Pakistan bowl England out for just 72 to clinch series

Jan 29, 2012, 09:06 IST | AFP

Pakistan bowl England out for just 72 runs to take series with one game to spare

Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman took a career best 6-25 to help Pakistan humble England by 72 runs in the second Test here on Saturday, to give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan's six-wicket hero Abdul Rehman celebrates the wicket of
England's Kevin Pietersen on Day 4 of the second Test. Pic/AFP

The 31-year-old twice took two wickets in successive overs to dent England's chase after they were set a 145-run target on a weary fourth day Abu Dhabi Stadium pitch, bowling them out for 72 -- their lowest against Pakistan in all Tests.

Rehman's effort overshadowed Monty Panesar's 6-62, in his first Test for 30 months, which finished Pakistan's second innings at 214 in the morning.

This is England's first series defeat after being unbeaten in their previous nine since their loss to the West Indies in early 2009 -- a sequence which saw them rise to World No 1 in the Test rankings in August last year.

Pakistan won the first Test in Dubai by ten wickets. The third Test will also be played in Dubai from February 3.

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