Saturday, 28 January 2012 14:14
ABU DHABI: England pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad turned the screw on Pakistan's middle order with the new ball on Saturday, dismissing key batsmen in successive overs to leave the hosts on 198 for seven in their second innings at lunch, a lead of 128.
The pair acted quickly to dismiss Azhar Ali (68) and Adnan Akmal (13) after England captain Andrew Strauss gave his fast bowlers the new cherry on the fourth morning of the second test.
At the interval, Saeed Ajmal (11) and Abdur Rehman (10) had cobbled together a vital 26-run partnership but England remain favourites to square the three-match series, having lost the first test by 10 wickets in Dubai last week.
Pakistan had resumed on 125-4, with Ali and Asad Shafiq at the crease after putting on an unbeaten 71 on Friday.
The duo were cautious early on, scoring just 11 runs from seven overs, but became ...