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Justin Goulding and James Gheerbrant

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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. 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.

    Read the full report

  3. '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."

  4. Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  5. 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
  6. 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.

  7. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  8. Post update

    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."

  9. 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.

  10. Post update

    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."

  11. Email

    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!

  12. Post update

    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."

  13. 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.

  14. Post update

    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."

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. 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

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    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
  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. Post update

    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'."

  22. 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.

  23. Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  24. 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.

  25. Join the debate at #bbccricket

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    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.

  31. 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.

  32. Email

    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.

  33. Pak 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.

  34. 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."

  35. Post update

    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."

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have lost both tosses in this series, but hung on and played beautifully until this morning - when like the desert sands, their hopes have evaporated through Alastair Cook's fingers. It's tough for the bowlers now."

  39. Pak 175-3 (52 overs)

    Stokes, now in his sixth over, lets out a cry of anguish as a thick edge from Misbah - half deliberate, if we're being generous - scuttles away for four. Misbah has now caught Younus Khan up - both men have 56 to their name.

    Ben Stokes
  40. Should England make changes for third Test?

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Elliot GC: England should bring back Gary Ballance. Test average of 47, FC average of 52. He was never a number three. He should bat at five.

    Jonathan France: I agree changes need to be made. But if they are then they need time (3rd Test & SA series) to stake a decent claim.

  41. Pak 170-3

    There are 14 overs left in the day, which means we won't be finishing at 14:00 BST as scheduled. In fact, there's no chance of getting the full allocation in even using the extra half-hour.

  42. Post update

    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Adil Rashid is on the wrong end of a Misbah assault here. The Pakistan captain is having a wonderful Test, and he leaves his team in a pretty much impregnable position."

  43. 50 for Misbah

    Pak 170-3 (lead by 306)

    Shot! And shot again! Adil Rashid is welcomed back into the attack with two glorious straight drives for six by Misbah. A man using a camera and making a phone call (good multi-tasking) has to take evasive action in the second tier. Misbah has his fifty and Pakistan's lead is beyond 300.

    Misbah ul Haq
  44. Pak 158-3 (Younus 56, Misbah 40)

    The lead is inching towards 300. At what point will Pakistan press the accelerator? No rush at all at the moment - there are two days left in this game, which, as we saw this morning, is more than enough time to bowl a side out. Stokes veers on to leg, Misbah adds a single to his score.

  45. Should Root open the batting?

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ed Mehen: Because, Nick in Manchester [13:32], he did open the batting before and was very much ineffective. Give it to Hales.

  46. Close!

    Pak 157-3 (lead by 293)

    That's as close as England have come to a chance for some time. Broad finds enough bounce to locate the shoulder of Misbah's bat as he opened the faces off the back foot, but the ball flies over the waiting slips. Broad adopts the tea-pot stance. When it's not your day...

    Stuart Broad reacts
  47. Pak 154-3 (Stokes 8-2-18-0)

    Stokes can't be faulted here, and he almost has the wicket his effort deserves as he finds just enough swing to beat Younus' drive. He follows it up by jagging one back into the right-hander's pads. But ultimately no way through.

    Ben Stokes bowls
  48. Changes for Sharjah?


    Richard Holroyd: Surely the obvious change England should make is Patel for Buttler. A slow left-armer is always useful, especially if your off-spinner is having a bad day. Buttler is the one player in the side who had not earned his Test place through performances at county level. He has been elevated to Test status too soon. He would benefit from two full seasons of county cricket with Lancashire to learn how to play long-format cricket. Has Bell's time come? He has done little since his century in the West Indies.

  49. Pak 152-3 (lead by 288)

    Has anyone got a tape measure? Misbah's bat is impossibly broad. He looks so assured out there. Short or full, he defends stoutly off Broad, who resorts to running up with the ball in his left hand before transferring it to his right in his delivery stride.

    Misbah Ul Haq
  50. Changes for Sharjah?

    Text 81111

    Nick in Manchester: Since Root has effectively been a highly effective opening batsman for the last few months, why not let him open officially?

  51. Pak 151-3

    Broad strays down leg and even the best keeper would struggle to take that while standing up. Four byes will hardly improve England's ever darkening mood. Bagsie not sitting next to Stuart Broad on the bus back to the hotel tonight.

  52. Pak 147-3 (Younus 52, Misbah 36)

    Stokes' face is getting redder by the ball. It just goes up another notch on the Dulux colour chart when Misbah steers him expertly between slip and gully for four. Can't say I envy the quicker bowlers (come to think of it, any bowlers) in conditions and circumstances like these.

  53. Younus joins 9,000 club

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Yusuf: Wonder how many of the 9,000 Test runs he made as Younus Khan instead of Younis! Seems to have made a world of difference.

    In case you're wondering... known as Younis in his early career, when he joined Yorkshire in 2007, he announced to the UK media that he would like to be known as Younus Khan.

  54. 50 for Younus

    Pak 143-3 (lead by 279)

    Younus, Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test history, brings up his 30th fifty with a leg-glance for four. Candy and baby spring to mind.

