a shock reading the stats at the lunch time. this shows how capable the pk team is, now the next thing for the pk team will be to show consistency, thats what will make us champians .. and a very unrealistic approach by strass to play with 1 spinner, when the wickets were trembling, he sure have guessed that ..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    The #1 ranking has become a musical chair. I firmly believed this England team will not do well in subcontinent conditions and now is the proof.

  • POSTED BY sirvivfan on | January 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    First day one by Pakistan, too early to get carried away, Pakistan needs to bat once and bat for 150 overs and get 400 then we may have chance. 2n time around it may not be easy to bowl out England. Tomorrow critical, bat sensibly. Pak should have played Junaid. Good luck Pakistan. Ria

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Very well done by ajmal, although his mystery delivery was a bit of disappointment

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @INIDAN_Nandi, worry about your own team mate. Worry about how they are going to avoid successive whitewashes. India are not to fit to play tests outside India. And, after the big 3 retire, they will not be fit to play tests anywhere.

  • POSTED BY Aax1m on | January 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I think its bit early though, but my instincts telling me that we'll invade UAE !!!!!!! ps nice to hear kind words from our Indian brothers, its GORA's policy (devide n rule) .... we shud support eachother in bad times n dont screw one another in good times:), England was a lacklustre infront of S Ajmal but u can't jus count em off, 4 more days to go + 2 tests n ODI's, so its a Giant* step towards a long time success under professors and pensioners captaincy ????

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Pakistan needs to score quickly in first innings, get a lead of around 250- 300.On this flat batting pitch they are going to need atleast 2- 2.5 days to get england out 2nd time round. Pakistan should also be cautious of England fightback. I think Rehman could play a major role in 2nd innings. All in all an intreeging test, may the best team win.

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | January 17, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Was expecting England batsmen to struggle against spin but for their bowling to struggle was self-inflicted. In these conditions, you need two spinners - Panesar would have been very useful. England, I believe, were over-confident to stick with their formula (which will not work in Asia). Oh dear, hopefully, it is not gonna be a long tour for England supporters.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | January 17, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    ahhhhh good to see the correct and normal order of the world has been restored, australia dominant, england hopeless. do we really need to wait till 2013 to have our ashes back?

  • POSTED BY AmmarAshraf on | January 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Many English commentators and FANs has started crying over Dosra. FACE it ICC has already cleared Ajmal's action.

    Tip to Britishers stop listening to Bob!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    awsome work done by saeed Ajmal .....playing away from the home for last few years and giving these kind of results,it makes pakistan prominent but media never aknowledge this side,english side will be settledown in 2nd ennings so pakistani side should not take the match easy

  • POSTED BY aahahaa on | January 17, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Ajmal and Hafeez, like Bhajji, very dodgy actions. is ICC awake at all. Harper said no less but alas no one takes notice. an 18 yr old gets banned for 2 years for bowling a no ball but here we have someone with a very obvious skewed action and we all praise him. shame.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Pakistan is playing a fine cricket. I hope they win this series. All the best from a Bangladeshi citizen.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | January 17, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    I don't particularly like Pakistan but it's great to see at least one Asian team dominating a match. India and SL are having horrible times(ironically, they are the two ODI WC finalists). Bangladesh.. is.. well being themselves. So keep up the good work Pak.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    hmmm... lets see how Pak batting responds

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    hahaha England the number one Test nation failing to deal with spin on a good batting surface with a tour to India and @ home to SA anyone will be foolhardy to bet for them remaining as number 1 by the year end.

  • POSTED BY LEOFURQAN86 on | January 17, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Pakistan is the world best team and Saeed Ajmal Greatest bowler in the world we are occupying in ICC rank No.1 very soon Inshallah All the Best Team Pakistan We should win this test match even not a one match go and win this all formats series against England. Well Done Guys

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Hehe....let us see english come back now...well done Pakistan....go get em...

  • POSTED BY Tim40621 on | January 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Is it a law that non-subcontinant bowlers arent aloud to bowl the doosra??.....why doesnt more off-spinners learn it??

  • POSTED BY hakapuu on | January 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    So much for being the no.1 Test team. I cant remember this team winning anything of substance in the subcontinent in the last 10 yrs! Right now we are in a situation where none of the teams are good away from their home like conditions! Most of the subcontinent teams are getting pummeled in seamy bouncy pitches and other teams cant play in spin friendly pitches. Sorry state of affairs to say the least!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Pak Team made my day.I skipped my college for this game and Pak did not disappoint me.I said before when the real business starts English Batsmen will look ordinary batsmen. Pak will score 450 in first innings and will win the first test.This series belongs to Pakistan.Hafeez will score hundred tomorrow. Once Pak take the upper hand they hardly give any chance to anyone in the UAE. Pak will win the series 2-0.Who should be No.1?

