Pakistan beats England by 10 wickets

Pakistan beat England by ten wickets in the first Test at Dubai to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Thursday.

Saeed Ajmal (3-42), Abdur Rehman (3-37) and Umar Gul (4-63) bowled out England for 160 with only Jonathan Trott (49) and Graeme Swann (39) offering any resitance.

England set a target of 15 which was chased down by Pakistan without losing any wickets.

Saeed Ajmal, who ended with his second ten wicket haul in Test cricket, was chosen the Man of the match.

England team could manage only 160 in their second innings, but captain Andrew Strauss believes it was Pakistan reducing them to 43 for five in their first knock of 192 that did the damage.

“We’re disappointed in the way we played,” said Strauss.

“Losing five wickets in that first session put us on the back foot when we shouldn’t have lost five wickets, to be honest with you, and then we’re always behind in the game.

“Plenty of things to ponder. We’re obviously disappointed. But we’re not going to push the panic button by any means. We need to come back strong and show our character and resilience in the second game.”

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq admitted he never anticipated such a big victory.

“We had not expected that it was going to be so easy for us, but it was a wonderful performance by the team, especially Saeed, because the way he took those seven wickets in the first innings really put us on the way to victory,” he said.

“I think everybody has gathered themselves together.They want to prove to the world they are good cricketers and prove Pakistan is a good side. The way they have responded to everything is wonderful.”

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