HAROON SIDDIQUI
Lady luck smiled on Pakistan as hosts outplayed England to win the Jazz Cup-2012 Test series at Shaikh Zayed Stadium on the fourth day of the second match on Saturday.
Pakistan set 146 runs target for victory to England and the Englishmen failed to achieve the target and were bowled out for a paltry 72 runs and lost the match by 73 runs. Pakistan skipper changed his strategy in the England's second knock and opened the innings from spinner M Hafeez with Umar Gul and that paid off. Spinners shared 10 wickets between them to bowled England out for 72 in 36 overs in their second inning.
Abdur Rehman with his superb bowling was declared man of the match for earning victory for Pakistan against England to seal the series fate. On this occasion, Rehman expressed: "I get a lot of confidence after bowling opposite Saeed and was mentally ready to destroy English batting side and to guide my team to triumph."
Pakistani left-arm spinner proved the catalyst for the victory who chipped in six wickets for 25 runs in 10.1 overs while Ajmal got 3/22 in 15 overs and Hafeez got 1/11.
Rehman won the competition against Monty Panesar by claiming six wickets after giving less runs while English batsmen failed to combat the bowling of Pakistani left-hander. It looked that England coaches fully concentrated on their bowling attack but English batsmen disappointed through their poor performance in the Test match.
Strauss (32) and Matt Prior were the only batsmen who showed some resistance against Pakistani spinners as all other English batsmen failed to reach the double figures.  England's Panesar proved his selection by taking 6 wickets for 62 runs in the second inning and brought England to a position from where the Englishmen could have won the match. But lack of game plan shattered England's dream of levelling Test series and they were bundled out for just 72 runs and lose the Test series.
Earlier Misbahul Haq decision of batting first backfired as Pakistan were bowled out for just 257 runs. In reply England made 327 runs and got 70 runs first innings lead and they claimed four Pakistan top order batsmen at the score of 54. But Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq steadied innings and took Pakistan's score to 142 to give some respectability. Azhar Ali played a fine half century and Asad Shafiq contributed 43 runs to his team's total and later remaining five batsmen added just 72 runs in the team's total as Pakistan scored 214 runs all out in their second innings. Panesar took 6 wickets while Swann got 2 and Anderson got one wicket.
Misbah proved lucky enough to get 2-0 unbeatable lead in the Test series but his defensive approach has put Pakistan into lot of trouble but Almighty Allah and people prayers helped team to snatch victory.
English media now must praise Pakistani team achievement against England and pinpoint the weaknesses and remove them to combat Pakistani spinners in other matches. Now victory became history and team coach, captain and management should plan for the next matches and think about making a clean sweep in the One-dayers and Twenty20 matches.
Saeed Ajmal became first bowler to complete 100 Test wickets for Pakistan.