Dubai: Pakistani Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar scored half centuries before England paceman Stuart Broad checked their progress with a pair of wickets in the last hour before lunch on the second day of the first Test on Wednesday.

Largely unperturbed by the England attack, the right-left combination of Hafeez and Umar stitched together a 114-run stand before Broad dealt back-to-back blows to send the hosts into the interval on 138 for two wickets.

Hafeez (70) and Younus Khan (six) were together at the break with Pakistan just 54 runs behind England, who were unraveled by Saeed Ajmal's spin bowling to be dismissed for a disappointing 192 in their first innings after electing to bat.

Resuming on 42/0 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Umar and Hafeez negotiated the English bowlers with consummate ease, while helping themselves to the occasional boundaries.

Umar hit Chris Tremlett for two boundaries in the same over on his way to a 13th half-century and Hafeez took a single off the same bowler to score his seventh fifty.

Desperate for a breakthrough, England captain Andrew Strauss brought Broad back into the attack and the change paid off when the lanky bowler, from around the wicket, pegged back Umar's off-stump.
Hafeez had top-edged a hook shot on the previous delivery but survived as a diving Tremlett could not pouch the difficult catch at mid-on.

Broad returned to remove Azhar Ali (one), who poked outside off-stump to depart caught behind.
Pakistan are hosting the three-match in the Gulf due to security concerns in their own country.

(Agencies)