  • POSTED BY ABRAR-JANJUA on | January 17, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Great job by Ajmal and Pakistan team but Umer Gul's performance must be a sign of worry for Pakistan as he is unable to deliver for Pakistan in test matches as Most senior bowler. I reckon he is not test match material any more. I don't remember when ho got 5 wicket in an innings last time (may be in 2009 against Sri Lanka 6/135). He can be handy only in ODis and T20i.

  • POSTED BY drsaadxb on | January 17, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    As expected ...England fumbled against quality spin bowling...

  • POSTED BY netcricketfan4ever on | January 17, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Terrific start for Pak. Well done. My only concern with Pak is their rather too cautious approach with their batting. For some time, that has been their brand of cricket, but it may also be risky in the sense that it could cause for a rather quick collapse. Having said that, for that to happen the English bowlers should in the right areas and Pak batsmen have to make mistakes. Ajmal has undoubtedly shown that he is the best off spinner in the world. Interesting comments from the English commentators on his bowling action. I hope with this series English players and their media come to face their reality that their team is not as good as they thought.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Well that was depressing to watch. It was clear that england would go through difficult phases in this series, most likely being having to go hours without a wicket, but I really didn't expect us to have a batting collapse, so what happens? We endure both on the first day, poor batting and being frustrated in the bowling. Although credit does go to Ajmal for some very disciplined and precise bowling, this was by no means Shane Warne or Murlitharan caliber bowling. There was NOTHING in the pitch, certainly not a 192 all out pitch. Our batting line-up which is the best in the world to collapse like that showed some serious rustiness, however it's only the first day,and with a batting line-up as frail as that of Pakistan, it is nowhere near game over. I expect us to fully come back into this contest, and hopefully come back strong. BARMY ARMY!!!!

  • POSTED BY LEOFURQAN86 on | January 17, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    No Doubt 1st Day of 1st Test between Pak and Eng. Good for Pakistan but we are woorried about our seamers beacuase no one create a major problems for England batting but anyhow Saeed Ajmal is in good touch with his TEESRA and congrats to Saeed for his brilliant performance

  • POSTED BY JaneJosephene on | January 17, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Pakistan has once again proved ranking does not matter, They are 5th but can win against world number 1 :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    well done ajmal england s allout cuz they want to play teesra u beauty

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | January 17, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Full marks to Pakistan. England should understand they play away from home, so they must follow the approach of Misbah. England must now play very well from here to get back into the game as quick as possible. I think Monty should be in from 2nd test. Hope to see a better tomorrow with english bowlers. cricinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY AHHA on | January 17, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Besides the horrible day at DSC for England, they must aware of the likes of Ajmal, Hafeez and Abdul Rehman for their spining abilities on these tracks. Blame game started already by talking on Ajmal's hand but why dont the english commentators (on radio) say that their batting is a big flop? Grow up guys and accept to understand the problems of unplayable spin from Pakistani bowlers! Good start though for the series and a big trial for real cricket WYSIWYG!

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | January 17, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Terrific stuff from Ajmal, I was rather nervous about him before this started, I think he's made a real statement about his ability. Disappointed with England, but we've had bad days before, I still back the attack to come out and try and get a few in the morning session

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    again dont make any excuses for today bad play for England . simple is that pakistan bowl well therefore they upset english batsman .

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    What a performance by Pakistan! Well done guys.......

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I guess conditions are the main factor; Pommy and Kangro struggle on sub continent wickets and vice and versa

  • POSTED BY asi.ali on | January 17, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Great performance by Pakistan, specially by Ajmal, hope batting side will support team to build reasonable lead to secure the match. Good luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The First Outing as Test Team Number One will be a challenge for England as Day One at Dubai has already shown. You are a Number One in Tests only when you are a bully at home and also one away like the West Indies were under Lloyd-Richards-Richardson and Australia were under Taylor-Waugh-Ponting. As for Pakistan, it looks like an Asian Ashes at this time is something that could have been, but unfortunately for the Game of Cricket was never meant to be.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Great to see Pakistan dominating a top international test team who's been in great form! Great start of the series for Pak but still long way to go, hope the fun will continue.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Two big guns imported from South Africa (Trott & Pieterson) let England down; but another one from Johannesburg, South Africa (Prior), at least did a face saving act. This had been a bad time for teams from the sub-continent, hope at least our brothers from across the border, Pakistan, succeed.

