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    England wrap up easy win over Pakistan


    by ODN


    James Anderson's match haul of 11-71 helped to complete a comfortable 354-run victory over Pakistan, who slumped to their lowest total against England, in the first test at Trent Bridge.

    Pakistan, set a world-record 435 to win, were bowled out for 80 in 29 overs after resuming on 15 for three on the fourth day. England required just under two hours to take Pakistan's last seven wickets.

    Number ten Danish Kaneria top-scored with 16 not out and was one of only two batsmen to reach double figures as the Pakistanis struggled to play the moving ball throughout. The total fell short of Pakistan's previous low against England, which was 87 at Lord's in 1954.

    Fast bowler Anderson followed his five for 54 in the first innings with another inspired spell of swing bowling in cloudy conditions, in front of a stadium about a quarter-full. His second innings analysis was 15-8-17-6 as he bowled 11 consecutive overs.

    The shell-shocked Pakistanis will need to rally quickly as the second test in the four-match series begins at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Friday.

    England set up the win with a first-innings 354 courtesy of 130 by Eoin Morgan. Pakistan then slumped to 182, before England's 262 for nine declared when Matt Prior made an unbeaten 102.

    Pakistan, who lost their 2006 series in England 3-0, avoided their lowest test total of 53 - made against Australia in Sharjah in 2002 - when Kaneria clipped Anderson through midwicket for a boundary. He also pulled Finn for a six and a four as England's fielders smiled wryly.