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  1. Younus (71*) & Misbah (87*) add 139
  2. England 242 - trail by 136 on 1st innings
  3. Root 88, Cook 65, Riaz 4-66, Yasir 4-93
  4. Pakistan first innings: 378

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By Justin Goulding and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Steve Lawley, I can't fault your optimism. But Michael Vaughan doesn't quite agree. Let's see who's right tomorrow. Don't forget the clocks go back tonight, so we'll be up and running an hour earlier than usual at 05:40 GMT on Sunday. See you then.

Match report

England's hopes of winning the second Test against Pakistan look all but over after a dreadful third day in Dubai.

Resuming in a strong position at 182-3, the tourists were bundled out for 242 before lunch.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes and the out-of-form Jos Buttler fell victim to Wahab Riaz's pace, before Yasir Shah's leg spin bamboozled the lower order.

By the close, Pakistan reached 222-3, a lead of 358 runs, with Misbah ul-Haq unbeaten on 87 and Younus Khan 71.

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'This game is done'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"My frustration with England is that they keep having these horrible sessions that lose them the game. Losing seven wickets for 36 runs... it's over. You can say I'm being negative but this game is done."

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Steve C Lawley: After such a horrible day for England let's show some fight tomorrow. The pitch still looks flat and perfectly playable.

Can England make history?

Even if Pakistan declared now, England would be needing to complete their highest successful run chase in Test history. These are the next highest:

  • 332-7 v Australia, Melbourne, 1928-29
  • 315-4 v Australia, Headingley, 2001
  • 307-5 v New Zealand, Christchurch, 1997

Can England make history?

Pakistan's lead is currently 358. I don't want to be a doom-monger but England have never chased that many to win a Test. Only eight teams have managed more in the history of Test cricket.

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stingingnettle: Pakistan provides raw talent, miracles, recklessness and shredded nerves to world cricket. Come and play cricket in Pakistan.

Dave Wall: How many more runs are Rashid & Ali going to feed Pakistan, hoping for them to declare, not my idea of winning.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"There's always a chance. We've seen this side do some good things and then bat horribly. But the chances are so small - the two old men, 78 years between them, didn't look in any trouble against the spinners. England's seamers tried like hell - it's the batting [at fault], there's too many collapses. We lack an opening batsman, Bell and Buttler are playing terrible, Bairstow's playing for his place, Stokes played a poor shot and somehow the desire isn't there. There's too much onus on the bowlers to win us Test matches."

What chance an England win?

So what now? There are two days left in this game, and England's chances of victory must surely rank somewhere between slim and none. A Pakistan declaration beckons tomorrow - expect some fireworks from Younus and Misbah - so the tourists will already be steeling themselves for a battle to save the game.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Wood was caught at slip off the leg-spinner, straightforward. The standing umpires referred it, the third umpire gave him out and then Wood tried to get the third umpire to change his own decision! It was extraordinary as some of the pathetic batting. From optimism and hope, we lost it in one terrible session. The bowlers then had to come out - Anderson can get the left-hander [Shan Masood] out with an orange, Wood bounced Shoaib Malik and then pitched one up, that was a good bit of cricket."


Andy in Aberystwyth: A spinner is opening, an opener is languishing in the pavilion, two keepers are playing, but the form batsman (Taylor) is also omitted. Bring back Moores!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Rashid came in, had one ball then went to slog his second ball over mid-wicket - where the hell's his brains? Play sensibly! Bairstow wasn't that comfortable, particularly against the leg-spinner - he kept trying to his him square through the off side. He nicked one past the keeper, there was one where he was caught at first slip, the third umpire said not out and he got away with it. He then tried to turn the leg-spinner through square leg, he obviously thinks he can bat with only an inch rather than four-and-a-half inches. Too much bottom hand, he should be learning from that."

Pak 222-3 (lead by 358)

Mohammad Hafeez may have fallen for 51 when the impressive Mark Wood returned to the attack, but it went rapidly downhill for England after that as Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand worth 139.

While chances were few and far between, the best that did arrive - a Misbah edge off Ben Stokes - went untouched by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler as he and first slip Joe Root stood motionless.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"We all came here with anticipation of a good contest on a dry, flat pitch with a little bit of turn. First 20 runs or so looked OK for Root and Bairstow, then Root drove at one going across him and nicked it. Then it was mayhem after that, it all fell apart. Buttler was awful, his feet were nowhere in line and he's playing very poorly. It's not as if it was a great ball."

Having conceded a first-innings lead of 136, England claimed a couple of early wickets to give them hope of bowling Pakistan out cheaply second time around. But Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid released the pressure with a succession of long hops and full tosses as Alastair Cook strangely opted for something akin to a one-day field.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"That was as bad a day as England could have scripted for themselves."

Close-of-play scorecard

Pakistan 222-3 (58 overs) - lead by 358

Batsmen: Younus 71*, Misbah 87*

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Masood 1), 16-2 (Malik 7), 83-3 (Hafeez 51)

Bowling figures: Anderson 8-5-9-1, Broad 6-1-16-0, Wood 8-1-22-2, Moeen 7-0-39-0, Stokes 12-2-35-0, Rashid 17-1-70-0, Root 3-0-26-0.

