Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day

Rehman stuns England to give Pakistan series

The Report by David Hopps

January 28, 2012

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Pakistan 257 (Misbah 84, Shafiq 58, Broad 4-47) and 214 (Azhar 68, Shafiq 43, Panesar 6-62) beat England 327 (Cook 94, Broad 58*, Ajmal 4-108) and 72 (Rehman 6-25, Ajmal 3-22) by 72 runs
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Abdur Rehman took career-best figures of 6 for 25, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi, 4th day, January 28, 2012
England capitulated to one of the most unsung spinners in the international game © AFP
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England suffered one of their most disastrous batting collapses in Test history as they disintegrated against Pakistan's spinners to lose the second Test in Abu Dhabi and with it the series. Pakistan went 2-0 up with one to play as Abdur Rehman, their left-arm spinner, took most of the plaudits with a Test-best 6 for 25.

England had only lost on four occasions in Test history when presented with a victory target of 145 or fewer, evoking memories of when they were run ragged by Richard Hadlee and made 64 against New Zealand in Wellington.

They did not even get halfway, dismissed for 72 in only 36.1 overs, their lowest total since the debacle against West Indies in Kingston three years ago which became the catalyst for their transformation under the stewardship of the coach, Andy Flower, and captain, Andrew Strauss.

England were never in the hunt at the Sheikh Zayed stadium after Monty Panesar's triumphant return to Test cricket - 6 for 62, the second best figures of his Test career -- left them chasing only 145 for victory. The pitch offered prodigious turn at times but it was England's inability to read the length of Pakistan's spinners that cost them just as dearly.

Rehman fell to his knees and kissed the turf after taking five wickets in a Test innings for the first time. England had come to Dubai fearing Saeed Ajmal's devilish mix of offspinners and doosras and they had fallen instead to one of the most unsung spinners in the international game.

Not that Ajmal could be entirely excluded. He became the quickest Pakistan player to reach 100 Test wickets when Matt Prior became the ninth England batsman to fall, and his serene presence was a counterpoint to the excitability all around him.

For a Pakistan side that was so recently embroiled in controversy after three players were jailed for their part in the spot-fixing scandal, this was a striking restatement of their talent. The captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has brought stability where too often there has been near anarchy and more and more people will look upon Mohsin Khan's position as interim coach and wonder why the word "interim" still remains.

England's horrors in Asia go on, their status as the No. 1 team in the Test rankings already under threat. Another calamitous top-order collapse saw them lose four wickets for 16 runs in 37 balls as what little confidence they had was shaken by a debilitating stomach bug for Jonathan Trott, the bedrock of their batting, who came in at No. 7.

England, as if shaken by Trott's illness, crawled to 21 in nearly 15 overs before Alastair Cook tried to work Mohammad Hafeez into the legside against the spin and chipped a gentle return catch off a leading edge. It was the least that Pakistan deserved because he should have been out leg before three balls earlier. Only Adnan Akmal, the wicketkeeper, was convinced that it was out and by then his incessant appealing had started to wash over everybody, his team-mates included.

Ian Bell's woes against Ajmal's doosra have wrecked his series. This time he got out to a trick shot, trying to dead bat a doosra but contriving to pop it through his own legs onto the stumps. He left looking to the heavens, an accomplished batsman suddenly Little Boy Lost again.

Aficionados of Kevin Pietersen's supposed fallibility against left-arm spin of any quality will find fresh evidence in the way he played outside Rehman's arm ball. Pietersen's recourse to DRS was overturned, the ball shown to be clipping the top of middle, and he trudged off with the air of a man about to fashion an excuse first and a technique later.

That left Eoin Morgan, reputedly one of England's best players of spin, a reputation that owes everything to adventurous innings in one-day cricket. The pressure of Test cricket demanded a reassessment as he edged onto the back foot as Rehman turned one back slightly and was bowled past a horribly angled blade.

England's plight could have been worse if Strauss had been given out caught off bat and pad at short leg by Azhar Ali off Rehman. Strauss, on 16, was blessed as the umpires turned to the third umpire, Billy Bowden, to check if the ball had carried and Bowden, in a pernickety decision that defied common sense, responded that he could not be certain. It was impossible to see where his doubt had arisen.

But Strauss was unable to organise prolonged resistance. He made 32, more than half England's runs, produced virtually England's only moment of authority when he swept Rehman for four and then fell to the next ball as he was lbw, caught on the back foot. England challenged the decision and lost their second review.

If Trott had produced heroics, the Test would have forever been dubbed Trott's Trots. Perhaps it was just as well he did not. He might have been run out on nought when he angled Rehman to backward point and was late setting off for a run and soon fell to one from Rehman that straightened, another England batsman pinned on the back foot.

Rehman bowled Broad through the gate two balls later to quell thoughts that he might repeat his first-innings adventure and the mopping up of the England tail was a formality.

Panesar had promised so much more. He has watched Graeme Swann's reputation grow apace in his two-and-a-half year absence but England's decision to field both of them for the first time since they faced Australia in Cardiff in the 2009 Ashes series has brought his Test career out of hibernation in style.

He took three wickets on the fourth day as Pakistan, who resumed on 125 for 4, were dismissed 25 minutes into the afternoon session. Asad Shafiq, who had resisted so determinedly alongside Azhar on the previous day, was well caught low at first slip by James Anderson as Panesar found sharp turn. He completed the job after lunch, Ajmal edging another turning ball to slip and Junaid Khan slogging recklessly. Panesar's 6 for 62 was outdone only by his 6 for 37 against New Zealand at Old Trafford three years ago. Azhar fell to the second new ball, failing to withdraw from a lifting delivery from Anderson. His 68 had spanned four-and-a-quarter hours and had served Pakistan proud.

A cool and misty morning in Abu Dhabi was more akin to Manchester in October and, although such climatic conditions are not universally hailed as salubrious, they perked up England's bowlers. But for England's batsmen the demands of Asia were soon all too apparent.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

I wonder if this stat will also be recorded in cricinfo book. Over 1000 comments for a test match. Wow..

Posted by reality_check on (January 31, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

An English fan HumanHoneyBadger (or similar), said after day 3 of Abu Dhabi test that "normal service has resumed" meaning that 1st test loss was just an unsual glitch in the well oiled English team and that "best spin attack in the world" made up of Swann and Panesar will spank Pakistan out in the 2nd test and then go onto win the 3rd test and the series. I wonder if he watched the 4th innings and what are his comments about England losing the series 2-x?

Posted by JINNAH0001 on (January 31, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

stunning performance of Rehman " was superb flighted delivery which draws Broad into the drive and it rips back between bat and pad and clatters the off stump".........ahaaaa!

Posted by SuperSharky on (January 31, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Now it will be funny to see Andrew Strauss and the England team waiting for a Lauress Award after this circus. Remember when Australia played South Africa in South Africa, the Indians then played England. And most of the England and Indian fans reminded the Auzzies and Zaffers that the are only contesting in the 3rd vs 4th ICC rankings contest, and that they (England and India) are the number 1's and 2's.

Posted by AmjadZork on (January 31, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Wow - i have never seen 1000+ comments for an article on cricinfo unlike this one !!

Posted by   on (January 31, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

OH Man 1000 comments Pls Make it 2000 !!!!!! Go Pakistan it feels so nice to celebrate after the world makes fun of our country

Posted by Meety on (January 31, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

Yay, 1002 comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by iMPARTIAL.PAK on (January 30, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@ all those who say its pakistan's Backyard. i want to correct its. there has been no cricket in pakistan since 2009, its UAE, a neutral Venue. the backyard term suits Indians actually more than anyone else and Pakistan is playing there home series away too , GOT IT, to set the record straight we have beaten Australia and england in a test ,match each in ENGLAND.. which india could not do EVEN ONCE..in UAE we are playing for an yr or too. how come its our backyard ?????? we not playing here for 60 or 100 yrs ..... Pakistan is playing only away cricket since 2009.... cricinfo plz PUBLISH

Posted by Asafar on (January 30, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Abdur Rehman was a rather underrated bowler who has been in and out of the PakistanTeam.He was waiting in the wings for an opportunity.It came his way in Dubai where he bowled excellently without commensurate reward ,although he made a reasonable contribution.In Abu Dhabi again he bowled very well in the first innings but got only three wickets.In the second innings in Abu Dhabi he performed marvellously .He not only kept the England's batsmen under tremendous pressure but also mesmerized them with his accuracy and turn to take 6 invaluable wickets and paved the way for the magnificent victory of Pakistan.An orthodox left arm spinner with guile and deception,he stunned the English batsmen.They had no allegations to make against Rehman,. in contrast to what the British media had to say against Ajmal after the thrashing England had to face in Dubai.

Posted by ONE4U on (January 30, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

I have read most of the time the writers (especially non-Muslims) use the words "kissing the turf" when any Pakistani players achieves any milestone or performs extraordinary. I just want to make it clear that this is not the kissing of turf but the act of supplication in order to thank the Almighty Allah.

Posted by iMPARTIAL.PAK on (January 30, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

i m proud of my country and my team .... it was the most remarkable Victory over a very good team of test cricket.. i like england more than aussies. England is rightly number one, they had commanding posyion for 3 1/2 days. wanna see more Good cricket in coming Month... plz publish, its 6th time that my comments are not published although i say nothing against rule, whats this cric.info??????

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (January 30, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

any predictions for 3rd test match??? and Aus/Ind T20 series...????????????/

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

hutttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

Posted by dongiri on (January 30, 2012, 10:25 GMT)

eng played with 12 people and still couldnt get more than half the runs. alll they do is talk their heads off. someone expressed concern about how eng will be able to cope with empty stands after playing before full houses back home - goes with the reputation of eng to give the absurdest and hilarious excuses. now trott has picked up a stomach bug. wonder if their stomach is made of tissue paper. while ind and pak have been reasonably successful with away conditions in the past couple of years, eng and aus succumb at the first sight of spin, and thats why whenever they see a spinning pitch they raise a hue and cry through icc about "under-prepared" pitches. how come a pitch be under prepared when one team can bat without problems but the other falls apart? why were not the same complaints raised when over 20 wickets fell on the same day in south africa recently? goes on to show that on two types of pitches - spin and pace assisting - they dont know to play on one type of surface.

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (January 30, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

974 Comments ! Wow , Make it 1000 , Good Luck for both Teams even though I am Pakistani supporter. We hope for good cricket from both sides in next match also.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

@Dearie_and_Me, one of the sponsors of the series is a pakistani biscuit brand called "Lu", who are trying to promote their line of biscuits called "50 50", and "sweet and salty" is the "50 50" tagline. lame, i know.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Great work by Pakistan They bring back the memories of 90 s were Their Bowling successfully defended the low Targets

Posted by mhk21 on (January 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

@willmot ....true indian get trashed by the first session and there is not even a contest b/w them but england were on top throughout the match but the last session was against them......india vs aus match are one sided and a disgrace to watch

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

First of all , I would like to congratulate team Pakistan on this historic victory. Also I would like to wish good luck to team England for the next match.The way they dominated three and a half days after losing first match is truly commendable.In the last session, that luck factor decided the fate of the match so cheer up. England's performance was not at all bad.I would like to laud Broad, Swann and Monty since they dominated Pakistani batsmen throughout the match . England should not replace a single player in the next match since all are playing good (except the middle order but the tail covers up that weakness). Rather, they should learn how to fight pressure in such situations. Again, good luck to team England and of course my team Pakistan as well.:)

Posted by princegulzarsony on (January 30, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

hey Nasir Hussain and Geof Boycot : look ur team england, they r looking like monkey & donkey, In India we trained Monkey & Donkey. Send ur team here, we will trained them. hahahahahahahahah

Posted by AmjadZork on (January 30, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Congrates to the Green shirts... Pakistan will go for the whitewash & will be the best team of 2012. Hope Amir comes back to the team, then one can imagine the attack ... damitt !!!!!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

Boom Boom Pakistan! Rahman should play with sleeve, and Ajmal should play with sleeveless shirts, hahaha!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Seeeee....England Is Nothing When Presented with a turning Track....The 5-0 wihitewash in India And ...2-0 Against Pakistan.....

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

now watch out for the engkish media what they say about Abdur Rehman's Sleeves .........................!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

What a performance by Pakistan hats off :). That team was no where few months ago qualified for WC semi thn back to back series winning awesome to misbah and guys they worked really hard

With out thr front line fast bowler since almost 2 year Pak on winning streak people were saying whn Pak won against SL and BD they said PAk can win against only minows now whts thr reaction PAk won against world number 1 and thrashed them badly just like BD how ever SL resist better thn England

Posted by atthipatti on (January 30, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Happy that World IX lost, who cares who wins!!! At least few pommy "fans" find their feet on the ground now....

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

I wanna mistake a correction. When our pakistani players fall on their knees they do NOT kiss the turf. They are doing 'sajdah' act of worship to their god. Their lips are no where near the turf. Thank you.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

three cheers to pakistan, at least they saved asian teams value.......great job.....thumbs up to them

Posted by puma75 on (January 30, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

I think we should not spoil the atmosphere by jeering at other teams like India, we should enjoy cricket and celebrate Pakistan's good win, as we might face a loss anytime Pakistan being unpredictable. courtesy and humble deeds pay off. Well done Pakistan...we need couple of solid batters

Posted by Ameega on (January 30, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

@Des_65, agreed. India are way better than SL. They are champions, they proved it, we all know it!

Posted by Q72941 on (January 30, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

Simply the best Test match in quite some time. ENG was good for the most part but PAK took it away from them in just one session. Overall I would rate it the best among all time tensed Test matches & both team should be applauded from such a nail-biter that comes maybe once in a blue moon.

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (January 30, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

@ Posted by G.Sri on (January 29 2012, 12:58 PM GMT) We know batting has always been a problem for Pakistan just like Bowling for India, but with a much weaker Batting we manage to win against Australia (in England 2010) and drew 1-1 in early summer (when the pitches there r even tougher for Batting) and manage to win atleast 1 Match Oval Test against this English side, but 4-0 and again 4-0 sums it up for INDIAN Test cricket future. Thanks to the IPL

Posted by Des_65 on (January 30, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

Smith_1, India did better than SL when they visited SA last time.

Posted by Des_65 on (January 30, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

Eng/Aus will find it difficult to play on sub-continent spinning tracks. Make more wickets like this. Ind/SL please learn from this. Eng/Aus should make spinning wickets in their country, otherwise, they will not be able to play on spinning tracks in the sub-continent.

Posted by shikari_pk on (January 30, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

I think we need to give credit to England as well, for the first 3 days of play, they definitely had the advantage until the last inning. Having said that, I think its more important for Pakistan to be consistent and for Pakistani supports (like me) to not get carried away :)

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Congratsss... to all !! Good work done by green shirts :) brave Bowling by A Rehman ans Saeed ajmal !!

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

@G.Sri - mate you are a joke, India's worst form with the bat has just been shown & it was not better than Pakistan. Also, the fact is, bowlers win test matches & Pakistan's are way better than India's. Why won't the BCCI arrange to play Pakistan if they are so much better????

Posted by DeeSharma007 on (January 29, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Just as India were outplayed under English conditions, England have been comprehensively taken apart by a useful spinning outfit. This just goes to show that England are as far asIndia are thinking that they are No 1 in the world. The batting against Pakistan was as laughable as India against pace! Cant wait till England tour India and see two turkeys battle it out as being contenders of an undeserved crown.

Posted by 5wombats on (January 29, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

@Divinetouch on (January 29 2012, 15:51 PM GMT) - are you honestly trying to say that india fans who gloat have any business at all coming on here sniping and gloating on any Pak V Eng forum? Are you honestly trying to say that hundreds, literally hundreds of india fans didn't gloat and boast their heads off throughout the ODI series in india? What planet are you on? If you throw stones, then don't start complaining and crying when they get thrown back. Why are india fans who gloat even here? - they should be attending funeral in Australia. The ONLY reason the gloaters are here is to gloat - which is incredible given their 8 consecutive test defeats. They have NOTHING to gloat about. Please publish.

Posted by Jokekiller on (January 29, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

I see in the Future Tours Programme that Pakistan are scheduled to travel to India for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs in March-April 2012. Is this series still on or no?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

good work pakistan we all love u

Posted by Desihungama on (January 29, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

I urge fellow Pak Supporters to refrain from using derogatory language toward other fans in the forum in particular our Indian and English friends who are nothing but supportive of our effort throughout the series. And we should also be thankful toward ECB for their generous offer to host our games which the previous administration clearly spoiled it.

Posted by razjafry_Cdn on (January 29, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

Wow....this match attracted so many comments..I would like to congratulate Pak team and thank you all the non-Pak fellows who congratulated our team. This tells me that majority of people are supportive of good cricket game and only very few are just plain bashers and hatred filled people that we need to ignore at any forum. This match was high quality game and even England shouldn't lose heart for one bad session. I wish next match to be played with the same spirit as this one so we can enjoy another well contested game of cricket.

Posted by TariqNajmi on (January 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

3rd Test Pakistan Should Replace a Fast Bowler with a Proper Batsman Like Omar Akmal or an All-Rounder Like Abdul Razzaq

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan on ending England's unbeaten three-year run in Test cricket. If any team deserved to topple England, it's them: you've got to have respect for a team who, stripped of the most potent strike force in international cricket (Asif & Amir), instead devise a brilliantly imaginative blueprint for a three-pronged spin attack which includes an off-spinner who regularly slices open the opposition's top order with the new ball. Aside from that, they've been forced - due to political shenanigans that are no fault of their own - to play every single one of their fixtures on foreign soil. Nor should the contributions of Misbah & Mohsin Khan be underplayed: they've outsmarted & outmaneouvred the formulaic England thinktank of Strauss & Flower at every turn. All in all, a richly deserved success.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

G.Sri on (January 29 2012, 12:58 PM GMT)mark you words? your words already show ignorance.. pakistan did step out of the gulf when they played england our batting is bad agreed but a worse batting line up was sent to england in 2010 who were able to win a test match against Aus and Eng and couple of 20-20s and odis so what are you talking about go check the stats...whats more is im unsure wether this means we have better batsman or better bowlers but you think we dont have either so can you explain why you have won nothing against the same team in the same venues? before you start hating you might want to bring a better argument... please publish

Posted by cric.info. on (January 29, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

@abdullahamin123.... what an articulation. nice.

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (January 29, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

thanks to friends from all over.... who cherished Pak team's good performance....

Posted by mario1234 on (January 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan,all the very best on your great victory & hope u're team would perform like this more often than not...keep it up... cheers!!

Posted by saintsinister on (January 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

>G.Sri.. i understand our batsmen are fragile, they would get out in 100.. but looking at past records (overall) that means we have gotten the big named batsmen out for less than 100 to win most of the matches.. U can keep your batsmen and ur teams to urself.. Stepping out of the gulf or subcontinent im very confident we would definitely beat India (unless politically paid not to maybe). Big names are made by application, if u forget how to do that then the big names are only good for soap, shampoo and cement advertisements.. There is a reason this game is called a team game and not superstars gathering.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

Wow we are almost near to 1K comments on thread ... bravo !! :))

Posted by PakEditor on (January 29, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

@G.Sri. "Mark my words" ??? Just to let you know, we had been marking your words. They eventually turned ostentatious, then loud, then into one big white noise, then deafening; before exploding. Currently there is an eery silence. We're waiting to mark your words again.

Posted by FaheemAhmed on (January 29, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

English cricket is weired. The thinnest guy in the team is called BROAD, they uggliest is called SWANN, they guy behing the wicket is called PRIOR, the gur whose father is LUKE is called ANDERSON, the slowest fielder is called TROTT, but they got one right, the dumbest guy is called BELL... :D

Posted by mhk21 on (January 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

pak can even beat india at their home now .......bowling win matches

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan Team. I saw full 4th innings and was impressed by the spirit and enthusiasm of the players. Misbah and seniors motivated the players very well. Its very hard to believe ones ablility when you have very low total to defend. Gr8 bowling by hafeez,azmal and rehman. To be true they make the best spin bowling attack in the present. Very impressed by the way Pakistan has groomed Hafeez. He is opening the bowling and batting. He is very well handled by selectors who could have dropped him on failures with the bat, but they backed him on his bowling. Good to see that. Hope indian selectors can learn from this who dropped Irphan pathan for failure with the bowl although he was doing alright with the bat. It was a great test match and great fight shown by a young emerging pak team. Congrats to the Pakistan supporters who always had faith in their team. I am not a pak supporter but a true a cricket fan who love the brilliant display by Pakistani players.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

pakistan should now go for a whitewash ! even though we r a gud team now ... our rankings and ratings does not suggest it ! so i say we go for the kill and improve our ratings by getting close to australia and india ! pakistan zindabad !

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

@Philip Katon we have the best spin attack in the world name a batter spin attack than ajmal, rehman, hafeez, and (afridi for ODI's). and even if u say their not world class they still kicked your team's ass so i wouldn't say their not good :P

Posted by ghaurix on (January 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

@G.sri and indian fans, first of all gulf is not our home venue, what we r doing is away from home, and let me remind u we had defeated england on their home venue in 2010, we saquared test series against austraila in england where conditions favoured bowlers, we crossed 300 mark while playing england on their home, although we lost seris from 3-1 but it was not white wash, and series lost is credited to some corrupt fishes in pound, whatever that is but we lost and we had accepted it. where as our bowling is main strenth which we have proved in every kind of conditions weather its england australia or gulf, and if i remember ur strenth so called strenth is batting which is exposed by ausies and england in last eight test matchs, this is what u called STRENGHT??? rathar then critising our team u ppl shud find ur strenth and concentrate on ur job.

regards,

Posted by Desihungama on (January 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Wow and unbelievable are the words come to mind. Pakistan played with so much intensity, the bowlers were just outstanding, never seen such disciplined show of line and lenght, they fielded hardest for every single run scored and they all surrounded and attacked the English batsmen like hungry wolves trying to snatch game from a lion. Great honors to English bowling. It was superb and Broad was sensational, reminded me of Amir.

Posted by NikhilNair on (January 29, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Thank you Pakistan... you make your fellow Indian counterparts feel just tad better :) Please finish it on a high... an innings victory... please :D

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

When i saw the scorecard, 145 runs lead, i thought it wud be a job well done for Pak bowlers if they manage to take 5 or 6 wickets. But certainly team performed exceptionally........jumping thumping pumping i was on every wicket........having said that, England fought hard for 4 days, but just when it mattered most, they lost it.........As for the rankings....its always easy to undermine one's efforts u know..doesnt cost much...........but the fact is, England did work hard and that is why, they are on the top....similarly, Pak has been showing bundles of improvement series by series and last 14 16 months have been wonderful to watch them......Wish all the teams luck and may the game of cricket be the ultimate winner....Teams should improve to provide more crackers like the one we witnessed in Abu Dhabi....!!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

@farhan brother you should not write such words for our neighbours .We should respect them they have played some classic cricket for more than decade now they are down as we were down from 2008 onwards so you shud celebrate our victory against English but don get happy on india defeat . We should depict our good attitude .

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

@G sri brother you should also mark my words .Pak has played less test matches and won more than india abroad plus i have read many comments that come to india we will see you i bet this Eng side if it remain this one till india tour will be very hard to beat by india . We have seen how WIndies played in india recenly and as you said we ll be minnows away so bro just check 2010 when pak cricket was at its worse all new players and still they managed to draw against aussies in eng and won 1 test against eng. Though i also back indian team when they play other than pakistan but you shud bear our positive criticism .We were ready to play all the time to play against you home or away or even in eng or uae when you were so strong no.1 and we were losing but BCCI didnt .we still ready to play but i don think now you can afford to play against us .

Posted by funkycrispy on (January 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Wow....It was simply awesome to watch 2 best spinners in action together....Lot of lessons to be learnt for our Ashwin and Harbhajan singh....

Thanks a lot Pakistan for bringing the so called "Genuine Number-1" England back to earth. Where are all those barking dogs and donkeys of English ex-players and commentators. We were able to reach 200 at least in most of the innings in England where as their superstars are even struggling to go past 100, 150....I am dying to hear from them.....

I suppose when on song, Pakistan is one of the most exciting teams to watch. Look at their team, not a single star but still what a collective performance and look at our team, full of stars but getting thrashed everywhere...

Posted by badboyblue on (January 29, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

I'm appalled with some Pak fans and Ind fans slamming each other to the ground. Can't you all show respect to each other rather than putting each other down. There are some seriously idiotic people around with no brains whatsoever. Being a British Pakistani, I support both England and Pakistan and don't mind who wins. What we witness was a great game of cricket from both teams. England are still the No.1 team no matter what happened in Pakistan. They are not a bad team overnight. Pakistan have vastly improved since the debacle in England 2010. I did find some English fans getting cocky about thinking they will beat Pakistan before the series started. My point is that all of us should show respect to other cricketing nations and never underestimate your opponents, which I'm afraid some punters and fans did. End of Rant!!

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (January 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

abdullahamin123 on (January 28 2012, 22:28 PM GMT) Awesome dude .. That was hilarious .. very nice .. !!

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 29, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

JG2704

u claim that no english supporter gloated/or sniped at India.

Are 5wombats, yorkshirelad, LillianThompson, Hiibumper englsh supporters especially 5 wombats?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

"I've seen some bad performances over the years but that's as bad as I've seen. I couldn't find any excuses and I wouldn't want to. They had to change the batting order, but to not be able to make 150? They were missing straight balls. And [Eoin] Morgan? If he's a Test player, I'm going to eat that famous hat. You'd have to see it to believe how bad it was" Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman & TMS summariser

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

pak u19 also doing well won the one day series in SA vs SA... futures for pakistan cricket looking better!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

as a pakistani i loved this victory but i m waiting for pak vs england in england. v willl beat them there as well. Go PAKISTAN

Posted by imransangdil on (January 29, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

@g.Sri. Every word of yours screaming out loud and saying "I"M JEALOUS". remember UAE is not in Pakistan and pak can still win unlike the great indian team LOL!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

@Indian Fans Being a Pakistani it gives me immense pleasure to see many indian fans congratulating Pak,Super awesome and thanks 4 that But stop making it about you and your team, because its not! And stop with all this "pakistan has a home advantage" nonsense, Gulf is not our home! Pakistan is, we dont have a home crowd advantage or the kind of batting wickets that we have back home. Watching Indian team embarrassing themselves and disappointing their people actually saddens me, God knows whats wrong with them. But 4 now its our time to celebrate, Go Rehman, Go Ajmal, Go Misbah, U guys simply ROCK

Posted by badboyblue on (January 29, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

Broad-ly speaking, we were Cook-ed under the sun by the Pakistan spinners and were given the Full Monty. Prior to that, alarm Bells were ringing. The batting collapse was mon-Strauss, and the second innings felt like a Morgan with too many ducks rather than Swanns and it looked like all the English batsman had the Trotts. Even PieterSon AndErson can do a better job than these lot. Pakistan spinners had the England batsmen sent them Tremlett through the spine

Posted by bowlthemout on (January 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Though this may be a little too early to predict, but i guess pakistan is back in their colors again. The world cricket needed more competition to pull more crowds in the field and on tv set. The upsurge of Pak means that now the cricket world once again has atleast 5 front runners to the top spot. Thats what is amazing. A fantastic win for Pakistan! They just did what only they are capable of doing.

Posted by iMPARTIAL.PAK on (January 29, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

i just got text messages frm a friend whom i asked to keep me updated.. Mashallah My Pakistan team has given my nation a gift of happiness. and peace.. sports can spread love and peace.. Long LIve Pakistan and Our team.. Guys England is a Good team, it was their match, But our team performed in unison. i like England cricket much more than Aussies.. Good Luck to Both Pakistan and England CRicket....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

@reality_check... nice comments buddy.. we need this kind of humbleness in both nations... I remember the days when India were performing good in cricket.. how the Indian fans were degrading Pakistan, Pakistani Nation and Pakistani Team... now they are down (I believe that arrogance of the Indian fans did this).. I still believe that Indian Team is one of the best team in the world, just the players are out of form, they need some confidence and they will be back on track... Now I think Pakistani Fans also must avoid cocky attitude and must be humble even in peak days...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan on ending England's unbeaten three-year run in Test cricket. If any team deserved to topple England, it's them: you've got to have respect for a team who, stripped of the most potent strike force in international cricket (Asif & Amir), instead devise a brilliantly imaginative blueprint for a three-pronged spin attack which includes an off-spinner who regularly slices open the opposition's top order with the new ball. Aside from that, they've been forced - due to political shenanigans that are no fault of their own - to play every single one of their fixtures on foreign soil. Nor should the contributions of Misbah & Mohsin Khan be underplayed: they've outsmarted & outmaneouvred the formulaic England thinktank of Strauss & Flower at every turn. All in all, a richly deserved success.

Posted by Capround on (January 29, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

@G.Sri and other Indians with that perspective, it is a bit rich calling Pakistani fans "cocky." Or saying the English team is so terrible that it will be thrashed by India, or the Indian batsmen are so great that they will thrash the Pakistani spinners. First of all, no team is more hyped than India. When you lost in England, you were saying this is team "B' or "C" or "D" because of injuries. Before the tour to Australia you were arrogant about beating them worse than England beat them. Now, because your past claims and hype have fizzled, you are once again cocky about the future. Pakistan came into this series with a lot of humility, and now they are simply rejoicing. There are no tall claims about beating this or that or being number one. So just give it a rest.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

@G.Sri... Don't you remember those days in 2010 when Pakistan levelled the series in England against the same Australia (1-1) with whom India is playing? and Pakistan also won at least one game out of four against England in England (at least Pakistan was not 4-0 even in their worst days). We all know that our batting department is not so strong, but how you call our bowling department a "so-called strong attack" when you have seen their performance in world cup in Sub-Continent (India could make only 257 against this attack when India had the best batting line-up in the world)? So stats are there for you.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Almost 1000 comments wow looking for some more.... Great

Posted by 5wombats on (January 29, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@cric.info. on (January 29 2012, 12:54 PM GMT) I think you will find my congratulations were posted on this thread at January 28 2012, 19:49 PM GMT. I have no hesitation in praising Pakistan for their excellent performance. Well done. I can imagine that Pakistan will want to play india as soon as possible after this. india fans gloating over a Pakistan win is something that I never ever thought I'd see. Pity india can't win a game of Test cricket, isn't it @cric.info?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

I don't know for how many more times and for how many years we will have to read about spot-fixing controversy and jailed players while we read about the successes of Pakistan Team. Please now leave that "controversy" aside and don't always try to remind the readers about that.

Posted by Neutral_analysis on (January 29, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

for people who blame ajmal's action: ICC cleared ajmal ages back and he has been on the international arena for several years. Hussey had no problem hitting ajmal for 4 sixes in last over of T20 semifinal. why didnt it matter then? just cuz he is getting the better of english batsmen doesnt mean his action is flawed. it just mean he is a good spinner having a gr8 run. Pakistan is having a good time and they deserve it. but indeed v shud enjoy our victory rather than criticizing english/indian/other teams. waiting anxiously for the 3rd match

Posted by shahzebkhaan on (January 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

CMON ICC try to understand the "I" in icc it is international so how would you keep ranking the teams with that poor flaw full system their must be sorting in accordance with away and home series

Posted by smjr on (January 29, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Pakistan team should now focus on the next game. Yesterday trip to the moon is over now. New test in dubai with new pitch and new day, any thing could happen. I wish both teams and fans show the spirit as depicted in the notion 'magnanimous in win and glorious in defeat' . Some are good days and some are bad days thats the way how things go in sports and particularly in cricket. It is very sad that indian fans appreciating Pak to beat Eng and some fans dragging umpiring into the result of this match. Best of luck for both teams to play in good spirit whatever be the result of next test match

Posted by landl47 on (January 29, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan. They bowled and fielded exceptionally well and batted, in the event, well enough to win. They are a well-led and on the whole well-organized team (the exception is Adnan Akmal, who had to be told in no uncertain terms by Ajmal to stop jumping around and shouting and start thinking). Misbah has done a great job and leads from the front. They are going to be a handful for any team on subcontinental pitches. England dominated this game for 3 1/2 days and then fell apart. It's not disappointing to see them lose to a good Pakistan side, but it is terrible to see how their technique fell apart when things got tough. There was some bad luck (Bell) and some very good balls (Broad) but otherwise they just batted really badly. I'm not sure where they go from here to win in the subcontinent; if they are set 145 to win and don't get halfway then how will they ever win? Well done to Monty, though, great to see him back and bowling so well.

Posted by dungerno1 on (January 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Not too worried about the next test, the odis or T20s ... this series will keep me going for at least the next 5 years.

Lets not forget for Pakistani suppoters, most of 'em, only a series against India and England matters. The rest are just a 'side' story!

By the way, Pakistan's seamers are not up to scratch. Gul will always be a 3rd seamer, im afraid. Junaid not there yet and of course, the tail...never mind!

Lets enjoy it, while it lasts eh!!!

Posted by cricket0007 on (January 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

@ G.Sri on (January 29 2012, 12:58 PM GMT).. WAKE UP dude ur BEST indian batsmen were clueless even against the rookie spinner lyon who took 4 wickets including ur great sachin !! and pakistan's weakest ever side that visited england in 2010, played in the bowling friendly seaming conditions and won test matches against australians and england and lost games only bcoz of corrupt players !! as a neutral i wud still say england is one of the best sides in the world along with australia, pakistan and south africa... and these indians who still have the guts to make tall claims they shud realise that their old cricketers can only win against weaker sides.. time to accept the reality and start rebuilding.. and yes this ENGLAND side will beat india even in the indian conditions.. does india have any quality spinner???? the answer is NO!! and if indians play against england on these supporting wickets of UAE , england will HAMMER india

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

It's a red letter day for Pakistan.

No words are enough to praise the historic 2-0 series win at Abu Dhabi of Pakistan cricket team against England. it was a fantastic team effort of all the players who out played the England team in every department of the game.  This sensational victory of Pakistan cricket team will be always remembered in the annals of the history as the most glorious performance of a team which is debarred for more than three years to play international games on it's own soil. 

Pakistan Zindabad and SHABASH to Pakistan cricket team, it's tour management and PCB management. Keep up the good work.

Posted by cricket0007 on (January 29, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

those who r saying pakistan won at home, actually r not aware of the home conditions of pakistan. Dubai is totally different, the climate is different, pitches in lahore, karachi, faisalabad, rawalpindi etc r batting friendly with nothing much for bowlers and besides this pakistan didnt have any advantage of home crowd.. the crowd was mostly dominated by barmy army. This was a very supporting wicket where fast bowlers like broad took wickets, spinners took wickets, batsmen who fought hard scored runs... and england went down fighting unlike INDIA who alwaz give up. england lost the game on the last day and it was bcoz of the fighting knocks by azhar ali and asad shafiq and then the brilliance of rehman... so english fans shud be proud of their team which is alwaz trying to win and never complains about the conditions like INDIA.. and those indians who claim their batsmen r best when it comes to playing spin.. wow! guess what lyon took 4 wickets in the 2nd innings of last match

Posted by B.C.G on (January 29, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Nice words from Dravid_G

@MEETY-Gimme a break!!!!I never said Pak shouldn't be happy.Where's the misunderstanding? It seems 'Front-Foot-Lunge' may have the first & last word here.........lol

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (January 29, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

goodluck Pakistan!!! just go and prove ur skills and talent!! make it 3-0. and i know u can play well outside subcontinent also coz u never rely on ur batting..... and mostly it is batting which has happened to take teams down in alien conditions.... ur batsmen can play a little role and thn Paki bowlers can be competitive in any conditions.... others would see our quickies performing in helping conditions... so no worries.. be consistant and rise to the top

Posted by Ameega on (January 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

@Vijay Pisupati, Can see true colours of no 1 team? Yeah, one #1 showed theirs already. Next #1 team's show on cards!

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (January 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

@Pakistan fans who bash India: Enjoy your victory guys, step out of gulf, you would thrown into harsh reality. India's batting at worst form is way better than this joke of a batting line up of Pakistan. When the pitch turns a little and against a team which is clueless against spin, this could be covered. When you step out of gulf, Pakistan batting could be skittled out for less than 100 and you so-called best bowling attack would become toothless. Mark my words. I am not against Pakistan, in-fact i was rooting for them but bashing India who won or drawn everything from 2008-2011 England tour was a bit stretched. Go sub-continent.

Posted by cric.info. on (January 29, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@5wombats, i thought u to be first one congratulating Pak, but can't find u. superb performance, can't be explained without emotions.. :) Had there been any team else Pak, i can bet England would have won.. what a match to witness. Hats off to both team, thrill stays as trademark for team Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

@randy0z i'm english fan and still here! U r dreaming mate! Eng have always had a prob with QUALITY spin-something u don't possess..I'm sure Nathan Lyon has Strauss and co. shaking in their boots!! hahah!

Posted by ibtisamAB on (January 29, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

It was the most beautiful bowling performance in by a bowling side in all tests. Awesome, mind blowing!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

@Vijay Pisupati England beat Australia 3-1 in Australia last year and won all the matches by an innings. Get your facts straight.

Posted by theunbendingone on (January 29, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Pakistan's bowlers have gone from throwing games to just simply throwing. No way Ajmal is a legal bowler. Then again expecting Pakistan to abide by the rules is like expecting the sun not to come up...i

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

was going through England's scorecard and it looked like a digital code 010010 ..... :P great performance by Pakistan and what an entertainment

Posted by reality_check on (January 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

TO ALL PAK FANS. No reason to take a dig at Indian fans for finally recognizing the fact that Pak cricket is very much alive. We should encourage a series between India/Pak either in India or Pakistan (UAE if not acceptable). It will only be good for cricket in the sub-continent in particular and world in general. Imagine the contest between the best spin attack in the world against some of the best batsmen in the world provided the "big three" don't retire by then. I very much like the fact that Indian supporters form across the border are congratulating Pak team. Take it as a compliment instead of getting too cocky.

