Pakistan defeated England in the final match of the cricket test series in UAE to complete a historic 3-0 whitewash.
Pakistani bowlers emasculated English batting throughout the series and won the third test by 71 runs in Dubai.
Pakistan won in spite of their relatively poor fielding and less than stellar batting which made them look very vulnerable at times. But the bowlers strongly reasserted Pakistan's dominance each time to bring their side back in the game, winning the first match in Dubai on the 3rd day by 10 wickets and the second match in Abu Dhabi by 72 runs on the 4th day by dismissing the entire England side for a paltry 72 runs. In the third test, the Pakistani batting collapsed with the exception of stellar performances by Younus Khan and Azhar Ali. Younus Khan found form and scored the first century (127 runs) of the series, and inspired Azhar Ali to surpass his score with the second century (157 runs) of the series. In a series dominated by bowlers, Younus-Azhar partnership of 216 runs was the best.
Recent wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and this latest victory against England have all been possible courtesy of Pakistan's formidable bowling attack, particularly the fine spin bowling by Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman who together claimed a record 43 scalps in the series. These Pakistani bowlers have more than compensated for the perennial weakness in the batting side.
The most fitting description I have seen of Pakistan's highly talented cricketers was in a recent Wall Street Journal piece by commentator Richard Lyons in which he called Pakistani cricket team "freakishly talented" and "the most resilient entity in the world". Just imagine what would Pakistan be like if these descriptions were also true of the nation's top civilian leadership as well.