1st test: James Anderson double strike leaves Pakistan in trouble

England paceman James Anderson enlivened an otherwise dull first Test with two wickets.

1st test: James Anderson double strike leaves Pakistan in trouble

Abu Dhabi: England paceman James Anderson enlivened an otherwise dull first Test with two wickets to leave Pakistan struggling at 35-2 at lunch on the fifth and final day here.

Anderson dismissed opener Shan Masood (one) and Shoaib Malik (nought) in the third over as Pakistan's second innings started disastrously on a weary Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

Mohammad Hafeez (32) and Younis Khan (two) restored calm, but Pakistan still trailed by 40 after England took a 75-run lead in the first innings.

England announced closure of their first innings at 598-9 in reply to Pakistan's 523-8 declared.

That left the first Test heading for a tame draw, barring an extraordinary Pakistan collapse in the second innings, which initially looked possible.

Masood, who was bowled after a short delivery from Anderson deflected onto the stumps from the grill of his helmet in the first innings, played on to the same bowler.

Malik, who scored a career best 245 in the first knock, lasted three deliveries before Anderson's bouncer surprised him as his evasive shot landed safely in Jonny Bairstow's hands.

Younis also survived a shaky start, but Hafeez, fresh from his 98 in the first knock, hit four boundaries and a six to ease some of the pressure.

Earlier, England, resuming at 569-8, lost Adil Rashid for 12 in the seventh over of the day, bowled by paceman Imran Khan who finished with 2-74.

Stuart Broad (17) and Anderson (three) remained unbeaten as England batted for a marathon 206 overs on a flat pitch, with skipper Alastair Cook knocking an epic 263 on Friday.

Left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz was the pick of Pakistan bowlers with 3-125 while spinner Zulfiqar Babar finished with 1-183 off 72 overs.