Mohsin Ali

ISLAMABAD - Thanks to a memorable performances from spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and left arm spinner Abdul Rehman, Pakistan notched a comprehensive and one of the most unlikely 73-run win over ICC number 1 ranked Test team England in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

Some extra-ordinary bowling spells by Pakistan's ace spinner Saeed Ajmal, who took 7 wickets in the match by conceding 130 runs, and Abdul Rehman, the man who forced England team to eat dust by showing the way to top 6 English batsmen in the second innings, guided their team to earn one of the greatest victories of the Pakistan Test cricket history.

Things were looking grim for the green caps when they concede more than 70 runs first innings deficit, after they were bowled out for 257 runs in their first innings and England scored 327 runs in their first innings.

Pakistan batting badly flopped in the second innings as they were bundled out for 214 runs thus setting England only 146 runs victory target.

The target was by no means a difficult one for the strong English batting line up, but a superb performance from Abdul Rehman, who ran through England’s batting in the second innings with his career’s best figures of 6 for 25 and bundled them out for just 72 runs. Ajmal took 8 wickets in the match by giving away 92 runs.

The main area of concern remains to be addressed, which is the batting department, both the openers failed to provide a stand in both innings and above all while Pakistan middle order revolves around experienced Younus Khan and skipper Misbah but they both failed to deliver in this crucial match in the second innings.

Misbah must have to change his over cautious approach, both when leading the side and specially when batting, his extra defensive style of batting leads to his downfall in the second outing. Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali batted well in the second innings and steadied Pakistan innings after top order failure.

Now the team has taken a unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, it is the time for the team management to give Umar Akmal a chance to prove his mettle as he is known for his aggressive batting.

One thing which surprised every one was the inclusion of Junaid Khan in the playing XI, Aizaz Cheema had done quite a satisfactory job with the leather, and if the selectors wanted to give extra touch to the bowling department by dropping Aizaz, then they could have opted for much experienced Wahab Riaz instead of Junaid, who hardly recovers from the injury and was clearly looking out of sorts which was imminent from his bowling display as he concedes 33 runs in the first innings without getting a single wicket and his services were not required in the second innings.

Pakistan has got 2-0 unassailable 2-0 over England but the team management must try to overcome the flaws of the team as early as possible and made some changes, at least two changes are required to further boost team’s chances in the third and final Test, Umar Akmal should be given a chance, as he deserves a recall for his recent performances both in ODIs and domestic level and Junaid Khan must be replaced with either Aizaz Cheema or Wahab Riaz.