Game in the balance in Abu Dhabi

January 26, 2012

by Paddy Briggs

Abu Dhabi, Second Test
Day 2: Pakistan 257 v England 207-5

A late fight back from Pakistan’s spinners has ensured that the second Test is left evenly poised going into day three in Abu Dhabi.

England had been in charge of this Test match for most of the day after dismissing the Pakistan tail with some ease, leaving Pakistan all out for 257. Stuart Broad finished with innings figures of 4-47 from 24 overs.

After England lost the early wicket of Andrew Strauss (11), Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott put England into a commanding position, after a second wicket stand of 139. Both batsman looked assured at the crease before Abdur Rehman produced an excellent delivery to remove Trott on 74.

Cook who was relying mainly on the cut shot to bring about his runs was eventually undone by a Saeed Ajmal doosra when on 94. Cook showed great patience in his 220 ball innings that included 10 boundaries.

Cook and Trott were quickly followed by to the pavilion by Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen who both fell cheaply late on. England finished at stumps on 207-5 and trail the home side by 50 runs.

Saeed Ajmal was yet again the chief tormentor picking up 3-67 from nearly 30 overs.

On a wicket that is beginning to spin, England will know that a first innings lead is vital in pursuit of victory. This Test match is set up for a cracking finish with England chasing down a total against a turning ball with men round the bat.

The Scoop 26/01/2012

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