Late Strikes Boost England As Pakistan Build Lead
England 192 (Prior 70no, Saeed Ajmal 7-55) v
Pakistan 288-7 (Mohammad Hafeez 88)
First Test, Dubai, day two
England took two late wickets to reduce Pakistan to 288 for seven in reply to their score of 192 on day two of the first Test in Dubai.
Graeme Swann had Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq trapped in front for 52 and James Anderson bowled Abdur Rehman for four to take some of the gloss off of another good day from Pakistan.
Openers Mohammad Hafeez (88) and Taufeeq Umar (58) also scored half-centuries to frustrate England, for whom Stuart Broad, Swann and Anderson all took two wickets.
Jonathan Trott was the other man to take a wicket when he trapped Younus Khan in front for 37.
Hafeez and Taufeeq put on 114 for the first wicket and their excellent stand was broken when Broad bowled Taufeeq from round the wicket.
Broad struck again to have Azhar Ali caught behind by Matthew Prior for one before Hafeez and Younus steadied the ship for Pakistan.
Hafeez fell when he was trapped in front by Swann and Younus fell to the same method of dismissal when Trott got one to nip back.
Misbah then dug in, facing 154 balls for his 52 runs while Asad Shafiq (16) and Adnan Akmal (24 not out) played more freely.
Shafiq was well caught one-handed by Prior off Anderson for an immediate reward of taking the new ball and England's fine finish to the day was sealed when Misbah was hit in line but it needed a successful review from England to overturn the original decision and Rehman had no answer to Anderson.
Anderson finished the day with figures of two for 57, Broad two for 72, Swann two for 89 and Trott one for 16.
Saeed Ajmal's seven for 55 went a long way towards dismissing England for 192 on the opening day.
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