Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day January 19, 2012

Ajmal's ten, and Misbah's impressive start to captaincy

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from day three of the first Test in Dubai where Pakistan completed a 10-wicket victory
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In an extraordinary conclusion to the first Test, Pakistan completed a dominant performance by inflicting the first defeat on England after their 267-run loss in Perth in December 2010. Here are stats highlights from England's ten-wicket hammering.

  • England's defeat is their first since the loss in the third Test of the Ashes in Perth in December 2010. Between then and this defeat, they had won seven out of nine Tests. It is also Pakistan's fifth victory over England in Tests played outside England. Pakistan's last win against England came in the third Test of the ill-fated 2010 tour at The Oval when they went on to win by four wickets.
  • Pakistan's 10-wicket victory is their third such win against England and their first against them outside England. Overall, England have suffered 10-wicket defeats on 20 different occasions. Their previous such defeat came against South Africa in Headingley in 2008.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq led Pakistan to their seventh win in his 13th match as captain. His win-loss ratio of 7.00 is the best among Pakistan captains who have led their team in at least ten matches.
  • Saeed Ajmal's match haul of 10 for 97 is the fourth-best by a Pakistan bowler in Tests against England and the best by a Pakistan bowler at a neutral venue surpassing the 8 for 72 by Shoaib Akhtar against Australia in Colombo in 2002. Ajmal's ten-wicket haul is only the second by a Pakistan spinner against England after Abdul Qadir's effort in 1987.
  • For the first time since the Perth Test in December 2010, England were bowled out in both innings without aggregating 400 runs in the game. It is also the first time since 2000 that this has occurred against Pakistan and the tenth time overall in the same period.
  • It is also the 11th occasion for England since 2000 and their first since the Johannesburg Test in 2010 when there has been just one fifty-plus score in the Test. Matt Prior was their only player to reach fifty in this match.
  • The aggregate partnership for the top four wickets in the match for England was just 77. This is the fifth-lowest for England since the end of the World War I.
  • Since the end of the Sri Lanka series, Alastair Cook has had a mixed run. In seven completed innings he has failed to go past five on five occasions but in the other two innings against India, he scored 294 and 34.
  • Ajmal also became the fifth bowler to pick up seven lbw wickets in a match. Only Mohammad Zahid and Chaminda Vaas have picked up more lbw wickets in a match (8).

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  • on January 21, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    I knew it,england would suffer against ajmal spin,good/irritating line... difficult face his bowling.... Surely england will lose this series

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    When did England lost a test match inside three days. This vital stat is missing.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I think that Pakistan should still work on one point which cost them to win less than an innings. They should workout to remove the 'tail enders' of other teams. I feel it in both innings. in First Inning we were thinking that england will be out on score less than 100 but their last two partnership raise the score upto 192.

  • The_big_j on January 20, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Misbah's approach is perfect, attack with bowlers defend with batsman. Most teams like India who now prefer to attack with batsman end up falling on their faces when their batsman fail. Misbah's approach has demonstrated how test cricket should be played I reckcon indian camp should take some notes.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 20, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Hats off for team Pakistan, what performance, I wasn't expecting the match would finish in 3rd Day, but Pakistani bowlers proved it once again that they can beat any side in the world. PS @LuvThyGame I like your comments.

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Well done Pak! Good win. I support Misbah and Younis - they are 2 quality players in Pak team. -Girish, Bangalore.

  • donda on January 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    This is only one test match, next match is very important, i say Misbah go ahead and apply old classic test match methods and draw both matches and win the series.

    Pakistani batsmen should try to stay on wicket for three days in each test. Winning a series against #1 ranked teams comes once in life time as a captain.

    I hope Misbah uses his slow approach and win series 1-0 , we can enjoy this moment for ages.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 20, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Misbah is a really mature captain. Attapattu has already compared him to Ranatunga. Enough said, way better than the overrated Dhoni

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    One stat you forget to mention, when was the last time England lost within three days.

  • UsmanAkbar on January 20, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @LuvThyGame: good going. we need more people like you on both sides. thumbs up to you. i am just fed-up with negativity which i see from idiots of both sides.

  • on January 21, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    I knew it,england would suffer against ajmal spin,good/irritating line... difficult face his bowling.... Surely england will lose this series

  • on January 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    When did England lost a test match inside three days. This vital stat is missing.