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | January 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    #1 team huh. Still don't know how to work it in subcontinent. Truth is there is no outstanding team. Most are masters of their home conditions, its when they have to come out of their shell....

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Exhilarating day of Test Cricket. Pakistan played like a team with intent and had a game plan against all English batsmen. Ajmal was all over English batsmen and they seemed to have been too occupied with his variations...Misbah's calm and relax approach is working wonders for Pakistan....However we all know English bowlers are more then capable of inflicting their own venom of pace, reverse swing and spin. Pakistan batting holds the key not only for this match outcome rather the entire series..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Pakistan and Ajmal all the way..England please stop crying and lets settle the matter on the field instead off the field.

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | January 17, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    the revenge is starting from today !! Cmon Pakistan

  • POSTED BY kalimantan on | January 17, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Tough day. But only a fool would think we could just roll up in Asia and have it all our own way, these our tough, alien conditions for us and we have to adapt. Its just the first day of a long series, but Pakistan are showing they have got what it takes to make it hard work for England. Nice to have an opponent worthy of the name after so many one-sided series in the past 2 years against India, SL, Bangladesh and Australia.

  • POSTED BY haseeb.ahmed on | January 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Totally outstanding performance by Pakistani Team especially by Saeed Ajmal who was major difference between both sides by getting career best 7 for 55. All English batsmen struggled against him except Matt Prior who played superbly throughout the innings. still i think England will come hard on Pakistan tomorrow so i suggest Pakistani team to play their natural game when they come out tomorrow because that's the only way they could score 350 or 400 which will be challenging total. I wish best of luck to both teams especially to Pakistan as a Pakistani fan

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | January 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Is there no Cricinfo editor for Pakistan as this series is hosted by Pakistan? As I was expecting CricInfo will mention that Ajmal's TEESRA is just an ordinary ball with nothing special in it exactly like when England's bats in early nineties were unable to play Wasim and Waqar's reverse swing they started issue of ball tampering. But when English bowlers learned they called it as magnifying ability. I can bet even England will loose this match, big highlight of the final day match-summary will be spot-fixing story of last years.

  • POSTED BY asi.ali on | January 17, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Great performance by Pakistan, specially by Ajmal, hope batting side will support team to build reasonable lead to secure the match. Good luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Sprit_of_Cricket on | January 17, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Very well played Pakistan . I hope that Pakistani batsman took the full advantage and score 400 + . This is their chance to overcome on England . Saeed ajmal teesra I think was not perfect for today's pitch but could be very effective if pitch gets older so that we could clearley see what he has worked on it . Heads off to Pakistan for a wonderful performance on day first but one should remember ( it is not over until it's over)

  • POSTED BY wakilkhattak on | January 17, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Can some one describe what was the Teesra?

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | January 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal was impressive. He proved he is the nº 1 spinner. 10 balls --> 3 wickets. I hope Pak gain a 200-300 lead :p

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | January 17, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    The number one team thing is great. It is easy to pick on them. After India now England is in my cross-hair.

  • POSTED BY yocasi on | January 17, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Early days yet but England seems to be heading for a massive headache.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka is much better!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Terrific job by the Pakistani bowlers, especially Saeed Ajmal :) And whoa what a confidence our openers showed : ) I predict around 450+ by Pakistani team in first innings, if our opening stand gives us 150 or +..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Weldone Pakistan Team and specialy my fav bowler saeed ajmal congratulations to you..InShaAllah Pakistan will win the first Test easily.Pray All the Pakistanies for you team.Thanx regards, Haris Umair

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | January 17, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    What has happened to Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY scoopster35 on | January 17, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Pretty abject. Can't make many excuses.

  • POSTED BY ShahbazSalamat on | January 17, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Thank God.....Well played thts the spirit man....God Bless Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | January 17, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    This is where Umar will be sorely missed!!!!

    Pak have a great chance to go one up but their slow batting might hinder that prospect but with Umar there on this flat track, even a quick fire 30 odd would have been handy plus, there is no room for Cheema in this line up.

    But I like how people commented before the series "Ajmal is overrated", "Eng are going to steam roll Pak" and "Pak only won against SL, Nz, Bang and Zimb".

