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Summary

  1. England win with nine overs to spare
  2. England lead 2-1 in four-match series
  3. Taylor 67* (69), Buttler 49* (50)
  4. Taylor & Buttler add 117 in 19.1 overs
  5. Pak 208: Woakes 4-40; three run-outs

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By Mark Mitchener, Tim Peach and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us for today - thanks for your company. The series now moves to Dubai on Friday when England will look to wrap up a 3-1 win - while Pakistan bid to level it at 2-2. I hope you can join us then.

Elsewhere on the BBC, I can point you towards our live coverage of tonight's England v France football friendly, which will be an emotional event following Friday's attacks in Paris. Goodbye from the cricket team.

Review of the day

It looked a good toss to win this morning. But Pakistan were largely the architects of their own downfall - with three run-outs and several other batsmen unerringly skying the ball to the fielders on the leg-side boundary. 208 did not look enough at the interval, and Chris Woakes bowled well for his 4-40.

It wasn't all that straightforward for England. Jason Roy and Joe Root fell cheaply, then Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan had to weather some hostile pace bowling from Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz, and some wily spin from debutant Zafar Gohar.

Ultimately, though, the best partnership of the match came when James Taylor and Jos Buttler came together - and they saw England home with nine overs to spare.

England's players at the end of the game
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Paul: What award do I win for following the game on the BBC Sport app seeming as there are so many on offer?

England's Jos Buttler on his recent poor form, on Sky Sports: "It's frustrating. People keep coming up to me saying 'you'll get through it', but you just wish you never had to go through it. You do worry, as much as you try not to. It was a really big innings for me to try and give me some confidence.

"At times during the summer, I potentially talked to too many people, and had too many ideas. I was too worried about how people were going to get me out, rather than how I was going to get runs. I've gone away from my strengths, possibly had too many ideas and got too muddled. 

"You almost do hope that you have that slice of luck, which I did on nought, to help me get a score."

Final scorecard

England won by six wickets - lead 2-1 in four-match series

Pakistan 208 (49.5): Hafeez 45 (71); Woakes 4-40

England 210-4 (40): Taylor 67* (69), Buttler 49* (50); Gohar 2-54

Pakistan won toss

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'We didn't try and crab our way out'

England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on Sky Sports: "Fantastic partnership - James Taylor is a great guy to bat with. He's a man for all situations. It's nice to be a part of it. 

"The ball was turning on a sticky wicket, but the busier you could be, it put them back under pressure so you weren't sitting ducks. It was great to be not out at the end.

"We thought their total was well under par. They were on for a good score and we dragged it back really well. Having watched the guys go about it, and watching the way 'Titch' [Taylor] plays, it put pressure back on them. 

"It's hugely satisfying for everyone, and the manner in which we did it, too. We didn't just sit there and try and crab our way out. We went out there and tried to put them back under pressure."

Captain's view

More from captain Azhar Ali, on the three run-outs in the Pakistan innings: "We have to sort things out as it disturbs the whole batting performance."

On debutant spinner Zafar Gohar, who took 2-54: "He put the English players under pressure. It's very heartening to see. Once we have a more settled team, we'll become a very good one-day side."

Captain's view

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali: "We had a very good start, but in the middle we just lost it. We were going along really well for 270-280, but the run-outs and a few mistakes in the batting cost us the game. We really fought back in the second half, but one good partnership in the end got them over. We were 40-50 runs short."

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Sports Retort: Jos Buttler you idiot. Roll your wrists, club a four to level the scores then hit another for your 50. Must be dropped.

But that six came from the last ball of the 41st over - if Buttler had hit a four, Taylor would have needed to bat out a maiden with the scores level if Buttler was to get 50!

Captain's view

More from England captain Eoin Morgan, who was struck on the neck, drawing blood, during his innings: "The neck's fine, thankfully my shoulder took much of the impact."

Captain's view

England captain Eoin Morgan: "The performance was hugely satisfying, the pitch turned more than we expected it to do and the partnership between Taylor and Buttler was outstanding. Every role we've given James Taylor, he's excelled in - they didn't allow the Pakistan bowlers to bowl as they liked. Hopefully we can produce another performance and win the series."

Man of the match

James Taylor and Jos Buttler
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Man of the match James Taylor, who made 67 not out from 69 balls: "Morgy and Hales got us off to a good start - and me and Jos were able to take it home. Jos at the other end played an exceptional role.

"The pitch was almost a little bit damper in the second innings, which allowed it to spin a bit more. We tried to sweep as much as possible and not let them settle."