  • on January 20, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    I think that Pakistan should still work on one point which cost them to win less than an innings. They should workout to remove the 'tail enders' of other teams. I feel it in both innings. in First Inning we were thinking that england will be out on score less than 100 but their last two partnership raise the score upto 192.

  • The_big_j on January 20, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Misbah's approach is perfect, attack with bowlers defend with batsman. Most teams like India who now prefer to attack with batsman end up falling on their faces when their batsman fail. Misbah's approach has demonstrated how test cricket should be played I reckcon indian camp should take some notes.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on January 20, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Hats off for team Pakistan, what performance, I wasn't expecting the match would finish in 3rd Day, but Pakistani bowlers proved it once again that they can beat any side in the world. PS @LuvThyGame I like your comments.

  • on January 20, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Well done Pak! Good win. I support Misbah and Younis - they are 2 quality players in Pak team. -Girish, Bangalore.

  • donda on January 20, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    This is only one test match, next match is very important, i say Misbah go ahead and apply old classic test match methods and draw both matches and win the series.

    Pakistani batsmen should try to stay on wicket for three days in each test. Winning a series against #1 ranked teams comes once in life time as a captain.

    I hope Misbah uses his slow approach and win series 1-0 , we can enjoy this moment for ages.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 20, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Misbah is a really mature captain. Attapattu has already compared him to Ranatunga. Enough said, way better than the overrated Dhoni

  • on January 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    One stat you forget to mention, when was the last time England lost within three days.

  • UsmanAkbar on January 20, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @LuvThyGame: good going. we need more people like you on both sides. thumbs up to you. i am just fed-up with negativity which i see from idiots of both sides.

  • on January 20, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Pakistan has proved that when they play as a unit , they can beat any team on a given day.. this is a resurging period..all the best...

  • malickabdul on January 20, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Its not the subcontinental conditions eng got beat up by a bowling side that is a class apart. This pakistani side can beat any team anywhere in the world at the moment.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 20, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Happy to see England fans in defensive...they thought winning at home make them best team! They are yet to make it in to the class of Australia and SA.

  • likeintcricket on January 20, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    I think this team is best suited for Test matches as their win loss ratio shows. The peoples who criticizes Misbah's slow batting and Asad shafiq are novices of cricket. Asad and Azhar Ali are the backbone of future Pakistan Test team. Umer Akmal is a wonderful player of T20 and maybe one day but I wouldn't pick him in my Test side. Junaid khan is a better choice if Cheema is unfit as Wahab could be very ordinary sometimes. I would never try to disturb this team even if someone fails for sometimes.

  • Aussieforver1981 on January 20, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    @gurvinder Gill, Dubai is not subcontinent.

  • orangtan on January 20, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    A professional gritty performance by Pakistan, spin in the first innings, a combination of spin and pace in the second; and in between, Test match batting with no sudden collapses. Hafeez is now a consistent batsman and has a golden arm to boot, the bowling attack is arguably the best-balanced in the world and Misbah's calm captaincy and stolid middle-order batting holds it all together. Adnan has saved the Akmal family name with a vengeance after Kamran's lapses. Without a doubt, Pakistan and Australia are the two best Test teams in the world and a home and away series between the two would be fascinating to watch. Going further, Pakistan are also versatile enough to shine in ODIs and T-20s with the nucleus of the side remaining the same in all 3 versions plus of-course the remarkable Shahid Afridi weighing in. Well done from a thoroughly disillusioned Indian fan.

  • on January 20, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    I am a Pakistani, but i strongly backs England team. Ofcourse they are a great team.. The way they have played in the year 2011 and the form their players showed. C'mon guys give them the second chance and i know they will prove all of us wrong.. Although i want my Pakistani team to win and win, but I always have love for English players.. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • wrenx on January 19, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Some of these stats should not be a concern for England, their batsmen will get it right soon enough, just like they have in the past. The one who I don't have as much faith in is Cook. In 2010, it was only a sleep-walking zombie of a Pakistan side post spot-fixing scandal that allowed him a single innings to save his spot - before that, he was absolutely hopeless. He nicked absolutely everything, and was given more than his fair share of reprieves by bad umpiring. And even then, his scores were abysmal. He then got to score runs against a flat Aussie attack to "cement" his place. As the stats show, he's been just as much of a liability as he always was in tests, with his current average being propped up by one meaningless mammoth score made against a harmless Indian bowling "attack." Don't look to Cook, it'll be Bell, Trott & Prior who are the most likely to put runs on the board for England this tour.