Posted by reality_check on (January 29, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

939 comments so far. Wow. And people thought cricket is dead in Pakistan. This win was very good, nay excellent, for Pakistan cricket in particluar and world cricket in general. Test cricket is only played in handful of countries but recent attempts to even narrow the field down to "top" countries like Eng, Aus, Ind and SA have now been seriously dented. If you play good, tough, disciplined cricket then you will most likely come on the winning side no matter what the geography is. I urge Pak cricket team and fans to stay humble in this memorable victory because the reverse can happen before you know it. India's and England's cocky attitude and then humiliation inside of 12 months is a good example. Well played Pakistan. Now go for the whitewash. Good luck England for the remaining test and series in the sub-continents. You have an excellent team which lacks skill to play quality world class spin. Admitting this fact should not dent your egos.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Well another brilliant day for Pakistan cricket.Rehman proved that Pakistan does not lack bowlers even if KAneria Amir and Asif are not in the side

Posted by Nicole6794 on (January 29, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

Sorry Shizam but thats such a ridiculous comment, The ICC didn't ban those three Pakistan players to 'isolate Pakistan from the cricket world' they banned them because they were spot fixers (and it was proven in court in front of a jury, and one of them even pleaded guilty to it) Its not a conspiracy against Pakistans bowlers!! Why would they do that?? Pakistan played wonderfully yesterday though, well deserved win I agree with you that we might be facing a whitewash because it doesnt seem that the England batsmen learn much from the first test, so why would they from the second. I was gutted watching that collapse yesterday it was painful!

Posted by aman878 on (January 29, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

here is my question to ICC umpires? a benefit of doubt is only made for England, so-called no.1 team in this test, u can see the stuart broad run out case, andrew Strauss third umpire case and many drs decisions. if technology can not brings fairness in cricket than it is waste of technology. All teams have equal rights. Umpires should be neutral in their decisions.

Posted by Hodra99 on (January 29, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge...you still floating around??? Aussie fans aren't bitter, here is why....We just won a series 4-0 against the number 2 ranked team, held the Ashes for 16 years (then won them back 5-0), won 3 world cups in a row. Sure we went through a brief rebuild, but now are back to teach gloating 'fans' like you a lesson on who is really a team befit of the number one ranking...you seem to know all about bitterness, is that perhaps it is what you have tasted for so so many years?

Posted by farhaantariq on (January 29, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

i am much more proud of what pakistan has done to lathargic britishers.....but my joy is out of explaination on white washed out indians.....hahahahha omg poor hindus have been white washed......world champ are washed out and here world #1 (so called) team is washed out!

Posted by TheEnigmaticProdigy on (January 29, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Someone mentioned Sky on here.

I assume you know they are in the same group as Fox News...need I say more?

BTW, I always stick to the BBC commentary. Infinitely better.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

seriously cant stop laughing. england doing what they do best, getting destroyed, dont fight tradition england, you were, are and always will be the losing type.

Posted by Smith_1 on (January 29, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

It seems to be Sri Lanka is better than England and India.They have won their first test win in South Africa.In the Pakistan series they lost only one match.And they managed to keep the one day series to 3-2.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

@Posted by Ulitmate_stars on (January 28 2012, 18:15 PM GMT) (and others) I'm an England fan and I'm still here. We are still number 1 and if memory serves me right still will be after this series no matter what happens in the final test - so I guess it's lucky for us that we built a little cushion. As I put before , it's quite amazing how so many have crawled out of the woodwork to gloat and snipe , who were not commenting the previous day when it looked a likely England win. It was an awful performance with the bat that resembled more an associates nation and I cant defend our batsmen in any way. I fully back our bowlers but I'm starting to feel that whatever they do it won't be enough. By the way if you are going to call our team hopeless at least spell the word correctly.

Posted by JG2704 on (January 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

@Nampally on (January 28 2012, 19:46 PM GMT) - Did you really see this particular game as "Domination"? England needed to chase less than 150 to win and our batsmen/comb with Pak's bowling swung this incredible game in Paks direction and they won fair and square. But surely even the most ardent England hater would have hoped England would not chase the target rather than expected them not to chase it? So how do you work out Eng were dominated in the whole game?

Posted by JG2704 on (January 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

I do feel it is very sad that so many Indians have come on this thread in particular purely to gloat and snipe.I was looking at/commenting on some of their threads the other day and making some constructive comments on how it seems hard for them to get out of their quandry , empathising with them re the selectors who seemed unwilling to try any different formations/personnel under such circumstances. I didn't notice any comms from English fans gloating/sniping at the Indian team's plight and then within a day or so of being trounced by Australia , Indian fans suddenly have a 2nd favourite side who were supposed to be their arch rivals. To most of the English fans , please don't stoop.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 29, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Bit of Jealousy at England's n0.1 position despite a rusty poor series, I see. RandyOz: I Take it you've erased the last Ashes from your memory...We won't go there shall we? ...LOL

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Some of the Indian fans trying to take refuge under the shelter of Pakistan's victories...what a sight...they r just trying to justify their away losses by comparing them to Pak's wins

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

Well done Pakistan ! However, I must say that the English Press box probably is the No 1 in "Test rankings". They talk good cricket. They usually win the Test matches for England even before a ball is bowled. They try to scare the opposition with their propaganda ! That worked in OZ and against India & SL at homeL....but not this time. It would be nice to have neutral commentators for all Test matches especially on SKY TV ! I wonder if I should cancel my subscription to SKY if they continue to be so biased.

Posted by Asafar on (January 29, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

When England lost the First Test to Pakistan owing to the brilliant bowling of Saeed Ajmal British media raised a hue and cry making allegations against Ajmal's bowlingNow that they have suffered another debacle resulting from the magnificent performance of Abdur Rehman,orthodox left arm bowler who does not bowl doosras,British media seem to be mesmerized.Cricket is a gentleman's game as spelled out by the British.One may win or lose,the result should be treated in the spirit it needs to be treated.

Posted by Chuck_Nunchuck on (January 29, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

hahah omfg @hashimaan prior would definitely get that second slap on the face and deservingly a kick in the nuts for the last match for pakistan to whitewash this series. Btw do you guys remember what Misbah said in his post match interview.." We being good players of spin If we could not bat that good against those spinners read average Swann & Panesar even 140 would be enough as English batsmen wont be able to rake in against our spinners read: awesome Rehman&Ajmal. GPL

Posted by saintsinister on (January 29, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Good thing is that this series was in the UAE because winning first test at home pakistan would have made dead wickets just to go for draws and we would have been deprived of this wonderful test match.. out of 4 sessions England kinda dominated 3, one really good session and pakistan won.. so please dont write off the team that kinda outclassed us for 3 out of four sessions.. work more on the batting, it's very fragile, learn counterattacking.. Junaid was a disappointment this match.. I would like Wahab in there for next match but because of past controversies and team setup i guess Cheema deserves his spot for next match..Maybe instead of Adnan Akmal they should groom Umar Akmal as the next Wicketkeeper batsmen as long as he leaves his attitude on the benches.. otherwise leave him there accompanying it.. Good work team, go for 3-0 to leave a hugely positive impact..Thank you for all your hard work.

Posted by shizam on (January 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

OK so here is my question to ICC. Who are you going to ban now ? Ajmal and Rehman ? The way Pakistan played beat the No. 1 (?) team in the world, it only shows one thing. Cricket runs in the blood of every Pakistani. No matter how many cricketers you ban, no matter how much you isolate Pakistan from the rest of the cricketing world, you will never be able to stop the talent that just keeps coming. The world feared our fast bowlers for decaded. Now they will fear our spinners. A 3-0 whitewash is what is going to happen now.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

this was all pretty out of the blue and that what I have always loved about this game.. a game that we Pakistani's are winning and in an instant a single frigging catch dropped, a wrong lbw decision or anything else totally left our mouths open.. yeah and not to mention some famous jaw-droppers like T-20 semis against Aussies the jinxed last over by Ajmal.. the serise decider against SA and Afridi plays a dumb shot and Devillers took a stunner running toward boundary diving totally amazingly the wrong side and changes everything.. and last test where a so-so performer shines took 6 wickets and led his team to victory.. wow.. i was taking a test at uni while i was listening to this match and i totally screwed when Pakistan won and made me shout the crap out of teacher..lolxxx..

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

@ all haters first you were saying that pakistan are doing well coz they havent played the top 4. we then beat the no.1 side and people start saying go and do it on green wickets lol believe me pakistan have played on green wickets and have done far better than any of the other SC teams... go check the records.... also i would add england are number one side and i dont expect them to be rolled over by the teams that got rolled over by them....

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (January 29, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Dear Mr David Hopps, I would like to correct you and all english commentators, when a pak players goes down, he is not kissing the turf but doing SAJDA( bowing to the almighty and thanking the almighty) so stop calling it kissing the turf...I hope you wont use this term in future.....thanks

Posted by ben.pullan13 on (January 29, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Also, may I add that most of this England team have never played much in the subcontinent. They are class players. They will work it out.

Posted by ben.pullan13 on (January 29, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@ Frank Musa Are you genuinely suggesting that England drop Ian Bell, probably the best batsman in the world, who averaged 100+ for 2011, in the process scoring some memorable "daddy hundreds"??? Just because he can't read a chucker!!! Get real. With your suggested batting line-up, England could possibly be a worse batting team than Pakistan - but, at the moment, man for man, home and away, they are still the best... With only Clarke and Ponting in current form anywhere near them. The Pakistanis cannot even score 500 on home soil, England did it without fail last summer.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

Pakistan at its best :) Well done Team Green <3

Posted by Engr_Khan on (January 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

The ICC will be very sad owing to paki peformance.....

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

just awsum with out having big names but they did well MASHALLAH weldone pakistan be united n done it like this always AMEEN but much greator proformance by 2 young men asad n azhar they done a 100 runs partnership where the england whole team were not able to do 100 run ..both have gud future n there temperament is really great they are really future of pakistan

Posted by Saad.Navaid on (January 29, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

still dancing like mad on Pakistan's victory yesterday...!!!! well done team Pakistan...!!!

yeah Pakistan...!!!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Abdul Rahman did not kiss the picth but he prostrated to Almighty Allah on giving him a knock of 5 first time and his career best. Anyhow the striking reply to the world of cricket against the conspiracy to demoralize Pakistan as a cricket nation.

Posted by Engr_Khan on (January 29, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

I really appreciate the great support from Srilankan, they are realy well sports lover people...

Posted by decentlover on (January 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

these people from haramistan can not digest Pakistan's victory, bloody bastard indians

Posted by Dr.Hasan on (January 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Writing on here after going through many many comments on the Pak win. By the grace of Almighty Allah and prayers of our nation and effort by our team Excellent performance by our whole team esp the formerly unsung heroes abdur rehman, asad and azhar. Misbah has proven his critics wrong once again..PLEASE STOP CRITICIZING HIS METHODS AND TACTICS NOW! Cant believe that Mr. Bowden didnt give Strauss out on that catch...shocking...otherwise very good umpiring overall...a few folks saying that Pak were favoured by the umps were probably watching some other match! Also I keep saying this again and again...THIS IS PAKISTAN'S victory..although I appreciate and thank other nations congratulating us but PLEASE dont make this a point scoring venue for your own teams and their victories or losses. This is a PAKISTANI VICTORY and a great one at that...dont spoil it by your petty fights and ego matches. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

well done boys well done mashallah you nuk english team now english media and english cricket board is crying. we dont have AAMIR, ASIF AND BUTT alhumdulila we still very strong LOVE YOU BOYS AND LOVE YOU MY LOVELY PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

as i said before, england takes an 'india'. rising to the top of the rankings with solid cricket and then rocketing down to the bottom, where, in the meantime, they'll join india? Mark how ti's even called an 'india' and not an 'england'. it looks again like a former - british - co-worker of mine used to say: another sport we invented and get beaten at. and cricket wasn't even invented in england. believe it or not cricket's invented in flanders/belgium.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Great win. Pakistan is on its way to the top . Magnificent spin bowling. Lovely to watch.

Posted by VickGower on (January 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

"...what little confidence they had was shaken by a debilitating stomach bug for Jonathan Trott." LOL. I can see why his stomach would get so buggy.

Posted by J.Dilawar on (January 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, keep it up.

Posted by hampshire234 on (January 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Well we can deduct a conclusion from the ENG/PAK , IND/AUS series... We cannot win games on the basis of number of stars in a team but can win games with unity, courage , motivation and a performing captain...

Posted by Empire_Of_Cricket on (January 29, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Well done PAKISTAN!!! My Best Wishes to beat the Eng as 3-0....Hearty wishes from India

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

It was the most beautiful bowling performance in by a bowling side in all tests. Awesome, mind blowing!

Posted by JustIPL on (January 29, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

Wnderful game of competive and fighting cricket while other parts of the world featuring boring one sided games

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

A formidable, 'well-rounded' sub-continent team in the reckoning. The good old Pakistani bowling spin-pace combination is back .. Congratulations for the superb performance, from India !

Posted by Dushgarg on (January 29, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Good win for Pak. It was needed after fixing fiasco. They have shown that there is no dearth of talented players in Pakistan. Despite so many controversies and roadblocks, this team performs and win matches. I would say atleast in bowling department (fast bowling especially), they are way ahead of our Indian bowlers!

Posted by ajaypathak on (January 29, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Well Done Pak, many congrats from India, Ajmal is the best spinner in the world, we see fear on the face of english batsman in 2 test matches, he is a very smart bowler, any team in the world is in trouble against his bowling, his fear create chance for abdur rehman at other end. misbah is good captain, my suggestion is that in 3rd test, bring back chima in place of juned khan, chima is very good bowler, good luck for 3rd test. for england this team is not no.1, only playing well at home, in asia they are zero.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

No way to say England as No1 Test team & congrats Team Pakistan for making Subcontinent Proud.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

nicelly wriiten but here just want to correct the auther after taking five he bow down just to thank Almighty Allah not to kiss the turf And all best wishes to pakistan who has proved that they can play with any team under any condition, they just need unity and team work and here just want to correct the auther after taking five

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

i laugh at the fact that u can't host home games lmao. U need to host games in a place where match fixing all started lmao.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

This is only a begining and let England face Australia in Australia, then we will come to know the true colors of this No.1 Team. It's the arrogance of Indian Cricket that made this England team lool like a great one and before that an In-transition team of Australia, handed over Ashes to them. But, they still can beat India in India as long as Indian selectors can't distinguish between one day performance and what it means to bat in a 5 day match. If players like Murali Vijay, Badrinath, Jaffer, Gambhir are given to Virat and Rohit to form the core of Batting for Test matches, then India has hope.Only Virat and Rohit have the ability to switch gears ahd the rest in this line-up should only play test matches. Let Shewag, Yuvraj, Raina, Rahane, Dhoni etc focus on T20, T10, T5 and once in awhile on T50.

Posted by meejee on (January 29, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

It shows that Dubai victory was not a flash in the pan. Furthermore, English tabloids have become interesting reading. It was long sleeves shirts of our players and then it was lack of crowd in the stadium. What now............... :o

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

I think that now both A.Rehman and Saeed Ajmal's bowling action should be checked... and also Hafeez seems to be having a doubtful bowling action as he is getting wickets also..

Posted by REH223 on (January 29, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

@ Frank Musa : 11. mushtaq ahmad.......LOLZ

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Great show by Pakistan go on and clinch num 1 spot this Pakistan outfit really deserved that !

Posted by sampatir on (January 29, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

Congratulation for Pak team for thoroughly exposing ENG. I am sure India cannot bowl them out like dis even on dust bowls. Celem time for Pak fans

Posted by CRmadrid on (January 29, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! - from Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

saadali150@yahoo.com

I m very glad to know England lose his 2nd test vs Pakistan

Posted by Amitaabh on (January 29, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Very well done..Congrates to Pakistan team ! Awesome win !

Posted by puma75 on (January 29, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

fantastic performance by Pakistani bowlers but a lil bit credit to Azhar and Asad to make them bowl for something. Pakistan won the match but couple of lessons for Pakistani management and International cricket circles who are always trying to ruin Pakistan cricket by dirty tactics. firstly Pakistan must concentrate on producing 2-3 solid batsmen with continuous monitoring and adjustment to their performance and technique. Then the world should know that by banning few good Pakistani players and discouraging teams to visit Pakistan, cannot hinder their dominance in world cricket, there is a huge talent in every Pakistani street...Pakistani cricketers should concentrate on cricket and performance only and not carried away with wins...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

Many of the Indian , England and srilankans fans here are saying that we are playing in the home conditions , guys i am a pakistani , i am playing cricket for the last 20 years, these pitches in dubae and abu dhabbi are not similar to pakistani pitches, how can u say that we are having the home advantage, also the weather , crowd etc like these things. Give credit to Pakistan , they are playing an excellent cricket for the past 18 months .

Posted by Meximillion on (January 29, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Weldon Pakistan team. Crushed the Proud English.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Indian should take a leaf out of the perfomances of the Pakistan Cricket Team as how should a Test Cricket should be played. It hurt me more than anything else as I am an avid follower of Indian Cricket perfomances. Hats off to the Paki Team

Posted by ssanam on (January 29, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

Along with India,England appears to be incapable of playing Test matches with a good team overseas.Australia has whitewashed India and England is on way to get the same treatment from Pakistan.They may not like to be 'pakiwashed' but it can not be helped.India should do better if they refrain from playing Test matches with Pakistan in a neutral venue!

Posted by Nizam1949 on (January 29, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

England's brinkmanship with their batting, and particularly against Pakistan's spin attack, is a telling remark on their No. 1 status in the ICC rankings. Take nothing away from Pakistan; a resurgent team embattled by scandals and embittered by in-house politics, under Misbah and Mohsin Khan they have made a poignant statement about their renascence, if not renaissance.

As things go, philosophizing with the adage "you win some, lose some" will do England no good. If Abu Dhabi was the Englishmen's Waterloo, then Pakistan shall surmise to have been their Achilles' heel, if nor Nemesis.

England shall do well to do more homework on how to read and play spin if they are to retain their status as the No. 1 Test team in the world. Their bowlers however did them proud,- Broad and Panesara in particular, and albeit Swann as well. As the balance of the English team exposes the chink in the armoury of the batsmen, the English selectors have a tough job ahead doing the repair works.

Posted by Hold_the_line on (January 29, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

Such a display from England definitely casts doubt on thier long term prospects to hold onto the No1 place in the Test Rankings. In 12 months it will be very interesting to see where they rank. Bring on the next Ashes!! Their bowling attack is good but by no means the best in world cricket as Alex Winter claimed during the commentary.

Posted by Tmalik on (January 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Most important news out of this series has been ignored, which is Saeed Ajmal got to his 100 wickets in 19 matches, first Pak bowler to do so. Also he is the first bowler since 1977 to do so behind IAN BOTHAM.......shame to Media who is not giving this news importance, because it is Pak bowler, if it was Indian or English?????

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Pakistan proved once again they belong to the cream of cricket nation even if no glamour or superstar left in the team and their win showed the basic formula for wining test matches .You don need best batsmen of century to win test matches you don need no.1 status to win it you need Team effort you need unity passion and confidence you don need home advantage .But one thing that is must for winning matches is Impeccable bowling attack if you do have that you can win matches home or abroad .I still respect English team as no.1 they truly deserve to be on top because though their batsmen cant play spin in asia they got the recipe to win test matches by having strong bowling attack so i don think others teams should dream they can beat English unless or until they get supreme bowlers.

Posted by mihir_nam on (January 29, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Well Pakistan is deserving Champions, Whereas South Africa "A" showed they cannot win out of their home just like India... South Africa A need to Conquer Sub Continent before making claim of No1 Test Team..

Posted by g.narsimha on (January 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

5 WAMBATS- as usual u have again draged indians on this thread , in my all erlier posts on these pases i was critical of englands chances in this part of the world , once again it is proved beyond doubt that they are not that much formidable once they come 0ut from their comfort zone , even though it is hard to digest for indians the humiliation of 2 consecutive white washes loosing 8 matches in a troat ,when copared to our teams erlier performance in eng-aus with ur teams in india we fared far better than ur team & 5-0 odi whitewash immidiatly after ur teams great test vicories in eng , be ready for second white wash ,after this in sl & than in india , we are not glathing paks victories , we are out here just to say now a days all team are pathetic out side their home & familiar conditions .

Posted by Aamir.Haji. on (January 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Miraculuous win,only pakistan can do this....!!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

wotever hapned in past! pakistan has relli come up on top and proved so many critics wrong,we want to play fair cricket,u cant always blame us for evrything!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Great to see what happens when selectors are prepared to play talented youngsters. When is the next Pakistan/India series?

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

i think the english team needs batsmen who can really play spin bowling. The problem lies with batsmen who are more fit to play seam bowling and are facing problems with adjusting their footwork against the spin attack. Nevertheless, Well played Pakistan.. remarkable achievement of winning 6 tests in a row and i hope they hunt for a whitewash. Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by Ameega on (January 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

@Harish Nayak, I guess you are representing just a few Indians! You good for 17th century!

Posted by Ameega on (January 29, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

It is understandable why majority of LOOSERS' fans support Paks. Old men like watching porn! (what else they can do?) Lol!

Posted by Nish_US on (January 29, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

5wombats and other england supporters -

I've asked your intellectual predictions for this series, and the other two ENG are going to play in the subcontinent, especially against india....

Please provide your predictions...

Thanks

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

As an indian fan i am happy to see pakistan win. atleast one asian team is performing from their heart and not letting their nation down. well done pakistan. mission accomplished!!!!

Posted by Itchy on (January 29, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

@rahulcricket007: Billy Bowden is the answer - an even worse umpire than Dharmasena from SL!

Posted by DocBindra on (January 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Hearty congrats to Pakistan!!! Well deserved win, #1 team bowled out for less than 100. Really!!!! Absolutely PATHETIC, ENGLAND UNITED DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE #1. Anyone who still thinks they are #1 is delusional and clueless. Where is the all prep, plans for each player, #1 spinner in the world??? It was obvious Panesar outperformed the mighty Swann. Please.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Congratulation! Pakistan is always unpredictable, they proved it again. best wishes from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Many Congrats..! Pakistan Zindabad..!! What a show..? And now, go for a Whitewash.. ( brownwash ). Really superb..! Andrew Strauss is a gentleman. But you slapped the Prior, Broad & Swann co. for the life to remember. Best of luck for the remaining Test. I'm Sumiththa from Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

it is the result of last year justics of England courts against Pakistani Players .Ksah it was done five years before and Pakistani Coruts take the dicision.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

Pakistan have done it again!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

REACHING A 1000 COMMENT MARK, ALREADY AT 800!

Posted by Drew2 on (January 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

A superb effort by Pakistan! Now we have a situation where no-one really knows who is no. 1. The rankings might say England, but any one of the top four (except maybe for India) can put a case forward. Pakistan are now seriously challenging the top 4 so world cricket is very even.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

A great revenge taken by Pakistan from England for creating conspiracy of spot-fixing and intending to destroy Pakistan cricket talent!

Posted by rust01 on (January 29, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

Lol. This is so funny. England back to normal.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

pakistan on fire....................

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

whatever it is we indians are for pakistan win our brothers are teaching lesson to england who talks much

ha ha ha he he hehe, cant stop laughing at england, beaides our 0-4 loss

Posted by doncl on (January 29, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

Congrat Pakistan. You are my second favourite tean after Sri Lanka. May be PAK players could teach some of these to SL.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

It is very clear neither India or pak can play good fast bowling overseas and by the same token the English are terribly hopeless against spin in subcontinent wickets!!!! WE are sure going to see the same trend for the "Aussies" when they tour India!!

Posted by explorer76 on (January 29, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

Some people are getting carried away with the idea that "all teams are bad away from home". Specially many are comparing this to india's away performance in australia. However there is a big difference in the manner of defeat. England played good fighting cricket for most of the game and looked set to win before the final collapse. Specially their bowlers performed well in both matches and didn't let the game slip away at any stage. India on the other hand looked like a team with no fighting spirit. Specially when australia batted, indian bowlers looked like spectators waiting for something to happen. This test match was a far more absorbing and well-contested match compared to the one-sided affairs in australia. I agree that certain types of pitches seem to favor certain teams but good teams still play competitive cricket at all types of pitches.

Posted by inzisaloos on (January 29, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

Two points: 1] I don't think England will find the same problems facing spin in Sri Lanka or India later this year because with the retirement of Murali and the decline of Harbajhan neither of those sides possesses a 'mystery' spinner with the skill of Ajmal. Rehman has been fantastic but has benefitted from the confusion about techniques against spin that Ajmal has cast over the England batsmen. Who will do that for SL or India? 2] The real challenge for Pakistan will be how they play away from 'home.' They won a series in NZ - renowned for its seaming wickets - last year. They won a test in the ill-fated series in England in 2010, as well as drawing the series 1-1 with Australia in the same country. They also won a test against SA on their last tour there. This highlights their abilities on their travels. They have the bowlers to win anywhere so the onus will be on the batsmen delivering hundreds.

Posted by jkaussie on (January 29, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

Wow 786 comments at my time of posting!! massive!! You know, test cricket seems to be evening out again. Home teams have an advantage as they used to, especially in the 60's, 70's and 80's - either bouncy or seaming tracks or spinning ones. A a lot of the world's batsman, brought up on flat even one paced tracks are having to adjust their techniques and tighten up and until they do, the bowlers dominate - I LIKE IT!! LOL

Posted by dalboy12 on (January 29, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Pakistan, is a very good team - they have had a good bowling attack for a while, if they can develop a few more good batsman, and then keep everyone safe from the match-fixers then Pakistan could become a very good team. I don't think England lost this, they have been well beaten, and I don't think Aussie would've done any better, they're having their success on fast green pitches, not ones taking spin. It seems like home and away series between Asia and the rest are going to become very different, depending on where it is being played. The truly best team in the world will be one that can play on fast green pitches and the dusty turning pitches, and I don't think any team can really claim to be able to do that yet

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

well deserved win for pakistan

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

English batting order for the next test : 1. Pieterson 2. Strauss 3. Cook 4. Trott 5. Bopara 6. Broad 7. Prior 8. Swann 9. Anderson 10. Panesar 11. Mushtaq Ahmed

Posted by sajjad.kernel on (January 29, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

@Ashwin Menon on (January 28 2012, 16:50 PM GMT)

The only part timers are the persons who pilled their runs in home against Bang and Zim.....and right now they failed like playing like footballer and went down the hill 4-0...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan team for trashing the so called Number1 team in test cricket who are bouncy track bullies and who cannot play on flat and turning tracks :-).. I think Misbah is really a matured captain who is leading this team very well. As an Indian I always feel that there is abundant talent in Pakistan but it had never been utilized properly due to board politics and match-fixing issues. But now I am very much pleased with the recent performances of Pakistan. Hope they will continue the same form and make it a clean sweep.

Posted by ranjit.sg on (January 29, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

As an Indian, I'm sick at how some of the Indian fans literally "spam" the comments with their meaningless posts. Guys, we got THRASHED 8-0 in two overseas tests, each one of them being huge defeats. England have managed to stay competitive, even though they did lose 2-0. So stop coming here and crowing away. England might not be good in the sub-continent, but they're quite clearly far far better than India at the moment. And at least Strauss isn't offering excuses like Sehwag is.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

i dnt understand one thing reading through all comments m very shockd to see indians commented against england....almost 800 comments on this article compare to india vs aussies which were around 190 comments this means indian supporters have nothing to do instead of acussin england...fantastic team n top effort..gud luck...m pakistani n green top roks

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

@HumanhHoneyBadger - Every dog has its day? This applies to other teams more than Pakistan, they've been at their consistent best. Seems like not every dog has its day after all, every thing you claim and predict goes flying to the garbage. You'd have collapsed from embarrassment by now. A true sportsman like Strauss doesn't need a failure's support like yours. @5womabts and some other England supporters - Hats off to you folks for showcasing the sportsmanship. Ignore those Indian fans rejoicing your loss, they're depressed by their whitewashes. No one listens to them anymore.

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

Englands team for SL should be 1. Strauss, 2. Benkenstein, 3. Trott, 4. Compton, 5. KP, 6. Morgan, 7. Prior, 8. Adams, 9. Rankin, 10. Amjad Khan, 11. M Karthik 12thman & resident quota player - Cook! This should be a good side for England, as it sort of will have about 5 nations in it!

Posted by SirHearth on (January 29, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

India's next test series is with Pakistan. Is a reversal of positions between the two teams in order?

Posted by balajik1968 on (January 29, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. I was following the match on cricinfo, but did not follow it after some time. Today morning I was surprised to see this. Pakistan has put the spot fixing episode behind. They have a very level headed captain in Misbah, but he possibly has 2 more years in the game maximum. They should identify another level headed guy and groom him for captaincy. Tainted/controversial players should be kept out. Pakistan should also keep a keen eye for potential trouble. I am an Indian, we have our own cricket rivalry with Pakistan, but I felt bad when 3 players were sentenced in an English court. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the heart of the game now. Let us not allow outsiders to taint us. Yes we may lose, but no fingers should be pointed on our integrity.

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

@JG2704 - I actually think that Bell should be dropped for Asian matches. He has a long history of not being that could against spin. I'd keep Morgan as I think a good score is around the corner, I think he has looked more comfortable against Pakistan than most of the other batsmen. Bell can't even read a doosra, which really shouldn't be getting top order batsmen out!

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge - LOL! I suppose UDRS is biased against England too? Weak! @AlanHarrison - LOL! I say bring back Hair anyway! @chapathishot - hmmm, I thought England had more of a safety net than that. Anyways their rankings will take a battering in SL & India on this evidence. So much for the bench strength!!! @Vinay_Singh - why should wombats apologise to any Indian fan. As it stands England thrashed India 4nil, Pressure is now on India to return the favour, that's all! @B.C.G - if you had an ounce of decency - you'd let the Pakis rejoice over their series win. There was more riding on this series than just rankings, it included gaining some respect for a forlorn nation. Well done Pakis, job is not finished though! @JG2704 - very true, I thought England had it in the bag after 12 overs, although I suspected that they needed to have an RPO of 3.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

one & only king of cricket team Pakistan... Pakistan zindhabath...!

Posted by skshakir on (January 29, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

Many congratulations to Pakistan for this victory. Pakistan commentators on air when Bowden made his error have earned praise in the British media for not exploding. England did well for majority of the test match, credit to them. With the series wrapped up I hope Pakistan replace Younis Khan with Umar Akmal and Junaid Khan with Wahab Riaz. Younis was good when he had Inzamam or Yusuf in control, he has never been the kind to lead the batting line up. Thanks for memories Younis and for not sellling your country, its time for someone else to have a go. Cheers

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 29, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

England's bowling was top notch as always. England's top 5, to state the obvious, can't play spin on slow decks. All were out either too early on the shot like Cook or played all around a non-spinning straight one. Embarrassing, and England need to start hitting straighter down the ground against Ajmal and co's non spinning stump-to-stumpers. I had a good laugh reading the comments page here this evening, as I cam across a couple of Australian fans. Bitterness in cricket fans is hilarious!! LOL!

Posted by PMadhavarao on (January 29, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

Good Job Pakistan. You've proven that spin is king. English thought they are world champs by beating India in England. You've proven they are wrong. I am proud of you. Please make a white wash - I am sure you will - Thanks

Posted by playitstraight on (January 29, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan!!!- from an Indian. You guys are making us proud here in India, after they (England) beat us 4-0. I still remember all the insults we had to go through during that time, but now I can feel better knowing that when England come here in December this year, they will probably lose. Pakistan's bowling unit is the best in the world right now. Even though they have lost great bowlers like Amir and Asif, they just keep on going and keep on winning under "captain-cool" Misbah ul-Haq. Great job guys, keep it up!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (January 29, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

Randy. go and swig some cheap lager and hurl abuse at anyone who's lucky enough not to be a convict.

Posted by KeithRicherds on (January 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

@HumanhHoneyBadger...................... did someone ever tell u that who is ur father if nt than i will give u breaking newsss right now he ws Pakistani who slept with ur mother nd give U birth " PUPPY" ANYWAY be carefull next time when u post ur comment. congrate to Pak , Aus, nd Nz whoever will play well we hav to appriciate that nt like dog start bitching nd making Excuses for losers

Posted by Andrabi10 on (January 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

this was unexpected rehman! But great bowling i saw highlights on qcric.com. if ajmal got 6-25 it was expected but rehman just came out of nowhere creating a match winning spell! he's my dad's favorite bowler!

Posted by NajibKhan on (January 29, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Thanks, Team Pakistan, for bringing rejoice to all in Pakistan. Congrats to the team, coaching staff, management, and to all the fans. To Mr. Zaka Ashraf: Sir, why not extend the trial period for this interim coaching set up, say for another six to nine months. After all, you can always hire a new coach, if the performance deteriorates, but if keeps doing wonders as it did today, then why bother?!!

Posted by DingDong420 on (January 29, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Tigers at home pussycats away!

Posted by cardassian on (January 29, 2012, 0:25 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan, always knew you're the best of the Asian teams. Results like this are great for cricket and show how competitive test cricket really is these days. Shame that even if England lose all 3 games in this series they're still the number 1 ranked team in the world.

Posted by FadeToBlack on (January 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. You truly deserve this after a terrible time in the last few years. Cricket is much more interesting with a strong Pak team. Wishes from SL.

Posted by K.A.K on (January 29, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Great work by Pakistani bowlers, though Pakistan's batting still need to improve a lot. DRS rules needs some change to give benefit of doubt to the batsman if the decision is inconclusive instead of keeping the original decision.

Posted by iTest_Cricket on (January 29, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Surely got to be one of the best Tetst matches in recent times. Test cricket at its best. Well played both teams, but in the end Pak the Superior team by some distance. Azhar and Shafiq, the young guns of Pak, set up the match, and the spinners rattled Eng batsmen. Go Greens...a white wash of "nr 1 team" is awaiting ;))

Posted by   on (January 29, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Pakistan are the Fighters of World Cricket, like NZ they wont give up and will (like this series) pull of that miracle win.. They are good spirited unlike India who gave up half way through. About time teams started to cope better in international surfaces

Posted by cardassian on (January 29, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@RandyOZ Yes clearly losing the 2nd test to NZ makes Australia the world number 1 team lol. Imagine if you toured NZ then you could lose the whole series. Australian cricket is pathetic, India is even worse. England can't play away from home (except for in Oz). Guess the upcoming series between S.A. and N.Z. will determine who is really the best in the world.

Posted by applethief on (January 29, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

@JG2704 I think the flurry of comments is a quirk of the cricinfo site, where many don't get published while a match is ongoing, but some come through when the article becomes a "report"... heard some of the discussion by the Sky team on England's test record in the subcontinent: I didn't check their stats, but if true, it's pretty dire, 1 win in the last 19 (not including Bangladesh)... draws might not seem bad, for the team that England is promoting itself as, not winning is as bad as losing. Not sure why England have looked so out of sorts. Empty grounds maybe? Perhaps not taking the opposition seriously... I have a hard time believing they would be this meek against Australia at Lords. Maybe the English press just need to rally and show them some love, and they'll play to their potential. Should make for a very intriguing 3rd test.

Posted by jattkadanda on (January 28, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

Credit must be given to England as well. They fought and no one knew what would be the end result of the game. It will be so harsh to just bash English team for just 2 loses. As compared to Ind/Aus game that games has been 1 sided from day 1. England fought but some bad luck and poor decisions lead to their defeats. These kinds of games are true tellers of cricket. In the end, it is a great vicrtory for Pakistan and the cricket fans around the globe. Looking forward to next test.

Posted by mensan on (January 28, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Abdur Rehman at last fulfilled his potential. I always knew he can be match winner if given proper chances.

Posted by mensan on (January 28, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

The wicket was, as was in Dubai, not a dustbowl or rank-turner or spinners paradise. It was just that spinners from both teams bowled well.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:41 GMT)

Most of all Kudos to the Paki House Power the way Team Pakistan turn the tables over...That was win Pakistan would cherish in the times to come...However while going through the comments on crickinfo. it was hilarious how Indian fans finding their salvage in Pakistani win after their much hyped team bites dust in Australia. Obviously this would be the catharsis after the dismal Indian performance but let me remind our Indian brothers that whenever Pakistan cricket or the board was in hot waters in contrast to our other subcontinental brethren Srilanka and to some extent Bangladesh, BCCI always strove to add fuel to the fire. Pakistan cricket every calamity has a BCCI share.In fact BCCI never bothered to show some courtesy to advocate Pakistan's stance at ICC platform.In fact these very things brings the best out of Pakistan team.SO THANKS BCCI...BUT NO THANKS

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

It is just SAD to see some Indian fans reaction to this Pakistan win. Of course there are some who are quite happy about it, but the majority of them are now trying to turn down this extremely amazing performance by Pakistan by calling them names and what not. Jealous much? Yes, I thought so. I'd be a bit jealous too if my country's team got mauled by Australia 0-4! But if Indian were to win, and win in the manner that Pakistan did, I'd be only a big b**thurt moron not to accept it and congratulate them instead of trying to downplay their achievements. Typical, very typical from the Indian crown.

Posted by righthandbat on (January 28, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

It may be time for Strauss to retire from the captaincy and the game if the series is lost 3-0. That would be harsh on a fine captain, but the runs are not flowing from his bat and at 34, time is marching on. Ideally, England would select him for their next home test series batting down the order with Cook as captain, for him to be given an appropriate send-off.

Long-term, Trott and Cook should open, with question marks all over Bell, Pietersen and Morgan. Any players who look like they can handle quality spin in the domestic scene and fit other requirements of the team should be given a go to help prevent scores like 72 happening again.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 28, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

England need to get over their fear of spin in the subcontinent (and the like) and start getting onto the front foot and start attacking. It's that simple. How many times can they get out LBW on the back foot to these spinners? Well done Pakistan. Pretty even game until that last innings.

