Monday, February 06, 2012

PAKISTAN WHITEWASH ENGLAND

PAKISTAN WHITEWASH ENGLAND

England faces the humiliation of a first-ever series whitewash at the hands of Pakistan



Pakistan Whitewash England



The sunny disposition of Saeed Ajmal and the stiff-limbed tenacity of Abdur Rehman have tormented England throughout this Test series and there was the slimmest likelihood of escape at tea on the fourth day of the final Test in Dubai as Pakistan sought to inflict a whitewash upon England for the first time.

There was plentiful spin for Pakistan's spinners, leaping spin at times when the ball struck the rough, and England, still 151 runs short of victory with only four wickets remaining, looked bound for a 3-0 defeat in the series.

Ajmal, spinning the ball both ways, not extravagantly but often, dismissed Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook in the afternoon session, to add to Jonathan Trott before lunch. Rehman counted Andrew Strauss as his sole success as he bowled unchanged for two sessions, 30 overs sent down with unerring accuracy. He is the sort of spin bowler who looks slightly weary from the outset, but never noticeably tires after that.

Pietersen was bent upon playing enterprisingly. The first ball of the afternoon provided a reminder of his vulnerability when a bat-pad against Rehman flew high past short leg, but he had the fleeting satisfaction of striking him straight for six before Ajmal, from around the wicket, spun one through the gate and beamed at further bounty.

Cook put up statuesque resistance. Along the way he became the second youngest person, at 27 years and 43 days, to reach 6,000 Test runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar has reached the landmark at a younger age. His most attacking shot of the morning, a loft into the leg side against Rehman, caused the bowler to taunt him with applause. He lived on scraps, combating the turning ball with thoughtful defence and numerous works to the leg side and that proved his undoing as a leading edge was brilliantly held by Younis Khan, diving to his left at first slip.

The emphasis has been upon spin, but Umar Gul reminded England that the quicker bowlers should not be entirely discounted as he got the old ball to reverse swing as much as at any time in the series. Ian Bell's state of mind is such that a long hop is quite enough. He averaged more than 100 last summer, less than 10 in this series, and when Gul offered up a gift he mistimed it wide of point. The ball that dismissed Eoin Morgan, caught by the wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, who embarked upon a merry dance, was of higher quality.

England, 36 runs banked the previous evening, needed a further 288 at the start of play. Strauss fell in the sixth over of the morning, lbw on the back foot to Rehman. That was lbw No. 42 in this three-Test series, one short of the all-time record for a series of any length. Strauss reviewed it, although it smacked of a captain's review and he would have been better to head smartly for the dressing room. But when it comes to captain's reviews Strauss cannot match Misbah-ul-Haq. Misbah has been lbw on five occasions in this series and he has taken a review every time. It must be a captain's prerogative.

Without lapses in the field, Pakistan could have been in a stronger position. They had dropped Cook the previous evening, a relatively simple chance to Taufeeq Umar at third slip and Gul's drop in the shadows of the stand at deep square gave him another reprieve as Pakistan lost the efficiency that has characterised their cricket throughout this series. Rehman made his frustration clear when he caught Trott at deep square as he flung the ball into the turf with feeling at the errors that had gone before.

Adnan's fumble behind the stumps to reprieve Strauss, although not costly as the England captain was out in the next over, was the worst miss of all. Adnan has had a good series behind the stumps and has the opportunity to be Pakistan's first-choice keeper for many years to come but his excitable chatter had reached a peak. As Pakistan press for victory, it is in danger of becoming counterproductive. Strauss' edge flew to him at comfortable height but he put it down. For a few minutes he was quiet and you could hear your ears ringing.

Adnan's cacophony of cries often rent the air for inexplicable reasons. As do parrots, Adnan vocalises for many reasons. He may be excitedly greeting the day or summoning his family at sunset. He may be screeching when he is excited or when he is merely trying it on. He may screech when he thinks things have got too quiet or when he thinks it is his duty to scream. He just likes screeching. At one point he burst out coughing as if in sore need of a lozenge and Trott looked at him in deadpan fashion.

Adnan is also incorrigibly optimistic about reviewing umpiring decisions. "Do it, do it, yes, yes, all good," you can sense him saying. Misbah has learned not to take his evidence into consideration and looks askance at him. But Pakistan challenged umpire Steve Davis' not-out ruling when Ajmal beat Cook on the sweep. Hawk-Eye showed that the ball pitched outside leg. There again, disturbingly, it seems that Hawk-Eye also cannot read Ajmal's doosra, probably because it is English.

Andrew Strauss fell leg before to Abdur Rehman, Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day, February 6, 2012

Pakistan 99 & 365

England 141 & 252 (97.3 ov)

