Pakistan Romp To Ten-Wicket Victory Over England
Pakistan 338 (Mohammad Hafeez 88) & 15-0 beat
England 192 & 160 (Trott 49, Saeed Ajmal 3-42) by 10 wickets
First Test, Dubai, day three
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Pakistan thrashed England by ten wickets on day three of the opening Test in Dubai after they produced a ruthlessly clinical performance to register the first outright result at the venue.
They built a first-innings lead of 146 by scoring 338 thanks to Adnan Akmal's 61 then routed England for 160 before finishing proceedings by cruising to 15 without loss in their second innings.
Saeed Ajmal completed his second ten-wicket haul in Tests by returning three for 42 while Umar Gul did the early damage, returning four for 63 by dismissing Andrew Strauss (6), Alastair Cook (5), Kevin Pietersen (0) and Jonathan Trott (49).
Trott was the only man in the top order who was able to apply himself and prosper - albeit briefly - against the bowlers and Graeme Swann was the only other player to get a start, hitting 39 in 52 balls once the game was all but gone.
Eoin Morgan (14), Stuart Broad (17) and James Anderson (15 not out) were the only others who managed to reach double figures as England's batting imploded more dramatically than it had on the opening day, when they were dismissed for 192.
Swann had earlier removed the impressive Akmal, who was stumped by Matthew Prior, and Ajmal, caught by Cook for 12 as he finished with four for 107.
England would have aimed to bat for at least the rest of the day and establish a lead. They did establish a lead but it was not one that unduly troubled Pakistan, as openers Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar needed just 3.4 overs to knock the runs off, Hafeez scoring all of them himself.
The second Test begins in Abu Dhabi on 25th January.
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