Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day February 6, 2012

'A dream come true' - Mohsin Khan

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Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan coach, compared his team's whitewash against England to the 1992 World Cup triumph after the 3-0 margin was sealed with a 71-run victory in Dubai. It was the first time since 1907 that a team had won after being dismissed in double figures in the first innings of a Test and completed Pakistan's first cleansweep over England.

"Today is like a dream come true," Mohsin told Sky Sports. "It's not a very experienced team but it's very talented. Today, the captain and all the players have proved they are one of the best in the world. It's a great achievement for the Pakistan team."

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq always believed his team could fight back from their poor first innings which had seen them 44 for 7 before lunch on the opening day. The fightback started with the bowlers and was built on by Younis Khan and Azhar Ali who struck the only hundreds made in the series.

"After being bowled out for 99 nobody thought we could come back," Misbah said. "But that is what this Pakistan team has been doing for the last year and a half, coming back in pressure situations. Everybody performed well, especially the bowlers. Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman brought us back into the game then there was a wonderful batting performance from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali. I think that was the difference in this game."

As they have throughout the series, England struggled to combat Pakistan's spinners. Ajmal took four wickets in the final innings to take his series tally to 24 at 14.70 which earned him the Man-of-the-Series award. But it wasn't all spin that ended England's hopes of a consolation victory as Umar Gul took out key middle-order scalps in another penetrative spell.

First he struck with the old ball to extract Ian Bell and then Eoin Morgan with the new ball to ensure no lower-order heroics from Stuart Broad or Graeme Swann. Having also taken a four-wicket haul in the previous Test in Dubai at the start of the series Misbah was full of praise for his senior fast bowler.

"He's a wonderful bowler, whenever we need him he performs well," he said. "Today he gave us four precious wickets. He's a matchwinning bowler and he showed that again today."

For Andrew Strauss the defeat completed a chastening three weeks where England's credentials as the leading Test team have been left in tatters. The bowlers couldn't have done more to try and keep their side in the series but time and again the batting failed to respond and Strauss admitted the constant failures were unexpected.

"I'm a little surprised we didn't get bigger scores over the three matches," he said. "That was a consistent failure on our part but you have to give credit to Pakistan. When they got their noses in front they didn't let us back in. We have to learn lessons from this. I'm a great believer you don't become a great team overnight or a bad team overnight."

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  • dummy4fb on February 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan Cricket Team. Misbah's Men have made us proud Pakistani's. Pray this team always performs with fighting spirit.Afzaal Hazir

  • dummy4fb on February 7, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    That's what you get! We lose 3 bowlers and we get many more! MashALLAH!

  • RamboX1 on February 7, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    "Whatever the opposition you've still got to get used to the pitches and the conditions and that's exactly what we'll do," Geoff Millner pre-series interview 9 December - assuming that this is true then England were outplayed.

    "England batsmen have learned to play spin bowling. They can manage spin with good control," - Mushtaq Ahmend England's spin bowling coach December 16 - Perhaps they can - inference England were outplayed

    "We are aware it's a stiff challenge and we are also aware you need to have very different types of skills if you want to do well out there. You've got to be very fit and it comes at a good time. It's just what we need as a side but we are not underestimating the size of the challenge." - Strauss 3 January: Assuming that this is true then England were outplayed

    "We do have a lot of faith in our players and that faith has been justified over a long period of time," he said. "But we've obviously underperformed here badly. I've been surprised by how poorly we

  • ROLAYH on February 7, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @Bipin Dahal is the first time in 100 years or so when a team won after scoring less than 100 in the first inning of the match.....

  • imrankhan76uk on February 6, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @ zuber21886.... sorry again for your info..... Pakistan Drew series with Austrailia 1-1 in England... and was not very far from doing same 2-2 to with England in England...its just Salman Butt had different plans then...otherwise england were 6 down for less than 100......

  • imrankhan76uk on February 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @ zuber21886..... I completely DISAGREE with your opinion.... Pakistan has performed extremely well in this series. Dont forget it is not home soil for Pakistan. People call it home series for Pakistan but they are still playing outside their Country.... So I say congrats to everyone involved and to all cricket lovers. It was great fun watching this series. mind you England is not as bad as they may look right now... I still see them bouncing back...

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Mr Irfan Ahmed; do I take it that you consider Pakistan's fielding to be of test standard or that fielding plays little part in a game of cricket? Well, if you do, I disagree. For me, as long as Pakistan does not imrove its fielding standard to par, it can never be even number 2 ranked test team, even if both its bowling and batting are excellent.

  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    this is a team work to beat world 1 team and England always behind the Pakistani team -well done everyone of Pakistani

  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Misbah has told us that we were not to curse him for long after the world cup semifinal! He has proved that! Winning a test-match itself is something huge! And he has brought us series of series wins!! Hail Misbah! Our Cricketing Leader!

  • smjr on February 6, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    The comment of Strauss "I'm a great believer you don't become a great team overnight or a bad team overnight." holds wisdom and that is absolutely true. Great teams are that of Australia which ruled in 70s,90s and early part of 20s.The W.I which ruled in 80s and 90s. Beside them teams such as England, India, Pakistan and South Africa also stamp their authority for one or two years in test cricket. Forget about this ICC test ranking system which is as misleading and as difficult to understand as Dukworth Lewis system in ODI

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