England take control in Abu Dhabi

27/01/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted Bob Brunskill
England take control in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan are on the back foot in the second test match against England in Abu Dhabi.After removing the tail end of England's batting line-up cheaply, leaving the visitors just 70 runs ahead despite a lively start, Pakistan looked likely to press on and leave England a mammoth target to win.However, recently-recalled spinner Monty Panesar was among the wickets in the early phases of play, removing Mohammad Hafeez lbw for 22 and clean bowling Younis Khan for just one.Graeme Swann removed Taufeeq Umar for seven, leaving Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq to pick up the pieces.As such, Pakistan headed into the tea break on 54/3 after 27 overs.The hosting of the test match, which comes as Pakistan faces political unrest, will serve to boost Abu Dhabi's credentials as a leading sporting hub.Wicket-keeper Matt Prior recently lamented Engalnd's display in the first test and claimed a much-improved performance will be needed in order to turn the series around