Posted by Viva_Afridi10 on (January 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Look at what this Pakistan team has achieved under Misbah. He took over after Pak lost 3 key players due to the spot fixing, every game is an away game, yet he is still yet to lose a test series. Misbah has brought some stability and steel to what was previously an unpredictable and mercurial side- What a captain!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 28, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

First of all, hearty congratulations and many thanks to Pakistan for giving many Indians like me this happiness. When somebody gives me happiness, I thank them. I've never considered Indian Triumphs or Pakistan Triumphs on England as different. After all, Pakistanis are our brothers, religious and political differences notwithstanding. Secondly, what's this mindless bashing of England? They became no.1 just like any other team. Bash ICC if you have a problem with the ranking system. Why single out England team for ICC's supposedly flawed system. Or else, if you guys are vexed with the likes of Botham, Willis, Atherton, Gower, Nasser, Bumbles and other skysports commentators, then mock them. Why mock the players? After all, these are top sportsmen trying to play international cricket and sweating it out in the middle for their team. The happiness that some of us are trying to taste in this English loss is pretty ordinary. Sport should unite people not divide them vertically like this.

Posted by ThePakKiwi on (January 28, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

To English cricket fans,

I'm pretty sure that you may of heard the news, England has been humiliated by Pakistan in their 2nd test match. Truly I am sorry for your loss...(Yeah Right!). You know the best thing about England's ridiculousness loss to the great Pakistanis, is that their is simply no excuse for the loss except that the England cricketers played terribly! There's no pitch excuse, no umpire excuse andno stupid match fixing excuse!

Once again I am really sorry for your country's loss, :(

P.S There a party at my place for Pakistan winning the series.... :p

Pak--Kiwi

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 28, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

Way to go Pakistan. I'm Sri Lankan, but one Asian country had to stand up. I will pray for you guys to brownwash the English team. I hope the Pakistan Team gets to the number 1 Position and hope their fans do not become arrogant like the Indian fans did after they gained the Number 1 position. The change of the Indian fans from humble to arrogant had led to their downfall and I hope no other teams make the same mistake

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Congrats to all Pak fans who, like their team, have been dignified in celebrating their victory.. and to those who are dancing on Indian cricket's grave and bashing the English players and fans like insolent brats, get some good education please

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (January 28, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

Well, well, well... it would appear the No.1 spot is well-and-truly up for grabs. Seems it was vacated by England because South Africa wasn't playing much Test cricket, while Australia and India's champion teams both faded over the last 2 years.With Pakistan and Australia emerging, and hopefully South Africa improving, it's going to be tight at the top. Just what I suspected, the English batting is not so special when the pressure is on. They gorged themselves on an Aussie bowling attack that was not only short of strategies under Ponting, Nielsen and Cooley, but unfit and down on confidence. The English bowling is still the best in the world though.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 28, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

It is hardly at all surprising to hear the likes of @5wombats and @landl47 go deathly silent during events like this. These knowledgeless fans give new meaning to the term bandwagoner.

Posted by MikeMiller on (January 28, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

What's happened to all the preparation, discipline and professionalism that has been claimed by the revitalised England under Andy Flower? Has it simply taken a Middle East holiday or is this team already in decline?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

@all the fans saying were 'overreacting'. We're just happy to beat a test nation with recognition as one of the best. Atleast now everyone is sure were not pushovers and mean business in tests. However, Pakistan haven't done that bad on travels. 1-1 in west indies. 3-1 in eng land, Aus was bad with the dodgy lot still playing, but still drew them 1-1 in England. Hopefully this the start to a better future for pakistani cricket.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 28, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Haha look at the poms going quiet!!! The England we all know and love is back after a very brief moment in the sun! I have said it for a long time, England are terrible, their batting is pathetic and they only went #1 as Australia was rebuilding. We are clearly the new number 1 now!!!

Posted by abdullahamin123 on (January 28, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

@ Dyed.Corduroy on (January 28 2012, 12:29 PM GMT) ".... English media will "Cook" this time" Haha I just keep laughing at that! Maybe they will "Cook" some "Swann"? In a "Broad" oven of course. "Prior" to going for a "Trott" around town, the oven will ring a "Bell", letting them know the "Swann" is ready to enjoy, perhaps while listening to the "Morgan".

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

Grteen track bullies learned a lesson. To be Number 1 the team should play well under any condition.

Posted by serious-am-i on (January 28, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

Excellent bowling display by the Pak spinners once again and pathetic display by English side as usual. I honestly didn't expect a lot of off this team against quality spin bowling. Unfortunately not many teams possess quality spin bowlers these days. They are available in very limited quantity. @Frontfootlunge: Accept defeat mate humbly. I always felt Eng were over rated. Winning against Unfit and down sliding Indian team was never a reality check. They should have come to senses at least after India drubbed them 5-0 at home in ODI's. They never seem to learn how to cope up with spin the same way India finds no way to cope with bounce or pace.

Posted by MohsinKhan83 on (January 28, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

@ Ashwin Menon - I think we all know which team is playing like a bunch of part timers at the moment...*hint hint* they just got an epic thrashing in the "Agneepath Series"!!!!!!!

Posted by Desisd on (January 28, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

Congratulations Misbah and his team. Where is all the summer talk by English team and fans??? There are 92% comments by Pakistani fans, 5 % Indians and 2-3 % ENGLISH fans.. So are they Hibernating now?? Lost the number 1 ranking in less than 4 months.. Who is up for home track bullies...lol

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

pakistan gonna a b a new power in world cricket whether sum1 likes it or not n dey r gonna start beating all da team in dere baackyard too n btw dubai is not pakistans home ground dey r using it as 1 but its not..cricinfo plz publish

Posted by yorkshirematt on (January 28, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

Lots of people asking where england would be without south africans and irish. Well they certainly wouldn't be any worse! Pietersen and Morgan have to go. Bopara isn't the answer either as he's had enough chances already. Some youngsters could be brought in, but who would possibly do any better against "spin" or imaginary spin anyway. Quite simply there is no answerat the moment. I've seen the wickets again and they were all just arm balls. At the time the eenglish batsmen were making it look far more difficult than it was, which makes it even more annoying.

Posted by Rooboy on (January 28, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Time to import a few more saffers to bolster the England batting

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Excellent performance by Team Pakistan. Well done boys! Super awesome stuff. My block's market place was full of "bhangra" dancing people and "dhool walas" (drummers). Let's not forget Misbah's dedicated 84, Broad's intelligent 58 in the first innings and Panesar's great comeback. Wonderful test match and entertaining cricket all-round. Absolutely beautiful.

England teams needs to be commended for playing the two tests in great spirit despite the bad-blood b/w the two sides on account of previous controversies. Keep it up lads! And fight back!

P.S: I like reading comments from Indian fans. Good or bad, keep em coming boys. So what if we're not playing cricket. Keep the rivalry alive on Cricinfo. Lol.

Posted by Abu.Ashhad on (January 28, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Sorry to all Indians but dont waste your time here ... i read most of the comments from Indians and the central idea is bit similar like that every team is enjoying home advantage and same did by Pakistan. and most of you ppl loves england defeat rather pakistan win.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan.. And for those who were saying that pakistan take advantage of home conditions it's not true at all. Pitches in pakistan are batting paradise except karachi where seem and swing are available for bowler if pitch in right spot. It's a team . dubai and abu dhabi pitches supports bowling and batting . it has something for everyone. if batsmen applied themselves they were able to get runs while bowlers bowls wicket to wicket then it's difficult for batsmen to pick the length.. so i must say well done pakistan...

Posted by nomih on (January 28, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

You kill our fast bowlers (amir and asif), we will kill you with our spinners....and we are never out of ammo....

Posted by Mr_Force on (January 28, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

"....just like fast bowling is an art....spin bowling is an art as well....isnt it?....To those who doesnt wanna give Pak team credit and keep saying "wait til you go to green wickets".....so it must be an art to play on green wicket?....So why dont you consider playing on "slow wickets" as an art as well?...just like AUS/NZ/ENG cant play on slow tracks other teams cant play on "green track"....But playing on both TRACKS and Playing both "SPIN/FAST" is THE REAL ART, which hardly any team can do now a days, some exceptional ings are excluded from some exceptional batsmen though....Come on RIVALS fans give some credit to Pak team...especially PAK SPIN !!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

Billy Bowden should be ashamed of his rather startling pro-England decisions. Is he answerable to anyone? Billy showed very very poor judgment and it can only happen when one is biased. Billy should not umpire again.

Posted by dicky_boy on (January 28, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

MR BRAVOBRAVO WHY STOP THERE NEXT TEST WE THRASHED SOUTHAFRICA , HOW CAN U FORGET LOL AND WE DOMINATED THEM IN SOUTHAFRICA KALLIS SAVING THE SERIES ON THE LAST DAY, WE ACCEPT WITH THIS OLDIES ABROAD WE R BAD, BUT IN INDIA WE WILL CRUSH ANYONE

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

well done team Pakistan, u really made us proud today, i will like to thank Srilankan supporters for there sincere sentiments,99% of Indian supporters were v reasonable i thank them too,i would like to say England r a good team,they really battled hard in this test match,they r the no.1 side and they have done lot to deserve it. as for Pakistan i hope its just the start of there march to the top, long journey still awaits us but this is time to rejoice,well done team Pakistan, Pakistan zindabad

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 28, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

forget the ratings for 1 minute, after losing the first test by 10 wickets then a capitulation in the second test, how can any englishman look a pakistani in the eye and say we are better than you we are number one.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

@ samincolumbia, you didnt win the world cup mate, you just bought it.. big time politics.. anyhow dont want to mess around fighting people.. as far as your indian team is concerned, why don't you look at the over all test and ODI stats between Pak vs India or shall I post it for you :P you are playing to earn money, Pakistan team is playing to earn pride and respect and playing for their country..we dont need a world cup and and 8-0 thrashing..we are happy playing within our limitations.. Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (January 28, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Seems that the No 1 ranking is a bad omen...no one seems to be holding to it.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

The real test for Pakistan would come when they will have to chase in the last innings and their batsman have to stand up for it.

Posted by nav84 on (January 28, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

@pak fans well done!! But one day your team is gonna come out of UAE and play in countries other Zim and BD. Till that day enjoy.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

It was a wonderful display by Team Pakistan, English had no answers to spinners, now what English media can do? another scandal..? or some bowling action drama or what? last series,fast bowlers did the damage this time,spin attack. This seems to be a biggest reality that Pakistan is never lack of talent and courage. This is true that Pakistan has the best bowling attack still with them.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Pakistan is the best team is the world! better then each and every one of you...as you silently stalk these posts and feel the pain yeah Pakistan won that's the truth ..that was a sad loss i can feel straus crying...some haters too haha...you know why ...... because we are the best in what we do...Playing Cricket!*you know who i am talking to ;)*

Posted by nav84 on (January 28, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

@BravoBravo oh yeah india got out for 76 to SA. that really makes england a very good side. good for u. see u in oct-nov.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

It was a very exciting match. The match could have gone either way but Pakistani bowlers bowled very well to steal the match. It was always going to be difficult to chase any thing beyond 100 runs. Congrats to Team Pakistan but England can still fight back as they have played some very good cricket in the past and progressed to the no 1 spot. The mighty Australians under steve waugh struggled in India on these low and spinning tracks and it is clear now that its still a big challenge for all teams outside asia to win here.

Posted by n4nasser on (January 28, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Missing: HumanhHoneyBadger. If found, please return to Cricinfo forums.

Posted by remnant on (January 28, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

I feel that pakistan's domestic turmoil has had an unintended positive benefit to its cricket.

While all teams play and blood youngsters on domestic wickets, it has been rebuilding its team on foreign soils due to issues back home. So I think that gives it an edge in toughening up its cricketers and making them more adaptable to foreign conditions. This could even make Pakistan the team to beat in years.

Perhaps India and England too should start playing their home matches in alien and non familair conditions, more often so that it will develop more versatile cricketers.

Posted by ZsZs on (January 28, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team in beating the Number 1 in the world. Congratulations to Misbah on getting yet another win taking his W?L as captain to 8. Congratulations from Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

Fantastic stuff! Pakistan has shown India the way. Spin has always been subcontinental team's strength . India has forgotten that. Bravo pak!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

proud on my team Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by Omersiddiqi on (January 28, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

incredible performance by Pakistan,but make no mistakes they have a weak bating line up, no threatening fast bowler and a terrible fielding outfit. Celebrations make perfect sense but deriving conclusions from this performance is criminal because Pakistan still lacks in 2.5 departments out of 3.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

is there any wrong with rahman's bowling action!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

great win keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by TrumperLives on (January 28, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Hey Boycs, I accepted your bet, so when can I collect the keys?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

pakistan was simply outstanding they played better cricket as struass mentioned...

Posted by haq33 on (January 28, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Sir Ian's mum-in-law to open the batting next match? :-)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

All those who are telling Pakistan have won coz of home conditions and cannot win in subcontinent , for them i wud like to remind them it was pakistan last year who draw a test series against aus in england , and almost had a drawn series against england too if the spot fixing scandal wudnt have been thea , so better think before u comment , Pakistan has always had good record in sub continent ., they have thrashed england in england tooo and just to add hea , we won the series against new zealand in new zeaLAND last year too , bitter to swallow now i guess :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

This is a Pakistani win! Let us not bother ourselves to even talk about the Indian humiliation in Australia. Go Indians, whine on some other blog.

Posted by Mervo on (January 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Whether suited to spin or pace, this wicket was obviously not of Test standard. If experienced batsmen look hopeless, there is something wrong. There are no Great players on either side and there should be some examination of the standard of pitches by the ICC. I am pleased to see England beaten, but don't read too much into this and start encouraging preparation of mud paths as wickets. Test cricket is supposed to be on a turf wicket. We want to see a contest between bat and ball more often.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

Worth staying up all night for this match

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Pakistan has truly been a soul of this game. . Some of overwhelming records : Bowleing: Sayed Ajaml:off Spiner- Inventor of Tesra Saqlan Mustaq- Off spinner- Inventor of Dusra Abdual Qader-Leg brake- Inventor of Guglee Sarfraz Nawaz- Inventor of reverse swing Great Wasim Akram- King of Swing - Master of Reverse swing- most hat-tricks by any bowler in world, Great Waqar Younas- Fast and furious-Master of Reverse swing Yorker Shoaib Akhtar- Fast and furious - Broke the 100 mile barrier-Fastest delivery 161.38 km/h (100.3 mph) Aaqib Javed-- Youngest bowler to take hat-trick in ODI Cricket Bating: Shahid Afradi : Most "Sixes" in ODIs and International Cricket - 367 SIXES Fastest century in ODI Cricket Mohammad Yousuf : Nine centuries in a calendar year of Test Cricket Miandad-- Nine consecutive fifties in ODI Cricket, youngest player to score double-century in Test Cricket Great Hanif Mohammad's-- Only triple-century in second innings of the team And list goes on

Posted by bdsmaruf on (January 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

what a fantastic win over england. congratulations pakiatan from bangladesh.

Posted by mueenhameed on (January 28, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

This is unbelievable performance...outstanding...whole team performed well..probably this part of world does not suit England as they have won only 1 test out of last 19 test matches, played in sub-continent. Today it looked ...like English players do not know how to score runs against quality spin bowlers like Rehman & great Saeed Ajmal....! Mueen ud din Hameed from Toronto

Posted by ste13 on (January 28, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

well done Pakistan, probably no. 1 team in the world at the moment

Posted by Divinetouch on (January 28, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Has any other team while ranked #1 in Test matches ever been bowled out for less than 75 in an innings?

Question for Geffrey Boycott, did England play better than Bangladesh?

My uncle who lives in England feels the pain and suggests that for them to remain #1 in test matches then England should play against Canada, USA, Namibia, Bermuda, Holland, Nepal and Hong Kong.

Posted by ZsZs on (January 28, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

A great win to Pakistan. Misbah's W/L Ratio is 9 now! The highest of any Pakistan Captain. Congratulations from Bangladesh! And Dubai is your ground Pakistan!

Posted by Whip on (January 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Thank you so much Pakistan for leading the subcontinent singlehandedly in such fearless fury against England, and bringing some balance to our pride. You have spectacularly captured the hearts of every Indian, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi in your exemplary performance.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

great performance by pakistan!really made us proud!

Posted by jimmm on (January 28, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

England thought they would weaken Pakistani team by trapping their best bowlers in controversy, but they didn't know that it will grow stronger if provoked.

Posted by Irfan_chn on (January 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Thought Iam an Indian, Iam ardent fan of Pak. Amazing cricket display by Pakistan!! Few ppl are saying that Pak won under home conditions, let me remind you that both teams had spinners & spinners did well for both teams but Pak spinners proved that they are world class. Pak flawed by including Junaid instead of Cheema, to what I have seen Cheema is a wicket taking bowler while Junaid is yet to have a grip at international level.

This match reminded me about how Fazal Mahmood destroyed England chasing 168 in the 4th test @ Oval. Eng were well placed at 109/2 but ended up getting allout for 143. Pakistan had always had great bowling fighters, if they can show more courage in batting then it will not be late for Pak to become No.1 team.

Eagerly waiting for the 3rd test match & hey because of series win, are Pak up the ICC ratings ? havent seen a comment on that.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

Guys make sure that we don't forget one important FACT amidst this historic win-the decision of STRAUS made by the third umpire, Billy Bowden. Let's not forget the attitude of these white idiot umpires. Make sure that everyone protests it. Imagine this only bad decision could have caused us the match.

Posted by Aussieforver1981 on (January 28, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

@Mayank Sharma you have to understand that Abu Dhabi and Dubai are NOT home for pakistan. They don't have their curators over there. They don't have their crowds over there. They DONT have the home advantage and still they won. They can't even dictate what kind of pitch are they gonna get because they don't have their own curators over there. I feel sorry for you that India lost and win and loss happens. But the excuse you presented is not good. Aussies won because they were and are better than India in every way possible. Sorry

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

awesome bowling from our spinners specially rehman every ball is worth watching and england is in immense pressure when he and ajmal is bowling.umar akmal should be in the team for better batting line up in place of junaid khan. Worlds No 1 getting worlds worst team here in asia. good luck for the pak to white wash in dubai n hope white wash will wait there.

Posted by drsankalp on (January 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

As I said before England is third rate team and become number one in test just by plain luck is proven beyond doubt. Even club team can bat batter than these English batsman against spinners. Most of English cricket expert like their cricketer are overrated .

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

awesome bowling from our spinners specially rehman every ball is worth watching and england is in immense pressure when he and ajmal is bowling.umar akmal should be in the team for better batting line up in place of junaid khan. Worlds No 1 getting worlds worst team here in asia. good luck for the pak to white wash in dubai n hope white wash will wait there.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 28, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Whoaaa. Went to sleep in the US when Pakistan had 2 wickets in hand and like 130 runs ahead. I thought it would be a cakewalk for England. Just woke up and found out Pakistan won..... Only Pakistani bowlers can do something like this and I can recall 10+ occassion when their bowlers defend a target of almost nothing. The bookies all said that England would bounce back to make this 1-1 but I can smell a sweep in the air that will mess up all the rankings the bookies predicted and the confidence levels of England to spin when they tour Sri Lanka

Posted by keptalittlelow on (January 28, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Of course congratulations to Pakistan, but sorry to see the pain and indignity of some of the Indian fans, not all of them, I feel sorry for them.

Posted by dmqi on (January 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

I HOPE THE INDIAN PITCH MAKERS TAKE A LESSON FROM HERE HOW TO MAKE PITCH WHICH WILL PLAY BOTH FOR THE BATSMEN AND BOWLERS. NO 400 SCORES AND MATCH DRAWN, MAKE RECORDS AND THEN GO FLAT ON BOUNCY WICKETS. GREAT JOB BY THE CURATOR. CONGRTAS TO BOTH TEAMS FOR PRESENTING A TRUE TEST MATCH TO ENJOY EVERY MINUTE.LOOKING FORWARD FOR TEST 3.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan.....!.... now focus on your weak spots...!

Posted by 5wombats on (January 28, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan who deserved the win because of their skill and true spirit. Well played. An outstanding series win for Pakistan. That was worse than the worst the horror show by England. Pathetic batting. What a pity some of the india "fans"are here to gloat and claim victory for india...... contemptible and utterly pathetic. Once again Pakistan - well played.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (January 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

'English doctored pitches' - really! like those doctored overcast conditions and doctored rain that makes the grass green. Utter nonsense. For my 10 pence worth, well done Pakistan, fantastic test and series win, great team effort. Amazing what a group of skillful players can achieve when they are determined to reforge the honour of the shirt they wear, and are well led and playing for each other. Everyone plays everyone in their own conditions, this is not doctoring, its fact. We have failed to adapt. I lay the blame entirely at the feet of Australia and India for playing so badly against us, and for having such useless spinners so that KP and Morgan have remained our test middle order. Great batsman, especially in ODIs/T20s, but not very good on turning pitches against quality spinners. It could be a long tour of the subcontinent.

Posted by InnocentGuy on (January 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

On the downside, no team is truly #1 in Tests now. On the good side, every team is equally bad so at least over a period of time, the win-loss numbers across all Test playing nations even out which means, on the whole, the matches are all well balanced. Good show by Pakistan. A 3-0 drubbing of England would feel extremely awesome for me after just watching a spineless Indian side go down 4-0 again.

Posted by Nampally on (January 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan on a brilliant series win over the World #1 Test team England. This is a second game in a row where England have been dominated & outplayed. It must also be noted that the England was whitewashed 5-0 in the ODI series in India immediately after India were white washed in tests in England. So it is becoming increasingly obvious that England cannot play & win in the conditions of the Indian sub continent - just like the sub continental teams are losing in England. Strangely enough when England lost to India in recent ODI's their excuse was they were not playing 5 day tests. Now they were playing 5 day test series and Pakistan demolished them. So there are no more excuses.England can bully teams on their own turf but are easily tamed in the sub continental type of pitches. England's #1 reign is likely to be the shortest. Can Pakistan whitewash them to complete the rout? It will be interesting for the England fans to eat the proverbial humble pie for a change!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Great many congratulation to pakistan Team and co...weldone

GreatTest cricket at it's best...love test cricket...we need more test matches fewer ODI's. ...

what happening to Indian team..???....No one stand tall except young Virat ..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

@sampatir let us enjoy our victory as we let you enjoy yours when you win... make no bones about it this isnt a home pitch our players didnt ask for a flat track even if they wanted one they would have got what the uae gave them.... we actually have beaten england on a number of occasions even in england...

Posted by Roshini on (January 28, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Congratulations "Pakistan you beauty" Just witnessed a brilliant test match and a high class lesson of spin bowling. No doubt in my mind that this greatly talented cricketing nation Pakistan is on the rise after all the negativity they had copped in recent times. For the sheer betterment of the game Pakistan must be showcased more often and cricket must return to Pakistan period. The powers behind the game should not allow the game to become poorer. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

We all lovers of cricket should congratulate Pakistan for their well fought victory. Pakistani cricketer and managment have done their homework well.I as before urge Pakistani managment not to change the coach. Mohshin has worked hard on their mental sternght and make them believe that if they stay at the wicket inspite of difficult condition,result will be in their favour. Difference between previous coach and Mohshin is man managment, pin point the technique of each player and made all out efforts to correct it in net. Another big factors fielding improvement and team work. I request once again to Pakistan cricket managment not to hire foriegn coach because most of our cricketer do not understand english do not follow coach advice.

Posted by Arjun_CB on (January 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Soon Pakistan going to be the No.1 test Team.....

eng where are you?? what hanpd to you??? Don't know how to bat against spin??? ha ha ha....

Posted by doctornikki on (January 28, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Bob willis has problems now about rehman wearing sleeveless shirts :-) cheers

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

mr sampatir dont dis respect teams whose names u cant even pronounce and pakistan does not have the home advantage ever so it is a big thing that we win anywhere for no place is home for us our " home ground " is not in our country so it doesnt really matter where u r but actually how u PLAY

Posted by baskar_guha on (January 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Great bowling wins matches. Great batting wins sponsorships. Test cricket at its finest.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 28, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

@sampatir u say pakistani fans are overreacting?bro if some one celebrating there joy full win its overreacting wow nice to meet u u r genius!!!!!

Posted by Capround on (January 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Looks like a couple of the Indian fans on this thread are all about promoting the theory of "home advantage." They explain away Indian and English defeats to the "home advantage." Therefore the Indian team is not really that bad and the Australian team is not really that good because the home team always wins. But that theory does not really hold much water: Pakistan have not played an international game at home in a couple of years. Yet are currently winning consistently. Including victories over Australia and England in England. The Indian team of a couple of years ago did give a much more spirited account of itself overseas. This Indian team is just growing old, slow and fading. The vitality of Ganguly is gone. But because the team is so hyped, its defeats then need to be defended just as vigorously. To the many other Indian fans who have shown great magnanimity in appreciating Pakistan's success, please this is not meant for you.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (January 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan, brilliant bowling in the 4th innings and fine innings by the Shafiq and Ali. England really need to shape up against spin.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Great britishers Hats off to you guys. You brought the game to our people. the game of cricket became so popular that we think it is our local game. You left but you divided us and pitted us against each other. Now you take the services of our guys like Panesar, Bhopara, Shahzad, Nasser Hussain, Saqlain Mushtaq and try to win. No offence but really interesting. Wonder when we learn to live in peace and harmony. Sometime I feel we deserve this. Anyway guys, do not take my post seriously. Cheer up and live life to the maximum.

Posted by mcsdl on (January 28, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I always support Pakistan. Its great to see how united the team is now. Its good they got rid of guys like kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik. I think Misbah is a very matured and sensible human being to captain the side. England bowlers did a descent job, but English batting lineup seems clueless in subcontinent conditions. On personal point of view, its good to see Indians losing again, but in long run cricket has a bigger issue to solve. Every country is creating pitches to suit their players and thesedays all countries bound to get humiliated when they travel away from home (specially to unfamiliar conditions). ICC should do something about this and should comeup with a standard and prepare pitches that wont favour home team too much, so as a cricket fan we can testify an even contest. Thesedays have to admire the teams that play well away from home & Ranking system should change to favour them. In general, conditions shouldnt determine the result, but skills should..!

Posted by vksid on (January 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Who says that it's not a home advantage for Pakistan? UAE is a second home for Pakistan and pitches are sub-continent pitches. It's a home crowd for Pakistan. If Pakistan wins in England or Australia or South Africa or India then we can say that they are doing good. Pakistan is playing a good cricket now despite lot of controversies within the team but they are not champions yet. Please Pakistan fans do not overwhelm with these wins. England played well in Australia and England but they cannot play good cricket on subcontinent pitches as they are very week against spin bowling. Overall England is not a number 1 team and it never becomes a number one team. Same applies to Australia, they played very good cricket in Australia against India but when they tour India it's going to be 4-0 defeat for them. All teams are in same position and no team has a quality to become number 1 team like West Indies and Australia (old teams).

Posted by Gazatteer on (January 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Dear Mr Warden...Please allow (use force if necessary) Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to watch highlights of these cricket matches as part of their rehabilitation. Let them learn that THIS IS HOW HEROES ARE MADE without any corruption and illegal activity. Regards. p.s use a specially designed chaple (slippers) while playing a song "channa kethay guzriya raat way" if they fail to learn.

Posted by Spelele on (January 28, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Continued from my last comment.....In 2009, SA slipped up and lost at home to AUS 2-1 (their only series loss in the last five years), but drew 1-1 to India AWAY and ENG at home. In 2010, SA beat the West Indies 2-0 AWAY, and drew in the SUBCONTINENT against PAK in the UAE. They also drew 1-1 with India at home. In 2011, they drew 1-1 with AUS and won 2-1 against SRILANKA at home. They are the only team not to have lost away from home in the last 5 years. They have played 21 matches away from home in the last 5 years; winning 11, drawing 6 and losing only 4! In 8 away series, they have won 5 and drawn the other 3, losing a magnificent ZERO! Who has managed that away from home?? Their home record has also been good over the same period. They have played 10 series; winning 6, drawing 3 and only losing one to Australia! Surely their consistency home and away puts them ahead of the rest? If what they've done is not enough to be No.1, then what is? and who has done it?

Posted by applethief on (January 28, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

@HumanhHoneyBadger classless as we've come to expect, Pakistan have been winning games around the world, just check the results if you know how to. Same for B.C.G: remind me when Pakistan were last white-washed?? Ignorant comments, and all in poor taste. It's better to acknowledge that the celebratory feel amongst Pakistanis comes from knowing they've done well against a top side - it's better to take that as a compliment rather than lashing out.

Posted by KarachiKid on (January 28, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

It was a great game of test cricket. English team played well for three days but this was one of those games like T20 Pakistan lost to Hussey. Great team work PAkistan. But we still need some batsmen who can go on and score big hundreds. There are lot of frailties in the team. For example apart from batsment who can play on bouncy and seaming wickets. For the first time after so many years, I feel Pakistan does not have top notch fast bowlerss. Gul is not test class bowler. Maybe take back Tanvir Ahmed or some other fast bowler. Junaid Khan had a very ordinary game. English team is also better than that, and I am sure they will prove it in the coming games in Sub-Continent. All the best to both the team.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

not there worst batting collapse, a few years ago the windies whopped them for 43 after they both set up 1st innings scores of 600+ , windies had around a 50 run lead and won it by an innings, it was at antigua

Posted by Rajeev334 on (January 28, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.. Simply brilliant!!!! :) Wishes from Sri Lanka....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

i wana talk about this win in particular and the green team's new found, almost habitual winning streak; its a different perspective other then the game and the ground brilliance and performance. these 11 guys are from a country where nothing is right, you name a disaster and you gona find it easily in pakistan. but they have shown the world that if thier telent is streamlined and guided properly they can be world beaters in no time. just compare the facilities available to english players at home, and then think what these 11 players actually get andt u gona realise that it was contest between the previlaged and fecilitated cricketers and a bunch of poor chaps who enjoy the luxuries of thier opponents at home. its thier share talent and resileance to turn the tide and all odds in thier favour which other teams might lack. well done boyz we r proud of u all to keep our flag high..... tears and chears...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

I know this is not the right attitude, but still my deepest feeling is - I'm happy Mohammad Amir is out of cricket. Otherwise, Pakistan would've been an ominous force of bowling power in the world right now. Whatever happened in England and Australia, India surely are still the best players against spin bowling. Looking forward to India-Pakistan matches. Really want to see the Indian batting line up easily tackling Pakistan's spin where many other sides tumbled cheaply. Aamir, if only you remained on the good side, it would've been a fairy tale beginning of an ominous Pakistan cricket team. But you succumbed to evil, and things are not really that strong despite this victory. Nevertheless Ajmal is going to be one of the greatest spinners world has ever seen.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

@sampatir this is ridiculous from you simply... can't you see any one happy??? bring on any of the world's team against pakistan i challenge that they all will bite the dust INSHALLAH... after quite a long time we have a right to cheers for pakistan...why wouldnt be us??? pakistan is not number 1 team infact it is worlds best team...best simply the best

Posted by Avi56 on (January 28, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

A hearty congratulations to pakistan....the way the team has played post world cup has been unbelievable....i think team india needs to learn something from this match....if u compare the india and pakistan team facing england...the pakistan team is younger with new players an not many veteran test players...but still they managed to play really good cricket with great spirit....in this match at one point of time it looked like it was englands way but what a fine bowling to go...this is how test matches should be...whereas india never got a chance to fight against eng or aus for that matter... it just goes to show that if you have the right attitude and focus you can beat anyone and win the match.... i will not be surprised if pakistan soon become a dominant team in test cricket...they are by far the best t20 team and a very good odi team... all the best guys

Posted by bulldawgs on (January 28, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Great victory for Pakistan. Reminded me of good old days of Qadir, Qasim and Tauseef. Somewhere in these articles, there was a great quote " Success in all facets of life is often reliant on perspiration than inspiration. Genius is wonderful but hard work often prevails."

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

The crisis we underwent in the Ijaz Butt era has helped expose the numerous flaws we had in our system and forced us to take a critical look at ourselves. It came to a point where we could have either continued with the flawed system and risk destroying the sports' future in our country or overhaul the board and give the game a new lease of life in our country. Exclusion from some lucrative private leagues also helped us concentrate on the longer format of the game. Our young guns were the ones who really carried the team forward. When Pakistan cricket was in the doldrums we looked towards BCCI to back us up but instead they snubbed us and left us high and dry despite the Indian public and celebrities wanting our cricketers to play in India. My heartfelt condolences to the Indian fans for seeing their heroes fall but today we (Indians are welcome) need not despair! Today WE are victorious and have comprehensively beaten the world's no.1 Test nation. The future looks good! Peace.

Posted by jaypaki on (January 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

What I FIND EXTREMELY DISSAPPOINTING is the fact that the ICC have given Pakistan so few games in the last 3 years or so! It is dissapointing , frustrating and and extremely geared towards certain teams like INDiA (we all know why that is the case **the green**), but also Srilanka and teams like New Zealand which are by no means great teams with great cricketing hsitory's! It seems that world is always againsta us, especially with the ICC now in the grips of the BCCi. WE ARE NO DOUBT THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD AND CAN DEFINITELY CAN PROVE IT, if the ICC would give us the chance! ThE FTP is shocking and no seems to say anything about it .. YOUR SILENCE MAKES ME CRINGE!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

sriously u beauty PAKISTAN TEAM <3 but lets come to the darker side... our batting sucks . try to cncentrate on batting line coz ve all know that our batting isnt doing much for us but its our bowling doing miracles ..if ve want consistent results ...we ahave to take it seriously now.cheers

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Let us not overreact but accept Pakistan's victory here. It is definitely their home advantage and it gets to show that England's victory over India to take over #1 was just a fluke and so is Oz. That said India has not at all played well. But in this match Pakistan well and truly showed the world that they can be a force to reckon with if they have a good batting.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

overall Good Cricket, that shows anything can happen in cricket. the match was snatched by spinners. Monte Panesar shows Pak that they have Abdur Rehman in playing 11. and both ballers have shown that their selection were perfectly fine for this test. Good Cricket!

Posted by Sprit_of_Cricket on (January 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Good to see the example after a long time ( cricket by chance) it is not over until it's over. Heads of to both teams who play cricket in a manner that bring test cricket alive again and force us to follow from start to finish.

Posted by B.C.G on (January 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

@Spelele-Man,you are so right.Their sparse recent home outings haven't been rewarding but that can't be a bad thing.Good at home,brilliant abroad.Thats S.A.

Posted by jamal1253 on (January 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan. great match and historic win.....

Posted by criclover112 on (January 28, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Really proud of the team today. Also, give credit to England, apart from their last innings collapse, they played high quality cricket.

Posted by willmot on (January 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Don't compare the Indians thrashing in oz with Engs defeat here.Eng were in the game rite till the last hour whereas pathetic Indians gave up after session day 1.. as usual.

Posted by Dhumper on (January 28, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

How about this headline 'England buried alive in the desert' :) Well credit to both teams for such an awesome game. England fought hard and is still one of the best around but needs improvement and learn how to play spin properly. Ajmal and Rehman were outstanding so it could be any other team and would have suffered the same fate. Not to forget Asad/Ali partnership of 90 runs that provided the base for this bowling effort. A great team effort. With this win and their performance in last 18 months, Pakistan has proven that they are back and are one of the best teams out there!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

moment of the victory tears on ma eyes i am big lover of cricket specially for ma team Pakistan i always waited ma team like Australians or South African cricket i know Pakistani team still need alot of work to do but from 2011 my team never let me down ;D really loves you team in green muahhh :* (sorry for bad englsh)

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 28, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

hahahahaahh England HUMILIATED !!!!! where are my dear English friends now? England are UNABLE to play spin. They proved they are NOT a true no.1 and that the ICC rankings has chinks in its system. Well, congrats Pakistan. You have world class bowlers, especially spinners. I would have loved a win by England to balance the series out but they are simply NOT GOOD. Stop being a pretender dear England. You are exactly where India were last summer. Welcome to the abyss !!!

Posted by JG2704 on (January 28, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Re our batsmen If you continually try to fend the ball like it's an egg which you don't want to break you're inviting more and more pressure and more and more fielders around the bat. If you play with some positive intent then you either disperse the field making it easier to bat under less pressure or you score runs. Worst case scenario is you get out but at leat you have attempted to move the game on.Even being a little wreckless is preferable to this.Ive always screamed for the 5 bowlers formation but right now I'm feeling that whatever decent work the bowlers do the batsmen will mess up.Having said that only Trott + Cook deserve to keep their places for the next test although I'm not suggesting rad changes as I can't see Ravi coming into a sit like this and changing things. Finn should come in for Morgan because at leat Finn has bowled better than Morgan or most of the batsmen for that matter have batted.Morgan because he has the worst average and Bell and KP have done it in past

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Test cricket at its best! I was closely watching India's tours to England and Australia. Clearly, one of the teams was not playing good cricket to warrant enjoyable watching. On the other hand, on seemingly placid tracks, two master spinners have bowled gracefully to generate high quality bowling against watchful batsmen and come out victorious. I will be watching Pakistan more closely because they will continue producing better cricket than this fading Indian team. There are a lot of good Test teams out there now, which continually produces great matches. This is a good era for Test cricket.

