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Captain Strauss leads England to win over Pakistan

England captain Andrew Strauss made 53 not out as Pakistan were beaten in the second Test.
England captain Andrew Strauss made 53 not out as Pakistan were beaten in the second Test.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • England beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the second Test
  • Captain Andrew Strauss hits 53 not out to take England to their target of 118
  • Pakistan were bowled out for 296 in their second innings
  • England take 2-0 lead in the four Test series

(CNN) -- Andrew Strauss made an unbeaten half century to help his side to a Test victory over Pakistan and secure an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

The England captain was ably assisted by Jonathan Trott, who also reached 53, as they comfortably negotiated their way to a modest victory target of 118.

Pakistan could only add five more runs to their overnight total of 291-9 when play resumed on Monday, as Stuart Broad bagged the final wicket.

England lost opener Alastair Cook for four but didn't lose another wicket as they made their way to their target just after lunch on day four.

After the match Strauss told Sky Sports: "There were a few butterfiles this morning. We knew we had to work hard and we had timely reminder that you have to work hard to win any test match.

"Pakistan deserve credit for the way they came back into the match. If it was a longer chase it would have been much harder.

That is six test victories in a row now, which is an outstanding effort.
--Andrew Strauss, England captain
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"That is six test victories in a row now, which is an outstanding effort. As always there's a lot of areas to improve but we've got to head to the Oval now and try to make it 3-0."

Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif took to the crease as the morning session got underway, looking to continue the rearguard action led by Zulqarnain Haider and Saeed Ajmal the previous day.

But their resistance lasted just 11 deliveries, as Mohammad Asif was caught by Kevin Pietersen off the bowling of Stuart Broad. Umar Gul was left stranded on 13 not out.

In reply, England lost Cook for just four as he was bowled by Asif to add further question marks over his place in the side after a poor run of form.

Strauss was dropped soon after Cook departed, but regrouped to compile an assured 53, while Trott rarely looked in any trouble at the other end.

Pakistan captain Salman Butt defended the decision not to play batsman Mohammed Yousuf, who was a surprise recall to the squad after he came out of retirement.

He said: "Not having played any cricket for the last six months it would have been unfair to play him [Yousuf] and expect something from him."

The only negative for England was the news that bowler Stuart Broad had been fined half his match fee for "throwing the ball inappropriately" at Zulqarnain Haider.

The third Test gets underway at the Oval in London on August 18.