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    All the ones who are complaining against Misbah batting or captaincy approach, just stay away from him and look into the past and tell me any Captain who has produced these many wins with these many little names in this short space?

  • on January 19, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Pakistanis showed real character.they are determined to show that they are one of the best teams in the world. Misbah Ul haq`must be the best captain in cricket at present.I am very anxious to see a match Pakistan Vs India.

  • LillianThomson on January 19, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    This really highlights Ejaz Butt's folly in 2010 in England. The bowling attack was fine, but Butt's vendettas saw Younis Khan and Misbah miss the series and Mohammad Yousaf flown out only after the batting novices (Umar Amin?????) had been wiped out in the first two Tests. Perfect conditions to allow the incubation of corruption in players who could see that the best team wasn't playing. If Butt had supported Younis' clean captaincy in 2010 Pakistan could have fielded 1) Hafeez 2) Butt 3) Younis 4) Yousaf 5) Umar Akmal 6) Misbah 7) Zulq 8) Afridi 9) Amir 10) Gul 11) Asif. And we might have been watching a different number 1 test team - Pakistan!

  • wc1992 on January 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I REALLY WANT pak to win this series at any cost after how they treated Pakistani player and PCB. really really Prod Pakistani ALWAYS .......England watchout for more ....one thing i do not really like where umpire's are heading ...again when Pak bats the 70/30 calls goes in favour of england OUT so even if Pak review still OUT as DRS favours umpire heavley (I LOVE DRS).. and when Eng bats 30/70 goes in favour of england meaing umpire will not give out so again if Pak challenge DRS will rule in favour of umpire ...this has been the case in last series against Aus NZ SA and so far England ......... so this WIN is even BIgger

  • Amar_bw on January 19, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. I am an Indian but I love to see Pakistan beating the current England team. Pakistan adds a special dimension to cricket and the sport becomes very interesting.

  • PakCric786 on January 19, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    To all the Pak fans who are complaining about Misbah's approach just shut up!!! i dnt really comment on cricinfo but reading some of the comments really made me angry! What Misbah has achieved is remarkable.. He's winning for Pak thats all it matters for me and he has saved Pak many times with his batting.. If you dnt like it go and watch T20.. So after Allah (swt) i thank Misbah for his hard work. Please Publish

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Congrats Pakistani friends. You have shown England their place. You guys deserve to be in top 3 with the kind of intensity you play with. Englnad cant play in subcontinent has be established again.

  • da_man_ on January 19, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @Amani Imran: Please tell me you are joking?! You want M. Yousuf in the team? The same guy who quit international cricket to play ICL? The same M. Yousuf who was captain in that disastrous Australia tour? The same M. Yousuf who hasn't picked up a cricket bat (internationally) for over a year and is now 35 years old? Get real. Move on. That team was fractured by in fighting and politics. Persist with the young guns and build for the future rather than looking at the past with rose tinted glasses. Comments like this remind me of Miandad's "comeback" in 1996 when he couldn't run singles due to shortness of breath. Misbah is a god send, and mark my words you will be saying "Bring back Misbah" in four years time when this bubble of stability bursts, and we go back to shameless selfish players and captains, so just enjoy this while it lasts.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    So nice to hear our cross the border frnds.. appreciating Pk cricket.. thank you guys.. we have the same sentiments and love for u ... We were sad bcoz of the defeats to Team India recently... but hope at the same time.... that this is short bad time... and they will rise again with the same pomp ans show.....Sultan hussain

  • LuvThyGame on January 19, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    mercurial pakistan... despite being an Indian i love their cricket and enjoy their success (against all other nations).. they must be real proud of themselves.. its a very inexperienced team but they are clicking well together.. good execution.. getting spin early on Day 1 was excellent strategu.. any other team may have waited for atleast 15 overs or so.. they are a talented bunch... they know their limitations.. nobody wants to be a superstar like afridi, umar akmal etc.. they play in their zone and are happy doing their roles.. good team stuff

  • dmqi on January 19, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Captain and coach. for the next match you must have UmarAkmal (Asad can get a rest), he needs to be playing. Also replace one fast bowler to give other a chance. You have many combinations and use them as new weapon. BEAT ENGLAND. the BEAT AUSTRALIA. I wish AMIR was playing too.