    Now, ask yourself this question: If the little master was bamboozled by Ajmal then, what chance do the English batsmen have?

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    well bowled Mr Ajmal.... pakistan look to have all areas covered. Teams that don't use drs like india should wake up to the idea instead of trying to put a stop to this technology.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    If you are an Indian or England you have play with Pakistan in Test to prove that you are 1 and 2 position on test ranking. The world's best bowlers are available in Pakistan only. The best and mysteriousness Azmal is the best off spinnerin the world not others.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Well done Team Pakistan...Pakistan would need to score at least 350 and take a good healthy lead before bowling the english second time...really great chance now to go 1 up in the series! Cheers!

  • POSTED BY AMUSMANI on | January 17, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Welldone saeed ajmal . Our team prove that this is one of the best test team in this game today . Swan u must learn from saeed ajmal that how to bowl instead of making fool comments .

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    geo pakistanies i hope u continu this performance

  • POSTED BY princekamran on | January 17, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win this test match because pakistan is a verry strong position on this test match and i hope pakistan will win thi test match and series as well as

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    fab bowling by an in-form bowler. i hope he keeps on ripping through the eng batting for rest of the series too.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | January 17, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    England doing India. And a very similar question. Is it Pakistan so good or England not being able to adapt to non-seam pitches. I think both. Another observation. Panesar was more effective than Swann in warm-up game and has now been left out. Very similar policy to India. It is only day 1, but I expect England flop.

  • POSTED BY djmuneeb on | January 17, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Ajmal shows his power to those who use to say that he take wickets while playing with weak teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc..........& Ajmal also shows that he is write choice to be on No. 1 as he is No. 1 bowler :D

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    welcome to subcontinent.......

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 17, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    serously diasappointed by the english commentators .

  • POSTED BY Ryousuf on | January 17, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Well done Saeed. No doubt he is one of the greatest spinners ever produced.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    keep aside the biaseness, Ajmal is no doubt the world's best spinner. He is by far better then Swanny or any other spinner.. There is no comparison whatsoever...

  • POSTED BY Raj239 on | January 17, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    England- Tigers at home, kittens away! Last 16 tests in SC only won 1! Long year for English fans, they play all 3 big subcontinent teams. Enjoy No.1 spot for the short time it lasts.

    Brilliant performance from Ajmal even though it was against a weak batting line up to be playing spin.

  • POSTED BY Night_Fury on | January 17, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Good Bowling by Pakistan and excellent batting by England.... infact even before the series started i thought it would be extremely difficult for England to win in dubai....India found it difficult to beat Pak in Dubai.... Lets see what No.1 team does now...I generally donot support Pak but efforts from this yound team is laudable and India shld learn... Beat them Pak!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    The neighbours are doing well!

  • POSTED BY malik_Tahir on | January 17, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    This was one of saeed's best spell of bowling ever. Well Done pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Empty-Sequence on | January 17, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    After the end of the series english bowlers averages will shoot above 30s.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | January 17, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I'd be happy if England don't lose another match after this, but dare I say 2-0 or even 3-0 is a distinct possibility. A huge shock to the system but not unexpected with England's problems against spin. The warning signs were there in the warm up matches.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    english are tigers at home and mice outside their country... how the mighty have fallen!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    this is what world number one team not only india england australia cant play outside their home turf i hardly remeber england winning away series in the recent times except ashes in australia when australia is not so strong and australia lost 4 test series in india and england recently lost 5-0 to india in india i think they cant be number one so long

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal currently is best spinner in the world

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Go GREEN !! Awesome performance

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | January 17, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    ho ho ho! what is happening to the worlds number 1 team. Can not play spin. Seems like a very supporting wicket.

  • POSTED BY sanjay37b on | January 17, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Test Cricket Has No Future.Even Ten Cricket Switched Their Telecast To One Day International Between South Africa and Sri Lanka From Test Played At Dubai and Still Over 20 Overs Remaining.Test Cricket Records For Last 12 Months of All Test Playing Countries Proves That.

  • POSTED BY DrAgonEdd1e on | January 17, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    L.O.L unless this so called number 1 team can bowl Pakistan out for a small total you can kiss this test goodbye.

  • POSTED BY stari09 on | January 17, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Monty should have played for England for me. Spinners will be tricky to deal with on that pitch.

  • POSTED BY dani1 on | January 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    saeed ajmal has proved once again that he is the best spinner in the world at the moment.

