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254dThe Report by David Hopps

Rehman stuns England to give Pakistan series

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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
94(220) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 43 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 5 24 14 36 2 2 9
Misbah-ul-Haq
84(173) 5x4 - 4x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 26 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
4 7 9 7 9 16 27 5

Best performances - Bowlers

Abdur Rehman
O10.1
M4
R25
W6
Eco2.45
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MS Panesar
O38.2
M18
R62
W6
Eco1.61
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alex Winter

Get all the reaction and analysis to Pakistan's brilliant win and England's miserable collapse here on ESPNcricinfo. Pile in with your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter. Our senior correspondent George Dobell will be getting all the coverage from out in the Arabian Gulf so stayed tuned throughout the day and indeed the week until the next Test, the final one of the series from back in Dubai, begins next Friday, February 3. But the next live cricket is on Wednesday, Australia and India beginning their ODI series with a day-nighter at the SCG starting at 0835 GMT. See you soon...

So there we go, Pakistan have won the series. Who on earth could have predicted that? More importantly, who on earth would have predicted two surfaces that would have produced just eight days of cricket? Remarkable.

Presentation time...and a hundred silly awards to hand out...apart from a few...bowler of the match to Saeed Ajmal...outstanding performance of the match to Monty Panesar...man of the match is Abdur Rehamn for bowling his side to victory in this fourth innings..."I get a lot of confidence bowling opposite Saeed," he says. they were some double act...usual public relations computer speak from Andrew Strauss..."Ultimately we've been rolled over three innings out of four and the top order need to take that on the chin"...here's Misbah..."A much needed victory for us. The bowlers were outstanding. I had belief in my bowlers."

Quite amazing really, this match, apart perhaps the second and third evenings, was all England, their comeback match, but Pakistan have sensed their chance in the fourth innings and taken it brilliantly.

Well that is a remarkable turnaround from Pakistan...in complete disarray a year ago and now turning over the No.1 team in world cricket. Absolutely stunning win. They piled on the pressure by strangling England's run-scoring opportunities, forced some mistakes and produced several gorgeous deliveries. Rehman and Ajmal wheeling away, the noise around the bat, the atmosphere in the ground, it was exceptionally difficult to bat, and Bob Willis has just said apart from the current Indian line up at its best, nobody could have lived with that bowling.

36.1
W
Abdur Rehman to Anderson, OUT, swept, top edge, caught by Gul! And Pakistan have won a brilliant, fantastic Test match...a famous famous win...Gul didn't have to travel far to come in and take a simple catch. Pakistan win by 72 runs

JM Anderson c Umar Gul b Abdur Rehman 1 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

END OF OVER:
36 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | ENG: 72/9

  • JM Anderson1 (1b)
  • Saeed Ajmal15-7-22-3
  • Abdur Rehman10-4-25-5
35.6
W
Saeed Ajmal to Prior, OUT, Prior goes now, trying to have a go. Pushing away from his body and just chipped a catch to cover. 100 Test match wickets for Ajmal...thoroughly deserved

MJ Prior c Asad Shafiq b Saeed Ajmal 18 (65m 45b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

35.5
1
Saeed Ajmal to Anderson, 1 run, inside edge past short leg and they scramble a run

James Anderson...heaven help you sir...

This is all over now bar the shouting...Pakistan are going to win the series!

35.4
W
Saeed Ajmal to Swann, OUT, another one. Playing back, playing back, playing back. That's all you need to know really. Off spinner past the inside edge, caught on the crease, plumb once more...

GP Swann lbw b Saeed Ajmal 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

35.3
0
Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, now a big off spinner and striking the pad but sliding down, runs away into the off side
35.2
0
Saeed Ajmal to Swann, no run, done by the doosra, Swann played inside it and got beaten

England 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st21AJ StraussAN Cook
2nd5AJ StraussIR Bell
3rd7AJ StraussKP Pietersen
4th4AJ StraussEJG Morgan
5th19AJ StraussMJ Prior
6th12IJL TrottMJ Prior
7th0MJ PriorSCJ Broad
8th3GP SwannMJ Prior
9th1JM AndersonMJ Prior
10th0MS PanesarJM Anderson