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England flounder after skittling Pak

Riveting match swings both ways on bowler-dominated opening day. Scorecard

cricket Updated: Feb 04, 2012 01:08 IST
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England batsmen ruined the terrific job by seamers Stuart Broad and James Anderson to end up at 104-6 against Pakistan on a bowler-dominated opening day of the third test on Friday.

Broad bulldozed the top order with 4-36 and Anderson captured 3-35 to shoot out Pakistan for 99 but left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman grabbed 3-23 before the top-ranked team overhauled Pakistan's sixth lowest ever total against England.

Captain Andrew Strauss scored a fighting unbeaten 41 on an eventful Friday when three rulings by one of the best umpires in the world, Simon Taufel, were overturned.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired and Pakistan could never recover after Broad and Anderson reduced Pakistan to 21-5. Asad Shafiq fought a lone battle with 45 off 78 balls.

Super stuart Pakistan ran into trouble soon from the very start of the play. Anderson struck in the first over and Broad dented the middle order with three wickes in space of 16 deliveries.