ABU DHABI - Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman took a career best 6-25 to help Pakistan humble England by 72 runs in the second Test here on Saturday, to give them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The 31-year-old twice took two wickets in successive overs to dent England’s chase after they were set a 145-run target on a weary fourth day pitch, bowling them out for 72 - their lowest against Pakistan. Rehman’s effort overshadowed Monty Panesar’s 6-62, in his first Test for 30 months, which finished Pakistan’s second innings at 214 in the morning.

This is England’s first series defeat after being unbeaten in their previous nine since their loss to the West Indies in early 2009 — a sequence which saw them rise to world number one in the Test rankings in August last year.

Only Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior reached double figures as England wilted under the pressure applied by the Pakistan spin bowlers.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 214, before the tourists disintegrated. Panesar’s efforts looked to have left England well placed to level the series, but Strauss’s side slipped to their lowest total against Pakistan and their first series defeat since 2009. The tourists, heavily beaten in the first Test, simply could not cope with spinners Rehman and Saeed Ajmal, with a procession of England batsmen undone attempting to play off the back foot.