Pakistan beat top-ranked England by 72 runs in their second cricket Test in Abu Dhabi to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three contest.
Abdul Rehman took 6-25 as England, chasing 145 for the victory, collapsed to 72 all out -- its lowest Test score against Pakistan -- after 36.1 overs on day four. Captain Andrew Strauss (32) and Matt Prior (18) were the only England batsmen to reach double figures.
“I wish I could explain it,” Strauss said afterwards. “We came up short, but ultimately you’ve got to congratulate Pakistan. They were outstanding.
After Monty Panesar’s 6-62 helped to bowl Pakistan out for 214, England lost Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan in the first 21 overs before tea. The remaining wickets fell in less than 15 overs, with Rehman claiming four.
“That was a much-needed victory for us,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Huq said. “It was a wonderful team effort, everyone performed, everyone put 100 percent effort in.”
Azhar Ali top-scored for Pakistan with 68, teaming with Asad Shafiq for an 88-run, fifth-wicket stand. Shafiq scored 43.
The third Test in Dubai starts Feb. 3.
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