Spinners give Pakistan 2-0 series win as England collapse

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyPakistan’s spinners handed their team a 2-0 series victory after ripping through England’s batting line-up on the fifth day of the third and final Test at Sharjah on Thursday.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took four wickets for a match-haul of seven while retiring all-rounder Shoaib Malik grabbed three as England were all out for 156, 40 minutes into the second session of the final day.England had resumed the day on 46-2 chasing 284 for a series-levelling win at the SharjahCricket Stadium but the tourists were reduced to 59-6 after the first seven overs of the morning.Shah made the opening breakthrough by dismissing Joe Root (six) leg before wicket in the second over of the day and then trapped Jonny Bairstow (zero) in front of the stumps as the batsman attempted a sweep shot.Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar provided able support by dismissing James Taylor (two) and Samit Patel for a duck as England lost four wickets for 13 runs in the morning.Captain Alastair Cook did offer resistance, completing his 46th half century in Tests, with a stand of 49 runs for the seventh wicket with Adil Rashid, who was out shortly before the lunch break.Stuart Broad was then removed by Shah for 20 with Cook (63) following shortly after to Malik, who had announced his retirement from the longest format following this match.Ben Stokes (12) came out to bat despite a broken collarbone before being the last man out.last_img

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