  • POSTED BY cricket_pak419 on | January 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Haha England you have been bowled out for a close 200. Now where's the "Azzam"

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    WOW GO GO PAKISTAN We want top quality cricket from both sides May ALLAH HELP PAKISTAN team win the complete serious ameen

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 17, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    This England that's thrashed everyone else is famous for it's intensity from the first ball in the match (as Aussies etc alike will sheepishly concede no doubt), but the intensity wasn't there from the first ball in this test. Why that is, rustiness and lack of experience playing on slow tracks probably come into it, is a mystery.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Eng shockkkkkks,PAK rocks... AJMAL IS KING..big threat to Eng.....swann is just a piece ov paper

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    pakistan is soon gonna be in the top 3

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Well done ajmal, pakistan should put big total atleast 500

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    \m/ pakistan will win england cant survive our bowling attack

  • POSTED BY groundreality on | January 17, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Invincible England becoming invisible? Ha ha.

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | January 17, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    For a spinner to bowl on the first day of a test and get 7 wickets is a great thing. Congrats to Ajmal. Hope Aswin takes inspiration from him in the 4th test.

  • POSTED BY kazimusman on | January 17, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Congrats to ajmal and best of luck pakis for their innings....i am hoping they will make a healthy lead....

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Nice to see the remnants of England's vanquished opponents appearing on these boards to act like cretins attaching themselves to a mighty whale. You've been thrashed by England guys, lets talk about an interesting match involving a rusty, but as no one who's watched them in the last two years would disagree, best team in the world, shall we?

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | January 17, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    I didn't expect Pakistan to allow the tail to wag this much.. Double spin should have been put on immediately.. Also, Gul doesn't look very consistent.. Junaid was more consistent than Gul..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Well bowled Pakistan. Disappointing batting England. Let's see where we are by tea tomorrow (my current expectation is P 200-4) before judging the outcome. Good to see England 'humbled' slightly. Still a very good side - but maybe not as good as they are telling themselves / us. However another 14 days to go in this series yet

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Pakistan has the bowling attack among the asian countries....let us see how england comes back....

  • POSTED BY Elliott_Tree on | January 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Fantastic performance from Ajmal. Some distinctly dodgy batting as well, but can't fault that bowling. Ajmal was generating a lot of pre-series chatter, and has justified it today. Well played Sir.

  • POSTED BY kiranphy on | January 17, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    England dont have skill to play spin. they are only good in their own backyard. so they donts deserve to stay at number one position.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | January 17, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Well our dificencies against quality spin bowling have been exposed by Ajmal, incredible figures for a spinner on the first day of any test match. I really thought thought the top order would have been ready for this but today has been a disaster so far. With one wicket intact it looks like we will fall well short of even 200 and probably have to bowl for an hour or so. the bowlers will probably need to grab 3 wickets in that hour for us to get back in this. Anything over 300 for Pak and they will be in a great position.

  • POSTED BY mhk21 on | January 17, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    England is behaving like india outside home .....seriously this ranking system need to be reviewed ......on the other hand ajmal showed his class through his skill and variations and accuracy .....he deserves to be no one for a long time ....his doosra was so affective he didnt need to use his teesra often ....

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketer on | January 17, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Not sure why Hafeez gets a step-child treatment. Despite taking a wicket at the cost of 5 runs in 5 overs, he failed to get the Captain's attention all day. If this translates into some strategy, I sure don't get it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    this eighth wicket partner ship really haunts Pakistan against England

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    that we were expecting good luck guys.......

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    According to an indian cricket supporter " ajmal's 5 are meaning less coz they ve come against a weak opponent and so far pakistan is only playing against weaker teams like england , sri lanka bangladesh n etc ... real test would be to see if pakistan can beat india 4-0 " lolzzzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | January 17, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    A dismal performance from England. I wish I could say it was magnificent bowling or a treacherous pitch, but it was merely good bowling and the pitch is innocuous. Swann and Prior showed that if you play sensibly there's nothing frightening in either the bowling or the pitch. The seamers have done very little, the only wicket being a leg-side gift from Jonathon Trott, which makes the balance of England's side look very suspect. Oh well, put it down to jitters or rust or just the way the game goes and let's hope the Englandplayers pull themselves together for the rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 17, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    England batted so badly it was like watching Australia.We need to improve in the subcontinent and now would be a very good time

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I wish Pakistan to win the series by 3-0 margin. It will feel western people how England team deserve to be no 1 then as they have always quetioned sub continent team when they were no 1. We all know England team became no 1 with wins in "home pitches". Then western people will realise cricket is not just winning in green pitches, cricket is wining everywhere including spin pitches (or so called batting pitches where now EA is playing in) !