  • Tanvir110 on January 19, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    slow and steady wins the race.......

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    welcome to sub continent wickets, english players gona do bhangra on spin bowling

  • Shah-Ji on January 19, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    The Call him Tuk Tuk King , But His approach is very offensive when PAK is fielding.

    He rarely sets up a run saving field. Always tries to get wickets.

    I have large areas in ground with out any fielder . He keeps most of them for catching positions.

  • on January 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Misbah is ok for test, undoubtedly Hafee, umar & a. ali are playing better then younus & misbah......... bowling looks as good as ever .....last 3-4 years in test cricket pakistan is playing well but batting is more consistent after clean up operation ........ otherwise Pak could have won more test in Aussie/eng. where pak lost from very strong winning position ........ now missing link is M Yusuf, as none of the Pakistan batmen play long decent inning .... in 7 yrs yunus learnt how to play at international level then 2-3 years score good run, now he falling behind ......... still we need more aggressive captain in ONE day no misbah, otherwise we will repeat WC semi final again until bowlers produce special spell as aafridi in WC.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Who says Misbah is slow or that Pakistan batting is slow? They sure are climbing fast with their approach. Aren't they? If you can't understand your team's approach as Pakistanis, then please listen to this Indian - People who want Misbah or Pakistan to score fast can please leave test matches and watch T20s. Thank you in advance for leaving test matches to us 'old' folks, whichever country we 'old' folks may belong to. Jai Ho Misbah! Jai Ho Pakistan!

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Excellent performance by Pakistan. What a difference getting rid of Ejaz Butt has made. The team is once again united because there are no hidden agendas. As long as the Captain can stay above politics and favoritism, very hard in Pakistani arena, the team will play for the country. Pay for play should be the motto of the team. WELL DONE , SUPERB CRICKET, LETS GO FOR 3-0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pro-CricketXpert on January 19, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    In UAE i strongly believe that this pak side with junaid khan and umar akmal in for aizaz cheema and asad shafique can go 3-0 up but i m afraid with defensive captain like Misbah its hard to get there like he converted an innings defeat to a 10 - wicket.

  • voyager on January 19, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Goog compilation. Just a minor correction, Pakistan's last win against England was at Oval not at Headingley as you pointed out. Pakistan won a test match against Australia at Headingley in the same season though.

  • sandunk on January 19, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Great result, congrats to Pakistan. Imagine how good this team can get if it wasn't for all off field controversies, players getting banned and domestic situation. Truly deserve some more,, from accross the border. X

  • shahbazhussain on January 19, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    I like stats.. and I love those stats that give us pride (some of them may be against us). Thumbs up team Pakistan. A real show stopper team. Ended the winning streak of so called world # 1. See the stats again for past 12 months. You will know how is the number one now. The best teams are competing. Aus-v-Ind and Eng-v-Pak. I see Pak and Aus real champs in the tests as they both are consistent despire couple of losses.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Nice to see Pakistan winning unlike their neighbours who are being hammered left,right and centre. Some how it seems this team is slowly but surely inching their way to the top through hard work and not hype.

  • on January 19, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @Dravid Gravitas: thanks for applauding the Pakistani team mate. I seriously believe india could have won against the aussies or england in the summer if they had one good express bowler. no doubt zaheer khan is an awesome bowler but when you are talking about the greats there has to be wasim akram/waqar younis or mcgrath type material to win a test match. Umar Gul is by far not the same but he just about gets the job done. India need to get rid of players who dont bowl express pace at test level. for one dayers they are very good. All great test teams had great fast bowlers along with excellent spinners. Pakistan seemed to have gotten this deadly combination with Amir-Asif-Ajmal but since they're gone Gul-Cheema-Ajmal aren't doing bad either. Hope India develop something of the similar sort and make it total asian dominance against the brits and aussies!

