England edge ahead as wickets tumble in Third Test
England edged to a slender five-run lead over Pakistan at the close
as 16 wickets fell during an extraordinary opening day of the third and
final test at Dubai Stadium Friday.
Routed for a low score of 99 in their first innings by England
pacemen Stuart Broad (4-36) and James Anderson (3-35), Pakistan spinners
moved to the fore to leave England struggling at 104-6.
England, playing for pride after losing the first two Tests and the
series, now hold a slight lead on a seemingly batting-friendly pitch.
At the close, Andrew Strauss was unbeaten on 41 and James Anderson
was on three not out.
Paceman Umar Gul led Pakistan's fightback by dismissing opener
Alastair Cook (one) and Jonathan Trott (two) before Strauss added 57 for
the third wicket with Kevin Pietersen (32) during their bids to overcome
England's batting had flopped during their two wicket defeat in the
first Test here and in the 72-run defeat in the second match in Abu
Pakistani spinners Abdul Rehman and Saeed Ajmal, who grabbed 34 of
the 40 wickets in the first two Tests, then grabbed four more wickets,
with Rehman dismissing Pietersen and Eoin Morgan (10) and Ajmal
accounting for Bell (five).
Pietersen's dismissal made it 34 leg-before dismissals for the
series, beating the previous record of 33 in the Pakistan-West Indies
series in the Caribbean in 1993.
Rehman, who took 3-23, then bowled Matt Prior (six) with England just
one behind Pakistan.
Earlier in the morning, England's pace duo of Broad and Anderson
bowled well to expose Pakistan, who won the toss and batted. Asad Shafiq
topscored with 45.