Pakistan first innings 378: Misbah 102, Shafiq 83, Younus 56, Masood 54, Wood 3-39, Moeen 3-108

England first innings 242: Root 88, Cook 65, Riaz 4-66, Yasir 4-93

Pakistan won toss

Full scorecard

Strong words from Vaughan, but it's hard to disagree. Some of those shots in the collapse from 206-3 to 242 all out were, quite frankly, abysmal.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"What a great day for Pakistan. I felt they were just in front at the start of the day, but the key wicket of Joe Root sprung Pakistan into action as they lost seven wickets for 36 runs. That session, I'm afraid, will cost England the game. A couple of catches went down, they really threw the towel in by mid-afternoon."

Pakistan celebrate

Pakistan 222-3 - lead by 358

First-innings centurion Misbah leaves the field with 87 to his name, Younus has 71, and Pakistan's lead is an already daunting 358. England, as they say, are up against it.

Close of play - Pak 222-3 (lead by 358)

Well, no-one except Misbah is in a rush. Just as he did on the first day, he hits a six in the final over, mowing Root over mid-wicket on one knee. And that's your lot for the day.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"No disrespect to Joe Root, but when he's bowling the final over of day three, with Stuart Broad at leg slip - I've never seen him field there - it's almost as though they've gone 'field where you want'."

Pak 211-3 (lead by 347)

Joe Root, England's third-choice spinner, gets the ball for the final over the day. Absolutely no-one in a rush out there.

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Aftab Ahmed: Pakistan have carried Babar and Malik this match. Azhar Ali and Bilal Asif will make Pakistan much stronger in the third Test.

Pak 211-3 (lead by 347)

England going through the motions, Pakistan likewise. And that only suits one side. A day of utter dominance for the hosts is drawing to a close in painful fashion for England. One over left.

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James Bown: Without wanting to sound Pontingesque, this continual use of sub fielders by England is embarrassing and should be stopped.

Pak 207-3 (Younus 68, Misbah 75)

With Rashid at the other end, the spin twins are on. Which is music to the ears of Younus and Misbah, who were probably playing spin when they were in the womb. Younus dispatches a full toss off the last ball of the over for four. England flagging. Pakistan cruising.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The way England's body language has been for the last hour or two, it's almost as if they're waiting for the declaration. I'm sure the coach Trevor Bayliss will be having a word."

Pak 199-3 (lead by 335)

Stokes out of the attack - and off the field now. Maybe he's going to stick his head in an ice bucket. Moeen Ali gets a chance to atone for his wayward spell of 5-0-30-0 this afternoon. Five off the over. Easy pickings for Pakistan.

Should England make changes for third Test?


Mark, Madrid: John in Lytham (14:08) has made the typical "blame the selectors" comment, but they have to show faith in players or selection becomes a revolving door. However, with the South Africa series looming and this series now looking to be lost, maybe it is time to play Taylor and Hales in the third Test and give Buttler a rest, while calling time on Ian Bell's career. Buttler & Bell have done great things for England, but both are struggling and sometimes it is kinder to drop a player than destroy his confidence with failure.

Pak 194-3 (Rashid 16-1-62-0)

There's the googly from Rashid - we've not seen many of them. It does for Younus, who fails to pick it, but that's as good as it gets for England.

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Muhammed Bilal: Misbah and Younus teaching England a lesson here on how to bat. Great stuff!

Beth: I think Pakistan should declare now and have a go at England to see if they get some wickets before the close of play.

Pak 192-3 (lead by 328)

This is Stokes' ninth over - captain Cook obviously hoping his anger will provide the spur for the breakthrough England so desperately need. It's not to be, though, as Younus and Misbah stand firm.


John, Lytham: From almost winning the last Test & looking a class outfit to a total collapse in this innings doesn't make us a bad side. But doubts are now creeping in as to our ranking. Bell's getting out embarrassingly, Buttler looks a shadow of his positive self, we knew this before the series. A blatant failure for the selectors, they should look at themselves seriously.

appeal - not outPak 190-3 (lead by 326)

A half-hearted appeal for leg before from Rashid as Younus fails to connect with a sweep. Misbah fares better as he picks up another boundary.

How's stat?!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"Misbah's just become the fourth player to score 1,000 Test runs after the age of 40. Jack Hobbs has the most (2,440), then Patsy Hendren (1,901) and Tom Graveney (1,243) - Geoffrey's fifth with 999."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"The keeper's got to go for that. He's got the gloves on. It would be a difficult catch for Root, who's at one-and-a-half slip. The problem with this England side is that when they have a bad session, it's a horrific session which takes them out of the Test match."

Misbah dropped on 56

Pak 185-3 (lead by 321)

A drop! Well, I say a drop. It would have been if Jos Buttler had even gone for it. Stokes drew Misbah forward, finds the edge... and Buttler and first slip Joe Root watch it whistle between them. Buttler's catch, without a doubt. He didn't even move. "Caaatch!" screams Stokes, swiftly followed by an expletive. Just to improve Ben's mood, Misbah laces a half-volley through the cover.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Why are they having drinks, with 12 overs left and only the extra half-hour left? They're going to be five overs down again, and the umpires are doing nothing!"

Pak 176-3 (lead by 312)

Breaking news. Stop the press. Rashid turns one past Misbah's outside edge. In fluffing the take, Buttler deflects the ball into Stokes' throat at slip. Stokes drops to his haunches, a combination of frustration and despair etched over his sunburnt face. Kind of sums up England's day.