Hafeez fifty bolsters Pak

England strike back late but hosts take a healthy 96-run lead

Pakistan built on a strong start from openers Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar to take a 96-run first innings lead with three wickets in hand after the second day of the opening Test against England on Wednesday.

Openers Hafeez (88) and Umar (58) shared a 114-run stand and captain Misbah-ul-Haq struck a patient 52 as Pakistan reached 288 for seven after bowling England out for 192 on the opening day at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Adnan Akmal was unbeaten on 24 at stumps and will have the tailenders for company when he returns on Thursday.

Resuming on 42 for no loss, the right-left combination of Hafeez and Umar thrived on a placid track, helping themselves to easy boundaries. Umar hit Chris Tremlett for two boundaries in the same over on his way to a 13th half-century and Hafeez took a single off the same bowler to score his seventh fifty.

Desperate for a breakthrough, England captain Andrew Strauss brought Stuart Broad back into the attack and the change paid off when the lanky bowler, from around the wicket, pegged back Umar’s off-stump.

Broad returned to remove Azhar Ali (one), who poked outside off-stump to depart caught behind. Hafeez looked good for his fifth Test century but paid the price for playing a premeditated sweep off Graeme Swann to completely miss the line.  Even reviewing the leg before decision could not save him and Hafeez departed after a measured 164-ball knock that included 11 fours and a six.

Younis Khan (37) appeared to have settled in for a long stay but another clever bowling change by Strauss sent him back.

Score board

ENGLAND (I Innings): 192

PAKISTAN (I Innings, o/n: 42/0):

Hafeez lbw Swann    88
Taufeeq b Broad    58
Ali c Prior b Broad    1
Younis lbw Trott    37
Misbah lbw Swann    52
Shafiq c Prior b Anderson    16
A Akmal (batting)    24
Rehman b Anderson    4
Extras (B-2, LB-4, NB-2)    8

Total (for 7 wkts, 104.3 overs)    288

Fall of wickets: 1-114, 2-128, 3-176, 4-202, 5-231, 6-283, 7-288.   

Bowling: Anderson 23.3-7-57-2, Tremlett 20-6-48-0, Broad 26-6-72-2, Swann 27-3-89-2, Trott 8-2-16-1.

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