  • POSTED BY Anshul_CricketWins on | January 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Welcome to reality! the so called No.1 team. England in their lucky period on favourable home turfs, won with huge margins and started bragging about themselves. Pakistan's gonna show them the daylight now. As an Indian fan surely i have something to cheer about now. English team prepare strategically so well, with training camps abroad in all kinda situations, take so much time for preparation by playing lesser ODIs. Then its such a shame if you don't do well in the onlyformat you play well.

  • POSTED BY vivekjagan on | January 17, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    so where the world's best team doing....gt to know der true faces outside england...though they beat the non form aussies in ashes other tours were in england... dey dnt deserve ....it shows..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    grt job pakistan... show them their way out of the top...

  • POSTED BY ZeSaint on | January 17, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Welcome to the real world England :-)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Enjoying Saeed Ajmal's bowing. ajmal rockz..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Go Pakistan Go! Show England where they belong! And to all subcontinent fans, lets unite and support Pakistan here- An Indian speaking here!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Spinners wreck England top order

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Brilliant effort Pakistan. The first sesion of a test series is very important in determining the momentum for the rest of the series. Now we need to find another Muhammed Aamir as a opening fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    It proves that there is no best tean nowadays who can play anywhere....India and Srilanka are strugling in abroad ..samething happening here with England who are claiming thierself world' 1st rank team....Aus would also face same problem...

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | January 17, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    England being destroyed by spin. Hmmm why am I not surprised? We saw England being bamboozled in India by jadeja a part timer. What did they expect against the best off spinner in the world Ajmal? They dont look anything like the number one ranking should suggest. Fast track bullies and nothing more. We'll see their number 1 ranking plummeting down into oblivion within the next few months when they get a taste of their own medicine in sub continental conditions.At least India held on for 2 years.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    english batsmen are extra cautious and worried too much about their top ranking. i guess they are thinking too much about saeed ajmal's teesra which doesnt exist to be honest

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    so much for the current No:1 test side..the moment they land in Asia they quake in their boots!!!!again proving no team will match long term No:1 Aussies..they are back on track....Poms be ware....

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    I'm Indian and I'm backing Pakistan!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Proud of you Pakistan! Success is when you fail 7 times but you stand up the 8th time to fight! We are the most resilient nation in the world we never back down

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    great fight from spin bowlers england may out today less than 150

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | January 17, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    number 1's playing like number twos

  • POSTED BY DocBindra on | January 17, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    English united are off to a good solid start showing there deserved No. 1 ranking...

  • POSTED BY bravest-mussel on | January 17, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    best of luck to pakistan,,:)

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Bravooo Greens!!! Wellcome to Dubai :D

  • POSTED BY Nigah on | January 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    We all knows the strength of Pakistani bowling. English players are afraid from Saeed Ajmal but they don't know that they can fail against Hafeez.

  • POSTED BY Mohmd.Ali on | January 17, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Well...England thought it to be too easy...completely misread the situation.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    India needs to learn from these matches...blaming seniors will not solve issue ...do we have killer instinct as Pakistan showing day to day ....

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Ajmal will wreck england, only question is can Swann do the same? I doubt it. Ajmal is leagues ahead..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    it seems that everyone is on an even keel. No team looks dominant enough outside its territory. As rightly written that before unleashing the TEESRA pakistani spinners have the no 1 team on the mat and it will be a tough road ahead for the english team who boasts of the well balanced side. what i can see that it will be very difficult for the english bowlers, who are regarded as the best at present by some cricket experts,to topple the pakistani batsmen in their backyard.

  • POSTED BY Petti on | January 17, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Well done pakistan. Best wishes From Sri Lankans.........

  • POSTED BY Invincibless on | January 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Ohhh so this is the best Test Cricket side you were talking about?????

  • POSTED BY SyedGoogley on | January 17, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Shoking start from England !! Pakistani spinners did excellent bowling, especially Saeed Ajmal did the main damaged as we all were expected. First session was nightmare for England :)))) Andrew Straus did big mistake not to select Montee Penasar :(((

    Saeed Ajmal showing his class and he proved that he is World class spinner !