  • No1_Jon on January 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Very good analysis Madhusudhan!! Keep up the good work! It just goes to show how well this Pak side is developing under the curent captain and coach. As for Eng, their will be a lot to reflect on though I guess many of the batsmen will just want to forget this match and move on to Abu Dhabi swiftly.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is sweet revenge - both for Pakistan and India. I hope India also gives them a thrashing when England visits India. Being No.1 is only hypothetical until you can sustain it over time. WI did it for long time and then Australia. Right now, its very competitive and there is no single team that is heads and shoulders above the rest. I guess this No.1 spot will keep on switching between the teams for a little while.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Right from day one I said Misbah ul-haq just like his namesake Inzamam was perfect for test cricket. He is their wall, their rock and he's also proving to be a very competent and positive leader.

  • DrAtharAbbas on January 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    One must not forget during all this funny HYPE about England's batting weakness against spin that Umar Gul is not a spinner who wrecked them in the second innings. .............. I wish immediately now that we beat England on a green top wicket too. They should not forget a battery of fast bowlers itching to be in the team, in such conditions. One series win after another during 1990's is an ample proof that is not just a wish, but something that this team can easily achieve.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    All the criticism of Misnah's Captaincy should stop now. He is just right for Test Cricket.

  • KashifMuneer on January 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    This game should be a wake up call for England. I truly believe Pakistan is one of the top test nation in the world. England will go on to lose this series 2-0 I believe I/A.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @Madhu- There is mistake in first paragraph. Last win vs England was at Oval not at Leeds. Against Australia it was Leeds.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Ramakrishnan, awesome compilation of stats. This is truly a remarkable drubbing that our neighbours handed over to Brits. Not until I read this piece did I fathom what a remarkable win this is by Pakistan. Hats off to Pakistan. The top four Brits got out for their fifth lowest since World War I????? That's some beating. I have no doubt that the England problems are their hopeless pitches that are not at all sportier. Terribly skewed and doctored in favour of pacers. I have no doubt that the Brits are rattled but will come back hard. I'm sure KP, Trott and Bell (the three masters in the English team) will do it for them in the second test. Cook doesn't somehow look the part. Same with Strauss.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Good work. This is the real charme of this game that when there is no game in process then there are stats.

  • on January 19, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    misbah leadership qualities have grown day by day

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  • on January 19, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    misbah leadership qualities have grown day by day

  • Zahidsaltin on January 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Good work. This is the real charme of this game that when there is no game in process then there are stats.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Ramakrishnan, awesome compilation of stats. This is truly a remarkable drubbing that our neighbours handed over to Brits. Not until I read this piece did I fathom what a remarkable win this is by Pakistan. Hats off to Pakistan. The top four Brits got out for their fifth lowest since World War I????? That's some beating. I have no doubt that the England problems are their hopeless pitches that are not at all sportier. Terribly skewed and doctored in favour of pacers. I have no doubt that the Brits are rattled but will come back hard. I'm sure KP, Trott and Bell (the three masters in the English team) will do it for them in the second test. Cook doesn't somehow look the part. Same with Strauss.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @Madhu- There is mistake in first paragraph. Last win vs England was at Oval not at Leeds. Against Australia it was Leeds.

  • KashifMuneer on January 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    This game should be a wake up call for England. I truly believe Pakistan is one of the top test nation in the world. England will go on to lose this series 2-0 I believe I/A.

  • AbdullahShaikh on January 19, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    All the criticism of Misnah's Captaincy should stop now. He is just right for Test Cricket.

  • DrAtharAbbas on January 19, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    One must not forget during all this funny HYPE about England's batting weakness against spin that Umar Gul is not a spinner who wrecked them in the second innings. .............. I wish immediately now that we beat England on a green top wicket too. They should not forget a battery of fast bowlers itching to be in the team, in such conditions. One series win after another during 1990's is an ample proof that is not just a wish, but something that this team can easily achieve.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Right from day one I said Misbah ul-haq just like his namesake Inzamam was perfect for test cricket. He is their wall, their rock and he's also proving to be a very competent and positive leader.

  • on January 19, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is sweet revenge - both for Pakistan and India. I hope India also gives them a thrashing when England visits India. Being No.1 is only hypothetical until you can sustain it over time. WI did it for long time and then Australia. Right now, its very competitive and there is no single team that is heads and shoulders above the rest. I guess this No.1 spot will keep on switching between the teams for a little while.

  • No1_Jon on January 19, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Very good analysis Madhusudhan!! Keep up the good work! It just goes to show how well this Pak side is developing under the curent captain and coach. As for Eng, their will be a lot to reflect on though I guess many of the batsmen will just want to forget this match and move on to Abu Dhabi swiftly.