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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 11:45 GMT
Inspired Flintoff revives England
Second Test, Faisalabad, day four (stumps)
Pakistan 462 & 183-6 v England 446

Flintoff took two wickets in successive balls
Andrew Flintoff took three wickets to boost England's hopes of bowling out Pakistan cheaply in the second Test.

Pakistan limped to stumps on 183-6, a lead of 199, with Inzamam-ul-Haq on 41, and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan yet to score.

Opener Salman Butt made 50 but fell in controversial circumstances and Flintoff removed Mohammad Yousuf and Shahid Afridi with successive balls.

Earlier, Steve Harmison and Shaun Udal put on 47 for the last wicket to take England to 446, just 16 runs behind.

Flintoff bowled 19 heroic overs in three spells, making an early breakthrough just after lunch when he tempted Shoaib Malik into a lofted drive to extra cover.

But his 16th over proved the most memorable as a lengthy tussle with Yousuf ended with the batsman playing a ball that nipped back into him and onto the stumps.

If we can take four quick wickets then we are in the game but it's going to be tough work
Andrew Flintoff

Shahid Afridi, who hit 92 in the first innings and the most successful bowler with 4-95, either side of receiving a ban for damaging the pitch, was roared to the crease by a packed crowd.

But another delivery that nipped back off the seam went through his gate to clean bowl him and hundreds of fans streamed for the exits, not waiting for Akmal to survive the hat-trick ball.

Inzamam had arrived at the crease shaking his head at the dismissal of Butt, who would not have been on strike to Udal had he not been set back by umpire Darrell Hair.

Hair clearly knew Law 42.14b.ii off by heart as Butt's second warning for running on the pitch saw him denied a single.

Udal's very next delivery was an arm ball that a distracted Butt failed to spot.

Throughout the left-hander's three-hour innings, Pakistan appeared certain to bat England out of the match, with no hint of looking for a declaration total.

After Malik fell, Younis Khan joined Butt in a 50-partnership that spanned 20 overs and Matthew Hoggard was brought back for a second spell almost as an afterthought.

But he struck with his very first ball, even though his delivery may have been going down leg side.

Hoggard had missed out on the fun earlier on as he played onto his stumps off arms and pad while attempting to sweep Afridi.

Resuming 71 in arrears, England looked likely to subside quickly when Afridi bowled Ashley Giles for 26.

Freed of any obligation to stick around, though, Udal and Harmison went for their shots.

Udal took 16 off a single over from Shoaib with a top-edged hook over the keeper, a cover drive and a hooked six.

And Harmison took on the spinners, including an audacious reverse-sweep for four off Danish Kaneria, before he was run out.

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