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Playing spin and reverse swing are as difficult as good seam and swing bowling. England have got to the top by playing on wickets that suits them, everyone new including the English players that they can't handle good spin bowling. One more thing I would like to add is that don't tag Asian players as flattrackbully, because you guys struggle on the same track !

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | January 17, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    hmmm... flat pitch? for batting?

  • POSTED BY AJF.da.man.94 on | January 17, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Hopefully this is the start of Englands downfall ;) hahahaha like a true blue aussie!!

  • POSTED BY southafrican on | January 17, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Strauss must be utterly confused. Spinners blowing away the top order and we have yet to see the mystery ball. Pakistan should not be complacent though, and keep plugging away against some established lower order batters.

  • POSTED BY bravest-mussel on | January 17, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    I was expecting the same from pakistan, and was confident tht v hv the best team in da world, and same was expecting from ind against aus,,,bz our team pakistan (unfortunately played friendly s.final at mohali). other wise i dont want debate here for facts and figures, BZ THINGS PROOFS WID THE TIME AND TIME PROOFS not people or any thing. performance shows the class of world chap's consistancy, like aus was world chaps and holds consistantly, same as sri lanka after won the w.c and was consistant for few years, pakistan was world champs,,till next world cup, west indies hold many years consistanly,,etc, so dont want to debat here, THATS IT.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    It was always on cards, important is to keep the pressure on.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Its a gr8 news for us as ngland will come to India later this year to play 4 Tests and we will put them in the spinning tracks here to return the compliment what Eng did to us in the summer. Eng has proved to another Tiger at Home like Us. Aus too will come in this year to play in India. Double Whammy !

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Well done boys good going

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 17, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Would of thought Junaid would of been the man, but Cheema got a deserved wicket of Trott who was streaky. Worrying start to the first leg of their Series odyssy in Asia. Whilst Pakistan's batting has been surprisingly composed through 2011, it will be a step up for them in this series. ENgland's title defence under the pump early!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, Good 1st session for Pakistan, I wouldn't buy some commentator are saying England have been shattered by some poor batting, are they blind to see such a great bowling, the other one of ajmal from which he got out bell, and the one which was low and hit into peterson pad, that was the skill of bowling , not a poor batting .. and i want to appreciate misbah captaincy he made a crucial bowling changes. but the only flop thing i see here, is aizaz cheema why they have taken such a poor bowler instead of Junaid khan which is a very very great bowler in these conditions and very desperate to take wickets and you see whenever cheema comes to crease for bowling , he gaves too much runs in boundaries.. so i wanna know what's the main reason of playing cheema against Junaid khan..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    welldone pakistan great job as i expected and every pakistani fan expected love you and special thanks to saeed ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Dear England, Welcome to the world out of Eng/Aus conditions.. :) This is just the start and u will see more in near future..

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    both aus & eng teams are only good on green tracks . it's only south african team which performs good everywhere .

  • POSTED BY vivekjagan on | January 17, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    so the true color of the world's no 1 team s now shown to world...dey won lot of matches at home except ashes and wit the then poor form aussies ....glad to see the english scorecard

  • POSTED BY Elliott_Tree on | January 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Yikes. Well played Pak. Been following on radio - sounds like some excellent, tight bowling (in combination with Eng getting bogged down and playing a few shocking shots). Good capataincy from Misbah as well, can't fault bowling changes or fields. Time for Morgan to step-up - can Eng dig deep and get a total that keeps us in the game? Or can Pak go in for the kill? Are Eng rusty? Or is this a sign of inability to handle these conditions in Tests as well as ODIs? Interesting days ahead...

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Well what can one say. All the hype about english cricket team and its been pathetic performance by english batsmen so far. They are just pathetic. I mean i am sure even if you put bangladesh in there place they will perform better then this. Shame for the number 1 team. Good bowling by Saeed ajmal, abdur-rahman and mohammad hafeez. Credit to Misbah for the changes he brought and it works for him. I tell you what i am predicting 2-0 win for pakistan in test series and you never know it can be 3-0 win to pakistan. Peace May the best team win. And the justice been done as said by Strauss on the last one day match of 2010 series in england.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    InshaAllah Pakistan will rule the whole series

  • POSTED BY theon on | January 17, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I thought England were going to decide whether to hit the tripe for 4 or 6

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    hell yeah!! Go Pakistan!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    got up at 6am this morning, I should've stayed in bed...England are 49-5 after winning the toss, and they're making the Pakistan bowlers look a lot better than they really are...They're playing like rabbits caught in a car's headlights against Ajmal (who lets face it, is decent, but not that good - he throws more deliveries than he bowls)...there seems to be no urgency at the moment, and the situation is crying out for a counter attack