Posted by mhk21 on (January 28, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

i was jumping out on my coutch every time a wckt fall .....i mean was so thrilling to watch pakistan bowling in the 4th inn that i couldnt express in words .....great victory ...apart from the win indians should stop criticizing eng because eng were able to win ashes in aus very comprehensibly and india were trashed ...i mean whitewashed completely in their tours ....cmon even newzland won a test ..and with their great battng line up ...they couldnt even win or threaten to win .. embarrassing ...atleast eng were looking to win but india were trashed by inng defeats ....so humiliating

Posted by IshaqMalik on (January 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan, This was much needed win, hopefully it would go a long way in restoring our image in international arena and bringing back international cricket to Pakistan (it's not much of an security situation anymore, it's more that other cricket boards think Pakistan team is insignificant). ---- However, In our win, lets not forget that our top order failed to deliver in both innings, In the first innings it was mostly Misbah and in the second Azhar and Asad. We need to get it sorted. Also, in the first innings we couldn't get rid of the tail soon enough, this is what happened in Dubai too, if we could have gotten rid of the tail-enders, that win would have been by an innings. -- England is still a very good team, we shouldn't get cocky and stay focused. -- @Indians saying UAE is our home: If India were to play all their matches in Columbo or Lahore (both practically next door to you), would you call that home?

Posted by Y2SJ on (January 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

If England needs to be regarded a great team, they need to win in sub continent pitches too. Just winning in England is not enough. Currently I would rate Australia better than England.

Posted by B.C.G on (January 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Pakistan deserve this win.There!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@the facebook guy on (January 28 2012, 16:24 PM GMT)-SA won in Australia 2-1.What AWAY series loss are u talking about????6 YEARS IT IS............

@lakarhara-Bacillus Calmette-Guérin it is but never mind.The best you can do is abuse like a juvenile so don't worry about the full-form

@Last time I checked World cup was held in the ODI format so an inability to win there shouldn't affect the test status of a CONSISTENT TEST TEAM.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

The whole pakistan is looking for Mr Bob Willis and Front-Foot-Lunge......now what do you have to say...the biggest cheater is your captain and stand in captain aka 3rd umpire....

Posted by khurramsch on (January 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

few people comparing swann & ajmal i think both are good . If you consider no of matches played by batsman, nos of 100s, 200s 50s, averages against spin in career, toatal runs in career than u have to admit that ajmal way better.pakistan need to improve batting.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

@sampatir: I can understand that u r hurt and in pain...I am sorry for the humiliation of India in Australia...u people deserve this

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

A great game that it was an honour for me to watch. I will be talking about this game to my Grandchildren one day. This is why Cricket is the best game in the World. The third umpire needs to "go to SpecSavers" other than that the on field umpires have been truly amazing. Getting the right decision that the rest of us mere mortals could only see with the benefit of a replay and HawkEye.

England should not feel dejected. They are a great team and will only get better. Ignore the knockers and concentrate on the game. Strauss is an excellent captain and really I dont feel any of the England team did much wrong. I just feel the way Pakistan played today this Test, they really would have rolled over any team even the great Aussie and West Indies teams from the past.

Pick your selves up, dust yourselves down and prepare for the next Test.

Posted by khurramsch on (January 28, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

@ one of fan who said that pakistan spinning attack is 3rd rate: mate you should be thankful that they are 3rd rate otherwise it could have been worst. on series not english batting not working on tour even in practice matches. so far cook 1 inings, prioir 1 inings, broad 1 inings, trott 2 inings ( but u have to admit both times given life by poor umpiring & worst decision making of Pak) . to me most consistant batsman was swann he made scores 3 times out of 4 this series.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

I have to say just four words: PAKISTAN ZINDABAD! PAKISTAN PAINDABAD!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

wowww.team Pakistan rocks .this team has the potential and resources to challenge any opposition in any situation any where in the world...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

wow.... unbelievable performance It could be the easiest win of England but its simply snatched by Pakistan's Spinners

it could'nt be better for Pakistan

Alhamdulillah

Posted by khurramsch on (January 28, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

great win by pakistan & certainly way more embarissing for england. but pak need to learn from their mistakes. batting is been poor in this match.& if junaid was not going to bowl then its better to bring umar akmal instead of him & go with gul & 3 spinners with younis can bowl few.also batsman keepr still remains a problem. no doubt adnan good keepr but batsman not sure. Umpiring was poor in this match by this series standard. trott in 1st inings ( ok worst decision by pak to not refer but it was poor origionaly by upire) Anderson on hafeez ball 1st inings. cook in this inings & worst of all billy on tv replays.overall very good umpiring but in this match few critical decisions.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

i just say Unbelievable and unpredictable Pakistan..... Great going..... we love you Pakistan

Posted by Sohel_ahmed on (January 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Mr.Billy bowden your inability to see something as clear as crystal have raised many eyebrows.millions of viewers around the world who have seen the replay just once felt that it is simply impossible for someone as experienced as you to come to the conclusion.You better come out and explain yourself.We will accept it even if you say you are having problem seeing things of late.

Posted by Ulitmate_stars on (January 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

All you English Fans, where are you hiding... will someone stil come andl defend the English team. They are all set to loose the top rankings, well they will still hold a record... "Shortest stint as No 1 Cricket Team". ICC website news read as "Hapless England loose the series" it should rather be put as "Hopless "

Posted by JG2704 on (January 28, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Gutted.Can't believe our bowlers did so well only for our batsmen (comb with Pak bowling pressure) to let us down.I saw the last 2 Pak wickets fall in quick time after lunch then saw it up til tea when we had lost 4. I thought we would struggle at times but eventually get there.I took my radio out with me to follow the game and tuned in just as Broad got out. Then about 15 mins later tuned in again and it was all over.To me , from what I have seen pretty much all our batsmen look petrified out there. No sign of intent whatsoever.Even with the Strauss let off we got nowhere near what shouldn't have been a too taxing target.To me this is harder to digest than the first defeat because we outscored Pak in the 1st inns and at least now 3 of our batsmen had scored 50s and the bowlers had put us in a great position. But then our batsmen just look frightened at the moment.

Posted by applethief on (January 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Cracking win. Mohsin said it best: Pakistan should be rightly proud of demolishing a top side. No idea what Front-Foot-Lunge is on about, ALL the calls went England's way (Broad, Strauss, Misbah x2, Anderson). I'm sure England appreciated their first stiff competition for nearly 3 years; Australia's more convincing 4-0 whitewash against a full strength Indian squad puts England's summer in perspective. Much respect for England's bowling, it was v.v. impressive in these 2 tests. Let's see Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz in the 3rd test, and no doubt both teams will keep producing compelling cricket. Thank you England & Pakistan for entertaining us with the best matches of the last 12 months.

Posted by Yevghenny on (January 28, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

congratulations to Pakistan's bowlers, they did not give England a run today and pressure told

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Well Well Well..Just un Imaginable Victory Hats off to Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq Who Gave Pakistani Bowlers Chance And later On Pakistani Spinner's Face the Music And Tell England the capability of Pakistani Storm Which Dusted England Long Live Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

England...err.....forward press perhaps? feet to the pitch of the ball? Come on - average to good off spin made to look world class by woeful batting technique and mental collapse.

Posted by zuber21886 on (January 28, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

I am telling this since before its not a game of who plays to who anymore, it has become who plays where, england giving a whitewash defeat to India, pakistan defeating england, so its clear, its the place that matters in today's test cricket

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Wow....Congratulations boys and captain....Gr8 victory which was unexpected....keep it up to win the next world cup

Posted by Ibanezfan on (January 28, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Can't say I'm too surprised by the result. Congrats to Pakistan from an Indian fan on a sweet win. After all the humiliation, Pakistan have shown they have the heart and the grit. Hats off to this team for consistent lion-hearted performances in the face of much skepticism. Mind lending some of that self-belief to the Indian team? And while we're at it, let's swap the ranks as well. :) As for England, well, who knew they cannot play spin, right? Certainly not the English cricket team. Those genius wombats are wrong after all. England aren't all that great away from home. I'd never have guessed.

Posted by puneet_usa on (January 28, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Now what- Everyone should call England a fluke and media and critics should go after them-- Sometimes I think everyone who posts comments here need to give a second though and revision.....Not worth it.....!!! Same old story like India....lions at home- IF I HAVE MY STATS RIGHT They have only lost couple or three tests in last 3-5 years at home-- and kitty cats away from home...oppps sorry it's a neutral venue- obviovly custom built for Pakistani Team and I am not taking any credit away from them..!!!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (January 28, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Well this is an amazing amount of contributors so far.Quite amazing how yesterday when it looked like England would be favourites we get a fraction of the comments we have here now.Also find it funny that we have some Indian fans on here - the usual suspects - just one day after they were again thrashed in Australia - a result that would have been another inns defeat had the Oz batsmen not decided they were bored in the field and wanted to bat a few more overs.As an England fan I have no excuses for the way we capitualated in the 2nd innings but must give full praise to the Pakistan bowlers. In the last 3 years , only South Africa have had us in nearly the same amount of trouble. I did try to defend our record in SC before the series began and to be fair our test record wasn't nearly as bad as folk made out - usually losing by the odd test or drawing in India , losing our last series in SL and Pak but I think winning previous series there. This was different. No excuses , congrats Pak

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

There are a lot of Indian fans on here aren't there. If you feel this much love for India then tour there. Also no excuses from England and they have said they have to improve.Indias response to their two white washes wait til we get you at home.The difference is England admit they need to improve and play better. One suggestion might be to dump Morgan who does not seem to know which end of the bat to hold at present. Bring in Taylor or Butler for experience.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

From an Englishman, well played Pakistan. Misbah must be one of the best captains around. England need to reassess their technique and approach, and fast. Bopara for Morgan in the next test please.

Posted by enigma77543 on (January 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Here we go! I don't know why so many people over-react so much when their team wins in suitable conditions, everyone does that most of the times; not to say that it's not worthy of an applause & fans definitely should enjoy the win, that's the whole point of sports after all but going overboard by claiming to be "best team in the world", etc should be reserved when a team is beating everyone everywhere most of the times ala Australian & WI teams have done in the past. The ratings are pretty meaningless to be honest, the simple truth as can be seen by any RATIONAL person is that NONE of the teams right now can claim to be "best in the world" so people should enjoy there time in the sun but shouldn't get carried away; it's sport, it's meant to be enjoyed, it shouldn't be used as a tool to belittle others. Anyways, congratulations to Pakistan (& Aus,NZ), commiserations to England (& Ind,Zim). Cheers.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 28, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan sheer pressure from both ends and the English batsmen could not cope. Why though is this site so full of Indian comments this does not detract from your woeful oversees performances. This was a great test match because both teams looked liked being victorious at different junctures, yes England bottled it but they competed.

Posted by cyniket on (January 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

is there any chance of commenters keeping these things in perspective. it's one test series. the icc ranking system is the bane of this website. mindless fans droning on about who should be no.1 and who shouldn't. It's just a ranking, it doesn't really matter, most fans think their team is the best anyway so who cares. just enjoy the cricket and stop whinging about everyone else's team, you'll have a happier life cos all teams win some/lose some.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

awesome Pakistanis .. they were deserved to win for their cornered tiger approach ,,this is so crucial when u have no option to defend ur low investement except attackin attitude

Posted by Mohson on (January 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

What an incredible victory for Pakistan. Full credit to the players and coaches. A couple of years ago, Pakistan were dead and buried. Now, we have beated the top test team in the world. Granted they have their problems playing on spinning tracks, but both teams have this problem lolll. Pakistan just have better spinners to exploit the situation. I think we have a good mixture of old and new, and I would keep both Hafeez/Taufeeq at the top. Azhar, Younis and Misbah take care of the middle order. Asad Shafiq will turn to be a very good dependable player also. Adnan Akmal is a fantastic little keeper, but needs to really improve on his batting as we need to bat as deep as possible. Gul, Ajmal are first choice bowlers. I think Wahab, Cheema and Junaid really need to take their opportunities and fight for their place to be in the team. Rehman will always be picked in the sub continent/middle east because he is an under rated bowler. Umar Akmal should also work harder and fight to get in.

Posted by PakEditor on (January 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

----Posted by sampatir on (January 28 2012, 17:11 PM GMT) "none of the team is No1 now... Also I see how Ajmal bowl. Rehab Tag will be dere even if he takes 1K wkts"---- But why are you so adamant that no team is #1 in the world at the moment. We just want to celebrate Pak's victory all the while playfully messing with civil England fans. There seems to be an entire clan of number crunchers/auditors/CAs/Munshees churning out stats after stats on these pages. All for what? Sheer raw talent to defy mathematics? ------ And NO! you can't see how Ajmal bowls. Here, have my glasses please.

Posted by raja9787 on (January 28, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Only one word from an Indian fan to English Fans - "Hahaha"

Posted by Spelele on (January 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Continued from my previous comment.....In 2009, SA slipped up and lost at home to AUS 2-1 (their only series loss in the last five years; i.e from 2007), but drew 1-1 to India AWAY and ENG at home. In 2010, SA beat the West Indies 2-0 AWAY, and drew in the SUBCONTINENT against PAK in the UAE. They also drew 1-1 with India at home. In 2011, they drew 1-1 with Australia and won 2-1 against SRILANKA at home. They are the only team not to have lost AWAY from home in the last 5 years. Since 2007, they have played 21 matches AWAY, winning 11, drawing 6 and only losing 4. I know people are critical of their record at home, but one should again take a close look at their record at home in the last 5 years to see that the critique is unfounded. SA have played 10 home series since 2007; winning 6, drawing 3 and ONLY losing one against Australia. It is clear that they have been the most consistent team home and away in the last 5 years. Who has done better to be no.1 in the same period?? Nobody!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Congradzzzzzzzzzzzzz Pakistan !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

haha the Sub-Continent Bullies PCB, BCCI, SLC

Its the destruction of test cricket, with home teams esp sub continent teams bullying the opposition by preparing pitches that are turning wickets, most of the times no way is gonna help test cricket

Posted by Aura123 on (January 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Some of the funny banter i have read about Bob Willies, Now Bob will say the followings

Ball was touching the pad & trousers not legs so not fair with Eng bats Rahman was wearing half sleves so icc should ban him Pitch was not test level , so icc ban this ground lol Akmal was appealing too much which disturb the Eng bat to ban Akmal ...... ........

Thank you for all the Indian, Srilankan & Bangladeshies supporting Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

pak spin attack. Ajmal,Afridi,Abdul Rehman,Hafeez Wao..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Amazingly astounding performance!

Posted by doctornikki on (January 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

slap on the face of those saying it is a mediocre spin attack..

Posted by itsoookkk on (January 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, a great win, this test match proved that test match is still the best form of cricket, I am hoping for a much more close nail biting 3rd test match and since the first one finished in 3 days, this one in 2 days, so there are good chances that we will see a 5 day game next time, looking forward for a whitewash :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. I think now English Media and ex players will object Abdul Rehman's bowling action. History shows that every time England perform bad against Pakistan, English Media and players starts leveling baseless charges on Pakistan, like sometimes ball tempering sometimes match fixing and some times bowling actions of players. English Media and Ex players stop giving excuses and false propaganda , accept the ground realities, praise pakistan and try to learn your players that how to play spin.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

@Gerard Pereira mate forgotten the recently concluded Australia vs SL test matches . yes i can agree to an extent that bitter memories don't last long as we can conveniently use the term called selective amnesia but accept the fact that SL had been outplayed in the test and one day series in their own backyard in so called rank turners . Mate Australia almost gave us a run for our money in a rank turner called Mohali and India stuttered chasing 216 and almost lost the game when they were the number one team. Besides , but for the munificence of rain gods you guys would have been thrashed in the 2nd test (against aussies) as well.Mate , Australia are on their way up and never count the chickens before they hatch . kudos to Pakistan for putting up a fantastic team effort to beat England .cheers

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

England bowled out on 72!! lol. I remember an english fan from the comments. He was saying that Pakistan's bowling attack is third class. Where are you know chap ?

Posted by KabaabRoll on (January 28, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Salaam, and congratulations to the Pakistani team, the unpredictables changing into predictable winners. So what if some bowlers went down the drain? Pakistan is a nation of fighters, and our spinners often are in the shadows of our quicks. Abdul Qadir, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, and to a lesser extent Shoaib Malik are all lethal spinners with guile and class. Not to forget other Asians in Murali, Mendis, Shakib Hassan, Kumble, Bhajji. If non subcontinental pitches are suited for fast bowlers, I need not name any of the greats Pakistan, Indian and Lanka produced, for they need no introduction. Thank you Warne, Swann, Panesar, along with Pat Symcox, and Vettori Be it Swing, Spin, Pace, we are ahead. And the batting does not need and introduction neither, where mainly lanka and india star And for the record, "kissing the turf" is deincorrect. Its "Bowing in Prostration to the Allmighty in Gratitude for His blessing"

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

o hello indians shut ur mouths. cnt u c ur team z beaten by england in england almost in every format ov cricket they lose t20,they loze 1 days,the loz tests. n nw they lz to ausies by 4-0 oh very woful. so u indians can just hope fr gudness n can do nthn else, u r only the lions ov ur home ground. losing cosective 8 tests omg vry woful. n stop comparin ur team wd pak . rememba pak are ahead of indians in all formats played bw them.

Posted by Rezaul on (January 28, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Watching this Test after 1st Test, I agree with legend Miandad that Englandś #1 ranking came with a series of helping and favourable conditions playing. This was their time to prove their true credentials for #1 ranking and they failed. 1st Test they were playing a B category cricket against a depleted side who is still fighting for their stability, fighting against their own problems, still carrying their chaotic scandal, unable to play at their own yard for a while. In second Test England got the best chance to prove everybody wrong but they just helped to enhanced the whisper into a laughter. Feel sorry for Strauss and England. Looking forward what their famous outspoken columnist, experts come up with.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

A strong pakistan test team is important for world cricket and I also wish international cricket returns to pakistan soon. Had these victories happened in pak, it would have changed the whole complexion of world cricket.

I wish India too get back to winning ways in test cricket..

Posted by Aura123 on (January 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Test cricket at its best. England thank you for providing such entertainting cricket ,Broad & Monty played well but oh yesssss Pak is the bestttttt :P & Thanks to all Indian supporting Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Loved the way both teams played.

England earned number one spot.

Pakistan earned the victory against the no.1 team.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

today it was the best "strangle hold" i have seen since ages in a test, making the batsmen play more amd more defensively and eventually getting out. i wonder what will happen in ODIS when afridi will be there who is the master of tight length line bowling . England plz dont include KP anymore in your side this guy looks absolutely clueless when playing spin and throws his bat everwhere.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

well done pakistan .v asians suffer against bouncy pitches and other teams strugle against spin.

Posted by Romenevans on (January 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

NO.1 T.E.A.M! Are you kidding me? NO! i mean,WHAT THE? ...what was that? Shame on you No.1 Team.

Posted by cric_fan__ on (January 28, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

PAK ROCKS FOREVER... THEY ARE THE BEST NOW.. WANNA SEE THEM PLAY(WIN) IN AUS,SA AND INDIA....

Posted by gulraiz680 on (January 28, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Here lot of Indian fans are criticizing England and saying they are home bullies as well like them and every team is home tiger.plz dear Indian remember England beat Aussies in their country and win ashes last year where as your team white wash and can not win even a single match.winning is far away your team can not give Aussie tough time in a single match you people lose most of match with innings difference and today your team got the defeat of 250+ runs defeat.but you are talking like..........

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

AMAZING TO SEE..ALL OUT FOR 72??I AGREE WITH BOB WILLIS ONLY IND TEAM CAN HAULT THIS AJMAL N CO. ON ASIAN TRACKS..NOBODY ELSE..ABOUT RANKINGWELL IND WERE REAL NO.1 TILL SA TOUR AS THEY WERE TIGER AT HOME N APLAYED BETTER THAN REST ABROAD(BEAT ENG IN ENG 07,THEN TROUBLED AUSSIES IN AUS 07,DREW SA IN SA 2010,BEAT WI IN WI 06 N 2011,BEAT NZ IN NZ 2009) SO 06-2010 INDIA WERE NO.1..BUT NOW THEIR MIDDLE ORDER IS TOO OLD LIKE DRAVID N LAXMAN N ALSO DROPPING CATCHES...BUT THEY HAVE GOT 5 VERY GOOD FAST BOWLERS N GOOD SPINNERS...IF IND CAN REPLACE DRAVID,LAXMAN WITH ROHIT,KOHLI N PUJARA/RAHANE THEY DEFINITELY COME BACK ON TOP WITHIN NEXT 1 N HALF YEAR..ABOUT SA????THEY ARE PROVEN CHOCKERS WE SAW WHT HAPPND IN DURBAN LAST MNTH..AUS N ENG WIN OVER IND JUST BECAUSE OF CURRENT PATHETIC AGEING IND BATSMEN N NT BECAUSE OF ANY REAL TALENT..M NT GIVING PAK ANY CHANCES IN FUTURE BECOZ MISBAH IS 37 N NT SURE ABT FUTURE CAPTAIN..THERE WILL BE GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS THS YEAR.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Simply the best .............

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Vinay singh I can understand your pain

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on a brilliant win from INDIA..Our team has been humiliated in Aus,but pakistan has shown that home advantage stands as a vital point and one cannot cliam they are the best just by winning in home on doctored pitches..what has Andy flower and the cocky English players got to say now..Like bresnan asked india to go back home if they found it difficult to play, maybe ajmal shud asked the same ques to England..As an Indian and a cricket lover....I really enjoyed Pakistan's performance...cheers..

Posted by Sidath346 on (January 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Wow, what a victory for Pakistan. Many congratulations from Sri Lanka.

Posted by sampatir on (January 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

none of the team is No1 now. It was only AUS some yrs back. Pakistham fans are overreacting same as ind fans. They dont have a single quality batsman as of now. Also I see how Ajmal bowl. Rehab Tag will be dere even if he takes 1K wkts

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Congratulations team Pakistan. You brought joys on the dejected faces of Pakistanis. Keep it up boys and keep the flag high. Also its time to improve batting and fielding and strengthening the fast bowling department.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

I am eagerly waiting comments from Mr. Bob Willis - is he going to come down heavily this time on bowling partner of Seed Ajmal. Come on, say now Abdur Rahman's bowling action is also dubious (although he was not in full sleeve). or English batsman lbw decisions are not correct as because the ball touched their trousers and not leg!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Great game could have gone either way. Can someone please explain how/why Cook n Strauss were given not out but Misbah given out yesterday? Seems Misbah's looked much more doubtful!!!! As Bob Willis said Pakistan had to take more than 10 wickets to win. The media entourage, officials and commentators need to be fair and respectful - Its a game and there should always be a level playing field. DRS is just the first step now we need more professionalism and fairness from all sides! Then it makes it thrilling its not just about winning/losing it also how we take it! Good luck to both sides in the final game. Still want Bowden to explain some decisions publicly!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

@Nutcutlet@OhhhMattyMatty@SiBaker@5Wombats@landl47@davidpk… so on & so forth. Look at your 4th innings. Total 72. / 68 for 5 to 72 all out / Lower half's contribution, just 4 (four runs!), which includes guys like Broad and Swaan who are fairly decent with the bat/ Out of 72 runs, 50 came from 2 old imports from SA / 3 other imports (2 from SA & 1 from Ireland) could give you just 3 runs / If you take out the sardar's contribution of 1 run, just to mark his presence in the multi-culturalist system (which in itself is laudable) the balance is just 18./ Even out of 18, half is by Mr Extras and only the residual 9 (nine) runs only),are from true blue-blooded Englishmen, the kind who hooked me on to cricket nearly half a century ago. I'm sure that there are bright young talented English boys, who are locked out, to provide space for the recently imported mercenaries like KP, who anyway play for himself. Give a chance to your boys with fire in their belly to fight for their nation.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Over my life i have realised one thing when you put your heart to something, you will surly get that acheivement that startles the world. But i have understood one more thing which is Pakistanis tend to shock the world rather than startle. Long live Pakistn !!!!

Posted by jabrankundi on (January 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

When old cricketers say the standard of cricket is deteriorating, this is what they mean. All team these days are performing well at home and are more than 'miserable' abroad. There is no consistency...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

@Nutcutlet@OhhhMattyMatty@SiBaker@5Wombats@landl47@davidpk… so on & so forth. Look at your 4th innings. Total 72. / 68 for 5 to 72 all out / Lower half's contribution, just 4 (four runs!), which includes guys like Broad and Swaan who are fairly decent with the bat/ Out of 72 runs, 50 came from 2 old imports from SA / 3 other imports -2 from SA & 1 from Ireland) could give you just 3 runs / If you take out the sardar's contribution of 1 token run, to mark his presence in the multi-culturalist system (which in itself is laudable) the balance is just 18./ Even out of 18, half is by Mr Extras and only the residual 9 ( repeat 9 nine runs only) are from true blue-blooded Englishmen, the kind who hooked me on to cricket nearly half a century ago. I'm sure that there are bright young talented English boys, who are locked out, to provide space for the recently imported mercenaries like KP, who anyway play for himself. Give a chance to your boys with fire in their belly to fight for their natio

Posted by Stone-Aamir on (January 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

This match reminded me of a boxing match where the bigger opponent doiminated the fight for 11 rounds and got knocked out in the end. Congrats to Misbah and the team, Rehman and Ajmal undoubtedly are the best spinning pair in the worild. One must not forget the importance of the young Azhar and Asad who played sensible knocks to provide some total to defend to their bowlers. They are the future of Pakistan test batting line as they can put their heads down according to the situations rather then playing extravagant strokes to loose their wickets. England is a very good team, they defeated Australia on their home, remember that same Australia thrashed India 4-0.

Posted by ultrasnow on (January 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Well played Pakistan from an Indian cricket fan.Thanks for salvaging Indian pride!

Posted by Spelele on (January 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Lol! This series proves that ENG are not the true number one. They got there by beating a toothless AUS. In the meantime, the true No.1 team have worked hard; winning matches unnoticed. In the last five years (from 2007), SA are the only team to continuously pummel teams home and away. A glance at their track record reveals this. In 2007, they beat both India and Pakistan 2-1 in SA. They also beat New Zealand and the West Indies 2-0 and 2-1 respectively in SA. Amazingly, they also travelled to Pakistan and recorded an AWAY series win in the SUBCONTINENT, beating them 1-0. In 2008, they played 4 matches in the SUBCONTINENT and won 3 of them. They drew with India 1-1 AWAY from home, and then beat Bangladesh 2-0 AWAY. They then proceeded to England and beat them 2-1 AWAY from home. They then pummelled Australia AWAY 2-1 and Bangladesh at home 2-0. In my next comment, I will continue from their 2009 record....

Posted by Dawish on (January 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Unpredictable that's what world called Pakistan cricket team but producing such a results like this i think no one mind to have a tag like this... cheers

Posted by Long-Leg on (January 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

England fan here. Firstly, well done Pakistan. We were beaten fair and square by a team on the rise. An amazing turn around since you were betrayed by your own players 18 months ago. Secondly, a message to the England team. There is a lot of rubbish posted on these boards. Man for man you are better than any other team in the world. For 3+ days you were in control of this test. What went on in your heads to throw it all away in the last two sessions? Practice hard, play for each other, believe in your talent and play without fear. Do this and you will soon be back to winning ways. Come on! Play positively and let us see you win the final test. I know you can.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

PakiLuv , you would have had home advantage if visiting players were not shot down by religious fanatics. England have started to feel the heat already and it is not summer yet. Thrashing India at home is one thing. Being thrashed by a team of part-time cricketers is another.

Posted by jzeebravo on (January 28, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistan team for a great come back & definitely from behind. Many of my countrymen in their enthusiasm are harping over becoming world number 1. Guys realistically speaking, with these batting performances that possibly would remain a distant dream. Bowling as always has yet again, won us another match and a series but its our batting that's a real concern. We can all relish in this great moment of joy but let us not forget the batting lapses we are having both in opening & the middle order. For now, its celebration time so let these concerns rest for a little while but should be addressed afterwards.

P.S. Let us not come too hard on our guests, and no matter what reasons people give England is the Number 1 team in the world currently. I'm grateful for all the kind comments from our neighbours across the border but it was BCCI that tried its best to shun us from international cricket, it was English who hosted us to play cricket when everybody else refused.

Posted by St.as.ram.rod on (January 28, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

This Test Series a good display why BCCI and Indian Players are afraid of having DRS. It demolishes any technical flaws... Way to go..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Also, Sub-Continent pitches are known as the batting paradise and grave for bowlers. These pitches are no way near batting paradise! Look at the scores!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for this memorable win!! an amazin match plus pakistan wining a test series against the No.1 side is just amazing!! I would like to thank all SL, Ban, Aus, Eng and in partiicular Indian fans for appreciating Pakistan cricket!! thank you!! I would request all Paki and Indian fans to stop debtatin on whose better and just accept positive criticism rather than coming up with past stats which really is history... Cheers!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

First of all, thank you everyone for congratulating Pakistan. Pakistan surely deserved this victory and everyone claiming that winning the first test was a bluff or luck should zip their mouths or try to find new eXcuses. I just wanted to add one more thing to people who are using the word "Home Conditions" for Pakistan that you must think before you speak. These grounds are no way near the home-conditions for Pakistan. The world knows that Pakistan-India have flat batting tracks. Do you think these surfaces are flat batting tracks? No, Not at all. Look at the scores scored by these two teams? Look at how much each player has to apply himself to score runs. Broad got 4 wickets in these conditions with movement, few batsman scored well and spinners exploited the conditions. It had everything for everyone. Fast bowlers who had patience and stuck to the line length took wickets, batsman who were patience made runs and spinners outperformed everyone else as well. So do research before spkn

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Excellent turn around victory by Pakistan......but not very convincing though.Pakistan on their day can beat any team,but can also easily lose too.Inconsistency,corruption and in-fighting has always been their major problems.Once they are able to solve these three problems and with their ability to produce world class players,they should be rightfully world's no.1 Test nation.Congratulations to the Pakistani fans from a Bangladeshi fan.Bangladeshi cricketers should do well by emulating the Pakistani players.

Posted by Javed72 on (January 28, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

I think we have to keep a sense of perspective. It was a great test match. Both the english and pakistani bowlers were magnificent. The batting on both sides was inadequate, which in a sense made the contest so close and thrilling. England are a wonderful side and have played consistently well in recent times, and deserve the number one position. As for pakistan, we need to continue the good work. I am happy we have some youngsters in asad shafiq and azhar coming through. I think we still lack a quality opener, I am not convinced about taufeeq, and we need a genuine wicketkeeper who can bat. Although adnan is a decent keeper, he is not a great batsman. and with pakistan weak batting tail we cannot afford this.

Posted by mursaleenarif on (January 28, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@Pereira.....pls check you English before writing any comments as they dont make any sense. Stop praising India, they lost 4-0 and stop comparing them against Pakistan as Pakistan has proved that although they have been deprived off from cricket at home, they are the best side in the world. Just go back and play your lovely IPL with bollywood actors or may be Sachin can score his 100th 100 in this century

Posted by ben.pullan13 on (January 28, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Erm please calm down all of you... If England weren't the number 1 side in the world, who would be? Pakistan? India? South Africa? Let's be honest, two poor test matches do not mean that a team is poor. England have been basically invincible since 2009, and still have by far the best team in the world.

Pakistan will always do well in the UAE, but will get absolutely hammered if they play in England, Aus, SA... It works both ways.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

I love how Indian fans would comment on this page and rant about Pakistan's win. Dont act so immature, Pak won, give them credit where its due! If u cant do that, then at least refrain from speaking negative about their team effort. Because really, it doesnt spoil our win, but it does make u look like a doosh!! Well played Pak. Last night before going to sleep, Pak only had 100 runs lead, but this morning opened Cricinfo, and literally jumped out of my bed. Now lets get the third one!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

well played pakistan. hats off to you guys.they bowled like magicians. well, i think the most worrying sign for england is their captain andrew strauss' batting form.he hasn't performed for ages. for the next game, pakistan should bring in another spinner into their bowling attack inplace of junais khan. it will strengthen their attack further.....and also hope to see a series bteween india and pak in uae or india. it will really who is the true asian champion...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

omg wtf etc.....congrats pakistan shameful eng. I said to myself when they led by 120 it was enough...more than enough!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

well reading comments.............and its grt PAKISTAN made a wounderful time to history...while reading read a comment saying subcontinental teams wins most on there ground....seriouslly...PAKISTAN not at home...............secondally..............batsman won most of the time in Subcontinent............like india itself.....here Bollers did the magic with the help by them self..and mostally frm ALLAH....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Yep - where are the bothams, vaughans and nasser hussains waxing poetic about England and comparing them to the West Indian greats of yore. Yes, India got a 4-0 drubbing, but they got drubbed 4-0 in Australia as well - so overcoming weird Indian psychoses does not make England the number 1 team !

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

congrats.....................Pakistan..........and continue the terrific performance

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

@ B.C.G on (January 28 2012, 14:32 PM GMT) lets get a few things straight first of all pakistan team and fans are happy that they beat the no.1 team in the world 2 -0... this is the same team pakistan team SA couldnt beat in the same grounds which are away from home in the UAE not the SC... 2nd look at pakistan team results over the past year or so.... infact its been a while since we have been white washed... 3rd of all you lost to aus in 2009 so not sure where you get your ' they havent lost an away series for the last 6 years' from.... heres the stats before SL series you havent won a home series since 2008 and that was against bangladesh...since 2009 you have won one away series against west indies... cant see why a team that sraws all the time should be number one? england deserve to be no.1 even if they cant play in the SC... please publish cricinfo...

Posted by Peterincanada on (January 28, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

The wiser heads among the English were saying yesterday after the close that it was not a done deal for England because nobody knew what a reasonable fourth innings chase would be. Well now we know. Against a quality attack with the known English frailties against spin it was 72.

Posted by wicketman on (January 28, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Kudos to Pakistan from an Indian supporter! So glad England got dumped on. Perhaps some of their players will be a little less arrogant. I feel though that the Pakistan batting is fragile BUT you do have the best spinners in the world to compensate!

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (January 28, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

congratulations to the whole of pakistan...to get up from all the controversies surrounding them last year and win against the no.1 team is mind-blowing.utter respect. But i would like to mention this : No team, currently, has the stomach to play in overseas conditions. Hence, the no.1 ranking will keep on changing till atleast the next year. About the current match, i would like to see what the likes of vaughan, boycott has to say now.They were over-the-top after defeating a weak india and look at the situation now!! sad..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

The Game of Glorious Uncertainty has Won. Yesterday- after Day 3- Geoffrey Boycott said he was willing to put up all of this three houses that England will win. He did, however, mention if Pakistan bats well they can win. Neither Geoffrey nor anybody would have foreseen the future. Cricket was the Winner- TEST CRICKET. Congratulations to Pakistan for being coming back not only in this game, but also from being in the press and media for all the wrong reasons and also not having the luxury of playing at home. As for England- hope you learn some lessons. The Sub-continent isn't going to be an easy ride especially when you have to face a wounded Tiger in India at home.

Posted by sawifan on (January 28, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

@Gerard Pereira, are you kidding yourself re: IND and doctored pitches?! England has ALWAYS produced pace/swing conducing pitches (due to their weather) as India has always produced slow turners. And if you're trying to say AUS doctored pitches, then u need to seriously wake up. Both Sydney and Adelaide were ROADS! The IND batsmen just had no fight. Sure, the talent was there, but they gave up so quickly. Also, condition in the UAE are most definitely closest to sub-continental conditions than to any other world region. And IND batsmen may have been kings of their domain in the past, but i have a feeling the near present won't be pretty for IND anywhere. Time to pull your head in and be modest about ur teams results. ps: go Pakistan, seriously great to see then doing to well again. Always humble in defeat and victory!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

When will you people open your eyes to the truth. I hear all the freaked out English talking about the bad shot selection. Come on and accept the reality that Pakistani bowling attack is one of the best in the World...!! Congratz Pakistan and by the way Mr. David Hopps if Panesar's bowling is applauding who picked 6 for 66 than why not Rehman who picked 6 for a mere 25 runs. Yet you call yourself bias free. Correct me if I m wrong.......!!! As for Pakistan keep it up but do not be overconfident. Job not done yet as ODIs and T-20s are round the corner and the 3rd test also remains... I wish ICC rules out Naseer Hussain from panel of commentators as his baseless comments are no longer pleasing any cricket fan around the Globe. I wish Sanjay Manjrekar could replace him...!!! In the end Congratz Pakistan....!!!

Posted by lakarhara on (January 28, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

@ B.C.G whats B.C.G Means Bagarat . Chutia . Gandu.

Posted by dicky_boy on (January 28, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

HAH WORLD NO ONE HAHA my foot

Posted by elsmallo on (January 28, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Why can't England bat on the subcontinent? It's never been easy, but there have been England wins - Hussain's victory 10 years ago with players who had good mindset and technique vs spin. The current players can attack in one-day cricket (Morgan, Petersen) but seem to lack judgement in Tests. Similar criticism can be leveled at India's batsmen who have seemed to lack the temperament and technique to dig in in England and Australia. But a few years ago they could do it, why not now? I'd argue a combination of poor motivation, not playing enough first-class cricket, cynical pitch-preparation and too much 20/20. None of these batsmen get enough first-class cricket- you can't just play Test cricket. Having said that these guys at the top need special motivation to perform - Petersen needs a big crowd not empty stadiums; Laxman needs to feel he hasn't done it all before. 20/20 has encouraged innovation in batting at traditions expense. Pitches have too long been made too batsmen friendly.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

@Gerard Pereira: million likes to ur comment man, spot on

Posted by Azilur on (January 28, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

ENG # 1 test team....!! Totally pathetic performance...! No.1 test team....who the hell have ranked all these....Lost miserably tpday...!! Good Going PAK team,,,,Awesome, stunning team performance....Basically PAK have just CRUSHED the No. 1 test ranked team...Even Bangladesh play better than the present ENG team....!! It's gonna be 3-0 whitewash....!! Can't wait for the last test to see ENG crashing again and again and again and again....!!

