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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pakistan Mauls England

LONDON -- Mushtaq Ahmed bagged seven wickets and Pakistani captain Wasim Akram took his 300th Test wicket Monday as Pakistan emphatically won the third Test against England at the Oval and took the series 2-0.


Mushtaq, the mercurial leg-spinner who took five wickets on the final day of the first Test at Lord's to give Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the series, was awarded man-of-the-match and Pakistan's man-of-the-series.


England -- which began the final day at 74 without loss, trailing Pakistan's first-innings 521 by 121 runs -- lost its last nine wickets for 146 runs to be all out for 242 just after tea.


Pakistan lost just one wicket -- that of first-innings century maker Saeed Anwar -- before reaching the 48 runs required for victory.


Match-winning Mushtaq had England captain Mike Atherton and Alec Stewart caught in close before lunch. England's most experienced pair, with 120 Tests between them, began the fifth day confidently but cautiously.


Stewart registered his 20th half-century but he was caught at short-leg for 54.


Atherton had hit five boundaries to progress to 43 but popped a difficult chance to Inzamam-ul-Haq, who held the catch to make it 136 for two.


Hussain and Graham Thorpe added just eight runs in the second session before Mushtaq came around the wicket and had Thorpe caught by Wasim at slip for nine.


England was still 25 runs behind when Hussain -- padded up to Mushtaq and was given leg before wicket for 51 with the score 170 for four.


England's destiny looked safer while first-innings century-maker John Crawley was at the crease but once he went to a Wasim delivery a typical England collapse soon followed.