Late wickets keep England alive in Dubai

January 18, 2012
Swann

by PaddyBriggs

Dubai International Stadium, First Test
Day 2: England 192 v Pakistan 288-7

Graeme Swann and James Anderson claimed late wickets in Dubai, keeping England’s hopes alive in what is proving to be an enthralling first Test match.

The final ball of the day saw James Anderson bowl Abdur Rehman to leave the hosts 288-7. Pakistan could have gone into day three in a much better position had it not been for late wickets, as Graeme Swann also struck, by removing Misbah-ul-Haq in the penultimate over of the day.

The late drama in front of a sparse crowd all means that Pakistan go into day 3 leading by 96 runs, with only 3 first innings wickets in hand. This is still a position of strength for the home side, but they will be aware that England will want to maintain their number one status in Test cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez top scored for Pakistan with a well-made 88 from 164 balls. He was well supported by half centuries from Umar Taufeez (58) and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (52).

There were two wickets a piece for Stuart Broad, Anderson, and Swann as England’s bowlers toiled hard all day. There was also a breakthrough for Jonathan Trott who claimed the wicket of Younis Khan, trapping the former Pakistan captain lbw for 37.

England will be hoping for minimal resistance from the Pakistan tail, and hope to make a much better fist of batting second time around.

The Scoop 18/01/2012

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