Posted by HumanhHoneyBadger on (January 28, 2012, 16:10 GMT)

England have some real questions to ask about their middle order. We out-bowled Pakistan in this test by a mile but batsmen have let Monty down. :( This is very much a case of England losing this test rather than Pakistan willing. I very much doubt Pakistan will do anything outside of UAE, still very much a team who can only perform in their own conditions. Every dog has a lucky day!

Posted by B.C.G on (January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

@Vinay-If u research properly you will find that for the home series in SA atleast one pitch resembles the sub-continental ones.Sri Lanka played on 2 pitches that were identical to their home ones(Durban & Cape Town) losing & wining one each.That is the reason why SA often fail to win at home.This also explains why their performance in the sub-continent is better than the other teams.Double-edged sword I suppose.

Posted by PACEGUY on (January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

MUBARAK HO MASHALLAH IM VERY IMPRESSED BY THE FIGHT THESE TEAMS HAVE PUT ON, but i have to admit that the series is not as tough as i expected it to be

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Pakistan Rock today.......... Bravo ! GO Ahead :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

‎"Abdul Rehman's Bowling action is doubtful"...expected Headline for UK newspapers tomorrow..:p

HAHAHA ENGLISH MEDIA WILL BE CRYING

Posted by shahbazchoudhry on (January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Great win for the nation it is proved that any thing can be happen in cricket two bad hours for England team and they lost the match. I think england media should learn some thing from this they should realise that it was not the bowling action of the Saeed Ajmal. It is English team's lack of capibilities to play the spin bowler and handle the pressure situation especialy in Asia . And Pakistani player proved that when they are united they can beat any team . Now english media may start to talk about the Rehman bowling action they will never talk about the batting capabilities of the english players. Only two player in the th double figure in 4th inning against the pakistani spinners.

PAKISTAN ZINDA ABAD

Posted by zaf100 on (January 28, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Stunning victory for Pakistan and with this win series too. Full credit to Pakistan for playing as a unit and win against world number 1 team. England were favourite to win when they started batting but what happened was dream come true for pakistan, England all out for 72 yes 72 if you think you misread. Some experts say they were negative by playing slowly and playing into Pakistan hands but I disagree with them and say they were simply not allowed to play freely by Pakistan magic spinners, so give credit where credit is due and that is Pakistan bowlers. In the end 145 proved too much for England to Chase. Well done Pakistan and keep up the good work and win the series 3-0.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

As usual England show how good they really are when they are not on their own English wickets...useless,what will happen when they dont have the Saffies and the Irish.They beat India who suffered quite a few injuries,add to that the fact that India is an old team,surely their number one position was highly inflated.Back to South Africa and Ireland to find some better players.How about the overrated Swann,I always thought he was a lucky bowler,his bubble seems to have busted now,I feel sorry for Panesar though who was badly treated by England 2 years ago when he was unceremoniously jettisoned from the England team,show them Monty.

Posted by naeemhussain on (January 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Pakistan's victory is slap on the face of those who were trying to keep Pakistan isolated in sports for political reasons.

Posted by SirEngland on (January 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

Lets hope the Billy Bowden is not the 3rd umpire in the next match. Either he is blind or biased! Either way he should NOT be allowed to officiate any matches anywhere. I hope the ICC (which is spineless) take some sort of action against him. I wonder if he is a friend of Darrell Hair.

Posted by abdulghaffar08 on (January 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Make sure to make it 3-0 in favour of Pakistan. Credit also should be given to Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman and Umar Gul for thier contribution of about 40 runs in the second innings. It seemed quite nice that Pakistani team was fighting for victory: right fron Azhar Ali & Asad Shafique partnership.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

i think now English media and bobs will say this pitch was not according to the test match requirement and standard.ban this ground

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Consistency is what makes team, and with Misbah in charge, we should expect more to come.

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@nav84 : you must be from IND. Before making fun of ENG, get yours fact right. Just want to jog through your memory, not too long ago in 2008 Amedabad Test (IND vs SA), IND was all out for 76 in 20 overs and lost by an innings and 90 runs. And since then inning defeats and whitewashes have been a persistent feature of best batting line (hahahaha) of IND. How much humiliation IND need before accepting that they are below average team? CONGRATS to PAK and good effort by Monty from ENG.

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (January 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@ Vinay Singh

Sorry abt my other comment addressed to you .. My Bad .. I misunderstood you there .. hadnt read the comment from B.C.G you were replying to .. apologies again ..

Posted by swingstowin on (January 28, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@Shan156....dude,i am a Pakistani and i agree with you that Pakistan team has to prove themselves in English or SouthAfrican conditions and right now they are nowhere near number 1. But honestly man,whats wrong with you?? here are the fans who have been getting nothing but bad news from the game they love, and the team they support so much!! And things have finally been on the right track...Let them celebrate,people do get excited at such moments...Believe me Pakistanis also realize the challenges ahead, but atleast now they know the have team that will give its 100 %...

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 28, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

A superb victory for Pakistan and the series won too! Many congratulations to Misbah and his team. Were Eng.batsman clueless against world class spinners on a track that was giving assistance, but wasn't impossible? You bet they were! What does England do from here? IMO, acknowledge the problem in full and set about making sure that our batsmen develop sound techniques to counter this type of bowling. It won't be easy, but there are ways and means of achieving this, even if it means hiring the UAE pitches from time to time (they don't appear to be overused) and sending parties out there for a spells of intensive coaching. Just an idea, but that is what England needs: ideas. What Eng. doesn't do is mouth off to the Pakistanis, or anyone, and say: 'Wait until you play in England!' That is emotionally immature, unworthy behaviour. This England side is still a good one, but has great fraility on unfamilar surfaces against sides that know the conditions. Eng. will def. not rest in denial!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

If you thank god when you win shouldn't you thank him just as profusely when you lose? Don't see that happening.

Anyway, congrats to Pakistan! They have produced the best pacers, the best spinners and the best batsmen in cricket in spite of all the problems they've had.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

ahaha... pathetic indians commenting and ridiculing england as if their team has won... every team now should ban touring India or playing with them unless they adopt DRS... after this match we can safely say that DRS is not only improving the accuracy of umpiring decisions but also making it tough for the batsmen. I believe that's why India is so opposed of DRS. it ll expose the so called great indian batsmen even on home turf. Oh i so wish Pakistan was touring India next with DRS on!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

@ front-foot-lunge dear what happened with this number team of the world

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

What a performance by skilled Pakistani spinners. English team if still have self esteem left must ask ICC now to to demote their top ladder posting to one at the lowest. Pakistan has dawned an era of golden cricketing era. Congrats Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

This win will help pakistan to make "ARAB SPRING" in Pakistani cricket. Pakistan need this win badly to give the good answer aganist "Contraversy". Wel done Pakistan. As a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I like to congratulate Pakistani cricketers. I hope that they will keep going .......

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! Well done!

And England....haha No.1 team :( They became No.1 because all of a sudden India decided to lose by 0-4 to all the teams they play abroad and England was the first one to take advantage of that.

Posted by PakEditor on (January 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Excuse me Gerard Pereira but have I been hallucinating the past two weeks? "The Indian batsmen are far superior to the Pakistanis". Would it be possible for me to please get the pills you are on? I had an instinct that instead of allowing Pak fans to rejoice and Eng fans to pick up the pieces, this page would be filled with stats that are meaningless, rankings that are momentary, talk that is Yiddish, and attitude that is self-destructive. And eventually I was not surprised. Because the only thing we need to look on this page is a three-letter word: WIN. Now, who won this match?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

no word to say about this barillant pakistan love you..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Well, first of all I congratulate Pak on a great win for them, their bowlers were good. However, this was the most embarrasing and shocking defeat I have ever experienced as an England fan. When set 145 to win, i thought if we don't win this, I don't know what it would take to win in the subcontinent. Strauss and Cook's batting was downright negative when they should have gone hard and got 50-0, effectively finishing the game. Pieterson and Morgan seem like they have forgotten how to bat, Bell may have been slightly unlucky, Trott cannot be blamed and Prior and Broad were in an impossible position. Got to feel for Monty, who I thought was the best bowler by far in the game with wickets to show for it. It is clear that Morgan is not fit for test match cricket, and must immediately be replaced by Bopara. I feel Pak are an above average side at home, and although their spinners are good, they're not in the class of Warne or Muri, who would struggle on Eng/Aus/SA pitches.

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (January 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Dear Vinay Singh, Pakistani fans are beyond doubt jubilant but not over reacting at all .. this was a great win and we have all rights to celebrate and even talk about it "BIG TIME" .. so i dont see any need for you to say such a thing .. On the other hand i can understand why this comment of yours is floating here .. obviously India is continuously losing and thats whats been eating you guys from the inside (your name suggests that you are from India) .. Dont you think that your comments need to be redirected towards Indian team's performance instead of (merely) trying to spoil others' happiness .. ?? .. FOOD FOR THOUGHT?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Way to go Pakistan. First of all Pakistan is not playing at home as main part of home ground advantage is your fans.. Second, can we start giving some credit to Pakistani Team for exceptional team effort. I watched both test games ball by ball and it was more interesting than any one day game. We all love pakistan cricket

Posted by ctzeeshan on (January 28, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

England Yikes!!! I demand an investigation by ICC to look in to the England batting collapse!!! Little suspicious of the "#1 Team" all out for 72. If t was pakistan boy every1 and their uncle would be howling "Match Fixing" HA....

Posted by TrumperLives on (January 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Boycott said he would be bet his house(s) on England winning the game; looks like he's homeless. He really is a one-dimensional, self-opinionated malcontent, As CLR James said, "what do they know of cricket, who only cricket know."

Posted by jawwadkhan71 on (January 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

This is for all reporters and commentators that whenever any muslim palyers bows down on the ground it never means 'kissing the ground' but he thanks to Almighty Allah (God). This is my humble request to all of you to mention as thanks to Almighty rather than "kissing the ground". And I also request to muslims to spread the awareness amongs non muslims brothers about it.

Posted by parasazmi on (January 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

To English media,You took our 2 best fast bowlers from us and we produced 3 match winning spinners for you, Still Afridi is waiting for you guys in ODIS lolzzzzz what will u do now?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Pakistan Rapped England In Dubai ! Long Live Pakistan

Posted by B.C.G on (January 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

@Vinay-In the last 2 years they have only played 2 home series & both were drawn not lost.Thats the important point.....LOST.............A draw is much more preferable than a loss.Pak fans can celebrate.They deserve to.However many fans are happily pulling other teams down.This isn't acceptable.The Indians(& the english) boasted a lot & now they are getting it back.Thus even Pak fans should celebrate without any malice towards others.They & even their team will be respected for this.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

the icc rankings are a shame now....how can England still be holding its position as no. one team in test...and India too after losing in 8 consecutive tests...this shows how biased ICC is and their rankings are just crap....Well done Pakistan Team...you really make us proud....it was the politics (in ICC) that weakened us...u were always a good team and u have shown the world no matter how much u pressurized us...we will bounce back....dont just worry about rankings Just play good cricket and thats it.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Good work Pakistan, keep it up in Dubai ! Now, I would like to challenge ICC's ranking system. It is full of flaws. How come a No. 1 ranked team is defeated by a 5th ranked team so badly (in 3-4 days), in their away series. Had this series being played in England, most probably they would have white-washed Pakistan team (with the help of their home advantage and their vociferous media), like they did with India a few months earlier. But look what happened with that England team in India. Similarly, Australia is now drubbing India in their own place but most probably they will find this India side in a completely different mood when they visit India. What does all this mean? A ranking system, full of flaws. It needs to be reviewed and revised, based on weighted averages basis. Higher weight should be given for away tours than home series, in order to make the ranking system reasonable and universally acceptable. Right now it is a bogus ranking system. Hope ICC takes up this issue.

Posted by MASQ on (January 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. One more thing very amazing how exactly overcast-ed by AZHAR ALI, thats 150 would be enough to defend, that's another symbol great players are in Green Team PAKISTAN.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

@all of those idiots, who are saying that pakistan is good only with spinners, let me remind you one thing, you are mistaken very badly, we have got umer gul, and wahab riaz, as the fast bowling options. umer gul shown his performance in 1st test, while misbah did not bother to use wahab riaz yet as he knew that what is the weak point for england. Our main weapon was/is/shall be spinner/fast bowling.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

OMG..... I have no words to explain my expression..... Mark my word England would never come out from this whole........................Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by Dadu786 on (January 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

After England tour go visit India with same team and beat them in their own gounds, Chenai, Calcutta, Banglore, any where they want , no body can beat Pakistan except Australia, Pak and Aus are the best teams in the world, what a stunning win , Congratulations Heroes.

Posted by Indianfan_5252 on (January 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

Congratulations to the Pakistan team for a job well-done !! The #1 Team have been humiliated !!! I am happy to see the "calmness" of the team under their present Captain. His influence is in no small measure to the performance of the team. keep it up guys !!

Posted by Asgharkarim on (January 28, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

The credit goes to the introduction of 20-20 cricket, which help in the results of test cricket now. India has been beaten by australia as 4-0, Pakistan has beaten England in 3 & 4 days and Zimbabwe has been bowled out twice in a single day

Posted by Ehsan_Satti on (January 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Ohh. I heard English media is trying now to check out Rehman bowling action. They have set out an operation room and top expert from cricket and the media are gathered there to watch all Rehman past and this match videos to come out tomorrow morning with a stunning explanation of today defeat and the way to approach ICC to ban Ajmal and Rehman. I feel its still summer 2010 in England.

Posted by sportofpain on (January 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan! This is well deserved after all the trials that you have been through in recent times. As for England, it is clear that they are uncomfortable in conditions that are alien to them. They are still the No. 1 side because they have performed well over a long period of time including winning 3-1 in Australia last year but to get universal acclaim or even grudging admiration, they need to win in Asia and at neutral venues like the middle east. Good to see Monty and Rehman get 6 wickets apiece - England can't complain about Rehman's action can they? Beaten by a better team in the given conditions. -A Cricket fan and Indian supporter despite our defeats down under

Posted by dilscoop_uk on (January 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

@ Matt Prior Now you got two slaps in the Face . lol

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

it was great match ...and Test cricket always best than other . I love test cricket .Its was great match. and great teams always won. so Pakistan won the match.

Posted by SaneVoice on (January 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Some of the former cricket greats have been proven very wrong in the last few months! Swann was hailed as the best spinner in the world! How many wickets did he manage on spin wickets? Wonder what excuses will people like IC and GB give now for this English attack which they said have all bases covered? England thrashed a down-sliding Indian team and now facing the reality! Aussies will suffer the same fate pretty soon!!! They too don't have a good spinner for sub-continent!!

Posted by SaleemSabir on (January 28, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

"I've seen some bad performances over the years but that's as bad as I've seen. I couldn't find any excuses and I wouldn't want to. They had to change the batting order, but to not be able to make 150? They were missing straight balls. And [Eoin] Morgan? If he's a Test player, I'm going to eat that famous hat. You'd have to see it to believe how bad it was" Geof Boycott. "A calamitous second innings display from England saw them lose the second test and the series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Set a target of just 145 to win, Andrew Strauss's men were bowled out for 72 - England's lowest ever total against Pakistan.

Only Voice of Sanity in the whole United Kingdom, Geof Boycott, he is spot on in his Comments on BBC test match Podcast

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Regarding my views on the ranking system, my understanding is that one of the assumptions is all teams play equally at home and away which isn't the case especially for Pakistan. UAE while a far cry from england is not home and while it does give Pak a slight advantage it's not the same advantage as playing in karachi. Pak has played at least two "home" series in NZ and England. The problem I have with the ranking system is a team can only hope to move up the ladder by playing teams that are above them. Pakistan have not lost any of it's last 6 series and yet they have moved from 6 to 5, mostly because they have played teams ranked lower than them. We were supposed to have a tour with India which probably won't happen and in the next 2 years the only team we will play which is ranked higher is SA so even if we win all series that probably won't change the rankings much. Does this mean Pakistan doesn't deserve to be in the top 3 or 4???

Posted by KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on (January 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I SHALL PRINT ALL THESE 5OO+ COMMENTS AND WILL KEEP ON READING THEM GRADUALLY UNTIL 3-FEB WHEN THE LAST TEST WOULD COMMENCE IN DUBAI. VERY INTERESTING REMARKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY ALL THE PARTICIPANTS AND IT REALLY HELPS IN KNOWING THE CRICKETING KNOWLEDGE, AFFILIATIONS AND LOYALTIES OF THE DIEHARD CRICKET FANS. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. KHALID UMAR KHAN. JEDDAH / SAUDI ARABIA

Posted by ElPhenomeno on (January 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Ah well, feet back to the ground for england. Way to go for pakistan. Somehow I think ICC should take control of the pitches across the board and have some consistency (both in terms of swinging and spinnning pitches) as to where the games are played. I know its easier said than done. But otherwise we're literally in an era where the homes teams rule and visitors get clobbered. I do think india will wipe the floor (even with their newbees) with england and australia when they visit. Pitches should have classifications and test series should only be either 3 or 5 matches. That way one can categorize how many games are played on a particular type of wicket to even the field. England should have rank turners just as india should have WACA cousins. Cricket is more complicated than that however, nothing you can do with other environmental conditions. I dont know if its possible but its food for thought for ICC.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 28, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@PakiLuv - Why should India give back their World Cup?? You are a joker...First beat India in a World Cup which your team has never done in the history of WC, before posting nonsense here.!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on your comprehensive win over the "the #1 team". Although I like them since I'm British but boy you've kicked their asses in royally. I must say that Pakistan cricket is the most predictable unpredictable team in the history of the sport. Always very entertaining, win or loose.

Posted by FLying.Horse on (January 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

,,England Cost Pak Three OV their Best YOung Test Player,s Ever Produced,,,,, But Pakistan Took Their Pride,Respect & Dignity in Desset,, Pakistan Zindabad,,,

Posted by SaneVoice on (January 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

What happened there again? Was it a flat track again? Rehman got wickets and how many did Swann get? What will Boycott say now? Where is his money now? In his pocket? When you play a series every two years in alien conditions it is not easy to adapt.Indians at least did well in England and Australia on previous tours. When did England and Australia did well in India?

Posted by HaoZaat on (January 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

I am waiting for Zaltman's follow up column. His predictions about England and Azhar Ali were right on the money! I bet he can predict stock market even better. What a 'hair-raising' experience poms have had in the desert (pun intended :)

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Wombats - We are waiting for your 'insights' about your team's 'performance'...LOL.

I remember all the english fans arrogantly declaring that this series will be a cakewalk and they will easily maintain their #1 ranking.

The english fans are realizing the painful fact that their team of imports can neither play spin nor fast bowling!! They have been humiliated by Pakistan....ranked #6. India was #1 for almost 2 years...England could not manage to maintain their #1 ranking for even 6 months!! LOL.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

First of all congrats. to Pak Team on this stunning win truely rank as one of their greatest test wins in history. Being the sub-contenental cricket fans, I feel also deeply regretted on team india defeated 4-0 in Aus. I think that a time has come to re-group indian cricket by keeping in view the current ground realities which at the moment demands morespontaneous actions than never before in past. All other teams including current Pak, Aus, SAF, NZ are passing through re-building process. India should also look for future with more new phases than relying on greats like, Veru, SRT, Dravid and Laxman. They have tremendous potential in their country.There may so many Players of great Callibar like Raina, Kohli and many more waiting for their chances since long. SL is also in the transition phase and they shown some good results in SAF. So All asian jiants should wake up and look for the future with more realistic look up than just hidding and not listening to the call of time.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

good keep it up......... congrats team pakistan!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

WHAT A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE FROM PAK SPINNERS AND YOUNG BATSMANS............

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

As an Indian i witnessed on of the best Test match....dat last 36.1 over (except gap f tea) duration my respiratory system wrkng rather slowly....Thnks to both team fr providing us such crunch Test match n putting lot excitement in it(unlike in Austrailia) .......n fr proving still TEST match is best form of cricket.HATS OFF to green team.

Posted by mazdonal on (January 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Sublime article about an excellent win by Pakistan. Pakistan seems to be depending on their spin bolwlers, more and more, to get them through. Nothing is said about their abysmal batting. Woeful batting. What is to being done about ?

Posted by NeoTheSaviour on (January 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

No 1 LOL .. Best bowling attack LOL.. Best batting unit LOL.. At least India were able to stop SA 1-1. This NO 1 is just joke..

Posted by mudassar786 on (January 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

WOW WOW WOW WHAT A CRACKER OF A GAME. All the game my mind said England and my heart said Pakistan. Im still in shock at what i witnessed today. I can offically say today pakistan is a proper cricket unit that plays with belief and purpose. England why the hell are you so bad at playing spin? I rate England extremely high even after what i witnessed. I posted a comment the other day where i said if England learn and actually play spin even half decent then they would be a fearsome side. Can anyone tell me other then playing spin what weakness does England have? my answer would be NONE. The problem is England play spin as bad as anyone at the moment and that makes it very hard for them because all there good work in the match is undone by this problem. Whats even worse is England have the officals on there side and still struggle. Its such a shame India an Sri Lanka are clueless at the moment, at least Pakistan is flying the flag for the Sub Continent teams. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Congrats to both Pakistan and England for such an exciting thriller.. Hats off to Misbah and co. for an outstanding win..but real test has not yet begun.... let Pakistan travel to the bouncy and swinging tracks then we will work out where our team is going.. techniques will be tested in SA, Australia and England.. @ Prashkanam.. Mate, you are right about Pakistan and other Asian team's batting on green pitches but please quote this what am telling you, Pakistan is young side rising from the depths of controversy..let this talent groom and INSHA ALLAH you will see this team perform like this everywhere.. Still better than India because last year in England, we beat England and Australia in tests..that wasn't a complete white wash.. don't criticize and keep your eyes on the performance of your own team..

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (January 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Congratulations to PAK for series victory over ENG and proving to the world that there is no clear # 1 in the world but PAK, along with ENG, SA and AUS are sure contenders. One can also add SL to the mix. Unless we have a test championship or one team dominates like the WI of the 80's or the Aussies under Steve Waugh there is no one right team for that # 1 spot. We all know PAK can bowl out any side anywhere in the world as I sincerely believe PAK has always had great bowlers. Their weakness if any, lies in their batting and fielding and if they improve their batting strength, by having someone like Miandad or Inzi PAK would clearly defeat everyone everywhere. I hope India can learn a thing or two from this team along with humility with which their team and their fans carry and behave. We need IND PAK series for the betterment of the relationship between these two nations. Long live Test Cricket.

Posted by indiarox4ever on (January 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Though England is a good side the arrogant behavior from their coach Andy Flower is disgusting to say the least. The pressures of modern day cricket will not allow anyone now to dominate for too long. India in fact did a very good job of hanging on for a long period before they crumbled in England. Due to the drubbing in England many of their player lost their confidence and along with it their form and were easy meat for Australians in their backyard. truly memorable win for a very well mannered Pakistani team, which is a joy to behold. I say this even though I am a staunch supporter of Team India

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Correction: No Pakistani player ever "fell to his knees and kissed the turf...", as it appears to most. All players who do that, including Rehman, actually touch their forehead on the ground and not the lip or the nose. It is an act of prostration showing gratitude and humility to God for a Muslim, not thanking the pitch for its support.

Posted by Mushtanda on (January 28, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

anybody who thought Pak would ever lose in UAE is a fool...don't you know who 'spins' the balls there? :)

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (January 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Rehman and Ajmal were awesome. But before Indian fans start crowing about meting out similar treatment to Aus, Eng when they come to India, please tell me where is the Indian Ajmal or Reman? Ashwin? Definitely not. Ohja? Don't make me laugh! So please instead reflect on losing eight successive away test matches and what your team will look like next year without Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Zaheer. Thank you.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

This is big ! This is as big as it gets ! Well done Men in Green ! What a fantastic , fabulous , crushing victory ! Go Team PAKISTAN ! We love you !!! - please publish

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

All the hype about beating the #1 team is just getting to me a little bit. Aus and WI were the best teams of their era not because ICC said so but because they had a number of great players and I mean a big number. England is a very good test side and they have a lot of very good players but not really any great ones, not yet anyway. Maybe KP will be remembered as a great player 10 years from now. The same applies to Pakistan as well, both sides are quite well matched I think and just because Pakistan has won this series doesn't mean that England doesn't deserve to be #1 in the rankings. The rankings don't tell you who the best teams are at any given moment. Not saying they are totally inaccurate just that there are some basic problems with the system and I will try to mention those in a later post for anyone who would care..:)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

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Posted by chamalqif on (January 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

well don guys. at least you are playing some good cricket compare to us (SL) and india.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Watching the ESPN's vast coverage of India and very little coverage of Pakistan makes it clear how unprofessional the ESPN staff, most of which are fanatical jingoist Indians, is.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

congregulaition pakistan one of the great team of pakistan in whole world geo mery shroo

Posted by GRAMMY_SACHIN on (January 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

What a fabullous fight back by PAK. Kudos to entire PAK team. ENG Team & Media, please do not over hype ENG recent No.1 status. They are a good team, and could have levelled the series today, but lack of experience / technique against spin & burden of No.1 ranking haunted them, and Pakistan spinners have beautifully exploited this vulnerability. It is ok to get to No.1 but sheer dominance like West Indies (80's) & Aus (2000) is highly impossible now for the next 5 years. All teams are almost equal (Top 6 --> AUS, ENG, IND, PAK, SL & SA). I think SA is bit more consistent compared to others. Lion at Home & Pussy at abroad is the mantra. I expect PAK to reach No.2 ranking by 2012 & if they bolster the batting a bit, then No.1 by 2013. Go Pakistan Go. Maul the Pommies 3-0

Posted by Neutral_analysis on (January 28, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

Pakistan's performance was superb. Congrats to them. They have the confidence and with the momentum going their way, they r favorites fr the nxt match as well. however its pakistan so u nevr know. Only Aus and WI have ever truly dominated the game. no one dominates now. the real test fr pak will be english/australian type of conditions which will really test how good a side they r lastly, pak lovers shudnt gang up on the loosing/other teams. we hav had our closet skeletons in the past as well so be humble and enjoy this great win run by a revived pak. just hope there r no more controversies and misbah doest not loose his head and get overconfident/cocky. best of luck to pak fr rest of the series

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

seriously good performence of pak !

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

@B.C.G keep sulking and keep crying. i can go below the belt and say that if SA are real toppers then why haven't they won a World Cup yet. but i wont. Everyone to their own. We have beaten the No 1 ranked team on a turning pitch. fair and square. and defended a total of 144. if you think we are overreacting by celebrating it like this, then you need to go and see a Psychologist. Excuse me , while i go and celebrate this awesome win. Cheers.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Mr Bob Willis,where are you ??? we want to hear from you, now what you have to say ????????? now any thing wrong with Abdul Rehman bowling action?????????. atleast you should have guts to accept the truth, that we (Pak) really played well.watch out ENG we are also coming from behind to the number 1 position.

Posted by SaneVoice on (January 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

@Shan156 - the problem with the English fans is that they disappear when they lose! @chapathishot - wombats is silently sulking in the corner! Doesn't have the courage to apologize to Indian fans now for writing them off when they were washed up!!

Posted by smjr on (January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Words cannot describe this famous win. A win against England is sweet but to beat No. 1 ranked side in such a manner is absolutely remarkable. Historically England are not good chasers and the pressure mounted by our spinners is too hard to handle. There is no such demons in the pitch, It is a slow turner with even bounce but pressure got to English batsman. Chasing a low target is always very difficult. If the target is somewhere 250 I am sure English batsman will bat in relax manner. This is the beauty of classic test cricket. T-20 and ODI will no way surpass Test cricket. Anyhow we dont want to go into the discussion of which side is No 1and No 2 or home and away conditions. I think England are a very good team you cant under rate this team in future test matches in Sub continent. They must work hard for coping the spinners. Pak, India and Sri lanka also struggle in Eng, Aus & SA conditions.I suggest one change in next test, Wahab riaz should come in place of Junaid Khan.

Posted by abdullahamin123 on (January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

As a Pakistani, I cannot express my joy at this moment, however, we should thank God for this victory and not get too cocky. And look forward to improving on things that failed us in this match. But right now is the time to celebrate! staying within the lines ofcourse

Posted by adsachinda123 on (January 28, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Well done packistan..greetings from Sri lanka....i think ur team is no 1 in Asia..SL ya..probably follows after..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Thats why I love test cricket. It was a very hard fought match. It was not a dusty sub-continent wicket, It was a supportive wicket where both teams took 20 wickets. Congrats to Pakistan we won, but I still think England is not a bad team. Actually, It was the quality of Pakistan bowling which attained the impossible. 2nd SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED LOWEST SCORE IN TEST CRICKET HISTORY. Thats the way to go.

Posted by SaleemSabir on (January 28, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Englnad and Zimbab should now play some unofficial matches to come back to the TEST standards....

Posted by Garp on (January 28, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

First off great job and all credit to Pakistan. Now for England to collapse yet again is just so typical of this core group of batsmen. They have never been any good in the sub-continent, just look at their prior tour results and those who have played in the IPL. The real question here is who's idea was it not to properly prepare for a series after they were off for 2-3 months instead they do their usual and leave on tour totally unfit and out of form from not playing or training. I 'm so sick of listenning to these prima donna's cry of how hard their schedule is for which they get paid millions of dollars through salary and media deals when if you compare what they do and the amount of time they actually play a game against any average working person there is no comaparison. Pampered spoiled wussies is what these batsmen are and still can't deal with pressure or any form of spin. Just sad!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Woooohooooooo! what a win! Come on Pakistan! @BCG the problem with pakistan is that they dont really play at 'home'. To beat a top test nation like England is amazing. It is a hope for the future of Pakistani cricket, which not so long ago was not there. However, I do acknowledge that it's stupid to call Pakistan the best team, we're far from it. But atleast now there is feeling we can compete with the best. We have some awkward tours coming up and hopefully they will improve the abilities of our batsmen, as that is where were lacking.

All in all, it was a rollercoaster test match. Both teams should be proud of displaying why test cricket should be the forefront of the game. I watched the whole game and at the end of each session the commentators said how the next session would be crucial. That's how closely fought it was. Ajmal the bamboozler, Panesars the Doubtkiller, Cook the steel, Misbha the defier, Broad the Temprement, Azhar and Shafiq the risingh, Rehman the underdog.

Great!

Posted by saintsinister on (January 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

>B.C.G. Didn't south africa just lose a test match to srilanka in their own home series (not even a neighbouring country home series)? Pakistan did win an away series against NZ in NZ (kinda same conditions as ENG and AUS), Pak Drew with SA.. after all the controversies this is our time to get a little happiness from a very competitive awesome test match.. England are no doubt worthy Number # 1, as they have consistantly won.. We are just happy that now there might be more competitive test matches.. Crazy and emotional people are everwhere but remember.. five fingers aren't equal..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

its time to change a few rules of cricket.....

.... do away with the 15 degree (as Mc grath has retired) and ban the doosra's teesra's ...:D

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Well Well ! this is England side who have great batting line up LOL, who dont know how to play spin, Javed Miandad u said right man..............

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

fighting sprit ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SaneVoice on (January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

B.C.G - pak fans are overreacting and so are you! SA haven't lost an away series in 6 yrs (haven't checked though) but they also haven't won a home series in 2yrs until SL series!!! Food for thought?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Wombats where are you my dear friend ? This loss puts England's win last summer into perspective your boys can only operate on doctored pitches. I am not in anyway defending the way India have played either in England or Australia but the Aussies clearly copied the Flower blue print so the ICC rankings are clearly a sham. All the signs were there during the ODI series against India that England were a poor side outside their own back yard and an embarrassment to their position. If the ICC had any credibility they would strip England of their position ASAP.It has to be remembered that the Middle East is not the Sub Continent and rank turners and dust bowls await these pretenders and their Aussie cousins.The Indian batsmen are far superior to the Pakistanis in home conditions so we expect some blood letting.We also hope our Lankan friends Mendis and co can heap further humiliation on this England/ South African/Irish combination eleven.

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan, you are now punching above the level of expectation that previous Pakistan teams always promised but never succeeded to do. Looking ahead, I do have to be critical of why Junaid Khan was considered for this Test match, he needs to improve in his fielding and batting, and this match left him exposed against a very good England unit - he is a good player, but must be developed with patience, he should not be rushed in an attempt to find a like-for-like replacement of Mohammed Amir, as I felt may have been the basis upon his selection ahead of Cheema and Riaz. Pakistan have always possessed the natural aptitude to dismantle batting line-ups in low run scoring chases, but from what we are witnessing now, the older heads that have come into the game, in this case Misbah, Ajmal, Rehman - they have shown a level of matuarity which is helping guide the feverish nature of the young blood, which in the past have pushed umpiring against the team at critical moments.

Posted by lananad on (January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

England no 1 test team? People consider SL a weak team these days but they did much better in UAE even without Samaraweera and beat SA in their own backyard.These Cricket ratings are pathetic. Look at India can't win a test but still rated higher.

Posted by ShahrukhAziz on (January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

"Rehman fell to his knees and kissed the turf after taking five wickets in a Test innings for the first time." He didn't KISS the floor. He was prostrating to God (Allah) and thanking him!:)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

i wanna just say that Pakistan u rock n congrats....4 great great win keep it up...good luck for next match...

Posted by harikrishna79 on (January 28, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

Is this the so called No. 1 team in the world. Every team is winning in home now a days. England became No. 1 by just winning in conditions suited to them. Let us see what England does in Sri Lanka and India. They are going to go down link nine pins and lose the No. 1 spot.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (January 28, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Abysmal does not even begin to cover it. I hope Pakistan get the whitewash they deserve. England are were overrated before this series now the truth has dawned, and will get rolled over by morkel and Steyn in the summer.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 28, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

The #1 team in the world gets humiliated by getting bowled out 72 runs....atleast it's better than getting all out for 51 runs!! The english fans have learnt a harsh lesson about their over rated team. It's not that they are bad against spin...they are equally bad against fast bowling too as evidenced with their 51 all out against the Windies!!

So, England was #1 for all of 4 months!! LOL.

Posted by PakiLuv on (January 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Way to go Pakistan. First of all Pakistan is not playing at home as main part of home ground advantage is your fans.. Second, can we start giving some credit to Pakistani Team for exceptional team effort. I watched both test games ball by ball and it was more interesting than any one day game I have watch India playing.. Its time for England to give NO 1 postion to Pakistan and India give their World Cup back please... Congrats Team Pakistan!!!

Posted by FaheemAhmed on (January 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

after first test lost, English board sends players wives and girl friends for better performance and said it worked in Australia and it will work again, I must say for the next test match instead of wives they send their mother in laws. lols...:D

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Our dear David Hopps is either depressed or extremely excited after Rehman's magical spell of fine bowling. How can 32 be half more then 72?? oh sorry u were counting 9 leg byes too.

Posted by southafrican on (January 28, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

B.C.G. You have no idea what this victory means to a nation and the Pakistan team. You sound like you cannot stomach the Pakistanis and you find fault in them for thanking GOD and expressing tears of joy. I am a South African and this was surely quality spin bowling of the highest order which South Africa would have even battled against. You should worry about your own teams performances and let the Pakistanis enjoy their moments of joy. They deserve it after all they have been through and their team has come out fighting against all odds in such a short time. Congratulations Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Way to go Pakistan. And way to go Asad Shafiq. You showed your critics how important your role was in very difficult batting conditions.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

'Why does Rehman wear Half sleeve shirt' or Any more reasons ? :p

Posted by drnaveed on (January 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

out of 72 runs there were 9 extras, out of remaining 63 runs, 50 were scored by strauss and prior,and the remaining 13 runs were scored by the rest. this is the performance of number 1 side in the world.infact, we had strauss out twice.before the last test the english board allowed wives,children and girlfriends of the players to assist them ,now they will perhaps allow their grand parents to join the pllayers ?????? now what mr bob willis will have to say.before the series they said Pak has not played a quality side,see what they did when they played with one.then they said ,eng will bounce back , where was the bounce ????????????.

Posted by nav84 on (January 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

this is why india is best batting line up in the world. they never get out below 100, anywhere in the world :D :D england, u hv replace india as the worst no1 test team of all time. congrats!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

If a word can define today's performance I think it would 'mesmerizing'. Pakistan took nothing for granted and took their heart out to perform. Although Pakistan don't have a good tail but my words; were not they different in second innings? there was certainly a game plan, yes we witnessed some rash shots but in the end it was sheer guts and pride of lads which took pass them, they not played well but read the script to near perfection 10 17 12 doesn't look big scores but were certainly better than 0 0 0 in first innings, I hope it is just a shine of bright side. Do I want to witness whole bright side? Oh definitely yes. Remember Rome was not build in a day, please do not expect them to beat everyone straight out there will be days when Pakistan team will require supporters to support them in their difficult times. Cherish the moment and may Mohsin Khan get permanent nod.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

@Shan156> It is not about the home conditions or away that suits a team best. If England is the Number 1 test team then it must be best whether playing at home or away conditions. On the other hand, pakistan does not play too much cricket in UAE. They practice on Pakistani Soil. They went to WestIndies loosing the first test but came back strong in the 2nd Test. The series against WIN was drawn. I just want to say that a good team always finds a way to overcome any difficulty which arises. England had their chances but failed to avail them. Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by SaleemSabir on (January 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Well Well I am not sure where to start, still waiting for the Comments from the Great Dobbs i am sure he must be Speachless right now??? so after first match there were excuses , they were out of touch/ took pakistan easy/in the Past always when they lost first match they come back hard and win the next/ fact and figures were poured about the history of england never loosing two tests in row in gazillion years/ Ajmals action is suspected/ his shirt sleeeves are two long, bla bla bla and more bla bla and bla so what now ? even the wives and girlfriends were flown down to give the english support? Bob Willis , Ian Botham, Mike Atherton and Naser Hussain what to say now???? well done Pakistan .... I remember after the first match i shouted welldone to Mohsin Khan from the Crowd and he said inshallah we win the Series ......... and yes he has done it , PCB now has to decide finally, he does not need any other Qualification his results are far better then any other Coach right now...

