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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pakistan v England, First Test – DAY 2 Highlights

Mini Score Card :
England 1st Innings 192 all out (72.3overs)
Matt Prior 70*(154) G Swann 34(65)
S Ajmal 7/55 M Hafeez 1/5

Pakistan 1st innings 288/7 (104.3 overs)
M Hafeez 88(164) T Umar 58(113)
J Anderson 2/57 S Broad 2/72

Pakistan manages 288/7 at stumps. England had collapsed for just 192 runs in their first innings on the opening day, and the hosts had wash off 42 runs for no loss at stumps.  A combined attempt from England's bowlers today saw Pakistan's scoring rate dip significantly after the first session as the Pakistanis control just 246 runs in the entire day on what looked like a very flat wicket.

Pakistan started the day very brilliantly as Mohammed Hafeez (88) and Taufeeq Umar(58) looked at ease against the English bowlers, putting up 114 runs for the opening wicket. England scratch their way back into the match with two fabulous strikes from Stuart Broad before lunch, including the one of the well set Taufeeq Umar. He dismissed Taufeeq with a peach of a delivery that pitched on and hit off stump from round the wicket. Azhar Ali, Pakistan's No.3, was also dismissed a few overs later politeness another beauty from the leggy fast bowler, one that just moved enough off the seam from outside to catch the outside edge. Pakistan went into lunch still in a sturdy situation, consideration that opening stand, at a 138/2.

Opener Hafeez and former captain Younus Khan started confidently after lunch as they took the hit to the spinner Greame Swann early in his spell and got Pakistan close to the English total. Just as the pair was looking all set to take the game away from England, Hafeez suffer a tumble in awareness as he mistake the length from Swann and fell plumb in front while trying the sweep. Pakistan Captain Misbah ul Haq then added 26 runs for the 4th wicket at a slow pace before the hosts were shake yet again just before Tea. Younus Khan (37) was trapped LBW by a Jonathan Trott’s delivery that nipped back prodigiously off the seam. Asad Shafiq and Misbah then saw through an concerned 20 minute time before Tea taking the team's total on to 213/4.

The ending session of the day saw England drag things back quite strongly with the second new ball, picking up 3 wickets for just 75 runs in 32 overs. James Anderson came into his own after the new ball was taken, maintaining 2 important wickets to nail the Pakistanis back.

Asad Shafiq (16) was the first victim with the second new ball as he nicked a lovely out swinger from Anderson through to Matt Prior, who pulled off a tremendous one handed take in front of first slip.  The fall of that wicket saw the Pakistan Captain Misbah Ul Haq pull down the shutters rather chillingly as he offered a dead bat to most of the following deliveries. This proved to damaging for Pakistan as Misbah was dismissed after adding a crucial 52 runs for the 6th wicket with Adnan Akmal (24*) just before the close of play, adjudged LBW courtesy the DRS after stuffing up to an off break from Swann. Jimmy Anderson then delivered the last blow for the day on what turned out to be the last ball of the day, castling Abdur Rehman's stumps with a perfect in swinger to the southpaw.

Hence after a day filled with abrasion and strength of mind from both sides, England got them back into the game with some closely controlled bowling on a flat floor while Pakistan too made some slow but steady growth, having gone 96 runs ahead with 3 wickets still remain. Considering the positive batting conditions, England would be hoping to wipe up the tail quickly on the third morning and put up a better presentation with the bat in their second essay, especially against the clever Saeed Ajmal.

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