Pakistan won by 71 runs

Pakistan 1st innings RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalMohammad Hafeezlbw b Broad 1350301043.33
View dismissalTaufeeq Umarlbw b Anderson 045000.00
View dismissalAzhar Alic †Prior b Broad 12014007.14
View dismissalYounis Khanc †Prior b Broad 41081050.00
View dismissalMisbah-ul-Haq* lbw b Anderson 11780012.50
View dismissalAsad Shafiqlbw b Panesar 45120783057.69
View dismissalAdnan Akmallbw b Broad 636300020.00
View dismissalAbdur Rehmanc Pietersen b Swann 1950020.00
View dismissalSaeed Ajmallbw b Panesar 1252531022.64
View dismissalUmar Gul b Anderson 1334271148.14
Aizaz Cheemanot out 0187000.00
Extras(lb 3)3
Total(all out; 44.1 overs; 191 mins)99(2.24 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-1 (Taufeeq Umar, 0.6 ov), 2-8 (Azhar Ali, 5.3 ov), 3-18 (Younis Khan, 7.5 ov), 4-21 (Mohammad Hafeez, 9.6 ov), 5-21 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 10.5 ov), 6-39 (Adnan Akmal, 18.6 ov), 7-44 (Abdur Rehman, 21.2 ov), 8-78 (Saeed Ajmal, 35.3 ov), 9-85 (Asad Shafiq, 39.6 ov), 10-99 (Umar Gul, 44.1 ov)
BowlingOMRWEcon
View wicketsJM Anderson14.133532.47
View wicketsSCJ Broad1653642.25
View wicketsMS Panesar1342521.92
View wicketGP Swann11010.00
England 1st innings RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalAJ Strauss* st †Adnan Akmal b Abdur Rehman 562261505037.33
View dismissalAN Cookc †Adnan Akmal b Umar Gul 11050020.00
View dismissalIJL Trottlbw b Umar Gul 210100020.00
View dismissalKP Pietersenlbw b Abdur Rehman 3262444072.72
View dismissalIR Bellst †Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 540280017.85
View dismissalEJG Morganlbw b Abdur Rehman 1017140171.42
View dismissalMJ Prior b Abdur Rehman 617190031.57
View dismissalJM Anderson b Abdur Rehman 424220018.18
View dismissalSCJ Broadlbw b Saeed Ajmal 425190021.05
View dismissalGP Swannc Abdur Rehman b Saeed Ajmal 1619183088.88
MS Panesarnot out 071000.00
Extras(b 1, lb 4)5
Total(all out; 55 overs; 233 mins)141(2.56 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-5 (Cook, 2.2 ov), 2-7 (Trott, 4.2 ov), 3-64 (Pietersen, 19.2 ov), 4-75 (Bell, 28.5 ov), 5-88 (Morgan, 33.1 ov), 6-98 (Prior, 37.6 ov), 7-106 (Anderson, 43.6 ov), 8-121 (Broad, 50.5 ov), 9-133 (Strauss, 53.5 ov), 10-141 (Swann, 54.6 ov)
BowlingOMRWEcon
View wicketsUmar Gul712824.00
Aizaz Cheema40902.25
View wicketsSaeed Ajmal2365932.56
View wicketsAbdur Rehman2144051.90
Pakistan 2nd innings RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalMohammad Hafeezlbw b Panesar 2139363158.33
View dismissalTaufeeq Umarc Strauss b Anderson 628161037.50
View dismissalAzhar Alic Cook b Swann 15753344210135.52
View dismissalYounis Khanlbw b Broad 12730322112157.46
View dismissalMisbah-ul-Haq* lbw b Panesar 311491151026.95
View dismissalAsad Shafiqlbw b Panesar 524170029.41
View dismissalAdnan Akmal b Panesar 077000.00
View dismissalAbdur Rehmanc Anderson b Swann 1550020.00
View dismissalSaeed Ajmalc Anderson b Swann 11012008.33
View dismissalUmar Gullbw b Panesar 431380010.52
Aizaz Cheemanot out 0108000.00
Extras(b 10, lb 1, nb 1)12
Total(all out; 152.4 overs; 572 mins)365(2.39 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-16 (Taufeeq Umar, 6.6 ov), 2-28 (Mohammad Hafeez, 9.6 ov), 3-244 (Younis Khan, 91.6 ov), 4-331 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 130.2 ov), 5-339 (Asad Shafiq, 136.2 ov), 6-345 (Adnan Akmal, 138.2 ov), 7-346 (Abdur Rehman, 139.1 ov), 8-350 (Saeed Ajmal, 141.6 ov), 9-363 (Azhar Ali, 149.3 ov), 10-365 (Umar Gul, 152.4 ov)
BowlingOMRWEcon
View wicketJM Anderson2875111.82(1nb)
View wicketSCJ Broad2475512.29
View wicketsMS Panesar56.41312452.18
View wicketsGP Swann39610132.58
IJL Trott201407.00
KP Pietersen30903.00
England 2nd innings (target: 324 runs) RMB4s6sSR
View dismissalAJ Strauss* lbw b Abdur Rehman 2698762034.21
View dismissalAN Cookc Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 492421874026.20
View dismissalIJL Trottc Abdur Rehman b Saeed Ajmal 1879642028.12
View dismissalKP Pietersen b Saeed Ajmal 1854451140.00
View dismissalIR Bellc Asad Shafiq b Umar Gul 1058380026.31
View dismissalEJG Morganc †Adnan Akmal b Umar Gul 3157483164.58
MJ Priornot out 49585084.48
View dismissalSCJ Broadc Taufeeq Umar b Umar Gul 1831242075.00
View dismissalGP Swannc Asad Shafiq b Umar Gul 11460016.66
View dismissalJM Andersonc Younis Khan b Saeed Ajmal 943260034.61
View dismissalMS Panesarlbw b Abdur Rehman 8150053.33
Extras(b 4, lb 8, nb 3)15
Total(all out; 97.3 overs)252(2.58 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-48 (Strauss, 25.2 ov), 2-85 (Trott, 44.3 ov), 3-116 (Pietersen, 60.6 ov), 4-119 (Cook, 62.5 ov), 5-156 (Bell, 74.6 ov), 6-159 (Morgan, 76.3 ov), 7-196 (Broad, 82.2 ov), 8-203 (Swann, 84.4 ov), 9-237 (Anderson, 92.6 ov), 10-252 (Panesar, 97.3 ov)
BowlingOMRWEcon
View wicketsUmar Gul2056143.05(2nb)
Aizaz Cheema40902.25
Mohammad Hafeez52601.20
View wicketsAbdur Rehman41.3109722.33
View wicketsSaeed Ajmal2796742.48
Match details
Toss Pakistan, who chose to bat
Series Pakistan won the 3-match series 3-0

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