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Pakistan fightback frustrates England

Zulqarnain Haider scored a superb 88 on his Test debut to give Pakistan some slender victory hopes at Edgbaston.
Zulqarnain Haider scored a superb 88 on his Test debut to give Pakistan some slender victory hopes at Edgbaston.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistan launch a brave fightback on the third day of the second Test against England
  • At close of play, the visitors had reached 291-9, giving them a slender lead of 112
  • Zulqarnain Haider makes 88 on his Test debut after a first innings first ball duck
  • A victory will give England a 2-0 advantage following their victory at Trent Bridge

(CNN) -- Pakistan are still in with a shout of pulling off an unlikely victory after launching a brave fightback on the third day of the second Test against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday.

At close of play, the visitors had reached 291-9, giving them a slender advantage of 112, thanks to Zulqarnain Haider who made 88 on his Test debut.

That situation appeared a million miles away after Pakistan were bowled out for just 72 in their first innings -- their lowest-ever Test score against England.

In reply, the home side scored 251, and they looked poised to secure an innings victory -- and go 2-0 up in the fourth-match series -- when reducing Pakistan to 82-5.

However, wicketkeeper Zulqarnain, who was out first ball in his first innings and only escaped a similar fate in the second innings when he successfully referred an lbw decision that had initially been giving out, helped put on 115 for the eighth wicket with Saeed Ajmal to restore Pakistani pride.

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But England are still firmly in control thanks to spinner Graeme Swann, who removed Zulqarnain just before close of play on his way to Test-best figures of six wickets for 60 runs.

Pakistan had resumed the day on 19 for one, still needing another 97 runs to make England bat again.

A victory here will mean England cannot lose the series after their crushing 354-run win in the first Test at Trent Bridge last week.