Posted by ramAB83 on (January 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

wow.... cheer for misbah bai on this occation.... where u gone these days???... from now every pakistan match may be played in U.A.E with lots of crowd:)

Posted by charger11 on (January 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

Good for PAK to win this series to prove all pundits wrong that they recently won series against weaker teams unless they believe England is a weak team. Now Pakistan need to change its batting line. There are too many thuk thuk, misbah, azhar, shafiq, there is no room for younus. There must be at least one batsman who can score fast, bring umer akmal in place of younus.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

its a great great win congrats 2 all the nation n the entire team. Nation is proud of ur excellent performance.keep it up our prayers r with u

Posted by ApurvDanke on (January 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Personally I feel the current system of ranking is a bit flawed. It takes into account a team's performance over the last 4 years only. So suppose, if Pakistan win this series 3-0, and suppose they had won another series in Jan 2008 by same margin, then it wont make much of a difference to their points and ranking. Similarly, India lost 4-0 twice in the last 6 months. If India lose a series by lets say 1-0 around Dec 2016, then they will gain in points and ranking because these 4-0 defeats will not be considered then. I feel the rankings should consider results of all test matches played, right from the first Eng-Aus test played in 19th century or some other baseline, and give 50% weightage each to home and away performances. Only then shall we get a truer picture of the rankings and a real reflection of the world's best teams.

Posted by AmerMalik on (January 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

One of the SWEETEST wins ever!!!! Only wish that 'News of the World' was around to report it.

Posted by moBlue on (January 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

an IND fan here. i stayed up all night to watch PAK defend 145 and kept my fingers crossed! great bowling, pakistan! you made it look easy despite billy bowden trying his best to make it difficult for you! what the heck was that by billy bowden?!? you know, though everyone is bashing my IND team, the one thing i've appreciated about dhoni, sachin, dravid and lax over the last few years is that even when they rose to #1, they stayed humble and never got arrogant... unlike waugh's "mental disintegration" crowd in 2001 who had to eat humble pie going wicketless for the entirety of day 4 in kolkata before crashing and burning spectacularly [over the next decade], or the recent "#1 team" ENG who believed their own hype after thrashing IND at home. :) now where is your arrogance, ENG? almost all of your batters look lost out there the moment ajmal goes to mark his run-up! how abject! i am thrilled that pakistan, despite all their travails, is racing toward #1 now. your turn, pakistan! :-)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

what bob wilis gona say about it??? they put vaseline on ball?? so the batsmen cant c the ball. or it just the adnan akmal who appeal without making sense that fears england.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

as i said before, england takes an 'india'. rising to the top of the rankings with solid cricket and then rocketing down to the bottom, where, in the meantime, they'll join india? Mark how ti's even called an 'india' and not an 'england'. it looks again like a former - british - co-worker of mine used to say: another sport we invented and get beaten at. and cricket wasn't even invented in england. believe it or not cricket's invented in flanders/belgium.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

If a word can define today's performance I think it would 'mesmerizing'. Pakistan took nothing for granted and took their heart out to perform. Although Pakistan don't have a good tail but my words; were not they different in second innings? there was certainly a game plan, yes we witnessed some rash shots but in the end it was sheer guts and pride of lads which took pass them, they not played well but read the script to near perfection 10 17 12 doesn't look big scores but were certainly better than 0 0 0 in first innings, I hope it is just a shine of bright side. Do I want to witness whole bright side? Oh definitely yes. Remember Rome was not build in a day, please do not expect them to beat everyone straight out there will be days when Pakistan team will require supporters to support them in their difficult times. Cherish the moment and may Mohsin Khan get permanent nod.

Posted by prashkannam on (January 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

PAKISSS PLS WAIT B4 REJOICING U HAVENT WON THE WORLD TEST OKK..GET TESTED ON GREEN TRACK OF SOUTHAFRICAA...ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA...PAKISTAANIS PLS DONT REJOICE AM AN INDIAN AND I KNOW WHT SUBCONTINENTL TEAMS THINK LIKE WHEN IN HELPFUL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY BATSMEN!!

Posted by prashkannam on (January 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

PAKISSS PLS WAIT B4 REJOICING U HAVENT WON THE WORLD TEST OKK..GET TESTED ON GREEN TRACK OF SOUTHAFRICAA...ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA...PAKISTAANIS PLS DONT REJOICE AM AN INDIAN AND I KNOW WHT SUBCONTINENTL TEAMS THINK LIKE WHEN IN HELPFUL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY BATSMEN!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Graet Win 4 Pakistan...as it is concrnd to Eng team They should play with 3 Spinerrs instead of 2 to Catch PAKISTAN in Abu Dhabi

Posted by cyniket on (January 28, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

good win for pakistan, built on good old fashioned values of selling your wicket dearly and accurate bowling. Need to find more in the pace bowling department to be any threat outside asia. as for england, there'll be the usual bi-polar media reaction, no need to worry too much as there were signs of improvement in this match, expect them to be more of a threat in asia as the year progresses.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Great victory for Pak really good performance now the english media Will say that Abdul rehman has a illegal action lol but Pakistan zindabad <3

Posted by Capround on (January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Earth calling "Front-Foot-Lunge" ... Earth calling "Front-Foot-Lunge" .... Come in "Front-Foot-Lunge" ... .......... hello? ..... er............ummmmm ......... hello? ......

Posted by Hodra99 on (January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

@FrontFootLunge......2-0.....all I can do is laugh at you...you made a fool of yourself and you should at least acknowledge that...remember yesterday how you posted a poor comment about how bad Australia and India are?????? My friend 72 all out I'm sorry to say is a shocking total for a team pretending to be number 1...maybe next time you should not make such comments about other countries when your own team is pathetic...if Australia played you know in neutral conditions you would be whitewashed!

Posted by Mian.Invader on (January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

after all its a sport and no one wants to lose so badly, good luck for the next match england, and am happy for our team pakistan really handled the pressure well enough to win the match and series, but paksitan isn't a great team yet, they have to prove their batting worth of appreciation... i enjoyed the match, it was a nail biter... good series going on, and well bowled england, their bowlers did really well... it just happens so frequently now that a home side wins the series with ease, thats something i don't like to see in near future... best of luck pakistan for the next match...

Posted by imran.idris on (January 28, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

The gesture that inspired me the most came from Saeed Ajmal when he innocently accepted that Rehman stepped aside for him and Gul to complete their 10 and 5 wickets respectively. I think a team with this spirit is hard to beat. Rehman got his reward in the next match as God never wastes good deeds. Well done Misbah and boyz. keep it up. If I were an PCB official I would not have touched this winning combination of coach and captain. Watmor, no matter how good a coach he is, would take time to get accepted and no body is sure of the consequences.

Posted by nide on (January 28, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Pakistan play like that no matter what result whould come and remember Pakistan team if you lose or win we love you

Posted by Mohammadnumair on (January 28, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Well done Pakistani Lions, You have done it and proved it that you are certianly players of a best side in the world...

Well done and congrulations to Pakistan...

Posted by Nizraanj on (January 28, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

I am a SL Fan.... but proud to see another Asian Team doing well! Well Done and Congratulations Pakistan!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Nice feeling.. reminding us of those days when Wasim & Waqar ripped through batting lineups.. this time it is the spin dou.. well done Ajmal & Rehman

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

‎: Cricinfo editors its not "getting down on your knees & kissing the turf" it is "thanking almighty Allah" you will see this more often in Pakistan's matches so just remember that.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

love you pakistan... etcbb .com

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

stunning, absolutely stunning performance! only Pakistan can do it! Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by goldeneye075 on (January 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Congrads Pakistan ;-) ,, seen England go down as they are, I think Sri Lanka did a good job to loose 1-0 against Paksitan... It's sad to see Sri Lankan coach is been replaced after 2 tours, as I think he did a great job on demanding conditions.. Anyway good luck Pakistan for the next game too, from Sri lanka.. ;-)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

now i can understand that why INDIA is afraid of playing PAKISTAN..surely the can accept defeat by every other nation except PAKISTAN and now its obvious that PAK is ready to kick every opponent especially teams who don't have a single fast bowler or a quality spinner...

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 28, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

It is funny that ENG are all out for 72 in their 2nd innings and lost the match by 72 runs. Just crunching the numbers.

Posted by Capround on (January 28, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

@Adam Thomas Konia, hats off to you mate, for having the care and magnanimity to feel the pain of the Pakistani cricket lovers and the national team for not being able to play at home for so many years!

Posted by thegreencaptain on (January 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

Just before this series there were talks from one "Englishman" named Arron Dore, he said that he bet on his life that England will hammer Pakistan, lets make prayers for him now, cuz if he's a man he would have committed suicide by now. And there was an Indian cricket analyst who claimed that Indian Superiority in test cricket compare to Pakistan could be witnessed in their series against Australia. My nigga they have been whitewashed, now draw a loser on that whitewashed stone. Alhamdulillah

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Great Match, and great victory by PAK. As an cricket avid fan watching cricket for decades, I would have to say that the PAK is the most entertaining team in Cricket world, and has been the same even in the supreme time of WI and AUS. PAK has been the only team who gave a tough competition to WI or AUS in their glorious days. PAK brings the competitiveness in the game, not just the record holders. ENG is the inventor of the game but PAK is the great promoter of the game in terms of quality and entertainment. By entertainment, I dont mean Comedy Show of White Washes which we have seen recently. PAK provides entertainment like a thriller/suspense movie which keeps you at the edge of your seat. ENG lost the match but Monty did a great job. Some of us misread the Trott statement, he said that it will not be easy to chase 250 runs. Trott is a modest person not like big mouth IND Shewag who makes claim like IND will comfortably chase 300 runs (during whitewashed AUS vs IND series).

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Congratulaitons Saeed AJMAL for becoming the fastest pakistani to 100 test wickets. .Congratulations Pak for bowling Eng out to their LOWEST RECORD Total Against Pak.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

yooooooooooooooo Pakistan Rockssssssssssssss

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 28, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

"When you lose say less and when you win say nothing beacause your success will say everything..." I must appreciate the abaility of pakistani team to absorb win... normally teams get out of control... i like their humble attitude... A request to all the Media in the world to please give credit to this team for its performance and stop talking about other stuff.. not anymore please.. i am proud of Pakistani Team

Posted by doctornikki on (January 28, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

@shan156 :-) your frustration is understandable...let pakistan celebrate these test wins and u ppl should focus on ur IPL which is spoiling ur test cricket and producing big bashers and run-savers :-)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Congrats Team Pakistan. Remarkable performance indeed. Whenever Hafeez picks up the first wicket, Team Pakistan always wins. Strange co-incidence but true. Misbah well done. I am very proud of you like almost all Pakistanis.

By the way, a comment for the ICC. Please stop hiring the man with the crooked finger (Billy Bowden) with due respects to him... Isn't he a bit biased against Team Pakistan. If Strauss was not out at silly mid-on then, I guess Morgan was not out also-though clean bowled. Have a heart Billy--whom are you trying to please...Honesty always brings respect in the long run, regardless of temporary praise. Your decisions--all of them were horrifying. Please do write an article on the "Umpire's Perspective" as to what is conclusive evidence.... The batsman himself walking to you and beseeching you to give him out???

Rehman----Your name says it all. You are blessed as is our dearly beloved Saeed Ajmal. Hafeez---let me predict...You will be the Best Player of 2012, I

Posted by sirvivfan on (January 28, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

What a fantastic game. This proves Pakistan have the x factor despite all that has happened and all the negative comments by people who are anti our nation. The cricket team has given us much pride. Pakistani players are not over paid like the English and the Indians, this shows it's is all about TALENT! I was there to witness this incredible win... The match was watched by the Barmy Army contingent.... These supporters are an embarrassment to England nation. I was sitting next to them for much of 4 days and I can tell you many are racist and badly behaved. They use foul language! Where as many of Pakistan supporters were taxi drivers... And honest manometer working in Abu Dhabi and yet they never used foul language like these Brits. Also when they knew theybwere going to loose they left the the ground in disgust.... No respect to host payers... Absolutely DISGUSTING. Plead publish these people ever where need to know about these colonials!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

"abdul rehman has an illeagel bowling action and icc should ban him" bob willis

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

well i guess now england will say that Rehman also possesses an illegal action or that misbah should be banned as the opposition's fielders sleep while he is batting.....lolz......wonderful victory by pakistan...even sweeter than the first test...:)

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

surely swann is to be dropped as well. embarrassing

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Great Victory by Pakistan they made 145 runs virtually impossible to get an entire England side manage to get half of that target

Posted by Aura123 on (January 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Thank you for both teams for giving us one of the best test match. It was like a roller coaster Eng winging , no Pak wing , no Eng wining and finally Pak Won :) I am really impress with Broad and Paneasar but in the end it was fighting spirit , unity and self believe that took Pak to vitory stand. Bring cricket back to Pakistan. Long live Pakistan :)

Posted by IshaqMalik on (January 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, what a turn around. - Apart from collapse on the last day, England team did great too. They need to get rid of collapse tendencies. - Overall, what a fantastic test match it was, closely fought game for three days. Need more fighting games like this instead of one sided snooze fests.

Posted by B.C.G on (January 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Pakistan fans are over reacting as usual.Just yesterday they were calling for Rehman's & Azhar Ali's exit from the team.How ironical that the very same duo led Pak to victory?Now they are praising god,crying tears of joy,etc.,etc.Don't forget your team also gets whitewashed whenever they go touring.South Africa are the real toppers as they haven't lost an away series for THE LAST 6 YEARS.BEAT THAT PRETENDERS.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 28, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

england played consistently well so they r nmber 1 like india played well in 2009-2010.m a pakistani and im very happy for pak and also my respict for nmbr 1 team england better luck next time.congrts to misbah and the boys who work realy hard for the image of pak team.keep going team misbah.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

coldnt take my eyes off seeing Broad bowled for a duck...

Posted by Fazal123 on (January 28, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Great stuff. The key was Azher Ali , Shafique partnership.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

ok so england were never really close to the best team in the world and now they can stop being ranked so. england ranked number one? yeah and stuart broad is not a feminine brat

Posted by Shan156 on (January 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

@sheenu, how many England fans do you see in these boards making excuses for the defeat? Perhaps you thought everyone would be like some Indian fans. Or, some Pakistan fans for that matter who are displaying absolutely no humility in victory. Pakistan should learn from India and England that winning at home is not enough. You got to win away. Pakistan will get their chance to prove their mettle in Aus, Eng and SA. Let's hold off on the "world's best team" chant till then please.

Posted by Ifty_Khan on (January 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Great victory for "Cornered Tigers" who have been shut-out of international cricket in there on home country and striped of talent by the dirty tricks of News of The World, its a sensation feeling and sense of special satisfaction when beating England and Aus. Now time for the kill 3-0 whitewash and conquer down-under the Aussies. *** cometh the Team-Pakistan ***

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

damn good performance by pakistan go for the finish and kill :) 3-0

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

hope Javid Miandad is the happiest man....now he has lot to tell the world

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

what a match..what a pair...England is not lucky..in this innings,the made strategy against GUL AND AJMAl but its ABDUL REHMAN's Day..good game by ENGLAND too..what a nice match to c..atleast both countries are enjoying cricket..anxiously waiting to see INDIAN MEDIA repoting this....(at the end of previous match,media was telling them to learn from youngside of PAKISTAN)

Posted by SKAK on (January 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan. I started to like the captaincy of Misbah

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

hahahaha oh my goodness! poor poor england. i think its even more embarrassing because england obviously became the most undeserving number 1 ranked team. really thought it might take longer to lose the tag but i guess i overestimated them! haha. maybe england and india could play each other in a neutral venue to determine who is more woeful. surely england are going to have to replace most of their terrible batsmen like bell, morgan, pieterson and strauss, and the bowlers who are inaffective in non-helpful conditions, anderson etc

Posted by Shan156 on (January 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

@Kookaburra, if Pakistan is such a mighty team, why didn't they fail to win the series against "mighty" WI away. Every team is good in home (in Pak's case, home away from home) conditions. England did well at home too. It is how you perform away that matters. SA looks to be the only worthy #1 team atm.

Posted by Jackrobins on (January 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. But beware, England as a team and as a nation, particularly its media, are sorest losers. Every time they lose badly to Pakistan they invent something or other to put Pakistan's achievments to doubt. Remember Shakoor Rana-Mike Gatting,Graham Gooch's England in 1992, England and its media as well as the Match Umpires in 2004, again in 2010. Even this time Umpires tried their best rescue England but to no avail due to heroic efforts of Pak spinners

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

AAh.....! Now which article I should recall?????? Slap on the face????, Boosting morals????? Ingenious balling??? or Debate on number one team. I think world is dynamic and so cricket. This time Pakistan had outclassed the #1 team. Congratulations to All team members. And Much more to England team, as English team is exposed to world about a weakness (wise lesson). England has to overcome this weakness as soon as possible to keep staying on top ranks.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

First of all Congrats to my country Pakistan for displaying such an awesome bowling display. when Pakistan give a target to England 145 i thought that Pakistan gonna lose but i was happy at that time too because i know that Pakistan did fought not giving an easy win to England. i am enjoying this great series. lots of fight backs from both sides. i think the only problem for Pakistan is right now is that they are not making big patnerships. they need to think about it. Well also the pitch was awesome giving both the bowlers and batsman something. forward to see the last test match. Best wishes for Pakistan team. One more thing please don't consider Pakistan to be unpredictble, each player is working hard. also umer gul need to rethink his bowling. hes very good in yorkers but i didn't see a single yorker from him very disappointing. Rehman and Ajmal u rock man. n also good display of bowling by broad.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

PAKISTAN IS BACK ON THE VICTORY TRACK AS THEY PREVIOUSLY DID IN 2011. CONGRATZ TO GREAT PAKISTANI SIDE. THIS IS THE LESSON WE GET IT FROM 2010 A CONTROVERSIAL TOUR OF ENGLAND. BUT NOW ITS 2012. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD SALUTE TO MISBAH UL HAQ AND OTHERS GUYS OF TEAM.

Posted by suNNy2107 on (January 28, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

former no.1 team in test is whitewashed today by aussies now its turn of current no.1 team to be whitewashed..................

Posted by CricTune on (January 28, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

What a great effort by Pakistan to finish off the match in style. England dominated the test match for most of the four days but they couldn't finish it off and succumbed to pressure.

Mr. Sanjay Manjrekar, I have immense respect for you. You made a statement after the spot-fixing controversy that Pakistan should be given an extended break (in other words, ICC should ban Pakistan until they bring order to their house). Mr. Manjrekar, I hope you retract your statement after seeing Pakistan's recent performances especially against the No. 1 team in the world. You can't keep a team of such talented players from playing cricket just because a few guys brought disrepute to our nation.

Way to go Pakistan... Become a formidable side not just in subcontinent conditions but prove that you could play overseas.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Where is that biased, negatively oriented english media now....Pakistan Zindabaad!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

That is good for Pakistan.They done well

Posted by Shan156 on (January 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. They deserved to win the series. As for England, we knew they would come a full circle after their 47 all out in Jamaica but no one would have expected it would come so soon. You got to say that they don't deserve to be #1 after their poor showing in Asia. Even though you got to say they did bowl well; their batting, though, has been awful. Even when they scored 338 in the first innings, it was mainly three batsmen - Cook, Trott and Broad. The rest of the batting line-up has failed miserably throughout the series.

I believe SA deserve the #1 ranking more than any other team. They have defeated Australia and England away, drew with Pakistan and India away and lost only to SL away. Their poor home record of three drawn series against Australia, England and India is what is pegging them back. England performed better when they were not #1. Even now, if they use this opportunity to learn how to combat spin, it might prove invaluable in SL and India.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 28, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Thanks, Pakistan for exposing this fake number one!

Posted by ABRAR-JANJUA on (January 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge you are Back Foot Lunge...

Posted by kitten on (January 28, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

It was premature and foolish of Broad to open his big mouth and say that England could get 250 runs.....I feel he got a bit big headed and maybe was trying to use psyche, but was brought crashing down to earth with a thud. England, unfortunately, at this time, is not equipped to play top spin bowling, and have been ruthlessly exposed by Pakistan. England have been very good in their backyard, with wickets prepared to suit their bowlers, just like India and Australia do as well. It is only when teams perform away from home can the true test be achieved, and a team can rightfully claim to be the best. WI in their prime, and the Aussies have done so, but apart from India staying on top for about 20 months, no team has achieved this success. India is in the doldrums, so is SL, and now it seems England are having a taste of it. But full marks to Pakistan, for a brilliant performance. I feel they will win the next one as well. I hope England put up a better fight this time.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Outclass ... Stand up for the Champs Pak.done a fabulous job.. they can do any thing at anytime no doubt .. keep it up and best of luck for next matches :)

Posted by harsh123456 on (January 28, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

ohho Mr. Botham wer r u? wer r ur remarks....leave the Indian and concentrate on ur side...now ur side is in dilenmna who have to be dropped...heheh Mr. Botham now comment...it is very easy to comment on others bt self realization is very hard...well done Pakistan..u have a great bowling bt strengthen ur batting a liittle bit u will be fearsome and awesome side of test cricket...well done keep it up...crush England sides like puppys...what no 1....today every one is no 1 when playing in home conditions...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

After recent humiliation of Sri Lanka in South Africa and India in Australia, good to know that at least someone is winning from sub-continent.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

He! He! He! Number 1 test side, my foot! Where is that loser, Andrew McGlashen these days? I would like to hear what he has to say.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan on a great victory.I am currently soaking up my teams series win over India but as a keen follower of this great game I decided to watch what I thought would be a crucial days play of the PAK v ENG game.Really glad I made that decision.I would like to finish by making two points,firstly that England are finding it's not easy being the champ but in their defense I believe the top 4 or 5 teams of today are more evenly matched than during the last great Australian era,especially concerning home and away results.Which brings me to my second point,not taking anything away from what was an exceptional test win but it saddens me that it couldn't take place on one of their famous home grounds.Its sad in so many ways,for the fans,for opposition players and most of all the Pakistan cricket team.

Posted by Mr.Shrek on (January 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Well done Boys, this just goes to prove that it not always the big names, but big hearted talent and performances win matches most of the time. Hats off to the Boys from this Pakistan team and to Misbah.

Posted by M.Y.Ali on (January 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

@ Amanat4ever: I totally agree with you bro, check my earlier comments. About Azhar Ali and Asad Shafique, my God i never expected such a competitive run from them. We must also not forget Umar who delivered in 1st match. If we look at over all performance of Pakistan in two matches, every single one of them had a contribution at a certain time. I am very pleased and happy.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

Kudos to you Pakistan ! Keep it up. You can do this everytime you play like a time. You are never short of talent. You just need a captain having either the command with charisma of Imran or, the control with calm of Misbah.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Last year after spot-fixing case Sanjay Manjraker was saying that Pakistan needs cool off period and should not play any international cricket for couple of years. Now when Pakistan is winning and India is losing with big margins, who needs cool off period India or Pakistan :-)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Why Abdur Rehman wears half sleeves ??? hahahaha

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

First off congrats on this game being a seriously exciting contest! This is why test cricket is the peak! Secondly, well done to Abdul Rehman for his first test 5 wicket haul and to Saeed Ajmal for taking 100 wickets in the least amount of time for a Pakistani bowler!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Congrates! Pakistan for thrashing & snatching victory over England. I believe if they put their 100% efforts on the field and don't involve match fixing storm then they will be number one team in the world soon. Best of lack pak............

Posted by criclanka on (January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

congratulations to pakistan from sri lanka your cricket team has make south asian proud..make it 3-0. english batsman can score runs in english pitches only.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28 2012, 08:56 AM GMT) are you an england fan because i think even they would be embarrassed with your silly comments you need to grow up and unless you have something constructive to say dont bother... well done to pakistan it was a great show

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Unbelievable display of great talent despite having been sidelined at the international level; no IPL, no cricket at home, few scandals, few punishments etc. but this Cricket Team has shown their best ever......

Posted by RSBali on (January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Congratuations Pakistan! Indian losing to England 4-0; England losing to Pakistan 2-0 that makes India lose to Pakistan 8-0, ha, ha.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Billy bowden the reputed umpire saw what nobody have seen. He tried to serve the Queen twice giving benifit of the doubt to the Englishmen but what he can do against the destiny ,any way he did his best, But the Pakistan spinners has destroyed the reputation of the number one test team in the ICC ranking, My best wishes for them and hope England will try to get out of this pit which they are digging deep for themselves.

Posted by n4nasser on (January 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

HumanhHoneyBadger - where are you??

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (January 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

Bring the Indians on.... Can thrash them

Posted by TheLoneStranger on (January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

I didn't know that 32 was more than half of 72. Perhaps I went to the wrong school? What an appalling shellacking this mob have copped, two tests in a row!

Posted by Stark62 on (January 28, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Why is there talk of Aus as no. 1?!?! o.O

This Eng team would go Aus and still beat the current Aussie line up. Remember, Aus were beaten by NZ and that same NZ got beat by Pak in their own back yard. SA got beat by SL and Pak beat SL comfortably.

Overall, there is no number 1 side at the moment but they look like that when they are at home and nothing else.

I bet the Aussies would get creamed by Pak in UAE, just like Pak did in the WC!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Absolutely superb , i cant believe but we did the superb job... Boom Boom Pakistan..

Posted by OptimusPrimal on (January 28, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Congrats Pak on an emphatic win. Great to see all the support from our SL, Indian and Bangla bros. Even better to see great sportsmanship from English fans.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW cant stop tearssss reallyyyy ALHAMDULILLAH its an awesome victory

Posted by doctornikki on (January 28, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

I think those saying its a third class spin attack have to hide their faces now...And england batting's collapse in first test wasnt one off..those saying england wont bad as badly again also have to bite the dust..we should accept pakistan has revived and they belong to the top 3 always.. :-)

Posted by sheenu on (January 28, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

I am sure that the English players and the English fans will keep blaming the surface, the Pakistan bowlers' actions etc for their defeat. They all think that the ONLY test pitches are the ones prepared in England!! If they are truly # 1 test side, they need to win on ALL types of surfaces and conditions against top class spin bowling. This only means that there is really NO TRUE #1 test side in the world. Aus wins in Aus, SA wins in SA, India wins in India, Pakistan wins at home etc. Teams like WI, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are the only sides losing at home as well.

Posted by zain.ul.abideen on (January 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

hey mate! why aren't u talking about "mental disintegration" now, hmmm? you were happy to suggest it when trot and cook had a partnership in the first innings at run rate of 2. didn't you see any signs of mental disintegration today??

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

As a Pakistani, I would like to dedicate this win to Billy Bowden for his remarkable effort as a tv umpire. But you couldnt save them Billy boy

Posted by Blueangle on (January 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

BCCI! DO you guys still think that DRS is not good? Pakistan might not have won this test, if there was no DRS in place. Good cricket from both teams. England was on the top most of the time in this test but were outplayed by Pakistan in last two sessions. This test showed that Pakistan (at least bowling) got the kind of self belief they had in 80s and 90s, that they can defend any total against any team. Victory is sweet but a lot still needs to be done in batting department. Bring in more young batsmen and train them with seniors of likes of Mishbah and YK. Pak bowling is good but fast bowling department needs some improvement too. Pak should try few more quicks in coming months to build a good bench strength.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

You took our best players out of equation and we took away your pride England. Yes, WE DID IT TO YOU ENGLAND WE DID. :D

Posted by ApurvDanke on (January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

many congratulations to pakistan team for a magnificent series win!! Misbah is a calm and cool captain and their dressing room is happy at the moment. That is a nice and positive change for Pakistan cricket from the years gone by. I was listening to Lloyd and Botham discussing of bringing in Bopara or Davies for next test match in place of Pietersen or Morgan, simply because they have seen for 2 matches they have no clue against quality spin bowling, they simply have to make a change. They even discussed that England should have used Swann or Broad at no 3 because Trott was ill. At least these guys were thinking in the right direction. Take the case of Indian team though, even after they were down 2-0 after sydney test, they still did not get rohit sharma in place of someone. if he is in the squad and your batsmen are not performing, then what is the point of keeping him out? also kohli could have been promoted to no 3 in last inings, but sadly india missed out on this chance also.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

@SLcricket_forever Thank You... Pakistan desperately needed a win and they got it superb from Rehman and Ajmal... Not forget about Hafeez early break through... Well done Pakistan keep up the good work and wrap the series 3-0

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan....

Posted by tjsimonsen on (January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

An amazing performance by Pakistan! But there is only one way to describe England's batting the second time around: Abysmal! Surely, Morgan will have to go back to county cricket and sort out his game. Strauss too must begin to feel the heat. I don't think his is in any acute danger, but another poor series and he will be. But all credit to Pakistan, they won the game as much as England lost it. And a suberb test match for any neutral follower!

Posted by Jaga2011 on (January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Well done pak cricket team. Your problem has always been team unity and management, not talent which is always top quality talent particularly in bowling. In Misbah, you seem to have a fair captain who has a cool mind who seems to have given due importance to the batting aspects also. Keep up your team unity and surely your raw talent will keep you successful.

Posted by Bodders70 on (January 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

As to the No.1 status, the coaching staff had said it had come sooner than they expected and clearly it is too early for any form of dominance, despite our best hopes! I think it'll change hands several times before any team does that again but England can still challenge for that in future because that's about the yearly Lions tours of the sub-continent and people learning with enough time to correct techniques how to play in these conditions. It's probably too late for most of the current team. Interesting times ahead anyway! Good luck Pakistan in this quest too.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Pakistan defeated and destroyed the team which destroyed its top pace order last year in England.....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Alhamdulillah! All praise to almighty who blesses with respect. Whole nation must praise and say thanx to almighty instead of throwing proud words as batsmen had almost sunk the match with their disastrous performance.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

wow..that was one the best test match ever....well played rehman, ajmal and panesar.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (January 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

LOL England cannot play spin and can only play in their backyard....I hope PAK sweepes them. Thanks you PAK for bringin them down to Earth

Posted by Andross on (January 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Screw this, we want to beat a GOOD team when we come back for the ashes, what is this garbage?

Well done Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

what did Misbah say "Thanks to curator for making such a pitch" that was hell lot of pitch to bat on ....Asian teams know they cant win if they make even pitches.....why cant they try to make pitch assisting both teams....Hah that was poor performance by English batters but of course you cant play in sand like lose track where even if u keep a ball static on the ground will move by inches without any external force!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

salam to all my dear countrymen!we r proud of our team.shame on English Media!!!!Where is MUSHI,pridicting that England will win this series quite easily,,,this is the anwer to Mushtaq Ahmed{Mushi}..well done team pakistan

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Great Pakistan team, And i praise their Media who never pointed wrong fingers on others during tough and testing times. English media should learn to accept the defeats and be mature. Pointing fingers here and there and not accept defeats is not a gentle way of doing it. Anyway ... TODAY WAS THE HELL OF THE DAY> AMAZING TEST CRICKET TO WATCH.... TEST CRICKET AT ITS BEST!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: keep blabbing about mate no ones bothered now. England world number one test side has been DEFEATED embarrassingly - End of story !

Posted by Ahtashamkhan on (January 28, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

well done pakistan..............england No 1 Team MY FOOOOOOOOOOOT.

Posted by VJGS on (January 28, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

This is what is called a match. Who said test cricket is dying? So far, cricket has been all about batting. Now, bowlers are helping revive the game. Pitches which offer plenty of turn are the best for close matches, batsmen can never really completely settle down and dictate terms to the opposition - Low scoring and highly competitive. Well done Pak.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

this win of Pakistan has brought back the memories of past when they won the test matches out of a certain defeat, that shows the mental and character strength, self belief and confidence and able to focus and utilize the available talent to its fullest productivity. Nevertheless Eng played good as well and had they not chocked themselves in the 4th innings, they had almost snatched away the match for Pakistan.. congrats to provide us the real cricket and its excitement... Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Great knock, and brilliantly done. England did not play as well. 145 was not a great target but credit goes to Pakistan spinners for a brilliant knock!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Just Imagine, Had Afridi been in this side in place of perhaps Junaid, with added legspin, how tormenting that wud have been to the English/any other side here. Pakistan , all they need now is another batsmen who can hit the ball a long way, and i cant find any better replacement thn Afridi himself. What will happen in the ODIs now? who will the English batters fear most? Afridi or Ajmal? would love to c Rehman in tht side as well. That will just b icing on the cake. Only weak factor in this pakistanin line up i think is "Taufiq Omer" now. Pakistan can still take chance with Imran Farhat instead of him, who will add more aggression to the side + he is far more efective in these subcontinent pitches thn in the overseas. So in 3rd Test, Pakistan can afford to make atleast 2 changes - Farhat for Taufiq, Umar Akmal for Junaid.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

jeevai jeevai pakistan.........

Posted by Bodders70 on (January 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Well, before this is awash with crowing Indians, I'll put my view as an England fan. Firstly, congratulations Pakistan on a great victory, you've got a really good bowling attack and could potentially beat anyone on your day. As to England, the telling comments were by Steve Harmison back in the studio that 145 would be a tough target. It certainly shouldn't have been and England of last year wouldn't have believed it to be so but this was the bad old days of the English lack of self-belief. I was reminded of Adelaide 2006 and I'm not sure how England recover from this, they certainly didn't in 2006 so Pakistan should be confident of a whitewash.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Well played both teams and Congrats to Pakistan for a well fought victory..England played really really well and it was great to watch the Test Cricket at its best...once again well played both teams and we surely are looking forward for an interesting third test match... As far as Indian fans are concerned Wish you luck for the one day series and Sri Lankans Hope you get to the top again under the captaincy of Mahela..

Posted by Balumekka on (January 28, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Congratulations! Great cricket, superb show by our neighbors! Specially at a time where we (Sri Lanka ) and India having a tough time. You guys really kept subcontinental spirit high!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Gr8 victory... A team work... Its prove that when 11 in ground give 100% they surely get success..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan...!! A superb win to crush England...!! May Allah give you many more victories ahead... And its going to be 3-0 Pommies, so watch out for the "Cornered Tigers"...!! Pakistan Zindabaad...!!!!

Posted by SirEngland on (January 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Lets hope Pakistan players do not get enticed into playing T20 leagues too much. It will destroy them!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Love U Pakistan team.... Now this is going to be so good for the image of the Pakistani team.... Indian will regret not letting pakistani players play in there IPL..... Australia u are ready to play pakistan............. stop playing weak teams like india, bangladesh, zimbawe........... Pakistam is the team u should be playing with....!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

and people dont talk that junaid is a bad bowler or remove him he iz good these were not his conditions..he will surely come back in next game.

Posted by Martensad on (January 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

Too bad Trott had the trots.

Posted by purposeful on (January 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

What goes around, comes around. Remember how english cricketers and media behaved and treated Pakistan team and insulted the country, this is payback time. great embarrasment for england, hide yourselves if you can!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Well, those who think that it is backyard win then let me tell you one thing; there is no more cricket in Pakistan and it is a neutral venue hence you cannot call it a backyard win. This word "BACKYARD" sounds good for only India. At the moment the best team in the world is Pakistan!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Everybody Gud in their backyard!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ameega on (January 28, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

I would say I am a sub-continent fan! Proud of Paks. Imagine if Paks lost to Poms, everyone would start to say South Asians' good days gone. Ind and SL, Learn from Paks and find some good twitters! One bad session in cardiff cost the series for SL and now Poms cost a series due to a bad session too. And hope English media and commentators will find some excuses, for sure.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

people who r saying that Pak can only win in subcontinent so remeber england or even aussies were unable to handle the heat and power of pakistani bowlers (GUL AMIR ASIF RIAZ) in 2010 in england and it was our batting that was not consistent that time (not forgetting kamran akmal's keeping) so i can hope now if PAK faces eng or aus on their home ground it will be tough for them. because Pak batting is now getting reliable..so stop talking about Pakistan only sub continent team.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 28, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Great effort by Pakistan. Again England struggle against quality spin bowling due to their overly orthodox batting techniques. However, 34 of the 40 Pakistani wickets were by spin bowling, outside Asia they will need a much greater contribution from their pace bowlers if they hope to be number 1.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Feeling proud, Well done team Green!!

Posted by Sudhey on (January 28, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Inspite of being an Indian supporter, I just can't help but envy the sheer skill the pak team possesses. Great to see at least one subcontinent team doing well, even though I still don't have enough faith in their batting. Just hope the Indian team can take a leaf out of these guys' books, and at least show the stomach for a fight.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

yea the umpire was an extra player all right an extra player for England.even with umpires on there side they couldn't win well that's Pakistan unpredictable as hell.well done Pakistan .Pakistan zindabad

Posted by swingstowin on (January 28, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

@ Dearie_and_Me: sweet and sour are the biscuits,the makers of which have co sponsored the series,hence sweet and sour awards!!! but agree with you...its very cheesy!!

Posted by Y.Raza on (January 28, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

waiting for some comments from the one and only "Bob Willis".....Sir BoB, is everything OK with Abdur Rehman's action?

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

@M.Y.Ali on (January 28 2012, 12:58 PM GMT): 100% agree...... England is without any doubt best team, and they were on right track throughout the match except for the last couple of hours...... Well done Pakistan..... They turned out looking far better in playing-under-pressure in this match.......

