England-Pakistan Test evenly poised

Feb 06, 2012, 09:45 IST | AFP
Rivals players Azhar Ali of Pakistan and Graeme Swann of England showed confidence their teams can pull off win in the third and final Test which was set for an interesting finish on Day Three.

Azhar Ali

England, set to chase 324 runs on an eased out Dubai Stadium pitch, were 36-0 but face an uphill task against Pakistan's threatening spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman, who orchestrated their team's wins in the first two Tests.

Pakistan set the target on the back of a career-best 157 by Ali and a brilliant 127 by Younis Khan, both sharing an invaluable 216-run stand for the third wicket. Ali said his team was confident of the win. "We are hundred percent confident of winning the match but obviously we have to take 10 wickets," said Ali.

Swann, who took 3-101, said England were set for a good chase. "It is a great end of the day. We got just rewards for our perseverance with the ball. It would have been a tricky period for the openers but they have calmed the storm and set us for a good chase tomorrow," said the off-spinner. Swann hoped England's batsmen do differently to win the Test.

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