England collapse hands Pakistan victory

Abdur Rehman of Pakistan celebrates dismissing England's Kevin Pietersen during the second Test match in Abu Dhabi

Story highlights

  • Another English batting collapse gives Pakistan 2-0 lead in three match series
  • England bowled out for 72 chasing target of 145 for victory in Abu Dhabi
  • Abdur Rehman claims career-best figures of six for 25
  • Australia complete 4-0 series whitewash of India with a 298-run victory in Adelaide
Pakistan left English heads spinning once again on Saturday as they completed a stunning 72-run victory in the second Test at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Chasing a victory target of 145, the tourists slumped to 72 all out -- their lowest score in Tests against Pakistan -- as Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal bamboozled England's top order.
Rehman claimed six for 25 while Ajmal bagged three wickets as a succession of English batsmen came and rapidly went.
Captain Andrew Strauss (32) and Matt Prior (18) made it to double figures and Alastair Cook stuck around for a time for his seven runs, but the remaining cast of eight faced just 32 balls between them offering the meekest of resistance in another gloom-ridden day on the Subcontinent for the world's highest-ranked Test team.
England's day had begun far more brightly as they dismissed Pakistan for 214 in their second innings setting up what appeared to be a modest run chase.
Monty Panesar capped a fine return to Test cricket finishing with figures of six for 62 in the second innings -- the second best performance of his stop-start career -- raising hopes that England would level the series.
But another catastrophic collapse ensued leaving Pakistan 2-0 up with just one match to play.
"Pakistan have thoroughly deserved their victory in the series," Strauss said, AFP reported.
"We've been below where we want to be and we need to come back and bounce back strongly from this," he added, AFP reported.
Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul Haq was understandably delighted with his team's performance.
"It's a big win against the top side in the world," Misbah said, AFP reported.
"I don't have words to describe this win which was made possible through a team effort," he added, AFP reported.
Earlier on Saturday, Australia wrapped up a 4-0 series whitewash over India in Adelaide with another emphatic win.
Michael Clarke's men took less than an hour to polish off the tourist's tail-enders who were chasing a notional target of 500 for victory.
Resuming on their overnight total of 166 for six, it wasn't long before India's resistance broke as Ishant Sharma edged a delivery from Ryan Harris to keeper Brad Haddin.
Wriddhiman Saha followed shortly afterwards, also edging behind but this time off the bowling of Peter Siddle.
Ben Hilfenhaus and Nathan Lyon (who finished with figures of four for 63) claimed the final two wickets to fall as Australia romped home by 298 runs.