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Swann and Panesar put England on top

Reuters, Abu Dhabi

England spin duo Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann struck to reduce Pakistan to 54 for three in their second innings at tea yesterday on the third day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, leaving the hosts 16 runs behind England’s first innings total of 327.

Pakistan’s security troubles may have forced their team to play home matches in the Gulf, but with more than 1 million Pakistanis living in the United Arab Emirates, the crowd was behind Misbah-ul-Haq’s men.

More supporters came after Friday prayers and they would have enjoyed the first hour of afternoon play as Pakistan bagged England’s final two wickets before openers Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar made a steady start to their second innings.

England then struck, Panesar drawing Hafeez (22) forward as the batsman tried to block the anticipated turn, but the ball kept straight for a clear LBW.

Swann came on at the other end and bowled Umar (7), as Pakistan lost their second wicket without adding to their score of 29.

However, Panesar was not to be outshone, bowling Younus Khan (1) with a turning delivery that clipped off-stump.

Captain Misbah (12) and Azhar Ali (12) were at the crease at tea.

Earlier, Stuart Broad’s unbeaten 58 had helped England achieve a 70-run first innings lead.

His knock was vital after Matt Prior and Ian Bell both disappointed with the bat, England losing their final five wickets for 120 runs.

For Pakistan, all-rounder Hafeez finished with 3-54, while Saeed Ajmal ended on 4-108.

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