Cook, Trott defy Pakistan

England opener Alastair Cook missed a century by six runs and Jonathan Trott made a half-century before Pakistan hit back with four wickets in the last session in the second Test here on Thursday.

Cook was trapped leg-before-wicket off spinner Saeed Ajmal for 94 -- his fourth nervous ninety dismissal -- but not before adding an invaluable 139 for the second wicket with Trott (74) to take England to 207 for five in reply to Pakistan’s 275.

Ajmal took three of those last four wickets, dismissing Kevin Pietersen (14) and Eoin Morgan (three) in the last over for the addition of four runs to bring Pakistan back into the game after Cook and Trott had foiled their bowling.

At the close on day two, Ian Bell was unbeaten on four with England needing another 50 runs to overhaul Pakistan’s first innings total on an Abu Dhabi pitch that is helping bowlers.
England, aiming to level the three-match Test series after their 10-wicket defeat in the first match in Dubai and maintain their world number one ranking, will look to out-of-form Bell and the rest to give them a lead on Friday.

Pakistan, meanwhile, will hope that Ajmal, who has figures of 3/67, can bowl England out early.

Cook and Trott had negotiated the dangerman Ajmal well, before both fell to spinners.
In the morning, Stuart Broad completed bowling figures of 4/47 to bowl out Pakistan, who added just one run to their overnight score of 256-7. James Anderson (2/46) ably assisted Broad as they took 16 deliveries to wrap up the innings.

SCORE BOARD

PAKISTAN (I Innings, O/n: 256/7):
Hafeez b Panesar    31
Taufeeq b Swann    16
Azhar b Broad    24
Younis b Broad    24
Misbah lbw Broad    84
Shafiq lbw Swann    58
A Akmal lbw Broad    9
Rehman b Swann    0
Ajmal lbw Anderson    0
Gul (not out)    0
Junaid c Swann b Anderson    0
Extras (B-8, lb-1, nb-2)    11
Total (all out, 96.4 overs)    257
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-61, 3-98, 4-103, 5-203, 6-216, 7-243, 8-257, 9-257.   
Bowling: Anderson 19.4-5-46-2, Broad 24-4-47-4, Panesar 33-9-91-1, Swann 18-2-52-3, Trott 2-0-12-0.
ENGLAND (I Innings):
Strauss c Shafiq b Hafeez    11
Cook lbw Ajmal    94
Trott b Rehman    74
Pietersen c Hafeez b Ajmal    14
Bell (batting)    4
Morgan c Hafeez b Ajmal    3
Extras (B-4, LB-2, NB-1)    7
Total (for 5 wkts, 84.5 overs)    207
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-166, 3-198, 4-203, 5-207. (Morgan, 84.5 ov)
Bowling: Umar Gul 10-1-35-0, Junaid Khan 6-0-20-0, Mohammad Hafeez 19-4-40-1, Saeed Ajmal 29.5-5-67-3, Abdul Rehman 20-7-39-1.

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