England lead by 5 at Dubai

England lead by 5 at Dubai

Dubai : United Arab Emirates | Feb 03, 2012 at 6:35 AM PST
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Pakistan v England 1st Test Day 2 Highlights at Dubai Part 1

ANDREW STRAUSS held on to his wicket to rescue England 104 for 6 in reply to Pakistan's first innings total of 99 all out on the opening day of the third and final Test at the Dubai Sports City International Cricket Stadium Ground in the United Arab Emirates on Friday. At stumps Strauss was not 41 and James Anderson 3. It was Abdur Rehman's three for 22 and Umar Gul's two for 28 that had dented the English batting and half the side was back into the dressing room within 100 mark. England's chase of the 99 also turned out to be a disaster for 7 on the board they had lost two wickets. Alastair Cook was removed by Umar Gul in the very first over at the hands of Adnan Akmal behind the wickets for 1 at 6 and then he had trapped Jonathan Trott leg before for 2 t 7. Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen partnership then produced a good 57 before the third wicket was fallen when Abdur Rehman trapped Pietersen leg before for 32 at 64. Ian Bell came and gone as the Englanders slipped further. He was smartly stumped by Adnan off Saeed Ajmal for 5 at 75. Almost the identical situation what was witnessed during Pakistan's innings. Eoin Morgan was the fifth man out, Rehman's second wicket for 10 at 88, third leg before against England. And Rehman took his third wicket having bowled Matt Prior for 6 at 98 almost at the close of the day. James Anderson joined Strauss and the two carried the total past one hundred mark. Abdur Rehman had three and Gul two while Ajmal had his share of one among the six wickets fallen. Earlier, batting first, Pakistan ran into trouble right from the beginning and had lost Taufeeq Umar on the last delivery of the very first over by James Anderson, leg before without score. Mohmmad Hafeez was joined by Azhar Ali but didn't last long and Pakistan were 2 down for only 7 on the board. He was caught by Matt Prior off Stuart Broad for 1. Younis Khan walked in to exploit his experience but this time he failed and England were on top when the third wicket was fallen at 10, another Prior-Broad combination for 4. Broad was right on target. Misbah was the new batsman, the skipper had to do something. Friday crowd little stunned, not much shouting. Ant the wickets came tumbling down, now Hafeez was gone, another leg before to Broad, his third wicket and Pakistan were 21 for 4. Hafeez made 13. And there goes Misbah also in the very next over, leg before to Anderson for 1. Sort of drama at the ground. only 20 on the board and the the top order gone back. Adnan Akmal and Asad Shafiq got together but added not much before the sixth wicket was fallen, leg before doing the trick, this time Adnan was the victim, fourth wicket for Broad. He made 6 and the total being 39. Graeme Swann made it 44 for 7 when he had Abdur Rehman caught by Kevin Pietersen for 1. Well taken by the fielder. Now the tail had to rescue and Saeed Ajmal joined Asad before lunch was taken at 48 for 7. Certainly England had dominated throughout and the bowlers had exploited the conditions. A brief defiance by the two ended after lunch having added 29 when Ajmal was trapped, well, leg before by Monty Panesar at 78 for 12. It was coming to an end for Pakistan, two more wickets left. Umar Gul came to lend some help to fighting Asad who eventually lost his concentration running out of partners and lost his wicket at 85 just 5 short of what could could have been his well deserved 50. Anyway, that was the top score, and yes, another brutal leg before, Panesar was the bowler. And the innings finally came to a close when Gul was the last man out, bowled Anderson for 13 at 99. Aizaz Cheema remained unbeaten yet to open his account. Six leg before victims proved fatal for Pakistan with Stuart Broad taking four for 36 and James Anderson three for 35, Monty Panesar two for 25 and Graeme Swann one for none. England could take a lead on the second morning through Strauss unless the wicket helped the bowlers and the first hour could be crucial. The final Test could go either way.

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Pakistani batsman Abdur Rehman (R) plays a shot
Pakistani batsman Abdur Rehman (R) plays a shot
TASNEEM KHAN is based in Miami, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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