Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day

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

Stats highlights from day three of the first Test in Dubai where Pakistan completed a 10-wicket victory

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

January 19, 2012

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Saeed Ajmail celebrates taking 10 wickets in the match, Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Dubai, 3rd day, January 19, 2012
Saeed Ajmal's match haul of 10 for 97 is the best by a Pakistan bowler at a neutral venue © Getty Images

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).

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

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