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Pakistan whitewash England in Test series

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DUBAI, Feb 6 (AFP): Pakistan�s bowlers sealed an emphatic 71-run win in the third and final Test against England here on Monday, inflicting a 3-0 series whitewash humiliation in the process.

Set a daunting 324-run target, England were bowled out for 252 with paceman Umar Gul taking 4-61 and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4-67) to help Pakistan achieve a first-ever Test clean sweep against their opponents.

With the ball turning again it was always a difficult task for England�s batsmen, who have been unable to play the Pakistani spinners throughout the series, on a weary fourth day pitch at Dubai Stadium.

Pakistan won the first Test here by ten wickets and the second by 72 runs in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan have also become the first team to win a Test after being bowled out for under 100 since 1907 when England, shot out for 76, beat South Africa at Leeds.

It was England�s seventh series whitewash, their first at the hands of Pakistan. Pakistan have now recorded five series whitewashes, their last coming in a 3-0 win over Bangladesh in 2003.

England�s last series whitewash came in 2007 when they were routed by Australia 5-0.

So dominating have been Pakistanis spinners that Ajmal finished the series with 24 and Rehman with 19.

England, 89-2 at lunch, were still in with a chance with Alastair Cook (49) and Kevin Pietersen (18) batting well but they lost four wickets in the space of 84 runs. They went to tea at 173-6.

Pietersen, who struggled for runs in the series, hit Abdul Rehman for a boundary and then hoisted him for a six to post England�s 100. But Ajmal struck from the other end.

The off-spinner produced a beautiful delivery to bowl Pietersen through the gate for 18. He had a mere 67 runs for the series during which he was out to spinners on five occasions.

In his next over, Ajmal produced another sharp turning delivery which caught the edge of Cook�s bat and was smartly held by a diving Younis Khan in the lone slip.

Ian Bell (10) and Eoin Morgan (31) added 37 for the fifth wicket but again failed to produce a big score in the series as Gul dismissed them in the space of just three runs.

SCORECARD

Pakistan 1st innings: 99

England 1st innings: 141

Pakistan 2nd innings: 365

England 2nd innings: Strauss lbw b Rehman 26, Cook c Younis b Ajmal 49, Trott c Rehman b Ajmal 18, Pietersen b Ajmal 18, Bell c Shafiq b Gul 10, Morgan c Adnan b Gul 31, Prior not out 49, Broad c Umar b Gul 18, Swann c Shafiq b Gul 1, Anderson c Younis b Ajmal 9, Panesar lbw b Rehman 8. Extras: (b4, lb8, nb3) 15. Total: (all out in 97.3 overs) 252. Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-85, 3-116, 4-119, 5-156, 6-159, 7-196, 8-203, 9-237. Bowling: Gul 20-5-61-4, Cheema 4-0-9-0, Hafeez 5-2-6-0, Rehman 41.3-10-97-2, Ajmal 27-9-67-4.

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Pakistan whitewash England in Test series

DUBAI, Feb 6 (AFP): Pakistan�s bowlers sealed an emphatic 71-run win in the third and final Test against England here on Monday, inflicting a 3-0 series whitewash humiliation in the process.

Set a daunting 324-run target, England were bowled out for 252 with paceman Umar Gul taking 4-61 and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (4-67) to help Pakistan achieve a first-ever Test clean sweep against their opponents.

With the ball turning again it was always a difficult task for England�s batsmen, who have been unable to play the Pakistani spinners throughout the series, on a weary fourth day pitch at Dubai Stadium.

Pakistan won the first Test here by ten wickets and the second by 72 runs in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan have also become the first team to win a Test after being bowled out for under 100 since 1907 when England, shot out for 76, beat South Africa at Leeds.

It was England�s seventh series whitewash, their first at the hands of Pakistan. Pakistan have now recorded five series whitewashes, their last coming in a 3-0 win over Bangladesh in 2003.

England�s last series whitewash came in 2007 when they were routed by Australia 5-0.

So dominating have been Pakistanis spinners that Ajmal finished the series with 24 and Rehman with 19.

England, 89-2 at lunch, were still in with a chance with Alastair Cook (49) and Kevin Pietersen (18) batting well but they lost four wickets in the space of 84 runs. They went to tea at 173-6.

Pietersen, who struggled for runs in the series, hit Abdul Rehman for a boundary and then hoisted him for a six to post England�s 100. But Ajmal struck from the other end.

The off-spinner produced a beautiful delivery to bowl Pietersen through the gate for 18. He had a mere 67 runs for the series during which he was out to spinners on five occasions.

In his next over, Ajmal produced another sharp turning delivery which caught the edge of Cook�s bat and was smartly held by a diving Younis Khan in the lone slip.

Ian Bell (10) and Eoin Morgan (31) added 37 for the fifth wicket but again failed to produce a big score in the series as Gul dismissed them in the space of just three runs.

SCORECARD

Pakistan 1st innings: 99

England 1st innings: 141

Pakistan 2nd innings: 365

England 2nd innings: Strauss lbw b Rehman 26, Cook c Younis b Ajmal 49, Trott c Rehman b Ajmal 18, Pietersen b Ajmal 18, Bell c Shafiq b Gul 10, Morgan c Adnan b Gul 31, Prior not out 49, Broad c Umar b Gul 18, Swann c Shafiq b Gul 1, Anderson c Younis b Ajmal 9, Panesar lbw b Rehman 8. Extras: (b4, lb8, nb3) 15. Total: (all out in 97.3 overs) 252. Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-85, 3-116, 4-119, 5-156, 6-159, 7-196, 8-203, 9-237. Bowling: Gul 20-5-61-4, Cheema 4-0-9-0, Hafeez 5-2-6-0, Rehman 41.3-10-97-2, Ajmal 27-9-67-4.

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