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