Haroon Siddiqui

Pakistan team became the first team after 1907 for scoring less than 100 runs in their first innings and scoring 366 runs in their second innings to set 324 runs tough victory target to England but the Englishmen fell 71 runs short of the target that helped Pakistan complete the 3-0 whitewash against the world No. 1 Test team.

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 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.  Azhar Ali and Younus Khan played well in Pakistan second innings and helped their team to set a stiff total to England for victory that was not achievable on a turning track. Team combined efforts praised for completing clean sweep against England that were upbeat of defeating Pakistan in the series before the start of rubber. England coach now has to plan strategy for the coming one-day series that is starting from February 13. England clinging to their No 1 ranking which they will lose if South Africa defeat New Zealand 3-0 in the upcoming series. For Pakistan, their upward curve shows no signs of slowing. Pakistan played throughout superbly in the Jazz Cup Test series and outplayed England in every department of the game. Pakistan bowled well and batted well at a time when they required the help of bowlers and batsmen. Fielding department lacked and need improvement and required serious efforts for improvement.

England need improvement in every department particularly English batsmen failed to cope with the spinners and they have to do hard to retain their No. 1 spot that is in danger.

 This is fourth time that England have crossed the 200 runs while chasing above the 300 plus run for the victory. Matt Prior and Stuart Broad delayed Pakistan victory till tea but after tea Umar Gul removed Broad when Pakistan took the new ball. Broad lifted Gul to slap a six was caught at mid-off by Taufeeq Umar, who made no mistake and in his next over Swann fell to Gul at short cover by diving Asad Shafiq. James Anderson edged to slip and Monty Panesar was the last man out when he missed a sweep against Abdul Rehman while Matt Prior was stranded at the other end with his unbeaten 49 runs.

England should praise Pakistan's efforts for making a clean sweep despite the absence of their two pacers involved in match-fixing and jailed for their wrongdoings.

The fixing controversy converted Pakistan into a one unit and put them on way of winning track. Thanks God, there was no controversy in Test series and for the Pakistan Cricket Board is congratulated for holding Jazz Cup Test series in a peaceful manner and without any controversy.

Pakistan have narrowed the gap with the top-four sides in the ICC Test ranking after inflicting  humiliating 3-0 whitewash on world number one England although they remained stationed at number five in the table.