Friday, January 20, 2012

Pakistan beats England by 10-wicket and takes a 1-0 lead

Pakistan defeated England by 10 wickets in the first Test played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. With this victory, the host nation took a 1-0 lead of the 3-match Test series. Pakistan sealed the victory within three days. It will boost the team after their criticism marred by controversy, mainly the spot-fixing scandal.

Pakistan interim coach, Mohsin Khan, is happy for this victory. He thinks that it will help his country to erase the bad name and come out of negative image.

England cricket team showed their poor performance with both the bat and ball. They could not cross the 200 mark in two innings. Winning the toss, they came to bat first and scored 192 runs. Matt Prior scored not out 70 but there was no one who could help him to lead the team towards the big score.

In reply, Pakistan scored 338 for the loss of ten wickets and gave the tourist 146 run lead. However, England scored 160 runs in their second innings and could able to score 14 run lead that forced Pakistan to bat in the second innings.

Without losing any wicket, Pakistan reached the victory margin. Mohammad Hafeez alone scored 15 runs.

English batsmen had to do a tough job to face the Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal. Saeed Ajmal was awarded player of the match for taking 10 wickets.