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  1. Hafeez 97 not out - dropped on 11
  2. Broad traps Younus lbw for 14 late on
  3. Malik retires from Tests at close of play
  4. Injured Stokes bats but unable to bowl
  5. Pakistan lead three-Test series 1-0

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By James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Stuart Broad ponders the field of play
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That's it for today - we leave you with the Test very much in the balance. Join us again tomorrow, bright and early at 05:40, for day four. Until then, goodbye.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"It's close. Pakistan have had the better of the day but that late wicket gave England a lift.

"If England get two quick wickets they could be chasing 160-170. But if they allow Rahat Ali to hang around for a bit tomorrow and there are a couple of partnerships, then it could be 220-plus.

"Alastair Cook has just got to keep the field in and force the big shot. It is on an edge but I would still prefer the runs on the board. I would prefer to be in Pakistan's dressing room now - but only just."

As pointed out, those two early misses against Hafeez could be crucial. Was the enough evidence to overturn that decision? And what if Bairstow had made that catch? Not only would it have removed Hafeez, it might have given Moeen a bit of confidence as well. Ifs, buts and maybes...

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I still think there's a good chance of a team winning it - and I favour England. There's a good chance of winning, not any chance. It's better than every side getting 500. Runs are hard-earned and when you get runs it means a lot."

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"It's very hard to predict where this game is going to go."

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Adam Savoury: Forget about Bairstow's drop, Hafeez was out caught behind on two! No conclusive evidence to overturn the decision either!

Malik announces retirement

Shoaib Malik
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Well, this has come out of the blue. Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik has just announced his retirement from Test cricket - mid-match!

He picked up his best Test bowling figures earlier today, and only two matches ago hit 245, though he has had a run of low scores since then.

Apparently he's concentrating his attention on the 2019 World Cup - when he'll be, erm, 37.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Pakistan cricketers Hafeez and Azhar
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"A first-innings lead of 72 is not to be sniffed at. I still think that. England are still in it to win it, even though there was quite a long period in the afternoon when Hafeez and Azhar put on 100 and never looked in trouble."

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Tom, Durham: For all the talk of the pitches, this has been a fascinating series with every session requiring each side to play exceptional cricket. Genuine high-pressure environment that just can't be replicated in the shorter form.

Player reaction

England batsman James Taylor on Sky Sports: "They're playing well at the moment, but we can't look too far ahead. If we can get some early breakthroughs in the morning, you never know. These tracks aid the spinners, but I'm enjoying my cricket more than I've ever enjoyed - I'm enjoying playing cricket for my country and getting a few runs."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Samit Patel in bat for England

"A topsy-turvy day again. It started poorly for England with the two guys who played splendidly yesterday getting out. But Patel batted beautifully. He was out to a superb ball - a leg-spinner that pitched leg and hit off stump."

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Ian J: Chance dropped by Bairstow off Moeen when Hafeez was on 11 starting to look like series-defining moment.

Day in summary

Pakistan's batters leave the field of play at the end of day three
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England struck late on day three to leave the third Test against Pakistan evenly poised in Sharjah.

Pakistan looked set to take control when a century opening stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali wiped out England's first-innings lead of 72.

But three wickets in the evening session left Pakistan 146-3, a lead of 74, with Hafeez still there on 97.

England were earlier all out for 306, James Taylor adding two runs to his overnight 74 and Samit Patel making 42.

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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Mohammad Hafeez
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"Brilliant innings by Hafeez for his 97. It really does hang in the balance - England have to get four wickets to get to Wahab Riaz, but the Pakistan tail can fold - it's like a pack of dominoes. Hafeez, Misbah and Sarfraz are the key. You wouldn't want to be chasing 220-plus."

Close-of-play scorecard

Pakistan 146-3 (53 overs) - lead by 74

Batsmen: Hafeez 97*, Rahat 0*

Fall of wickets: 101-1 (Azhar 34), 105 (Shoaib 0), 146-3 (Younus 14)

Bowling figures: Anderson 14-5-36-1, Broad 12-4-19-1, Patel 11-0-40-0, Moeen 6-1-25-0, Rashid 10-2-25-0

Pakistan first innings 234: Misbah 71; Anderson 4-17

England first innings 306: Taylor 74, Bairstow 43, Patel 42; Malik 4-33, Yasir 3-99

Pakistan won toss

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Glenn Sissen: Is it just me that can see this going to the final day and Stokes hitting the winning runs? #fate.

Close of play

Pak 146-3

Joe Root

It looks like the umpires are insisting on spin for the final over of the day, so it's going to be Moeen to have a bowl. There's a huge appeal off the penultimate ball of the day, but England decide against a review. Rahat survives, and that's stumps.

