(adds Pakistan victory)
* Pakistan take 1-0 lead in three-match series
* Saeed Ajmal named man-of-the match
Jan 19 Pakistan took full advantage of
another brittle England batting performance to crush the world's
top-ranked test team by 10 wickets and win the first test inside
three days in Dubai on Thursday.
Having conceded a 146-run first-innings lead, England
collapsed to 160 all out second time round, failing to recover
after Umar Gul had wrecked their top order with a three-wicket
Pakistani opener Mohammad Hafeez alone scored the 15 runs
his team needed to complete the formality of victory.
"We did not expect it to be so easy for us...a wonderful
performance from the team, especially Saeed Ajmal... his seven
wickets in the first innings put us on the way to victory,"
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said in a pitchside interview.
England were shot out for 192 in their first innings and in
the second, Jonathan Trott (49) was the lone top-five batsman to
reach double figures. Gul took four for 63 while off spinner
Ajmal claimed three wickets to complete his second 10-wicket
test haul and earned himself the man of the match award.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman also chipped in with three
second innings wickets.
"He's been a matchwinner for us for a longer period of
time," Misbah said of Gul. "Whenever we need him he bowls his
England captain Andrew Strauss made no excuses for England's
feeble efforts with the bat.
"All credit to Pakistan, I thought they played exceptionally
well. Once they got ahead of us in the game they did not allow
us back in," he said.
"I thought our bowlers did a pretty good job but in both
innings our batsmen should have done better so we need to learn
a lesson from it. We won't be panicing and we'll come back
strong in the second test."
Gul, who went without a wicket in England's first innings,
mowed down the top order on Thursday, starting with Strauss who
departed for six runs after a controversial dismissal.
Umpire Billy Bowden adjudged Strauss caught behind down the
leg-side even though hotspot revealed no trace of the ball
touching his bat or thighpad. The opener opted for a review but
could not overturn the decision.
There was no such confusion about fellow opener Alastair Cook
(five) who meekly gloved a Gul delivery, again down the leg
side, to depart caught behind.
Gul struck another huge blow when he banged it in short at
Kevin Pietersen who could not resist temptation and holed out to
deep square leg as England slumped to 25 for three.
Spinners Ajmal and Rehman then joined the party.
Ajmal trapped Ian Bell (four) leg before, a decision that was
reviwed in vain, and Rehman dismissed Eoin Morgan (14) as
England lost the top half of their batting order for a paltry
Trott looked largely unperturbed and hit six boundaries
before abandoning his usual restraint and chasing a wide Gul
delivery to give Adnan Akmal his fourth catch behind the stumps.
Graeme Swann (39) counter-attacked, hitting a few lusty
blows, but his cameo only succeeded in making Pakistan bat
The second test starts in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 25.
Pakistan are hosting the three-match series in the Gulf due
to security concerns in their own country. The teams are playing
for the first time since the controversial and acrimonious 2010
series in England which led to three Pakistan players being
jailed for corruption.
(Writing by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Justin
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