Pakistan trails England by 150 runs at the end of the opening day of their first Test in Dubai after Saeed Ajmal’s career-best seven wickets restricted England to 192 all out.
Mohammad Hafeez, on 22 runs, and Taufeeq Umar on 18, opened the batting for Pakistan, which finished the day on 42-0.
Ajmal lifted Pakistan after England won the toss and elected to bat. Matt Prior was unbeaten on 70 for England, which was 43-5 after Ajmal got Kevin Pietersen leg-before-wicket on 2 runs. Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett also failed to reach double figures for England.
It was a career best for Ajmal, a 34-year-old spin bowler who finished 7-55.
The teams will meet in Dubai again in the third and final Test of the series. The second meeting will occur in Abu Dhabi.
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