Pak 146-3 (Hafeez 97, Rahat 0)

Ooh, Rashid so nearly undoes Hafeez with a well-disguised googly, the batsman getting wise to it just in time to jam down on it and prevent it crashing into his stumps. It's a maiden. Now the umpires are converging to discuss the light...

The Eng attack today has looked like NZs when they had Hadlee. As Gooch said - 'The World XI at one end and Ilford 2nd XI at the other.'

Pak 146-3

Nightwatchman Rahat Ali is the new man - he almost offers a short-leg chance off his first ball, but the ball flies tantalisingly out of reach of the fielder off the outside edge.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Stuart Broad
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"This is a huge moment in the game. You always know as a batsman that as soon as you don't play a stroke and it hits the front pad... England deserve a wicket with the way they've bowled in the last hour - the two seamers of Anderson and Broad have been immense."


Younus lbw Broad 14 (Pak 146-3)

Stuart Broad
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What a big moment that is. Broad hasn't looked as threatening as Anderson in this spell, but he's come with the goods when it matters. Younus padding up, offering no stroke, the ball swinging back more than he thought, and the DRS shows it would have clattered the top of off.

Umpire review

Broad has hit Younus on the pad, long way forward but no shot played, and the umpire's given him! Younus not incredulous and immediately calls for a review...

Pak 142-2

Yes, as we suspected, Jimmy's batteries are finally run down, and Adil Rashid is the man selected to replace him. He hasn't posed much of a threat in this game and this over is no different, too wide, and Hafeez is able to steer him behind point for two. Too easy.

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James Treadwell
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Steve: Penny for Tredwell's thoughts now. Discarded quickly but he would have provided the control which all 3 spinners here are clearly lacking.

Saul: Monty would have cleaned up on this pitch.

Pak 138-2 (lead by 66)

Hafeez is ticking along beautifully, into the 90s now, creaming Broad through the covers for three. No-one has batted with more rhythm and ease in this match than him.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad

"A remarkable effort from Broad and Anderson; Anderson has bowled nine overs in this spell now. I think the senior pair have said to the skipper, 'We'll keep going for you till the end of the day'."

Pak 135-2

Oh dear. We're seeing slow-motion replays of Alastair Cook putting his head in his hands. The careworn brow, the downcast gaze, the bitten fingernails. Has it come to this? Younus Khan so relaxed out there he manages not to look up at all as Jimmy Anderson thunders in to his delivery stride - as oblivious as a teenager listening to their Walkman in a 1980s road safety commercial. Anderson, nine overs into his spell, forced to abort his run-up and go again - not a happy bunny. Hafeez, making it look easy now, clatters Jimmy through point for four. Is that the end of Anderson for today?

Ramiz Raja

Ex-Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

Mohammad Hafeez is the focus of praise from many during this innings
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"The scenario changes completely when Hafeez is on strike. He is looking like any great batsman would, whereas Younus Khan is looking pretty mediocre out there."

Pak 129-2 (Hafeez 86, Younus 8)

Hafeez and Younus rotate for a single apiece against Broad.

Ramiz Raja

Ex-Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

James Anderson

"James Anderson has bowled a great spell - he has made that ball talk. He is a great exponent of reverse swing and has presented England with a fairly good chance of dismantling Pakistan."

Pak 127-2

The attraction of Anderson for the skipper is obvious - getting the ball to hoop, finding the edge, barely coughing up a run, with two of Pakistan's premier batsmen at the crease and England desperately hunting a scalp. But this is his eighth over - he can't have much more left in the tank. A tired ball is carved through point for four by Hafeez.

Pak 121-2 (lead by 49)

Mohammad Hafeez and James Anderson

Hafeez gets lucky again, another edge that squirts away through the cordon. Anderson and Broad striving hard for a wicket - how long will Cook bowl them?

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"I think Pakistan are slightly ahead. How is the pitch playing? It seems to be getting easier not harder but whether that's the case in the fourth innings with Yasir spinning his magic."

Pak 117-2

Anderson causing Younus all sorts of problems, getting a little bit of shape away and getting the Pakistani batsman in a real tangle - poking outside off, getting his body well outside the line of his stumps.

Boycott Bingo

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PM: Ticking off the Boycott Bingo here. 'Add two wickets to the score.'

Here's one we made earlier, PM.

Boycott Bingo
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Pak 116-2 (Hafeez 75, Younus 6)

Stuart Broad is felled by a throw from Jimmy Anderson

Man down! Stuart Broad is on the floor, felled by a throw from his own team-mate Jimmy Anderson. Broad turned round to scream an appeal, not seeing the throw from Anderson in the slips which was sailing towards the back of his shins. He went down like a gazelle felled by a tranquiliser dart. Anderson can't contain his mirth, Broad not quite as caught up in the hilarity of it all.