Wickets tumble on day 1 in Dubai

February 3, 2012
Stuart Broad

by PaddyBriggs

Third Test, Dubai
Day 1: Pakistan 99 v England 104-6

On what looked another good batting surface, England and Pakistan managed only 203 runs for the loss of 16 wickets on day one in Dubai.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat, but were shot out mid-way through the second session for just 99. Yet again England’s bowlers were superb in conditions that should have favoured batting. Stuart Broad (4-36) and James Anderson (3-35) used the new ball to great effect before polishing off the tail.

England put themselves into a match winning position through good bowling and fielding, but yet again their batsmen have brought Pakistan back into the game.

The visitors finished at stumps on 104-6, a lead of just five runs. Only Andrew Strauss appeared to have any control at the crease and he will resume tomorrow morning on 41 not out.

The orthodox left-arm spin of Abdur Rehman was yet again the chief tormentor for England, as he picked up 3-23 from 15 tidy overs.

England will be desperate for their tail to contribute heavily tomorrow morning, as batting last on this pitch, much like Dubai will prove a difficult task for a side that is low on confidence.

The Scoop 03/02/2012

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