Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Broad Knock Boosts England; Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Broad Knock Boosts England; Cricket

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STUART Broad was left unbeaten as England lost their last two wickets in one over after lunch, but still had a precious 70-run lead over Pakistan in the second Test at the Zayed Stadium.

Broad (58 not out) and Ian Bell were the most successful with an evident brief to grab as many runs as possible on the third morning before Saeed Ajmal (four for 108) and his fellow spinners bowled them out in conditions tailor-made for their skills.

Employing tactics near polar opposite to Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott's admirable crease occupation yesterday, Broad's invaluable ninth Test 50 contained six fours and a six over long-on off Abdur Rehman from just 52 balls.

He was unable to add to his lunchtime gains, though, because Mohammad Hafeez (three for 54) hurried one through to bowl James Anderson and then had number 11 Monty Panesar lbw by similar method to leave Broad stranded and England 327 all out. Ajmal managed to add only the dismissal of Matt Prior to the three wickets he took last night.

But if England's fightback was undermined then, as they seek to level this three-match series, Broad gave it new life in precarious circumstances today. …

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