By Waleed Tariq
KARACHI, Pakistan – Today in Dubai, Pakistan’s cricket team recorded its first ever whitewash against England at the Dubai Sports City after a 71-run victory in the third test to sweep a crushing 3-0 series win over the world’s top-ranked team.
|Waleed Tariq / youthjournalism.org|
Pakistan’s bowling once again sparkled to leave England struggling towards another defeat. England, chasing an imposing 324-run target, was dismissed for 252 on the fourth day of the final test with fast bowler Umar Gul and off spinner Saeed Ajmal grabbing four wickets each.
For Pakistan, it was a fifth series whitewash, their last coming in a 3-0 triumph over Bangladesh in 2003.
This is also the first time since 1907 that a team has come back to win a test match after being bowled out for less than a 100 runs. The victory feat was last achieved by England, which defeated South Africa by 53 runs at Headingley in 1907 after being bowled out for 76.
The teams will now face each other in four one-day and three T20 internationals, with the next match on February 13 in Abu Dhabi.