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CRICKET: Spinners give Pakistan series win over England

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Pakistan's spinners handed their team a 2-0 series victory over England after ripping through the English men batting line-up on the fifth day of the third and final test at Sharjah today. 

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took four wickets for a match-haul of seven while retiring all-rounder Shoaib Malik grabbed three wickets as England were all out for 156, 40 minutes into the second session of the final day.

Shah, who missed the opening test in Abu Dhabi due to an injury, was adjudged the player of the series for his 15 wickets in two matches.

England had resumed the day on 46 for two chasing 284 for a series-levelling win, but they were reduced to 59 for six after the first seven overs of the morning session.

England's 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.

However, Shah and Malik returned to wrap up the England innings to hand Pakistan the victory.