ABU DHABI  - Andrew Strauss struggled to explain how England had suffered such a humiliating 72-run defeat to Pakistan at the second Test in Abu Dhabi. Needing 145 for victory in a little over a day and a half, England were bowled out for 72 runs to hand Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The total was their lowest-ever against Pakistan who won the first Test by an even more comfortable 10 wickets. Skipper Strauss top-scored with 32 - he was one of only two England batsmen to reach double figures in their second innings - with all ten wickets falling in the space of 22.1 overs for 51 runs. The bewildered captain admitted: "I wish I could explain it. Ultimately, it was about very good bowling from both ends, applying pressure, and making it hard for us to score. "We didn't take as many good options as we should have done. We'll have some regrets about that but it was an outstanding game of cricket. "We came up short but ultimately you've got to congratulate Pakistan. They were outstanding."