Pakistan hammer England in Dubai

Spin bowler Saeed Ajmal celebrates dismissing Graeme Swann as Pakistan registered an emphatic win.

Story highlights

  • Pakistan beat top-ranked England by 10 wickets in the first Test in Dubai
  • England dismissed for just 160 in second innings as Jonathan Trott top-scores with 49
  • Pakistan opener smashes 15 off 16 balls to secure an emphatic win on day three
  • The second Test of three-match series starts on January 25 in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan wrapped up a comprehensive victory over England in the first Test of their three-match series in Dubai on Wednesday, thrashing the world's top-ranked team by 10 wickets with more than a day to spare.

England collapsed to 160 all in the second innings, as seam bowler Umar Gul claimed three early victims to finish with 4-63 and spinner Saeed Ajmal added another three for a 10-wicket haul to be man of the match.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez then smashed the winning runs off just 16 balls, putting Pakistan in command ahead of next week's second Test in Abu Dhabi.

"We didn't expect it to be so easy for us," Pakistan captain Misbah Ul-Haq told the host broadcaster. "Ajmal put us on the path to victory."

Having started the third day at the DSC Cricket Stadium 96 runs ahead in their first innings on 288-7, Pakistan added just 50 to their overnight total.

But England made a disastrous start to their second innings, losing captain Andrew Strauss with the score on six as he was caught by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off the bowling of Umar Gul.

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His fellow opening batsman Alastair Cook was dismissed by the same pairing for just five to leave England floundering on 25-2 in the 13th over, and removed key batsman Kevin Pietersen for a duck courtesy of a catch in the deep from Abdur Rehman.

Ajmal trapped Ian Bell leg before wicket for four as England slumped to 35-4 and then also lost Eoin Morgan before lunch .

"Losing five in the first session put us on the back foot," Strauss said. "We don't want to push the panic button. All credit to Pakistan, I thought our bowlers did well but our batsmen can do a lot better."

Jonathan Trott offered some resistance, but when he was removed for 49, once again by the combination of Gul and Akmal, England were staring down the barrel of a first defeat since losing to Australia in Perth at the end of 2010.

No. 9 Graeme Swann made a defiant 39, but could not stop his team falling to a seventh reverse in the last eight internationals following a run of limited-overs reverses.

It is England's first series as the top-ranked team in the five-day format, and is being played in the United Arab Emirates as Pakistan cannot host internationals due to security fears following the 2009 terrorist attacks on the visiting Sri Lanka team.