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Pakistan Defeats England by 71 Runs to Sweep Three-Match Series

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan defeated England by 71 runs in Dubai to sweep their three-match Test cricket series.

Umar Gul was 4-61 and Saeed Ajmal was 4-67 to lead Pakistan to victory on the fourth day, as England could only reach 252 runs all out in its second innings. England started the day 36-0 with captain Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook batting, and needed 324 to win.

Pakistan took the first Test, also held in Dubai, by 10 wickets, and then won in Abu Dhabi by 72 runs. The teams now will play four one-day International matches and three Twenty-20 games.

In the current Test, Pakistan was all out for 99 in its first innings, and England took a lead by reaching 141 in response. The victors reached 365 in their second innings, and England’s batsmen continued to struggle against Pakistan.

No Englishman scored 50 runs, with Matt Prior not out on 49 at the end. Alastair Cook was caught on 49 and Eoin Morgan was the next highest scorer on 31. Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, and Stuart Broad were all dismissed on 18.

Abdur Rehman took the other two wickets for Pakistan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Cone at jcone@bloomberg.net

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