Posted by Zohaib.R.Q. on (January 28, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Cricket at its best,Nothing comes close to test cricket.good win for Pakistan, want them to be humble and grateful (goes for the fans too :P ) - hope the uphill trend continues

Posted by kempson94 on (January 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Well played Pakistan and England's bowlers. Shocking form our batsman though. Trott, Cook, Prior and Strauss are class and willing to work hard to improve, however Pietersen seems convinced he is the best in the world, despite no one else agreeing. On the other end of the spectrum is Bell. For God's sake Ian you are a fantastic player of all bowling, start believing it! Lack of confidence in his quick footwork and ability to use the crease has cost him his wicket too often. Team for 1st test vs. Sri Lanka: Strauss, Cook, Trott, Bell, Pietersen, Samit Patel/James Taylor (depending on the pitch), Prior, Broad, Swann (though must perform or else Monty will overtake him), Anderson, Panesar. Please not Morgan or Bopara- simply not test standard and are keeping far more solid players out of the squad due to 'consistency of selection'. Pick the best players for the conditions! ie. wristy batsmen like Patel and Taylor.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Do you hear it. Do you hear it. This is the roar. The roar of "The Cornered Tigers".

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

The England bowlers were good, but at least they now know what they need to do to win when they tour India later this year. 1) Bresnan to replace Anderson, to shorten the tail. 2) Bairstow to replace Morgan, to wake up the batting. Those two small changes will probably be plenty.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Pakistan Zindabad............

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

I think this is the time to kick out Yunis Khan and bring Umer Akmal in bcoz Yunis khan can only play good against week teams.. HUH... didnt even make 50 runs and already played 4 innings :/

Posted by ysfcapricorn on (January 28, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Superb, awesome and mind blowing performance..... One of Pakistan's best victories.... Good to see indian cricket followers paising the performance of Pakistan. England were never No.1,,, neither India .... To be a No.1 team you have to beat every team in every possible conditions..... like Windies and Aussies at their times.... Good Luck Team Pakistan..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

absolutely stunning !!!!!

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

I'd still say English team is one of the best, even though Pakistan defeated them comprehensively. The reason they've lost is that they were facing Pakistani bowling and believe me Pakistani bowling has always been like this it just needed a good captain, good feilding and concentration. Though Pak bowlers in the past have bowled on slow tracks with sloppy feilders, yet they have manged to achieve far better averages and they can be compared to English and Aussies who play on bowler friendly pitches most of the time. SOme English commentators are misreading the situation when they dont acknowledge it was Pak's bowling that destroyed them and not their own weaknesses. England would have chased this against other teams in subcontinents.

Posted by LoveTheGame on (January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@Front-Foot Lunge.............bite the dust....heheheheehhe.....

Posted by cric_freak88 on (January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

geoff boycott is homeless now :(

Posted by mspaloda on (January 28, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Over Rated England team. Just a couple good performances have made them over confident!!! They are sure to loose the third one too & if ever they pull off a draw it will be hard fought.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Azar Ali was right 150 was good target

Posted by SirEngland on (January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

The only losers are Billy Bowden and Bob Willis. Strauss should have walked really. Lost respect for him. Please remember that England are still a good side. Credit to Pakistan......you won against all odds.

Posted by kiranphy on (January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

aus and eng say its not great things to score runs on flat subcontinent pitches and players from subcontinet are poor even the they scores here on these pitches. now eng all out for 72 on this flat track then I would say they are worst and not deserve to play international cricket. forget about number one position. they should play only county cricket in england and should not paly elsewhere

Posted by dabbsy111 on (January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Horrific batting collapse by England. Pakistan played well, and in Rehman and Ajmal, they have two potentially world-class bowlers. However, to all those people jumping on the back of England, how many other current teams would have been able to withstand the pressure of batting last?? I really can't think of any because all teams have shown fragility in pressure situations recently. Not to mention that the pressure would have been ramped up because of the No.1 status and people wanting to see England fail immediately and this team desperately doesn't want to fail. I think it's time for people to step away from the "who's no.1/icc rankings" debate because it really doesn't matter. Appreciate this test match for what it was - a great contest. England bowlers were unbelievably good, let down by inexperience and poor batting. Long live Test Cricket. And specifically between these two countries!!!

Posted by LoveCric123 on (January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Pakistan - Congratulation! World cricket needs a strong Pak team. Pretty impressive coming from a team that has had so many upheavals. These rankings are pretty meaningless really - England # 1! Just shows how useless. These guys also cannot win outside their own backyard, just like of the rest of them. Fellow Indian fans - some solace? Not sure, we have such huge issues to deal with on our own.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Really a great result about a great test match PAK got the series with 2-0 now looking for 3-0 win ......are you with me........:)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Weldone Pakistan, You guys brilliant. Thanks for the exciting cricket. Good Luck

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

Allah has blessed us with great historic victory May Allah bless Pakistan and cricket

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

where is the no 1 team???????????????????????

OnlY PAkistan is the world number team

i got 2 happy news , india white wash and pakistani wOn the series 2-0 , MASHALLAH Brilliant.....Superb.....Outstanding...... perfermance by pakistani bowlers great Congratulations to Pakistan for their great win

Posted by immi_marwat on (January 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

to all indians brother's now see how our pakistani team performed... they are unpredictable team.... and now we are top .. jeo Pakistan Pakistan zinda abad

Posted by Pritt32 on (January 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

England has been beaten by an awesome Pakistan team. Their spin bowling is outstanding. English batmen fell like dominoes in chasing a modest target. On turning tracks, England batting is awful. India batting is awful on bouncing tracks as they have been comprehensively beaten by an rampant Australian team in all test matches 4-0. England batmen look out of form and have their work cut out to avoid a whitewash against an emerging Pakistan team. The point is England and India play well in their own backyard and struggle to adapt to different pitch conditions. The ranking system is flawed as England does not deserve to be no 1 and India should be out of the top 5 based on current performances.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

indian fans.... we can understand the reason behind your jealousy.. please accept the fact that Pakistan is on a rise, and big time.. On the contrary, team india is sliding down the slope.. Please control your emotions and stay calm.. This is the same Eng 11 that humiliated your team with 4-0 clean sweep..

Posted by Never2EZ on (January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

As an Indian and West Indies Fan, I like the cricket that you are playing Pakistan. Go for the kill and make in 3-0. We love to see you guys move to the top! You are our brothers and we take pride in your success and wins as well! Topple the Barmy Army from the numero uno position! They don't deserve to be there! The only true number one team in the last decade or so has been the Aussies!

Posted by PlaySafeus on (January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Did anyone saw chucking of balls and throws by bowlers, yeah yeah it was Rehman today who chucked every delivery of his over. It was shown several times through technology currently possessed by only English Media.

Posted by x-squire-x on (January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

fantastic come back by pakistan, true team effort led brilliantly by misbah, and mohsin... congrats

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

i think Pakistan cricket should retain Mohsin Khan for a longer contract. he's been an unsung hero in the triumph.. 6 test matches in a row!!! "Whatmore" can u ask for!?

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

@Jai_India on (January 28 2012, 12:49 PM GMT): Yeah.... you are quite right, except for the fact that trott and cook played exceptionally well in first inning of this test....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Test cricket is exciting.... The first and second boys of the class are getting whipped out of their comfort zone... Bring it on!

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

@Jai_India on (January 28 2012, 12:49 PM GMT): Yeah.... you are quite right, except for the fact that trott and cook played exceptionally well in first inning of this test....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

way to go peeps ! stuartbroad must be finding tat astrologer taxi driver now ,lol ,, a team effort ,,well done #teammisbah ,, keepup ur unpredictability as ur predecessor teams but in an opposite ,positive, direction as now !

Posted by dubai_hunk on (January 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

congrats pak...just waiting to see white wash

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (January 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28 2012, 08:56 AM GMT) JOKE OF THE DAY :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

What will the English Media and Mr. Willis say now? Abdul Rehman is also chucking? Com'on get a life. Becoming No.1 in ranking does not mean you are the best. You guys are lions at your own grounds and we had even beaten you there. Now we have beaten you on a neutral venue... Great Win Team Pakistan... Keep it UP

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. I was in office on that but after every 5 mints. I was calling to my friend and asking about the update. When I heard that Pakistan won the match I start jumping in office. No doubt It was joyful and unforgettable moment for me. WELL DONE PAKISTAN........................

NOW WE R LOOKING FORWARD THE WHITE WASH. INSHALLAH

Posted by MASQ on (January 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Well done PAKISTAN, you deserve this credit. Again English team was focusing on Saeed Ajmal and they tried at their best. But on the other end this time A. Rehman, where as in last match there was Umar Gul. Pakistan have enough stock to show its character.BOOM BOOM PAKISTAN.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Amazing Match.. both team performed really well, and .. best thing about this test match was that as English were dominating most of the time.. Pakistan keep coming back to them and fight ... and eventually turned the table.. Congratulations to both the teams for setting up such a wonderful test match.. and Congratulations to Team Pakistan for winning the Series

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

@richardror........cocky huh......dude....get a life.......india is still ranked no.3 in tests..........its just that u ppl are sour losers.......watch ur team now get thrashed 3-0 in dubai......and i can't wait for england to tour india......we'll talk then......atlest we won 1-0 in england in 2007......u haven't even won a series in india in the past 20 years.....so stop fooling yourself..........

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. I was in office on that but after every 5 mints. I was calling to my friend and asking about the update. When I heard that Pakistan won the match I start jumping in office. No doubt It was joyful and unforgettable moment for me. WELL DONE PAKISTAN........................

NOW WE R LOOKING FORWARD THE WHITE WASH. INSHALLAH

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Ajmal the best bowler in the world, Who would have thought it after the fearful hammering he copped here in Aust? Says a lot about England's ineptitude against spin.

Posted by dmqi on (January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

What a difference an administration and captain can make. A team with a crooked young captain vs team with an older, calm, determined captain. You need to have taste to transfer it others. I hope the present Pakistani team and management leave their mark on world cricket for many years.

Posted by sark on (January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

The superb things about pakistani bowlers is they do it on their bowling abilities, in the morning i was watching the australians field and all eleven are better fielders than pakistan's best fielder. Yet the pakistani bowlers take wickets at an amazin rate. Awesome bowling by pakistani's... this is my second comment . please post it...

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

@hsg7668 on (January 28 2012, 12:54 PM GMT): I m sorry, but I cannot recall any great indian spinner in recent years, nor any great spinner in SL after murali's departure....... Only Saeed Ajmal can arguably be labelled as great and so Swann..... Indian and SL bowling has always been pathetic, and Pak is only exception in consistantly producing bowlers which can be labelled great and competing with aus/eng/sa bowling standards.....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Thanks God. Congratulations to Pakistan for their great win. England should now think about Three bowlers ajmal gul and hero of the match Rehman. england media shame on you for launching the campgin against the ajmal. your team deserve the 6th or 7th spot in iCC ranking. They are not number one javed Main Dad say some days ago because they won all the series at home now it is prove that statement. Brilliant.....Superb.....Outstanding.....pakistan GEO Pakistan.

Posted by PACERONE on (January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

England will now be looking to change how the DRS is used.It will be all of the ball should be hitting the stumps.Or something to that effect.They cannot complain about Rehman's bowling action.What Pakistan needs now is a leg break googly all rounder.get Umar Akmal to bat sensibly and get2 of those jailed back.Would be an awesome team.Pakistan management should be wary of bad individuals trying to disrupt the team with bad offers.Funny how they did not try the sting on the England team.Congratulations Pakistan..Don't follow the WICB plans for improving.

Posted by Just_Do_It_Now on (January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Pakistan...you guys are doing an excellent job !! We all have been missing this exciting stuff from the Paki Team - we ever knew in the past ! Very happy to see you coming back strongly. You have always been one of the most exciting cricketing team around. You have thrashed the team, that is claiming to be # 1 Teat team...lol Love to see you guys in action !---an Indian fan

Posted by haroonmughal on (January 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Amazing win for Pakistan. Waiting for English media to find flaws in Rehman's bowling action. Booooooooo!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Well it was a great match...! Pak played extremely well, we will go for 3-0 now.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

wating to see 3-0. and pakistan no. 1 in ICC ranking.

Posted by Mr.Optimistic on (January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

As much as i hate it, i have to admit it was one HELL of a performance from Pakistan. Wasn't expecting this result at all. Truly, those magicians (spinners) can do anything. Good Luck.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Great wrk. Happy to c pak spinout eng

Posted by dmqi on (January 28, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

England probably had the mental weakness before the start of their last innings batting. They were too defensive. Offense is the best defense, at least couple of their top batsmen should have tried that. Pakistan deserves the credit as they fought hard with Azhar and Asad, and later on by the top class spinners. NOW NO TEAM SHOULD HAVE NUMBER ONE POSITION, a vague number, wake up ICC.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Both sides bowled well here, but England's batting was dreadful. Were it not for Broad and Trott in the first innings, we'd have looked like Zimbabwe or India. Methinks someone needs to bring a load of spinners in for the batsmen in the nets and nothing else.

Posted by ReverseSwing20 on (January 28, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

hahahaha! Well my dear friends spence,landl47, 5wombats and SirViv1973; just wanted to catchup with you!guys! As I told you even before the series, NUMBERS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING IN FRONT OF PURE TALENT! Have you learnt your lesson?

Posted by Sanj747 on (January 28, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Great for Pakistan cricket, the country and test cricket. Strauss needs runs badly and so does Pietersen. Are some of the english players and support staff and their commentators begininning to understand that Eng is not really the number 1 team in the world as their ability to win on sub continental wickets is pretty much out of their reach and capability. Eng being number 1 is not sustainable.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

wow who said test cricket iz finished,, Pakistan thrash no 1 side,,nw i wish ICC step up n give us cricket back in Pakistan. em not in Pakistan but watching peoplz dancing in street of Lahore , Islamabad ,, Karachi n every where ,,,they wants cricket back in there home so they cheer for there heroes in ground n back them,,go Pakistan go no 1 spot is nt faraway :D

Posted by Bang_La on (January 28, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

1. No one mentions that it was BANGLADESH who exposed Pietersen against slow left arm bowling. Shame. 2. And about Billy Bowden. It has always been " It was impossible to see where his doubt had arisen" against Asian teams. Is there anyone to notice that too please?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Looking forward for a white wash...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

Historic Day for Pakistanis around the Globe...Two Joys....Adelaide and Abu Dhabi...

Posted by Ross_Co on (January 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

What's that rumble? Is it an earthquake? No, it's the entire nation of Australia laughing its head off. Oh ho ho ho.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

It was a great victory for Pakistan. Pak Spinners mesmerized English Batsmen. Azher Ali and Asad Shafiq played a gem of an inning partnership. Misbah's decision to open the bowling attack with Hafeez was a very bold and creative decision. He never used Junaid Khan for a single ball through out the inning was another good decision.

Posted by chapathishot on (January 28, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

@Meety .If they loose by a margin of more than 1 test England will not be number one at the end of the series and after Srilanka and India series will be number 5 or 6 (deserving).So they have to win the next test and not even a draw will do l and even a draw seems long away in current form as the Indians are doing overseas.Even Indians at worst not got out for 72 in England against the worlds best bowling lineup in friendly conditions.

Posted by shrastogi on (January 28, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Has Indian test team come to know of this fantastic result ? I think we would see them holding a press conference and say that they are not the only poor tourists. Looks like the no1 place is jinxed. Despite Panesar heroics if the much touted batting can not score 144 then one cant see England on top for far too long. Broad was quoted as saying that they would chase 250. Now he must have come thudded down to earth. Kudos to Pakistani players - they have given their savaged country an unexpected but glorious joy.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Brilliant Cricket Team Pakistan :D. .. <3 .... i am desperate :D to read British NEws papers Tomorrow MOrning ... :D .....btw british media .. find a way to ban ajmal and rehman or else ur done for in the desert :) :p

Posted by PACERONE on (January 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

It so good that DRS was in use.there can be no excuses about bad decisions against us.I am not sure what Billy was looking for on the Strauss review.England batsmen are not as good as the quantity of runs the have scored recently.They were allowed to play like they wanted against poor bowling and fielding.Today not one run was made in the direction of mid-on or mid-off.Cuts and sweeps and flicks to leg all off very poor balls...it is a good thing that Pakistan did not bowl too many bad balls.This is a Pakistani team without dominant batsmen like they are used to having.England bowlers bowled against up and coming Pakistani batsmen and got beat. Australia and India played really poor cricket and England received a lot of praise.Morgan,Pietersen,Prior all are used to playing slog and reverse sweeps..these don't make one a good batsman.which left arm spinner is Pietersen capable of playing?He cannot just walk down the wicket and hoick to leg like he does even to fast bowling.Congrats.

Posted by ajmal1988 on (January 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

mr Hobbs I don't think he kissed the turf, he did the "sajda" probably. Great win

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Rehman performed sajda (a way to thank God) after his five wickets haul, it was not a kiss to the pitch as mentioned in the article. Great coverage by cricinfo people. We got all the updates in our office due to you people. Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Splendid Job Green Shirts !! Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by DaDaL0G on (January 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Congrats All Pakistani Nation .... We Won the Test and won the Series at last , well done misbah and Co and best of luck for the next match i hope we`d win 3-0 .. and Strauss11 Proved that they aint number one team in test matches.

May ALLAH give us many more victories like that

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

@logicalthinking: Your ranking seems okay except that India should instead be no. 08, all the lower teams have won something something outside their country (Eng won ashes, SL beat Eng & SA in a test, NZ beat Aus, and WI avoided white wash in India, which India failed to do in their recent outings)

Posted by SAJIL_KERALA on (January 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

This England's defeat, and team BCCI's 4-0 drubbing in Australia shows the flaw in ICC ranking system as neither team deserve to be the No1 or No 2 ranking. To me, there is no number one team in world cricket. Since the decline of the great Aus team, no team has dominated consistently in all conditions. So now number one position is vacant but number 2 should be Australia and 3 SA 4 England 5 Pak (not having proven their credential in tough Aus/SA conditions) 6 NZ (for ability to win even in Aus 7 SLK, 8 Team BCCI 9 WI.

Posted by Iftikhar.Uddin.Khattak on (January 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

What was expected from Pakistan spinners , Exactly they ve delivered at steam and possibly the greatest every victory in the history of Test Cricket. The pitch was never that much tough to bat on but it was Pakistani spinners they bowled in great line and length. It is once again bowlers that has given us a lost match and will be remember as one of the all times best win in the history. It s v natural now that our bowlers are doin the right things but 145 target was never a match winning thanks to poor performance by our batsmen once again they ve not taken the responsibility from Bowlers. I think Pakistan Cricket is on top under Misbah Captaincy and maybe we can regain the status of test cricket. Inshahullah I can see Team Pakistan goin in right way. Many many congrats to Pakistan Team and Whole nation on such Remarkable Victory . Hats off . A. Rehman

Posted by Wexfordwonder on (January 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Not sure if you can call Pak the best team in thw owrld just yet Kookaburra but they certainly do play well in the sub continent. What this also means is that England have raised the possibility of losing their number 1 ranking if they lose the next game and SA win in NZ 3-0. A short stay at the top. I think Govind makes a good point, no-one has stood up as clear favourites to take over from Aus yet.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Superb Match, All 3 innings England dominate but in last Pakistan win the match. Great Test Great Victory. Pakistan needs this victory. Congrats Pakistan.

Keep Going. But remember patience is most important.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Great Win by Pakistan team, way to go,go for the kill, white wash them

Posted by deconstruct on (January 28, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

First of all: Congratulations to the Pakistan team and fans. Second, I would like to raise my hand and admit I got it wrong on two occasions during this match. 1) I thought Abdur Rehman was not a match winner but he proved me wrong. 2) When I read Azhar Ali's comment in a newspaper that a target of 150 would be enough, I put it to the exuberance of youth! Well, I'm glad that I was proven wrong on both occasions.

To English fans: this was a match that England dominated for three innings out of four, so it must be heart breaking to lose. However, take heart, I still think you have a superb side; but I guess Providence is now rewarding Misbah and Co. for all the hard work they have been doing for the last one-and-a-half year or so. Surely, this is one of the golden moments of Pakistan cricket, and I don't hear a word from all those Misbah bashers!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

@ SLcricket_forever : .. agreed. I am an indian cricket fan and i would like you guys to go on and thrash them 3-0. WELL DONE PAK. WELL DONE MISBAH. WELL DONE ABDUR REHMAN . WELL DONE S.AJMAL. WELL DONE AZHAR ALI. WELL DONE SHAFIQ.

Posted by KashifMuneer on (January 28, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Mubarik (Congratulations) to Pakistan on a fantastic series win. Commiserations to England. I would make 1 change in Pakistan team - Umar Akmal in and unaid Khan out. The conditions have almost nothing for fast bowlers so 1 fast bowler is enough. It will strengthen the batting and be perfect combination for UAE pitches. Hafeez can open against English left-handed openers.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Being an Indian..i am big admirer of current Pakistan's Cricket team.....They have shown how to win matches. Go Pakistan and make it 3-0......And for England its very long road to travel now...Sri Lanka and India are awaiting...

Posted by Ubaid_younus on (January 28, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

This is Test cricket at its best. Its amazing that the game is fascinating when there is no clear dominance. Look at the cricket these days, all the test and one days teams are capable of beating each other on the given day. It was all boring when Australia was ruling the game. I guess this is the most fascinating time of cricket I have seen. An amazing SA- Australia Series, Wonderful Australia NZ series, Very competitive Pak SL series and now this Pak- ENG series and I am Missing an outstanding IND- PAK series. Good for ICC & boards, better for the fan and best for the game.

Posted by c4551m on (January 28, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan .... Never ever Underestimate Pakistan !!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

dear indians please take a leaf out of pakistans performance...they have brought the high flying brits to earth...well done..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

stunning performance Pak came back like a hurricane ! Bravo what a rejoice to watch the scene !Bravo bravo bravo !

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

@ Muhammad Hammad:

Pakistan have finally just begun to move on from THAT scandal. Apologies by those involved could help move them to square two as opposed to square one though.

Posted by csowmi7 on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

I would like to commend the great show by the pakistani team. The team spirit and belief in their ability is truly remarkable that too after such a hard period of strife. If Pakistan can improve their batting they can surely go to the top under the calm captaincy of misbah. But at the moment the true number one side would have to be south africa as they have batsman like Amla and Kallis who are excellent players of spin and they have the best fast bowling attack in the world and are under an excellent coach. Just have to lose their choker's tag.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

It must be admitted the Eng have made a good improvement. Last time they were beaten in 3 days, this time they were beaten a little under 4 days. As far as the batting is concerned they definately improved in the first innings, but were worst than ever in the 2nd innings. . Now even Naser Hussain admitted in the post match presentation that Cook, Petersen & Bell are terribly out of form and Morgan does not know what to do in these conditions. So all the talk of the great team bouncing back is not gone. GREAT JOB PAK.

Posted by AmmarNEDian on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

hey did any one mentioned the disgraced cricketers! dis victory only belongs to true cricket loverz and not the match fixerz!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

now bob wilis will say why abdul rehman was wearing half sleves shirt while rest of the team was wearing full sleves his act looks suspecious.......:P

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

What a sickening defeat, especially chasing such a low total, and after the bowlers, especially Panesar, had played so well. Congratulations to Pakistan, they thoroughly deserve this victory, and are probably the best test team at the moment. Hopefully this will be a kick up the backside for England. Neither India nor Sri Lanka have a bowler like Ajmal, but England will have to vastly improve their play against spin to have any chance playing there. And one thing to the Pakistan fans- continue to be as gracious after this win as you have been all series. Do not descend to the level of the likes of jonesy2, who will no doubt be along soon to gloat. Another great example of why test cricket is irreplaceable!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Rehman didn't "kiss the turf" - he was doing a "sajda", which is a sign of deference to God that is common amongst Pakistani players after a big achievement.

Posted by shahzebkhaan on (January 28, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

where are my poor friends front foot lounge and honey badger ??? might have commit suicide??? england thrashed out by pakistan the poor third umpire didnt even save england .... english media would criticize rehman now that he didnt take the tea with biscuits and didnt wash his hand with dettol and wore an old underwear before coming to the crease bla bla bla cmon english media wake up and start giving credit to pakistan as your captain gave...... hats off to PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan! They really outplayed England in the 4th innings of this match. To set a target of 145 and then to defend it comfortably by winning by a margin of 72 says a lot about the quality of spin bowling that Pakistan have in their ranks. Umar gul just bowled 3 overs and the rest was all spin. England had so much pride at being number 1 but you can never be a number 1 side unless you know how to play spin and unless you win every where not just at seaming conditions.

Posted by RohanPandey27 on (January 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

This loss just proves a point I was speculating on. Right now, every team in the world is a home-track bully. While Australia, England and South Africa dominate on bouncy tracks with swing, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka do wonderfully on dust bowls. Australia won the series in Srilanka because the team is in a state of transition. Pakistan and South Africa, currently are the only teams which are untested on foreign tracks but I doubt they will do well on them.

Posted by red000 on (January 28, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

@Lillianthompson ru jokiing india is weaker team??....where?.. abraod agree....u seriously think england hav a chance aganist india in their den...haaaa u guys...cannot win single odi..and white washed 5-0...expecting to win a test in india..what a patriot u are...

first...save urself of getting whitewashed then ..try ur best aganist srilanka...I believe u guys will be spinned over

Posted by AmmarNEDian on (January 28, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Simply awesome display of spin bowling backed by equally good fielding and the fruit is obvious.Initially i thought a total of just 145 runs on a flat DUBAI track to be insufficient to defend but team Pakistan has yet again delivered an outstanding performance!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

we are once again thankful to England for getting rid of black sheep and spoiled eggs. All Pakistanis should be happier how politics and akmal brothers,butts asif, amir and all other selfish cricketers are making the money by selling the name of country.such people should not be entertained any more.

Posted by chapathishot on (January 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

I dont see the all time greats keeping there number one status after the series and after Srilanka and India will be at the middle of the table as always.India kept that for at least one and half year and the all time greats not even the next series .5Wombats where are you

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

etrggggggggg htuewt45 wrygr

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

a quck question to English Media, did you find Rehman's action suspicious ? after all he took 6 wickets :O of no.1 team :O and what! he is from Pakistan!:O :O :O

Posted by Puffin on (January 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Good to see spinners taking wickets and winning matches again. I thought we were in for a depressingly boring era where if you had a good pace attack, you win, if not, you lose. What a relief.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

now people ask eng about there no.1 rank.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Well well well well well .. well .. isn't this interesting now. .. Congratulations Pakistan. ... A thrilling win. I'm thrilled and I'm not even Pakistani. ... Hope our guys (Aus) don't meet your guys on a spinning deck any time soon. .. Now, you are going to make it 3-0 aren't you ? .. We used to like sticking the boot into them occasionally, but generally we used to let them win the last one, mainly so they'd keep interested. .. Lol ... Sorry about that England fans, just letting off a bit of steam after copping a bit from some of your guys for the last couple of years.. but mainly Congrats to Pakistan, from the limited amount I was able to see you guys played some excellent cricket... Cheers, and remember ...... the boot.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Ok ....bunch of English losers are saying Pakistan won bcoz they were playing on their homeground or poms were not at their best..... they dont have enough courage to accept that they were OUTPLAYED by Pakistan...!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

It is Sajda offered by Pakistani Players to thank Allah after any achievement, not "kissing the turf"

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

A great great win for the Team beat # 1 & even not allowing them to get half of the total.

Looking for a white wash.

Pakistan Zindabad

Shahid

Posted by nomiravian on (January 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

First ov all,Thanx to ALLAH 4 this glorious victory 4 pak in test cricet.....It iz d best reply to english media who were constantly using bad ploys against pak by indulging them in diferent matters rather than pointing out d mistakes of their batsmen.....And rajendran,Plz produce spinners like ajmal,rehman,afridi who can get a No.1 team out under 100...then u would be able to say like that 4 india....English batsmen made mistakes,but it was just that quality bowling by our spinners to get eng out....Do u have such calibre in ur bowlers?????5-0 to eng in tests...hehe

Posted by SumitRavi on (January 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

I am an Indian, heart broken because of my team but incredibly proud of the Pakistani team. India sucks, they're tigers in their own den. England sucks, they're lions in their own den. Australia sucks, they're not tigers in their own den (as England and NewZealand showed) but they're wolves when little Indian rabbits come to play. Zimbabwe, well really? All out twice in a day? NewZealand? No better. West Indies lose almost everything they play. So all that leaves us is Pakistan. Who, weren't they so easily corruptible and if they had some class batsmen would have saved test cricket for fans like me. But alas, for me test cricket and infact cricket itself is dead. What's the point when team A wins against team B only when A is at home? Put any name in place of A, India England blah blah blah.

Posted by world.cricketer on (January 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Misbah is doing a very good job for pak and they are playing very good cricket

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Congratz Pakistan....!At the end of the day You did it well.

Posted by sonicattack on (January 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

By the way - there are no excuses from us England fans - Pakistan were worthy winners!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

well done pakistan.... i cant say that i was predicting it to be over today either way but thats why it was such a great match!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Pakistan has really CRUSHED English Cricket Team, the way today game started no one thought of Pakistan making it out seccessfully..... But this match proved the days when Pakistan Cricket Team had bowlers who had power of defending any target is back.....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

i dont want to waste time in PRAISING English side for being so consistent away from home and specially in Asia. I just wanna say that it was a great follow up of the previous match and i think that now all the critics of Pakistan cricket must be running short of words and ideas

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!White Wash Clean Sweep !!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

Pakistan won against Poms and the Umpires.... and Bob Willies you really need to slit your wrist tonight :)

Posted by TopOrder_ on (January 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Thanks for Indian comments for their support for Pakistan Team. But i believe it is only due to England snatching India's number 1 position last summer. 99% of the comments focuses on Number 1 position NOT on the quality of this match. Seems like it still hurts ALOT...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

this time its rehman..what u want to say about his bowling action?? @english media! u have to admit.. pakistan is the best side in this series. and inshALLAH we are gona win the third test too..and also one day nd t20 series., as our lion shahid afridi wil also be in our squad.. love u PAKISTAN

Posted by Zameerlodhi on (January 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Nice to see team effort! Wake up late night to see all cricket around the world! Pakistan lukin united and i am happy that none of em playing for themselves/ their records! I know how Eng cricket fans must be feeling now because samething happened to us in sydney! But man i culdnt control my emotions! WHAT A VICTORY! CONGRATZ to all PAKISTANI team specially young guns and future is lukin good in ur hands mates! Just remeber 1 thing play for country not yourself or money: when u play for country you will get money and fame as well! Would mention Adnan akmal specially! He over acted on most of occasions but he definitly put lot of ENGLAND batsmen just with his hyper attitude! i know i have lots of grammar mistakes spelling mistakes but hope yall understand!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

congrats Pakistan cricket team

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

32 is not more than half of 72. :P

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Well done Mr.Misbah. And I would like to say thank to other team mates to help Mr.Misbah to win the series!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

pak bowlersr best................

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Amazing performance by the Pakistan Spinners and Monty

Posted by A.B.Saeed on (January 28, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

I have never been against English team so badly but what they, and their commentators & media, did to us in 2010 was so hurting. Whoever cheated was tried and punished but this was the same Strauss and Trout who used to pass comments on the rest of Pakistan team about cheaters etc. Good victory Pakistan, the nation owes you. Thanks for answering the English pride!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Nice pay back.....fair and square

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

what can I say... I would rather credit to all those who have brought this so called spot fixing issue for us, this has made our team a unit,

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Too Good Pakistan and I Think Salman Butt, Asif and Amir Miss This Match

Posted by SLcricket_forever on (January 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Congratz Pakistan....!At the end of the day You did it well...As a SriLankan fan we really like to see you winning........! Go for the kill and finished the series with 3-0.All the best,...!

Posted by richardror on (January 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

congrats pakistan, completely deserved that, England needs to have a good hard look at their batting, their bowlers did the job. A bit surprised by the Indian comments though, India are not in the top 5 in the world any more but still acting cocky! once more congrats pakistan, however it was a very exciting test to watch and England can learn from this

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan for their great win. Emphatic and clinical. Without doubt they have the best spin attack in world cricket today. Hope they win the third too to have a complete desert wash of the Pommies. I think the No 1 test position is flawed. Even when India were there it was not correct. No1 should be like the West Indies of the seventies and eighties or the Aussies under Waugh and Ponting. There was no doubt of their supremacy and it was great to see other countries try to battle them. Now its more even stevens. All are good in their backyards but poor tourists! Well Done Pakistan

Posted by DoWnToWnBoY on (January 28, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Excellently played test match. I read Azhar saying that 150 would b sufficent. Its team confidence and they proved it right. way to go.. keep it up!!.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

We Won yahoooooooooooooooooooooooo.............. @Front-Foot-Lunge : dont talk like english mediaaaaaaaa........... Pakistan zindabaD

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

well played pakistan...keep it up..

Posted by Kookaburra on (January 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Yes! Pak hav beaten the english. Eng is an overrated weak team and Pak is the best test team in the world with Misbah as captain.

Posted by saadjazib on (January 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

well done pakistan,we deserve the victory!ajmal n rehman u bowled outstanding,best of luck for the next game

Posted by CricLoverPk on (January 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Brilliant.....Superb.....Outstanding......reminded me of how we did it in the 90's. Pakistan is back

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan. That was some of the best spin bowling I've watched.

Posted by red000 on (January 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Congrats pakistan.....im an indian..and felt very happy for u..gr8 match and supported u guys all the way....misbah is doing gr8 job..and ur spinners rock

@englandfans ur not no 1 in the world...u will fall like pack of cards in this year as ur touring srilanka and india....like india which lost its no 1 ranking..with two abroad disasters....now it will be the turn of u...

@overseas_conditions every team is struggling to win in overseas...Like india struggled..and now england

@best teams_overseas according to me....australia and southafrica ..hav good chance to stay top..for period of time....they do well better in overseas than other teams

england and india hav talent...but not showing enough skill or courage to play well abroad

Posted by gunnerr4life on (January 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

If Panesar can do it , Rehman can do it even better ! A very needed victory for Pakistan to answer the critics who said that Pak can't win against big teams ... Great umpiring by the umpires and Not to forget brilliant knocks by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali under pressure .... Nasser Hussain was right that England batsmen should learn to handle pressure from these two young lads of pak ! cheers .

Posted by Amanat4ever on (January 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Congratulations to both teams for a wonderful test match. High quality spin bowling on both sides, and a close contest for the majority of the 4 days. Personally I just think it would have been difficult for whichever team had to bat last due to the pressure and nature of the wicket. Players I have been really impressed with are asad shafiq and azhar ali for the innings they played under pressure, whilst for england stuart broad, his discipline, line and length were immense considering this was not a pitch conducive to fast bowling. As a pakistani, i urge my fellow countrymen to be respectfu and show humility in their comments and actions. England are justifiably number one, as they have been playing consistently well for a number of years, we have only just started in the past few months.

Posted by gh_cricinfo on (January 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Cricket is back to good old days GREATS i-e 1-Australia 2- South Africa 3- Pakistan.

Posted by Gizza on (January 28, 2012, 13:05 GMT)

Pakistan have really fast bowlers and really good spin bowlers. Normally when you are strong in both pace and spin you should become number one in the world. At the moment it looks like South Africa and Pakistan will fight for number one. Only weaknesses are that SA still choke and Pakistan are still iffy with batting but bowlers win matches not batsmen. West Indies and New Zealand are also rising. Australia's bowling is strong again but batting still weak. England will start their downward spiral now and India is sliding down even faster!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

now then pak beat england and im sure they will beat them in last test ... so itz just one team who can beat pakistan is india becz they played the spinners better than others teams .... it will be quite a big huge series to be playd if india pak matches resumed ...... people are talikng that team india cant win in outside so u should know and watching that australia saf england also cant beat india in india they also can win in subcontinenet

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

india shoulld learn from pakistan....kaghaz k sher .....pakistan zindabad

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Hahahaha @Front-Foot-Lunge... Lemme guess ur 12 yrs old and cant stop crying.... The only wrong decision in the match went against Pakistan and u say Pak is playing with Umpires as extra players LOL... u seriously need to grow up and accept defeats... And yeah m waiting for ur comment now... Rehman is a chucker too :D Just Pathetic... Plz publish!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

i hope indian players learn something from pakistan & give some good performance in odis .

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

There had been a lot of challenges against Pakistan when they beat Sri Lanka, NZ, WI and BAN that they can only beat the weak teams but now I think Pakistan have proved that they are the best team with a top quality spin-bowling. They are the number 1 bowling side in the world!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Great performance by the young, talented and ambitious Pakistan Cricket Team. One of my favorite team is rising fast. All those who are feeling pain and jealousy should see good psychiatrist. Game of Cricket is the game of gentlemen and sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

happy to see england being brought down back to earth!! would love to hear what ian botham has to say now.. as far as the indian team is concerned , wish they get back to form soon..

Posted by aizazqaisrani on (January 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

great game of cricket .that kind of games can bring people back !!!! congrats team pakistan

Posted by sal485 on (January 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

One of the greatest test match.Cann,t make judgment on who is going to be winner for last three days.Pakistan realy delivered killer punch to england.

Posted by swingstowin on (January 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

What a great win by Pakistan!!! I am a prouder Pakistani today (i am always proud!!) Go down 'em 3-0 boys!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

weldone pak and rehman but still need changes tufeeq should out brought umar akmal back to squad remove junaid give wahab riaz inn

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

@Rajendran: U Indians can beat others only at home! Why don't u go to England now? Im pretty sure u will be whitewashed again! 0-8 is ur performance in last 8 away tests! :P

Posted by Ray24 on (January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan. Great sporting spirit being shown by most of the English supporters - many thanks. I'd like to hear HumanhHoneyBadger - not even sure if he was English. Great fightback - special effort by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali - their partnership laid the foundation of this amazing win. For all those asking Umar Akmal's inclusion instead of Asad, I guess this was a true display of why determination will always win over flair. Umar should be groomed to take over Yunus or Misbah's role, but only when they retire, not before. Umar is young, let him learn. He shouldn't be wasted before he matures.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Should Eng have chased this down? Maybe against Ind or SL but not against this quality spin attack! Even, Bob Willis agreed that only the Ind batting line up at their best would have handled this spin attack and I agree with him for once.

