Strauss sees England to victory over Pakistan

Strauss sees England to victory over Pakistan

England, set 118 to win, finished on 118 for one as they went an unbeatable 2-0 up in this four-match series with more than a day to spare.Opening batsman Strauss and Jonathan Trott were both 53 not out, with England winning their sixth Test in a row.
"We had a few butterflies because we knew we had to work hard for a Test match win. It was a timely reminder for us we have to work for a Test match win. All credit to Pakistan."

England had made just seven when Alastair Cook was clean bowled by left-arm quick Mohammad Aamer after a full length delivery kept low.

England could then have been 17 for two when off-spinner Saaed Ajmal, with only his third ball, induced an edge from Strauss, playing a forcing shot, on 10.

But debutant wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, brought in after Kamran Akmal missed several chances and bagged a pair in Pakistan's 354-run first Test defeat at Trent Bridge, could not hold the tough catch with England then on 17 for one.

Zulqarnain then failed to hold a simpler chance off a defensive edge from Strauss, on 38, with Ajmal again the unlucky bowler.Strauss, was on 43 when Mohammad Asif, running back at mid-off, failed to hold a skyer off Shoaib Malik but England were almost home.
Trott went to his second fifty of the match with a cover-driven four off Malik that levelled the scores before Strauss's inside-edged single off Ajmal ended the match.

Pakistan were earlier dismissed for 296, after resuming on 291 for nine, with Asif (14) caught in the gully by Kevin Pietersen off Stuart Broad.Umar Gul, batting with a runner, was 13 not out. But Gul's hamstring injury meant the paceman was unable to bowl.
Zulqarnain, in on a king pair, top-scored with 88.

It represented a remarkable recovery after Pakistan made just 72 -- their lowest score against England -- in the first innings.

England off-spinner Graeme Swann took a Test-best six wickets for 65 runs in Pakistan's second innings and was named man-of-the-match.

"Swann was outstanding, the wicket had flattened out and he came to the party again," Strauss said after the spinner had gone two whole innings without bowling at all.
Pakistan were all but beaten in this match on Friday when, for the second innings in a row, they were bowled out for a record low score against England after they made 80 at Trent Bridge.

Not since the 19th Century had a team been bowled out for 72 or fewer in their first innings and still won a Test.Pakistan had added former captain Mohammad Yousuf to their squad following the first Test but chose not to play the experienced batsman after he only arrived in England on Thursday.

Pakistan captain Salman Butt opted to bat first in overcast conditions ideally suited to England's seamers.James Anderson (four for 20) and Stuart Broad (four for 38) cashed in as Pakistan again struggled against the swinging ball.

"More than blaming the batsmen, we should should give the credit to England's bowlers," Butt said. "Anderson is in the form of his life."England then made 251, thanks mainly to a third-wicket stand of 133 between South Africa-born batsmen Pietersen (80) and Trott (55).

Ajmal, recalled in place of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, took five for 82.But Pakistan were once more left lamenting their poor fielding after dropping six catches. They collapsed to 82 for five in their second innings.

But Zulqarnain and Ajmal, whose 50 meant he returned Test-best figures with both bat and ball in the same match, added 115 for the eighth wicket as blue skies reduced England's swing threat.

Pakistan have a two-day match against Worcestershire starting on August 13 before the third Test gets underway at The Oval on August 18

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