Broad gives England the edge

January 27, 2012
Stuart Broad

by PaddyBriggs

Second Test, Abu Dhabi
Day 3: Pakistan 257 & 125-4 v England 327

Day 3 produced another gripping day’s cricket in Abu Dhabi, as Pakistan lead England by just 55 runs with 6 wickets in hand going into day four.

England went into today looking to gain a first innings lead, and they managed this thanks to the efforts of Stuart Broad. Broad made an unbeaten 58 as England were bowled out for 327, a lead of 70.

Broad played in a positive vain scoring his 58 from 62 balls in an innings that included 6 fours and 1 six. Saeed Ajmal finished with figures of 4-108 from 40 overs.

On a wicket that is offering the spinners more assistance as the match goes on, it wasn’t long before Andrew Strauss turned to Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann. Panesar claimed three wickets and Swann picked up one, as Pakistan closed the day on 125-4.

Things could have been much worse for the home side when they slumped to 54-4 before Azhar Ali and Shafiq steadied the innings with an 81 run unbeaten partnership.

Pakistan will be relying heavily on these two in the morning in order to give themselves a realistic chance of victory, but England will know that chasing anything above 150 will prove tough against the three Pakistani spinners.

The Scoop 27/01/2012

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