England number one ranking in danger after series loss to Pakistan

England number one ranking in danger after series loss to Pakistan

Saeed Ajmal played an instrumental role in helping Pakistan beat England

Image taken by: Bimal Mirwani

England were shell-shocked as their world number one status hangs in the balance after another defeat against Pakistan.

Pakistan opened the batting, however, with none of the top order batsmen looking convincing, it was up to Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq to steady the ship as they both made half centuries.

Captain ul-Haq said: “A much needed victory for us.”

England were led by Stuart Broad in the bowling, who picked up four wickets for 47 runs and he was well backed up by the other bowlers, as Pakistan were restricted to a total of 257.

England looked in more control compared to their first test disaster, as they went on the offensive and made a healthy total of 327, with Alastair Cook making 94, Jonathan Trott adding 74 and Stuart Broad put in some finishing touches, scoring 58.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal once again was the pick of the bowlers’ as he claimed four wickets for 108 runs, but he too was well supported by his bowling compatriots.

Pakistan’s batting in the second inning was an absolute mess with Azhar Ali passing the half century mark, en route to a well-played knock of 68, before Pakistan were bowled out for 214 runs.

England spinner Monty Panesar surprised everyone by getting six wickets, while giving away 62 runs.

If Pakistan’s second inning was a mess, then England’s second inning could be described as an absolute nightmare, where they were ripped apart for just 72 runs. Captain Andrew Strauss was the highest scorer with 32.

Pakistan left arm spinner, Abdur Rehman was the danger man as he took six wickets and gave away only 25 runs as Pakistan sealed a 72 run victory.

Rehman, who was given the Man of the Match honours, said: “I get a lot of confidence bowling opposite Saeed.”

Captain ul-Haq complemented his bowlers on the victory. “The bowlers were outstanding. I had belief in my bowlers.”

Captain Strauss, who was disappointed with England’s series defeat, said: “Ultimately we’ve been rolled over three innings out of four and the top order need to take that on the chin.”

With this victory, Pakistan claim victory in the test series, going 2-0 up, with the final test to play at Dubai on the 3rd of February.

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