Never thought we could beat World No 1 team so comfortably, admits Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq, who feels England will bounce back
Rival captains Misbah-ul Haq and Andrew Strauss showed surprise at England's capitulation which saw them lose the first Test against Pakistan by ten wickets here yesterday. Pakistan, led by paceman Umar Gul (4-63) and spinners Abdul Rehman (3-37) and Saeed Ajmal (3-42), wrapped up England's second innings at 160 before notching the required 15 runs for a win with two days to spare at Dubai Stadium.
Umar Gul celebrates the wicket of Jonathan Trott with teammate Abdul Rehman at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium yesterday. Gul bagged four wickets in the second innings. Pic/AFP
Ajmal took a career best 7-55 to rock England for a paltry 192 in the first innings. Pakistan scored 338 to take a decisive 146-run lead. And the manner of victory surprised Misbah. "Obviously we were not expecting it would finish so early, but I guess all the credit goes to the bowlers. No team would have expected such a victory against the world number one," said the Pakistan captain.
The victory gave Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. The second Test will start in Abu Dhabi from January 25. It also gave Misbah seven wins in 13 Tests as captain since taking over in October 2010. "We are trying to be one of the best teams in the world, but I think it's still a long way to go, we have to just improve much more than this, and we are just on the right path," said the 37-year-old Pakistani captain.
Eng can bounce back The Pakistan captain however expects England to bounce straight back. "When you are number one team there is something that makes you number one, they have good quality cricketers, they are fighters and they can really come hard on us," he added.
England captain Strauss said Pakistan surprised them after they won the toss and batted on day one. "We were caught off guard in the first session of the first day on a very flat wicket, from then on Pakistan was in front and never let us back into the game and you need to congratulate them for the way they played," said Strauss, who made only 19 and six.