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RESULT
1st Test, Dubai (DSC), January 17 - 19, 2012, England tour of United Arab Emirates
192 & 160
(T:15) 338 & 15/0

Pakistan won by 10 wickets

Player Of The Match
7/55 & 3/42
saeed-ajmal
Match centre 
Scores: Sanjay Murari
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Comms: Kanishkaa Balachandran
Scorecard summary
England 192/10(72.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Matt Prior *70 (154)
Saeed Ajmal7/55 (24.3)
Pakistan 338/10(119.5 overs)
1st INNINGS
Graeme Swann4/107 (29.5)
Stuart Broad3/84 (31)
England 160/10(57.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Umar Gul4/63 (19)
Saeed Ajmal3/42 (17.3)
Pakistan 15/0(3.4 overs)
2nd INNINGS

End of match: Seems like ages since England last lost a Test. Perth 2010 I guess. You could point to rustiness, but I don't think anybody would have predicted England to lose in three days in the opening Test. We know they're a far better side than this. Perhaps they were a bit spooked by the spinners, rather the mere talk of them.

Pakistan have proved yet again they are one of the most difficult Test teams to beat. A series away from home, in this form and confidence, will present the true picture. Overall, a brilliant demolition job by the hosts.

I guess we won't expect any changes in the Pakistan line-up but there could be at least one for England. Finn for Tremlett is doing the rounds on Twitter. I'd probably bring in Monty Panesar for Tremlett, if the conditions are going to be similar. The presentation is coming up.

Atherton can't hide his amusement at the host of awards being given out - most sixes, best bowler, outstanding performance of the day blah blah.

Ajmal is the Man of the Match: "Very happy day for me. No turn on the first day. Looking forward to the next time. I'll try it (teesra) in the next game."

Strauss: "Losing five in the first session put us on the backfoot, We don't want to push the panic button. All credit to Pakistan, I thought our bowlers did well but our batsmen can do a lot better. Our preparation has been pretty good otherwise. To bowl Pakistan out for 330 odd was a pretty good effort on that surface. I think Pakistan have been very solid."

Misbah: "We didn't expect it to be so easy for us. Ajmal put us on the path to victory. Rehman and Hafeez are contributing very well. Conditions are not the easiest in Dubai for batting. After 2010 (in England), the players wanted to improve. I'd also like to congratulate the curator for this wicket."

So the England supporters have two extra days to kill in Dubai. Plenty to do to dispel the gloom.

Thanks for joining us. Plenty to read, courtesy George Dobell and David Hopps. Alex Winter says goodbye. Cheers!

3.4
4
Broad to Hafeez, FOUR runs

Hafeez ends the formalities with a pull off the short ball in front of square on the on side!

3.3
Broad to Hafeez, no run

bangs it in short and Hafeez bends down and hangs out the periscope, sharp bouncer there

3.2
4
Broad to Hafeez, FOUR runs

this time he makes use of the width by getting beside the line and steering it well wide of point

3.1
Broad to Hafeez, no run

fullish in length and he gets across and drops it down the pitch

end of over 3Maiden
PAK: 7/0CRR: 2.33 
Taufeeq Umar0 (6)
Mohammad Hafeez7 (12)
James Anderson 2-1-7-0
Stuart Broad 1-1-0-0
2.6
Anderson to Taufeeq Umar, no run

gets good bounce and carry outside off and Taufeeq is still watchful

2.5
Anderson to Taufeeq Umar, no run

gets across and softly nudges it down to midwicket

2.4
Anderson to Taufeeq Umar, no run

opportunity for Taufeeq to run it down to fine leg but he fails to make contact

2.3
Anderson to Taufeeq Umar, no run

drops it down towards gully and decides against the run

2.2
Anderson to Taufeeq Umar, no run

swings it away from the left-hander and he doesn't play at it

2.1
Anderson to Taufeeq Umar, no run

almost a run-out! Taufeeq drops it to the off side and Hafeez sends him scampering back, the fielder fails to collect it

end of over 2Maiden
PAK: 7/0CRR: 3.50 
Mohammad Hafeez7 (12)
Taufeeq Umar0 (0)
Stuart Broad 1-1-0-0
James Anderson 1-0-7-0
1.6
Broad to Hafeez, no run

safely left alone again, Hafeez is willing to be patient

1.5
Broad to Hafeez, no run

gets across and safely shoulders arms, Prior goes to his right and collects it

1.4
Broad to Hafeez, no run

and once again Broad gets some really good bounce to keep Hafeez guessing, safely left alone

1.3
Broad to Hafeez, no run

on a good length and keeps a bit low, safely left alone to the keeper

1.2
Broad to Hafeez, no run

fullish in length outside off and he safely leaves it alone

1.1
Broad to Hafeez, no run

gets some alarming lift off the pitch just outside off, where did that take off from?

Two fours will seal the deal. Here's Broad

end of over 17 runs
PAK: 7/0CRR: 7.00 
Mohammad Hafeez7 (6)
Taufeeq Umar0 (0)
James Anderson 1-0-7-0
0.6
3
Anderson to Hafeez, 3 runs

stands tall and punches it off the backfoot past backward point, Pakistan need just 8 more

0.5
4
Anderson to Hafeez, FOUR runs

Chance A very tough one though, he gets a thick outside edge which just beats Swann's fingers at second slip, runs away to third man

0.4
Anderson to Hafeez, no run

full and gets some generous inward movement from outside the off stump, pity for England they only have 15 to defend

0.3
Anderson to Hafeez, no run

Hafeez is still watchful against the new ball, he isn't chasing anything yet

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez PAK
88 runs (164)
11 fours1 six
Control
90%
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
3 fours0 six
6411141281023
MJ Prior
MJ Prior ENG
70 runs (154)
3 fours0 six
Control
84%
Productive shot
leg glance
26 runs
0 four0 six
33165109420
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal PAK
O
24.3
M
7
R
55
W
7
ECO
2.24
Umar Gul
Umar Gul PAK
O
19
M
5
R
63
W
4
ECO
3.31
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Series
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Pakistan
Saeed Ajmal
Series resultPakistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2030
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days17,18,19 January 2012 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
New Zealand
Billy Bowden
Australia
Bruce Oxenford
TV Umpire
Australia
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan
Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
India
Javagal Srinath