Pakistan complete England whitewash
Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul were the chief destroyers as Pakistan won the third and final test by 71 runs on...
Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul were the chief destroyers as Pakistan won the third and final test by 71 runs on the fourth day on Monday, recording their first clean sweep in a series against England.
Spinner Ajmal, the scourge of England's batsmen throughout the series, picked up four for 67 and paceman Gul grabbed four for 61 as the world's top-ranked test team were bowled out for 252 in front of a sparse crowd in Dubai.
Ajmal won the man of the series award for taking 24 wickets. Azhar Ali was named man of the match for his 157 in Pakistan's second innings.
"I can't describe how important this win is for us especially a 3-0 win," Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq told reporters. "Our bowlers did an excellent job this series.
"This result shows we are a powerful team. After getting bowled out for 99 in the first innings nobody thought we could come back but Pakistan are starting to really do well under pressure."
A diving catch by Younus Khan at slip off Ajmal immediately after lunch on day four trigged yet another England collapse as it removed Alastair Cook one short of his half century.
The one upside for 27-year-old opener Cook was that he became the second youngest player to reach 6,000 test runs - only India's master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has achieved that feat at a younger age.
Ajmal ripped through Kevin Pietersen's bat and pad to bowl him for 18 before Ian Bell followed for 10, lobbing an attempted square cut off Gul straight to cover point.
"I think today is like a dream come true," Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan said. "It's not a very experienced team, not a world beater, but it's a very talented team and I have lot of faith in the captain."
"But we have to perform the same way when we play in Australia, South Africa or England."
"To become number one it's very important you perform all over the cricketing world."
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