Rehman rips through England
Pakistan beat England by 72 runs in the second Test in Abu Dhabi to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing 145 to win, England were undone by spin as they slipped to 72 all out - their lowest total against Pakistan - at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with only captain Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior reaching double figures.
All 10 wickets fell to Pakistan's three slow bowlers, left-armer Abdur Rehman leading the way with an international-best 6-25 from 10.1 overs.
England suffered a double setback early on with the loss of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, the latter promoted to number three in place of the ill Jonathan Trott, to Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal respectively.
Things soon got worse for the tourists when Rehman removed Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan in the penultimate over before tea, and returning to trap Strauss lbw.
England’s hopes of a recovery were swiftly ended when they lost their final five wickets for just four runs.
The irresistible Rehman accounted for Trott, batting at seven, and Stuart Broad in the space of three balls and, after Ajmal broke Prior’s resistance, James Anderson was caught in the deep to bring proceedings to an end.
Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar had earlier bowled England into a strong position; his impressive figures of 6-62 from 27 overs helping to dismiss Pakistan for a second-innings 214.
Azhar Ali started the day well by tucking Graeme Swann into the leg side to complete his 13th Test fifty, but England pressed hard for an opening as Panesar beat Asad Shafiq’s outside edge and, at the other end, Broad did the same to Azhar.
Shafiq got into his stride by pulling a Panesar short ball to the midwicket boundary before driving Broad through the covers, only to depart for 43 in Panesar’s next set of six after edging a ball that turned sharply to Anderson, who took a smart catch at first slip.
Panesar, hunting a five-wicket haul, was a constant menace, beating Azhar’s defences twice as the right-hander pushed forward at the left-arm spinner.
Swann thought he had the second wicket of the morning when Azhar, on 66, was given out lbw, but the right-hander remained at the crease after a review showed the ball was drifting down leg as Pakistan extended their lead to 92 at drinks.
The introduction of the new ball after drinks proved to be a significant moment as Anderson and Broad struck in successive overs.
Azhar could only tickle a rising Anderson delivery behind to Prior and Adnan Akmal attempted a reckless drive outside off stump and edged to Strauss at slip as Pakistan slumped to 172 for seven.
Anderson failed with an lbw review against Rehman and, in an attempt to add vital runs, Ajmal, who survived a Panesar lbw shout thanks to a slight inside edge, was looking to pull anything short behind square.
Swann struck with the third ball after lunch when Rehman failed to connect with a sweep and the ball crashed into his pads. A review failed to save the left-hander, who departed for 10.
Swann thought he had Umar Gul caught by Cook at bat-pad in his next over but, with no reviews left, England had to settle for umpire Steve Davis’ not-out decision.
Panesar secured his first Test five-for since 2008 when Ajmal gloved a brilliant flighted delivery into the hands of Anderson at slip, which left Gul with the repsonsibility of smashing valuable late runs.
He heaved Broad for a maximum over midwicket before Panesar wrapped up the innings with the dismissal of Junaid Khan, who was bowled trying to emulate his big-hitting partner.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq immediately turned to his spinners at the start of England's second innings, which prompted Strauss and Cook to be watchful.
Cook survived two lbw appeals before an attempt to play against the spin resulted in him providing Hafeez with a return catch from a leading edge.
Strauss was extremely fortunate not to follow when he inside-edged Rehman to short-leg. Third umpire Billy Bowden ruled that the ball had not carried, much to the fielding side's dismay.
Pakistan did get their rewards in the next over as Bell defended an Ajmal doosra, only to see the ball spin back sharply through his legs and onto the stumps to leave England in trouble at 26 for two.
Strauss relieved some tension with his and England’s first boundary of the innings, a cut through the covers off Ajmal, before losing two partners in an over.
Pietersen failed in an attempt to overturn a successful lbw decision from Rehman before Morgan was cleaned up by a ball that turned back in from off stump as Pakistan seized control.
Strauss rocked on to the back foot to cut Rehman to the cover boundary and Prior crunched a drive on the up through the same area as England took a more positive approach after tea.
That was until the England captain became Rehman’s third victim, with 56 on the board, when he went back to a ball that turned sharply and was trapped plumb in front for 32, a review failing to save him.
A mix-up between Prior and Trott almost sparked a run-out and the former survived an lbw review, before a dramatic collapse saw England lose five wickets in the space of 10 balls.
Trott was trapped in front by Rehman and Broad failed to emulate his first-innings display with the bat as he was bowled through the gate attempting to drive one that spun back sharply.
Swann paid the price for playing back to Ajmal, who pinned the right-hander in front, and Prior’s looped drive flew into the hands of Shafiq at cover to give the spinner his 100th Test wicket.
Rehman then sealed the match and the series with the wicket of Anderson, whose heave into the leg side picked out Gul running in from the midwicket boundary.