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Why on earth is little Jim Taylor never mentioned in the Test opener debate? Perfect foil for Cook.

Erik in Exeter

Notts praise their man Taylor

England seal victory! Taylor has 382 runs at 63.67 in his last eight ODIs: 49, 43, 101, 41, 12, 60, 9*, 67* #PAKvENG

England seal victory! Taylor has 382 runs at 63.67 in his last eight ODIs: 49, 43, 101, 41, 12, 60, 9*, 67* #PAKvENG

Man of the match

"Jos Taylor" is awarded the "Smart Player of the Match", as first announced. Ramiz Raja corrects himself and adjusts it to Jos Buttler. Wahab Riaz gets the "Most Colourful Innings of the Match", Chris Woakes gets the "Outstanding Performance" cheque - and the man of the match is James Taylor. "For his crunchy batting," Ramiz announces. That must be a real Boost for him.

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"This is the spaceman's big moment - Ramiz has started the presentation ceremony."

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Alice Stainer: Hung on in the office to see out match. Reward = England win! Delighted that @josbuttler delivered final blow #confidence.

Man of the match?

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"Some of the finest players of the game have been the same height as James Taylor. For me, it's him for man of the match."

The presentation ceremony awaits. If you've been with us for the previous ODIs, there isn't just a man of the match award, there are several intriguingly-named awards.

And the white-clad spaceman from the toss is back! Not sure what award he will be presenting. "Most Out Of This World performance"?

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Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special in Sharjah

"Another gutsy person we should mention is Eoin Morgan. He's come on as a captain, he's really led from the front onwards since the summer. He's done that so well, and today was excellent. He had to fend off an awkward phase, he got that nasty cut on his chin, but he settled in and led the team nicely."

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Stoney: The England batsmen showed some backbone when it was in the balance mid innings. The boys are becoming men.

Pete Naylor: Classic way to finish it, Jos. Good all round win, with Taylor's name inked in for the future too...

James Taylor and Jos Buttler celebrate
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Taylor and Buttler are all smiles as they shake the hands of the Pakistan players and walk off before high-fiving and hugging their team-mates.

Taylor finishes unbeaten on 67 from 69 balls, with Buttler on 49 from 50. I wonder if he had considered hitting a four, rather than six, to level the scores and give himself a chance of an ODI fifty? But it was the last ball of the over - and it's a team game, after all.

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Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special in Sharjah

"What a fantastic partnership. James Taylor has started to cement himself in this team. 

"It could have been a really awkward position when the ball was spinning everywhere, but you just feel that they've got that momentum - you can see the smiles on their faces."

Champagne moment

ENGLAND BEAT PAKISTAN BY SIX WICKETS WITH NINE OVERS TO SPARE - LEAD SERIES 2-1

Eng 210-4

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Jos Buttler gets England over the line as he blasts a six over cow corner to finish on 49 not out.

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A boring, anticlimactic, one-sided England victory. Beautiful! #bbccricket

Eng 203-4

Taylor shovels Iftikhar for a two over his shoulder as Irfan lurches round the boundary at fine leg. Six to win.

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Andy Cooper: Home in time for an #England win! Simple pleasures.

Eng 201-4 (Taylor 63, Buttler 43)

Anwar doesn't have the pace to trouble England, as Buttler knocks a single to third man to bring up 200 for the visitors, and Taylor does the same thing. Eight needed, and Aggers has spotted some sinister-looking blue-clad security guards ready to guard the pitch. ("There would only be an invasion here if you had the best high jumpers in the world ready to vault the fence," he points out).

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Jack Ewins: James Taylor should have been a fixture for England for the last 18 months. Though that is hindsight of course.

Eng 199-4 (target 209)

Captain Azhar Ali is rotating his bowlers, more in hope than expectation, as he recalls right-arm seamer Anwar Ali who hasn't bowled since the fourth over. But he's bowling too short, giving up easy singles to the England pair who are picking them off as if they're swatting flies. 10 needed from 63 balls.

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"There's a dejected, defeated look about Pakistan now. They know their number's up."

Eng 196-4 (Taylor 61, Buttler 41)

Jos Buttler is making sure he's still there at the end, playing out the rest of Iftikhar's over with an assured calm. 13 needed from 66.

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David Melton: 50 for James Taylor, he's clearly having a "Lovely Day".

He'll have a Smiling Face by the end too. And I thought that "Lovely Day" was Bill Withers?