I still believe Eng can go to Aus and still give them a white wash with the same line up they have now (including Pattinson and Cummins).

Eng may have been beaten against Pak but nobody realises how tough Pak have become to beat because of their history but I'll back Eng to beat SL and Ind in their own back yard.

Posted by um44rr on (January 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

for me in the last 15-20 years the only genuine no.1 side has to be australia..becuase they was able to win comftable both home and away...england like india are lions in their own back yards, put them 2 teams in a idfferent surroundings and they forget how to spell the word cricket , english bowlers did ok but their not as good as pakistan bowlers full stop... both games have been brilliant for test cricket an even more soo for pakistan....

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Each member of the Pak team cannot be be Congratulated enought, But the biggest CONGRATULATIONS TO Misbah Ul Haq, the captaan.

Posted by sark on (January 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

I just love telling this that you cannot get this excitement in any form of the game except test match. Test match cricket is awesome. Just love it... Pakistan were superb. It was awesome display of mental strength and bowling. England didnot play bad it was just that pakistan played too good, out of their skins. Awesome display of team effort.

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (January 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Very Well Done Green Team!!! This is what Pakistanis want from you. Just Show Some Fight for Win and You Guys Did It. Great Job Green Team!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Win from no where for Pakistan. Great spell of bowling

Posted by Mitcher on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

I think I picked the wrong target: front foot lunge, maybe you should take that question.

Posted by Aamir1234 on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Pakistan id the only team who win all around the globe in last year or two... Consider the performance in ENG while facing Fixing controversy and against SA, NZ, WI, ZIM, Srilanka and India in WC (Semifinalist) then Against SL and then BANGLADESH and NOW ENG in Dubai, the only team left is AUS who is also beaten badly in WC by Pakistan but need to be beaten in AUS.... Team PAKISTAN is real # 01.... And they believe in it... even if they have to save 15 run they believe they can do it... That's the team.... LOVE you Team Pakistan even if you loose but you at-least loosing with fight... Thanks to bring the BIG SMILE on all Pakistani Faces... Wish you best of Luck and INSHAHALLAH you wins all your match's...

Posted by M.Y.Ali on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

I am just unable to understand all the good fans of cricket, "Why is it so hard to believe that Cricket is a very unpredictable game". By this, I am not underestimating PAK or favoring ENG but speaking the fact, people might have objections over England No. 1 spot in rankings but "Are these English players not better than Pakistani Players?" yes they are, more experienced, more professional and more better trained. Please understand the fact, The better result favored the team which played well. Pakistan did not dominate all the match but won comprehensively because of good efforts and choices. They made mistakes too, but saying that English team was below Pakistan in strength or records, is not sensible approach. Congrats to Pakistan for reviving from a very hard situation. I wonder why other nations are happy over English defeat. I am thankful to ECB for playing Pakistan in 2010 and yet again when some boards are still not willing to play Pakistan. Alhamdullilah we won.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Now every buddy saw that Pakistan are far better in tests ... they have won 6 test series in a row.. and they thrashed the world number 1 .... now i want aussies to come here and perform .. and dun put big scores on there home wickets ..... GO MEN IN GREEN WE ARE WITH you

. .indian bros ... dunt get down with your team . our team is also ur team back us thanks

Posted by Built_4_the_Kill on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Self inflicted wounds......how much they hurt only English team can tell. Strauss and company should know that while in the middle....runs are supposed to be scored from the bat. Not a single player tried to score runs..... They all were scared of Ajmal and offered their wickets to Rehman. This test match will be remembered for only one reason. And that is England won all but one sessions and lost the test match. Well done Pakistan.

Posted by incredible52 on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

graet work done by the spinners now just waitng wht eng media hve to say about this!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

call us controversial, put a ban on us! but he will keep coming back with victories like this. india are you watching.

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (January 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

@ Rajendran Kamaraj on (January 28 2012, 12:31 PM GMT) : R you sure?? I think you are still speaking from the state of shock, just deliver to you few hours ago by aus... or infatuated by Sehwag's crap....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Congrats to the green shirts........ Deserve all the praise as they are mostly criticized in a negative and often unnecessary light. I wonder what the English media and especially ex players like Bob Willis will cook up this time about Rehman. Otherwise a job well done, especially Rehman and Ajmal. Keep it up boys!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

Why there is pin drop silence from England? What happened? Any allegations ? Your media must be thinking to protest that why Abdul Rehman was wearing shirt while he was bowling against England LOLOLOLOL. :D :D :D :D

Posted by Dearie_and_Me on (January 28, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

can someone please tell me what the hell a "sweet and sour performance award" is? mean game that

Posted by hsg7668 on (January 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

This is what i was referring ...ASIAN Teams like PAK/INDIA/LANKA got great spin bowlers. It's unfortunate that we forget our strength and abuse our teams when our team tour AUS/ENG/SA...guys, it's simple most of our players struggle against fast bowling and SA/AUS/ENG dance against our spin bowling. But western media/cricket experts highlights FAST BOWLING as great art and always they question about Asian batsmen techniques whereas they DANCE against spin and never hardly gives any importance to GREAT SPIN BOWLING! Even our SENIOR CRICKETERS comes in TV, writes on newspaper blame our own players just to gain popularity. Guys, Asia produced cricketers who played against great fast bowlers and produced outstanding innings. What we want to see from our cricketers is fighting spirit..not verbally ...by just playing good cricket ....isn't it? Well done PAK for a great victory in right time!!!

Posted by Mitcher on (January 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. Incredible effort considering where they've been in recent times. This team has real potential. Some hugely talented spinners to complement the inevitable flow of class seamers from that part of the world. Shore up the batting and they could be anything. I wonder, will this humiliation of England increase or decrease the number of Englishmen trolling Australian articles. (full blooded wallop? Maybe you could take that question?)

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

they just froze didn't they.They need to work on playing aggresively and knocking spinners of their lines. Need to learn to play in sub continent and bat against spin. I thought the bowling would be the weak spot not the batting.I do feel it is time for Morgan to go though as he does not have it for this level.maybe time to choose Taylor or Butler and give them a chance.

Posted by Long-Leg on (January 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

It is the England bowlers I feel sorry for. They have worked their hearts out to take 20 wickets and have been totally let down by the batsmen. Pakistan are a good side, but they are not as good as England have made them look today.

Posted by iBAHAR on (January 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Well, England, pride hath a fall !!! If I were the Pakistan skipper, I would declare the innings with a lead of 75; that was BIG enough a target to defend in the presence of our world-number-one spin attack! Many, Many, Many CONGRATS to all the Pakistan fans!!! Greens Just Rock! There was one former English player who was ready to give away his house if England lost this test. So, man, are you ready???

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

So!!! with what excuse England is gonna come up this time???

@Rajendran Kamaraj : Just like Aussies whitewashed Indian team today?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

This is a silent msg for all, making conspiracies against cricket Pakistan, either by ill minded conspiracies or by keeping Pakistani cricketers out of international leagues ..... Cricket without Pakistan is just business ....

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS PAK !!! for bowling England out for a RECORD LOW OF 72.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Weldone Pakistan .... that was 100% effort of bowlers

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Well done Pakistan - great game of cricket....

Posted by Xiyad.khan on (January 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

WOW THIS VITORY IS BIGGER THAN ANY INTERNATIONAL MATCH. :D I LOVE MY TEAM. WE HAVE A VITORIOUS HISTORY IN CRICKET.. ITS NOT EASY TO KILL OUR CRICKET ( MSG TO ICC AND BCCI )

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Only Pakistan can do this!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan.WE are proud of you You were methodical and clinical. Keep it up NO 1 Turned into Unproven No 1 as MIANDAD said

Posted by Behind_the_Wicket on (January 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

Unbelievable Win , 145 was not a fighting score but Pakistan proved that everything is possible if you play wisely.5 wickets in Last 13 balls , What a bowling. England is not Minnow Please. Good Luck Pakistan for rest of matches..Thumbs Up

Posted by mullick7 on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

A remarkable and memorable victory for Pakistan, heralds the onset of becoming the top cricketing world.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Pakistan has proved that they are not gonna be pushovers anymore. Great Job Pakistan...

Posted by mustafa14 on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Well played green shirts:) the team is doing really good under the calm leadership of misbah. England should learn to play spin.No team is No 1 in the world at the moment.last thing ..........I would love to hear some allegations on abdur rehman'"s action by some british legend...:)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Well played both sides to give cricket lovers a good game. MashaAllah Pakistan have been playing really good and hope they keep it up, they are a gelled unit which we don't see with the team often. I think Pakistan should be ready and not get lazy because England will come back with force.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

england supported DRS then why strauss shake his after given out by DRS

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Alhamdulillah.. This result speaks out loud and clear that you do not win with "HEROES" or "BIG MOUTH PLAYERS". you just win with selfless dedication and you win when you play for your team and country and not for individual records.

Today is an important day in test cricket for various reasons and different results from different parts of world.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Congratulations on Remarkable performance by Pakistan. Job done by every one in the side. Keep it up.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

What they should have mentioned during the post match presentation is that this has been a RECORD LOWEST TOTAL OF ENGLANG AGAINST PAKISTAN.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Great victory by Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

hahaha in your face england say goodbye to the no.1 spot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Pakistan is the best team in the world.............amir asif are innocent... English lions were never lions they were always English mice..bloody people..think themselves as superior. Pakistan roxs!!!!!!......... England is just a piece of utterly butterly shit.

Posted by Jai_India on (January 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Pakistan please dont replace your coach. I think he is 'spot on'. Also your young team is doing very good. Also it was a real test for the English guys. But honestly Anderson and co is very good. They proved they can take wickets on flat tracks. Seriously there is something hapening to batsmen all over the world. No one is performing other than their own backyards.

Posted by Shah-Ji on (January 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

What a feeling ,Nothing taste like this

Posted by iBilal on (January 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

One of the best matches of all time. They way England dominated three and a half days, they still deserve number 1 title. It was the last half of the day that Pakistan dominated and boy, the way they dominated... I literally dont have words for that. England will fight back but have serious concerns facing spin.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

AND STUART BROAD WAS SAYING THAT WE CAN CHASE 250 . LOOL .

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

Stunning come back. Yesterday i thought that it would be a calk walk for Eng. BUT CONGRATULATION TO PAK AND ESPECIALLY THE ABUDR REHMAN. Monumental performance Pak. Good that you battered Eng so badly.

Posted by jamfai on (January 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Brilliant Pakistan! Ive been up watching 4 days of awesome cricket waking up at 1 am.. Been worth every minute. Bob Willis - Do you want to now point a finger at Abdul Rehman?!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Why there is pin drop silence from England? What happened? Any allegations ? Your media must be thinking to protest that why Abdul Rehman was wearing shirt while he was bowling against England LOLOLOLOL. :D :D :D :D

Posted by 89Khan on (January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Bob Wills....Do you want to check in on Abdur Rehman's Arm or fingers or something.....buhahahahaha......In the face pal, in the face.....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

This is so unbelievable. One of the greatest test win for Pakistan. There were lots of speculations before the test series that most of Pakistan's win have occurred against mediocre sides but all that talking should be put to a rest for good. Amazing test match. England needs to play spin better if really want to be termed as number one test side. For Pakistan well you guys are just exceptional.Just needs to fix a bit of batting department.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Pakistan's just unstoppable now.........now those cricket critics would shut up who said that Pakistan didn't win against a top side in his winning streak....NOW TAKE THAT !!!! ENGLAND lost 2-0 IN JUST 8 DAYS OF CRICKET...PAKISTAN FOREVER!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Excellent Team effort by Pakistan... i should says its a win of Cricket... what a game of cricket..... Keep this sprite PAKISTAN ... But what is BCCI doing is there PLAYER POWER is so much that just for a Record they are allowing Tendulker to carry on ......bad .... Indian Senior players should think them self that should they play for RECORDS ONLY??????? However WELL DON TEAM PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Congrates to TEAM PAKISTAN and Team India ;)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

After reading all the comments ......... I must thank all the members 4 supporting "PAKISTAN" ..... All the teams r respectable 4 pakistani's and .... plz never under estimate any team ........ dont give up and try hard 4 next ........

Posted by logicalthinking on (January 28, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

well played pakistan!! great win and this was the SECOND SLAP on the face of the england team....prior are u going to bend over for the last test? lol my rankings (based on home n away) for the present teams: 1) Aus 2) SA 3) PAK 4)Ind 5) Eng 6) SL 7) WI 8) NZ

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Wow..... What a brilliant win... well done guyz...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

@HILLIBUMPER . BUT INDIA NEVER GET BOWLED OUT FOR 72 WHEN THEY WERE NO.1 . OKKK . THE REAL NO.1 IS SA WHO CAN PLAY BOTH SPIN & FAST BOWLING WELL .

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

All the credit goes to Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq partnership, what a brilliant patiency made by these two batsman. Absolutely they are the great one, though it was pakistan will put the target at about 200+ but they have bowled excellently, good quality of spin from Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, outstanding performance they have given. Misbah has a good leadership for pakistan, after imran khan misbah is the one who showed the imran style, outstanding leadership. Pakistan need to bring Wahab Riyaz and Sadaf Hussain in place of Umar gul and Junaid Khan in the next match, apart from that Toufeeq Umar should take rest and make the way for Umar Akmal so that Asad Shafiq can open with MOhammed Hafiz. Once again many many congrats to pakistan for their outstanding performance given.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

England cricket board asking...... "they realy didnt bowl a NO-BALL ??? " find something for spot fixing...

Posted by achurc on (January 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

same old story for england

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

England thrashed yet again, series done & dusted! Pakistani Rocks. Did English team fix the match ? Hahahaha

Posted by sonicattack on (January 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Many congratulations to Pakistan, it was fantatsic (albeit very hard as an England supporter) to watch their excellent spinners demolish and demoralise England. Not sure where England go from here, none of them are suddenly bad players but they didn't have much of a clue.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

its been a longtime pakistan bowled in this way...in waqar-wasim-saqlain era its been seen frequently....with low target they could secured win....but this bowling line up make me nostalgic....given target 145 but smashed by 72...

Posted by suve on (January 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan for this Brilliant Win from Sri Lanka

Posted by azmaftab on (January 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Excellent performance from pakistan! what a great Test Match! Its Tests like this why we love the format! What a performance from pakistan! They have been absolutely outstanding! England need to have a hard look at their batting, they have been out thrice now under crunch situation, that said nothing can be taken away from Pakistan! Its celebration time!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

i can only laugh on it....Broad was saying that england can chase 250....hahahahaha....but congrates to pakistan team they were superb,excellent , brilliant.....Thanks God we done it...now indians can say that look at the england team they also got beaten by asian team in asia so its not a big deal if we loose in australia....

Posted by amjadmayo on (January 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Best way of answer to rest cricket world. Back international cricket to Pakistan....

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Strauss, Cook, Pieterson and Bell? That is the same batting line-up which lost 5-0 in Australia five years ago, and their main destroyer at Adelaide was Shane Warne. They never have been able to resist high-quality spin bowling. Pakistan play really well to their limitations, and their discipline won them this series, deservedly. But England have to replace Strauss, who is past-it as a Test batsman and Eoin Morgan, and they need to do it quickly enough to give themselves a chance in Sri Lanka and India later this year. They are lucky that SL and India are much weaker teams than Pakistan, so it is a feasible target.

Posted by Bill.W on (January 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

first series as No. 1 and shown up already, this is why they should not have had all the talk about being a great team as soon as they got to No. 1, let see what happens next in Dubai.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge::::where are are u mate now???is it u i think who said yeasterday that pak has 3rd rate bowlers....isnt it???it looks u are crying over the death of england cricket...hahaha

Posted by usernames on (January 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Excellent, excellent cricket. One test match I've really enjoyed recently! Pakistan is developing into a very good cricket team. England are woeful against spin and Pakistan has two very good spinners; one best in the world, whatever the rankings.

They have the bowling attack that can win overseas, too! How would I love to watch a bowler of Amir's calibre in this attack! Truly excellent.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Unbelievable display of great talent despite having been sidelined at the international level; no IPL, no cricket at home, few scandals, few punishments etc. but this Cricket Team has shown their best ever......

Posted by BRAVEPAKISTAN on (January 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

WHAT a performance by Pakistan,they deserve this victory .Superb spin bowling bye Abdur rahman and Saeed ajmal. Hopefully they continue this perfomace and white wash England. Pakistan Rocks..!!

Posted by dockhaul4 on (January 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

amazing win. hats off to the team Pakistan

Posted by keecha on (January 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Ok that was the resilience that Strauss was talking about till the second match started. He just forgot that they weren't in England anymore.. I can't wait for them to play in India And what happened to the hero Broad??

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Mazaa agayaaa yaar............MASHALLAH

Headsoff to our Spinner..........there is no doubt that Pakisatni spinners are the best in the world..............Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi..........

your all guys have rocked, and even the most important thing is that team is now united and is working as one unit............with any type of jalloucy and politics.

nice work done by Misbha as captain and even solid work done by rising players like Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali.

Posted by Sylar_1 on (January 28, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Pakistan Zindabad! WOW what a match! i shouted so much ive lost my voice! but SO SO WORTH IT! Great TEAM EFFORT from pakistan! Hard luck to the english, they are a better side and we all know that! But its about Pakistan at the moment and there is just pure jubilation in my country! COME ON PAKISTAN NOW WIN THE LAST GAME TOO!

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

ENGLAND SUCK END OF STORY!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Congrats to Team Pakistan.....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Now That is what Pakistani Spinners can do , whatever the critics might say , but action proved them wrong ... ! Ajmal-Rehman Dreams for England :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Thanks Pakistan for thrashing & snatching victory over England. I believe if they put their 100% efforts on the field and don't involve match fixing storm then they will be number one team in the world soon. Best of lack pak team............

Posted by chappelis_last_blast on (January 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Well well well! Spin bowling when bowled well is as effective as great swing bowling, but with extra ways of getting wickets (batpad catches, top edges). How do ENgland move on now. 3-0 to Pakistan will be a big blow to the poms. But they should chased that total easily. Oh well what a difference 12 months makes, Australia on a high and England on a big low.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

when eng bcame no 1 lots of fomer english players were saying how this team will rule for next couple of years, its time for them to shut up and perform outside their home,,,, this is eng first series as no 1 and the way they played, shame shame world no 1

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

You can tell how excruciating a defeat this is for England by the fact that their out of form batsman was their top scorer. Well done Pakistan! Proud of you!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

well done Pakistan, my second favourite team, what have all the pommy supporters got to say now!!! just like India, no1 for a few months, bunch of losers!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Alhamdulillah ,,, Incredible performance by Pakistan ,,, Showed true calibre of a World Class ,, Outclass ,,, Amazing ,,, Pakistan Zindabad :)

Posted by rjansen on (January 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

I said it before this series and I will say it again - England are completely overrated. They received their number 1 ranking through beating a declining Australian side when they still had number 1, and a declining Indian side when they still had number 1, which gave them a lot of points in the ranking system. They will have to fight hard in Sri-Linka to keep their number 1 ranking, but even if they manage that South Africa will come to take it from them at home to complete the unmasking.

Posted by joynal693 on (January 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

One of the Greatest win in the history of cricket.........Get going........Good job by the tail.&.........by ........Rehman......& ........Ajmal

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

england please make trip to india now, in this form in india we indians beat you 5-0 in test also

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

If there are three countries assisting pace bowlers, Australia, South Africa, and England, there are three for spin bowlers as well, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. So, to be number one, you must win in the sub-continent as well. Its high time, media should stop criticizing the sub-continent countries not performing well in the conditions favoring seam/swing bowling. Every team has their own strengths.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Young Guns of Pakistan done it.. Hats off for Team Pakistan.

Go Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen... Go Pakistaaaaaannnnnnnnn!!!!!!

Posted by thetopofoff on (January 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Dear oh dear old Pommies - love seeing this. Great work Pakistan. Aussies on the rise, Pommies arrogance getting the better of them. We'll sort out our top order and win the Ashes. I'll come out and say it now. Australia has a better bowling attack.

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (January 28, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

I cant help but think what English media will cook up this time .. ?? Hats off to Pakistani team .. !! Superb performance .. !!!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 28, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

@FrontFootLunge, Baaaaaaahaaaaaahahahahahahahaha! A big raspberry to you sir and good day!

Posted by 89Khan on (January 28, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

http://www.espn.co.uk/cricket/sport/video_audio/121395.html Remember this Swann ol' chap......@ 18.00. On the Pakistan Series ." We will win it".....Yes, in your dreams maybe. Hahahaha, i was really pissed back then, ahhh Sweet Revenge.... I know how you feel *evil smirk*

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Excellent Job Done By Misbah n Team. Now What English Media have to criticize! Ajmal, Gul and now another Abdur-Rehman. Now may be Ex-English Cricketers will criticize Abdur Rehman Trousers. He has something hidden inside like they criticize Ajmal Full sleeve Shirt. Its a slap over all the critics.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

One of the greatest bowling performances! What more do Pakistan team have to do to be considered top test side... performance is there... results are there, more importantly consistency is there. Not to mention, all of it came away from (actual) home soil.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

It is 17 Wickets by LBW in a test match unbelievable. DRS (Decision Revue System) is a technology that predicts the presise course of the ball. It has helped the spinner and taken away the advantage from the batsman of benefit of the doubt. It is no longer cricket by chance but it is now by precession of equipment. Every team needs to produce spinners only to win. Technology is going to hurt cricket.

Posted by Mujji_28 on (January 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I predicted previously that 150 would not be easy batting last. Ajmal and Rehman bowled excellently on this pitch and proved that they are world class spinner. Hats off to young pakistani batsman Azhar and Asad for showing their resistance against english bowling. Overall it was excellent performance by Green team on day four.... Pakistan Zindabad......Long live Pakistan.

English team will be deprived of 175000 Pounds now and they will be no more world number 1 :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Great Performance Team Pakistan Alahmdulilah. Really wonderful team effort, Pakistan proved that they are capable of defeating any team. they also proved that they are much more composed mentally than thier english opponents.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

superb......match...congrats 2 pakistan....they beat the no.1 team

Posted by 4test90 on (January 28, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

For goodness sake what is going on in World Cricket ? Today Zimbabwe all out 51 - England all out 72 after being 0/21, India completely uncompetitive and "baggygreen" washed in 4 Tests. Even SL were all out for 43 vs Safr last week - is it technique ?!?

Posted by Wazzi on (January 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Yahoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! we won great work, this is what we call team work.... congratzzzzz to Pak

Posted by Bangla.tiger on (January 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

go ahead pakistan. congratz to all pakistani suporter. even im not pakistani suporter. good cricket spirit from pakistan

Posted by phahim on (January 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

So.. Who needs Amir and Asif like fast bowler and Skipper like Salman butt to Trash down a #1 Team..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

congrats to pak brothers from an Indian fan...well done..TEST of the left arm spinner LOL

Posted by Long-Leg on (January 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Sometimes it is so hard to be an England fan. For three and a half days they were in charge of this test only to disintegrate in the final 36 overs. This is one of the worst collapses I can ever remember. And they collapsed on a decent wicket to an ordinary spinner who turned it a bit. I think they lost this test between their ears before they ever lost it on the pitch. Well done Pakistan. You deserve this series.

Posted by Meety on (January 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Wow! I was watchingg until about the 12th or 13th over & thought England have this, slick back over & the match is finished with the Pakis winning!!! OUCH!!!! == == == What a match, England probably didn't deserve to fall in such fashion, but gee I can hear the Indian fans pounding their keyboards. England are still #1 (deservedly), but they are NOT on the start of any era of dominance. == == == Panesar outbowled Swann, for that matter so did Hafeez, Rehman & Ajmal.

Posted by cric4lyf on (January 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Pakistan zindabad...BCCI and ICC now stop criticizing pakistan otherwise we will give you bigger defeats than this one

Posted by ALiQamar on (January 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

I am so delighted right now to see Pakistan finally doing something that Australia and England had done to us in recent past... Long live Pakistan!!! Well tried in England...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

emotional moment i dont know its revenge or anything else but its something which bring happines on the faces of every pakistani pakistan zindabad

Posted by oopsswindon on (January 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Great Win, Much deserve. Well done Pakistan

Posted by Imad_K on (January 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan. Why didn't Strauss walk - Billy Bowden poor decision. Pakistan shouldn't get too carried away though. Great bowling by Pakistan but the problem with Pakistan for the last 10/15 years has been their batting. Normally poor shot selection, giving their wickets away playing stupid shots, not batting with responsibility etc. It's normally 2/3 batsmen that Pakistan rely on which has been the case for many years now.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

where is my frnd HumanhHoneyBadger now???? lolz well played Pakistan loved every min of this test match.

Posted by Capround on (January 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, don't get your comment "Pakistan playing with the Umpire as an extra player again." Are you saying umpires are siding with Pakistan or against Pakistan? Understand if you are referring to the incomprehensible Third Umpire Billy Bowden decision on Strauss, or are there some other anti-England decisions that your referring to?

Posted by lakarhara on (January 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

pakistan WON Wuhu what a great Victory . Now Please Indians dont say that England Is a Minniow Team .

Posted by Shamsherbaloch on (January 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

What a historical win over England !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by krnataraj on (January 28, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

current world number one - england let us see if you can hold to that by the time the series ends with pakistan. the fact is that teams like england and india(former world number one) can win matches only in their backyards. the fact is that indian batsmen have problems playing on "fast and seaming tracks" and the pommies have problems playing on "slow & turning tracks"!! the truth remains that neither england nor india have the capability to become like the legendary teams of westindies under clive lloyd and the aussies under taylor and waugh.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

Never ever underestimate Pakistan....Pakistan Zindabaad

Posted by krnataraj on (January 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

current world number one - england let us see if you can hold to that by the time the series ends with pakistan. the fact is that teams like england and india(former world number one) can win matches only in their backyards. the fact is that indian batsmen have problems playing on "fast and seaming tracks" and the pommies have problems playing on "slow & turning tracks"!! the truth remains that neither england nor india have the capability to become like the legendary teams of westindies under clive lloyd and the aussies under taylor and waugh.

Posted by wonderdosra on (January 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Now the interesting things will be made by english media. They will now turn their guns on Abdul Rehman and Saeed ajmal

Posted by m.abubakar2012 on (January 28, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Well played PAKISTAN :)

Posted by BigDataIsAHoax on (January 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Whoa!! What a match & what fighting spirit by Pakistan!! I wish our Indian side had 10% of the spirit that this young Paki side has. Absolutely stunning display Pakistan!! Wish you all the luck for a 3-0 whitewash against the #1 team in the world!!! 72 all out!! OMG!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Guted, bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Well done Pakistan. You had a plan to go with courage and belief and we didn't. End of story.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

PAK have won ENGLAND 72 ALL OUT,,,,,,,,,,,ANOTHER NUMBER 1 TEST TEAM 2-0 LOSS IN SERIES

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

cummonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn pakistan poorrrrrrrrrrrrrrr england go back n learn how to play spin........................pakistan will b da num 1 .....................cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by atuljain1969 on (January 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

I predicted when Pakistan was batting in 2nd innings, that if England is given a target of 150-200 range, we can see pakistan winning and I have proven to be right.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Hhahahahahhaha..Front-Foot-Lunge..thats's more like Foot-in-mouth!!! Congrats to all the Pakistanis...what a win

Posted by Cricket_Junky on (January 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

WOW, This is Test Cricket at its Best.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (January 28, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Alas how the high & mighty have fallen!!!!!!!!! 72 all out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Every team is a lion in its own den these days.(UAE is more or less pak's homeground now).Expected a better performance from the No.1 team in the world. If you can't chase 145 you have to do some serious thinking.Beware England, Aussies are out to dethrone you(in the near future).AMEN.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

he he he... worst captain Strauss... big cheater...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

@Usamah Ateeq Bukhari - BCCI may consider, but not Indians.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Unbelievable performance by Pakistan , Hattts offf for a great match!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

So who is next No 1 ............. Please show them the way to UAEEEE................ Forza team greeeen...................

Posted by mark2011 on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Congratulation to pakistan from sri lanka... !!!.. Good team performance and excellent fighting from Paks.. I think Indan can see their neighbour and be happy atleast now.. since they are 4-0 Aus...

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Any Allegation left on Pakistani team??:O i would love to here about rehman bowling this time :P

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

how the hell did that batting line up get out for 72.That is a complete farce and shows that we are not world no 1 until we can win in all situations.until we win in the sub continent we do not deservce to be higher than 5th.Still better than India though

Posted by JamalN on (January 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

I was reading comments here yesterday and all the English fans were so over-confident about their bowlers and batsman and the fact that they are number one in the world right now. Sorry to say this but everyone under-estimated Pakistan. So much criticism about Saeed Ajmal and his bowling action, guess what Ajmal is not the only one capable of taking England's batting order down.

Pakistan is world's most unpredictable team and they are capable of winning from any point. They truly deserved this victory.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Love test cricket, Love Pakistan team,,,

Posted by 2929paul on (January 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Well bowled Pakistan. Shocking performance under pressure from England. Collapsed when faced with quality spin bowling and don't seem to be able to work out the techniques needed to play world class spin.

Posted by cricket0007 on (January 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

pakistan too good for england.. even after horrible decision by 3rd umpire.. it was a real shocker.. i think in such tense matches the best umpires MUST officiate .. doesnt matter if they r from the teams playing that match... but a great game of cricket with both the teams fighting all the way.. well played england and Pakistan are playing probably the best cricket in the world

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Wow...Pakistan did it...what a match...England world number one team all out by 72 runs..pakistan should surelly be proud of this exceptional performance..India should learn something from this Young pakistan team..I'm an Indian but loved the way pakistan played this series.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

aaaah...test cricket.. i love it..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

The Most Famous Win for Pakistan.............It Shows Pakistan is Dangerous Side Yet.......

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

What a cricket match ! Test cricket is back ! O yeah ! Amazing just amazing... 4 days of amazing nerve stressing heart pounding cricket...Good cricket all around !! Pakistan Zindabad !!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Stunning come back. Yesterday i thought that it would be a calk walk for Eng. BUT CONGRATULATION TO PAK AND ESPECIALLY THE ABUDR REHMAN. Monumental performance Pak. Good that you battered Eng so badly.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

well played england world champions 72 all out if u played this well how you will be champions

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

I must say --- Pakistan you beauty of test cricket ...you deserve much more .. :)

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Well-done Pakistan... Keep It Up...why still England is playing cricket... they are thinking is it international cricket or a 1st class match...

Worst performance by England fellows... The Dirty Fellows...

The Pakistan deserves the win...

Posted by Chuck_Nunchuck on (January 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Wow, now that was an incredible game and Pakistan definitely showed where they belong and England you know they are just good at conditions that suit them (Eng,Oz,Sa,Nz). They really need to hone their skills to play spin better! probably stop playing on those green trampoline sort of pitches! Awesome Job Pakistan.. GPL.

Posted by ahamed93 on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

suprb allhamdhulillahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team. They are surely on the way up.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

like someone said before: England Ajmalled and Rehmanned.. ;) well done team-misbah!.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

I think Pakistan team is too good for India..

Posted by ssshafqat on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Whoot! Mubarak, Pakistan. So incredible to see this team unite and come together, put their heads and hearts together for a positive purpose. A microcosm for the country. May peace, safety, security return fully to Pakistan and with it international cricket! Oh yes! :)

Posted by Kruti.agarwal on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

I truly Praised AJmal Teesrassssssssss.................

Posted by WeeBee on (January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Please speak up ENGLISH FANS .. now say something , crack a joke

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Afridi should come in for Junaid then there is more preasur and an another spinner

Posted by hampshire234 on (January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Why should Pakistan be worried abt India hosting them... They are loosing big time... Aim for Australia and SouthAfrica...

Posted by adnan_rifat84 on (January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Pakistan sink England's ego ship in Arabian sea.

Posted by faizalsehwag on (January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

congrats to pakistan team... absolutely deserve it.... keep goin.. i think pakistan bowling attach Gonna be no 1 in the world....

Posted by frazell on (January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

embarassing, England bowlers completely let down (again) by the batsmen

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan - unbelievable performance but Trott wasn't the only one sick today. England's whole mental attitude was sick. What the hell happened? England's basmen acted as if they were used to defeat not victory. Test cricket at its best, pressure-wise but maybe the sobriquet of World No. 1 was too heavy a burden to bear. Pakistan probably will win 3-0.

Posted by Nvalley on (January 28, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

where are the naysayers!?!! Pakistan 2-0 woohooo!!!!!!!!!

Posted by suve on (January 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

does Abdur Rehman throw the ball too now, England??. England can chase 250???, and What happened England Fans who said Eng will win 3-0. Well done Pakistan for bowling out the so called number 1 team for just 72. England and India are the most overrated Test teams in Cricket right now.

Posted by True_Cricket_Lover on (January 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

PAKISTANPAKISTANPAKISTANPAKISTANPAKISTANPAKISTANPAKISTANPAKISTAN!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Yeahhhhhhhh.. Gott sei dank.. was ein spiel..

Posted by oze13 on (January 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

England's chances of still being No.1 by the end of the year are non-existent with this sort of pathetic batting. Not good enough. Woeful is an understatement. Just pathetic. What more can you say?

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

SUPERB performance from pakistan..Strauss should have been given out on that bat pad catch and the card apart from his, looks like an international dialling code...really pleased for pakistan, considering the troubles they have had and the fact they cant even play at home...great effort by the coach also, PCB, DONT replace him, you dont need to....

Posted by True_Cricket_Lover on (January 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Well well well, the fat lady has cleared her throat and she is singing Pakistan's National Anthem......PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD...LONG LIVE PAKISTAN!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

good job pakistan.i wonder were is mr hussain and botham. they r donk.......

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

no electricity to watch this thriller

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

As an Eng fan I have to say fair play to Pak as it looks like they will win this game now. Their never say die attitude has served them well and should be a lesson to Ind. As for Eng the lack of positivity at the top of the order has cost us here as it did in both Inns in Dubai. Some serious thought must now be given to our batting approach ahead of the series against SRL and Ind later this year. I would suggest a specialist batting coach is employed who knows sub contienent pitch conditions and has a good idea of how to play spin and force the field back in the early stages of an inns, Gooch is fine for seam bowling but never did that well against spin as a player. Watching sky's coverage I am in agreement with Bob Willis, Swann could have been thrown in at 3 to try to get the score card moving. This loss will hurt more than the first as a the series has now gone and B we really have been in the box seat since the first afternoon and really should have been able to chase down 145!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Wow Pakistan Rocks...... Great bowling by Rehman and Ajmal......

Posted by mspaloda on (January 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Is England the #1 Test Team..?? Amazing #1 team!!! Seems they cant handle the pressure of being #1....

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Gr8 fight back !! thanks to the snipers who r still defending this total

Posted by AlanHarrison on (January 28, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

I wonder what Bob Willis and the English newspaper will do if England manage to lose this test: perhaps they will get their big protractors out and start questioning the validity of Rehman's action. Or start a petition to bring back Darryl Hair ...?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

This is some quality cricket, Worth watching every ball

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan for creating the sort of pressure only they can create. England would not be in such a bad position against any other test side. England's mental attitude when approaching the start of the innings suggested they were really scared. Gripping stuff! Are we going to have to rely on Broad again? TEST CRICKET at its very best. England still have a chance to win but it is getting slimmer....

Posted by Hayes.Adam on (January 28, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

145 was a easy target by all means but after Tea Pakistan is in control Eng 56/4 prior & Trott need to stick together.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

i think BCCI will now consider hosting pakistan

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

This is test stuff I can barely watch!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

When is PAK Unpredictable UnLTD- ANY FORM of Cricket is a Joy to Watch. Still too early to call the cards, but the pendulum is slowly moving back towards Pak. Wonderful Test- so far

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Its tea break Eng 39/4, with Strauss still on the crease only God knows why! Way to go Pakistan bowlers. We are proud u

Posted by iBAHAR on (January 28, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

4 England GREATS are back at tea. It's 39/4.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Wow, what a game it is turning out to be :s

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

WHY STRAUSS WAS GIVEN NOT OUT ? HE WAS CLEARLY OUT . EVEN IN THE COMMENTATORY BOX ENGISH COMMENTATORS WERE SAYING IT WAS OUT . WOULD HAVE BEEN 39 FOR 5 .

Posted by True_Cricket_Lover on (January 28, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

What an excellent test match. Great fight back by Pakistan to leave England in trouble with four down at tea, should have been five down with Strauss out had Billy Bowden kept his eyes open. Come on Pakistan, you can do it, you have made us proud regardless of the outcome of the match now. Pakistan...Zindabaad!!!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Is there an award that could go to Bell for the unluckiest way to get out ever?

Posted by jhango173 on (January 28, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

well poor dicision by the third umpire , thats not fair at all. strauss was clearly caught by azhar ali but the third umpire dint give him out. its always the case with pakistan. all umpires specially the third umpire is always in favour of england dont khnw why?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Anderson and co are so good, even on the flattest pitches in the world, that Swann's hardly had a look-in. Top of the world :)

Posted by wnwn on (January 28, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Time for Umar Akmal to be brought in to replace his brother Adnan. I've seen Umar keep in ODI's and he's on a par with Adnan. He will also strengthen the batting significantly and batting at 7 will give him plenty of rest between innings. Sri Lanka did it with Chandimal and the result was amazing.

Posted by khurramsch on (January 28, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

@inings break: good fight by azhar,shafiq but as expected they cant fight the new ball. they should have scored 15-20 runs more with the same nos of balls faced. iresponsible shot by adnan.4 seniors didint do anything for pakistan in this inings & made it tough for themselves.now broads inings proving very vital as well as poor decision of umpire & worst by pakistan on trott. overall well fought by pakistan it wasnt easy for england.but a good game of cricket

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Pakistan playing with the Umpire as an extra player again.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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