26 Jan 2012

England bowlers save blushes on day one of second test

8:30 am on 26 January 2012

England's pace-cum-spin attack delivered the goods to restrict Pakistan to 256 for 7 on the opening day of the second Test at Abu Dhabi Stadium.

Paceman Stuart Broad took 3-47 while spinner Graeme Swann (3-52) bowled well to keep England's hopes of squaring the three-Test series alive after they lost the first match in Dubai by 10 wickets inside three days.

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq, unbeaten on 83 at the close with Saeed Ajmal on nought, held the Pakistan innings together during a fighting stand of 100 for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq (58).

England, ranked world number one in Test cricket, could have had a more fruitful day had they not dropped four regulation catches, but Broad and Swann made sure their fumbles did not prove too costly.