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Goodness Me Pakistan All over England . Englands Fail Against Spin yet again

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 17, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    The story so far is No spin! Yes the number one team are rusty, but no spin? Can Pakistan's spinners actually spin the ball? And can England's batsmen, the long proved the number one's having laid waste to everyone else, having played for spin, only to find there is none, play the non-turning ball? Well bowled Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Jai_India on | January 17, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Hi Pakistanis. I am an indian but i am very happy today to see you perform well against England. Huiliate them please. Just they can't play in flat pitches. You proved it. Well our team is in a very bad state now. But i feel yours is one on the best in test cricket. Pull them down fast. I think SA and you guys deserve to be up the rankings. I thik Australia will also be no different. they are winning now just because our batsmen are out of nick and they have seaming tracks. Ofcourse their fast bowlers are good but not unplayable.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, an absolute classy display of bowling yet again!

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Both the Team have their Task cut out England the No 1 side in the World need to stamp their authority in subcontinental track where they struggled Historically and Pakistan wants to prove that they are taking a giant step and can take any one in the World in whatever situations

  • POSTED BY INIDAN_Nandi on | January 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    England is not at all fit to play test matches ( outside England ).... They keep on speaking as if they are master's of cricket.... Winning series against india in ther home grounds is not the single aspect, They should prove themselves by winning outside also.... Same applies to even Australia and other countries also..

  • POSTED BY pranab708 on | January 17, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    England should have found room for Panesar. Not that they should copy other teams, but when you have a good second spinner, why waste him in the dressing room. I think Swann and Panesar could form a good combination. He should have been there in place of any of the three quick bowlers. P.S.: Anderson, though he is the rightful leader of this pack, is yet to prove his credentials in the sub-continent. Big series this for England. I wish them all the best and hope that they play positive cricket. Where is Steven Finn by the way.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Both teams are balanced

    Pak has to bat well and restrict ENG under 300

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  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Both teams are balanced

    Pak has to bat well and restrict ENG under 300

  • POSTED BY pranab708 on | January 17, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    England should have found room for Panesar. Not that they should copy other teams, but when you have a good second spinner, why waste him in the dressing room. I think Swann and Panesar could form a good combination. He should have been there in place of any of the three quick bowlers. P.S.: Anderson, though he is the rightful leader of this pack, is yet to prove his credentials in the sub-continent. Big series this for England. I wish them all the best and hope that they play positive cricket. Where is Steven Finn by the way.

  • POSTED BY INIDAN_Nandi on | January 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    England is not at all fit to play test matches ( outside England ).... They keep on speaking as if they are master's of cricket.... Winning series against india in ther home grounds is not the single aspect, They should prove themselves by winning outside also.... Same applies to even Australia and other countries also..

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Both the Team have their Task cut out England the No 1 side in the World need to stamp their authority in subcontinental track where they struggled Historically and Pakistan wants to prove that they are taking a giant step and can take any one in the World in whatever situations

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, an absolute classy display of bowling yet again!

  • POSTED BY Jai_India on | January 17, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Hi Pakistanis. I am an indian but i am very happy today to see you perform well against England. Huiliate them please. Just they can't play in flat pitches. You proved it. Well our team is in a very bad state now. But i feel yours is one on the best in test cricket. Pull them down fast. I think SA and you guys deserve to be up the rankings. I thik Australia will also be no different. they are winning now just because our batsmen are out of nick and they have seaming tracks. Ofcourse their fast bowlers are good but not unplayable.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 17, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    The story so far is No spin! Yes the number one team are rusty, but no spin? Can Pakistan's spinners actually spin the ball? And can England's batsmen, the long proved the number one's having laid waste to everyone else, having played for spin, only to find there is none, play the non-turning ball? Well bowled Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Goodness Me Pakistan All over England . Englands Fail Against Spin yet again

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    got up at 6am this morning, I should've stayed in bed...England are 49-5 after winning the toss, and they're making the Pakistan bowlers look a lot better than they really are...They're playing like rabbits caught in a car's headlights against Ajmal (who lets face it, is decent, but not that good - he throws more deliveries than he bowls)...there seems to be no urgency at the moment, and the situation is crying out for a counter attack

  • POSTED BY on | January 17, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    hell yeah!! Go Pakistan!!