  55. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Richie Benaud used to tell me if the opening bowler's not getting the opening batsman out, he's not doing his job. If you get a good ball, you get a good ball. But if you play a bad shot away from your body with no footwork like Buttler and Bell, when are you going to get runs? I would have given Buttler a long rest, they only gave him two weeks off at the end of the summer because he was knackered. He needed longer."

  56. Pak 139-3 (lead by 275)

    Where are England's wickets going to come from? A drive to short mid-on or an edge to slip, according to Alastair Cook's fielding positions. Cook himself has had success at the position on the drive in this series, so it's not beyond the realms. It's just that Younus and Misbah look lik they're in for the long haul.

  57. Will England make changes?

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Would you expect any England team changes for Sharjah?

    "I think there will be two changes. The way they're going, they're going to lose unless something ridiculous happens. Barring a big score from Buttler or Bell, I think they'll be asked to sit out the last Test. That will allow you to bring in an opening batsman in Alex Hales, and James Taylor at three, with Moeen Ali moving to seven. He's not an opening bat, he showed in Abu Dhabi it's not his natural game."

  58. Scorecard update

    Pakistan 139-3 (44 overs) - lead by 275

    Batsmen: Younus 30*, Misbah 3*

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

    Bowling figures: Anderson 8-5-9-1, Broad 3-1-8-0, Wood 8-1-22-2, Moeen 5-0-30-0, Stokes 6-2-12-0, Rashid 12-1-43-0, Root 2-0-15-0.

    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

  59. Drinks - Pak 139-3 (lead by 275)

    England coach Trevor Bayliss looks on, elbows on his knees and jaw jutting out as he munches on some gum. Stokes tests Misbah with some short stuff no breakthrough that England crave isn't looking likely. Let's have a drink, shall we?

    Trevor Bayliss
  60. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is where the selectors and the head coach have to come in. They have to study the county scene, look at players and not just how many runs they score, but their footwork and how they leave the ball. Can they make the step up? That's what makes good selection. They need an opening batsman, Bell and Buttler aren't getting runs, Jonny Bairstow's still having to prove himself. But while it's hard to get into this England team, it's even harder to get out of it."

  61. Pak 139-3 (Younus 48, Misbah 32)

    "Come on Broady!" is the cry from Jos Buttler, who is standing up to Stuart Broad, the bowler formerly known as England's "enforcer". I'm sure the quick bowler will love to see him stood there. A maiden over.

  62. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    How do teams react to losing a Test?

    "It depends on the coach. I don't think Trevor Bayliss would buy into the idea of naughty-boy nets and pointless 'debrief' meetings, where the senior players moan and the junior players just nod a lot."

  63. Pak 139-3 (lead by 275)

    Almost all the ground in shade now - and the lights are rapidly going out on England's hopes of winning this Test. The lead stands at 275 as Stuart Broad, his right arm wrapped in a compression bandage, after being struck below the shoulder while batting, comes into the attack in place of Rashid.

  64. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ollie Smith: Big fan of Rashid but consistency is key here, there are too many bad balls. Where's England's next Swann coming from?

    recordlick: England WILL lose this test. Another batting collapse + negative captaincy. When will selectors & captain learn?

  65. Pak 139-3

    No shortage of effort from Stokes - and a decent over with only one run off it. All England's seamers have bowled creditably this afternoon, but they've been hamstrung by that shocker of a batting performance this morning. I suspect it won't be the last we hear of that collapse before lunch. Stokes aims a mock kick at the ball in his follow through his big left boot. I think we're all feeling it, Ben.

  66. Younus joins 9,000 club

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "He's a champion batsman and a wonderful human being. We had him at Yorkshire for a year. After that catch was turned down off Jonny Bairstow, he just patted Jonny on the shoulder and said 'good luck'. You don't see many Aussies doing that. He's come through some typical Pakistan politics - he's been dropped, come back, been captain, given that up, retired and come back, but he still loves batting for them. He's one of the few people who can fail in a team and keep encouraging the youngsters."

    Younus Khan
  67. Younus joins 9,000 club

    Younus Khan graphic

    He's the 14th player to do so in Test cricket.

  68. That's a record

    Younis passes 9,000 Test runs

    Younis punches Rashid through the off side to bring up his 9,000th Test run. At an average of 54.22, lest we forget. Some player.

    Younis Khan
  69. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dave: Seems to me that England are resigned to losing this game. Virtually no catchers for Rashid is pointless.

    BÖÖM!: Test and series lost in an hour?

  70. Pak 135-3

    Even goldenarm Stokes can't find a way past Younus or Misbah, who are batting with the ease of dads against kids on the beach.

  71. Text 81111

    Eddie F: At least the football is on. I'll return when England are less abject. What a poor day.

  72. Pak 134-3

    The Anderson experiment is over as captain Cook opts for pace in the form of Ben Stokes.

  73. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's an incredible shot as Buttler and Anderson had both scarpered to the leg side. How did Misbah know they had moved? He must have eyes in the back of his head, as he changed his shot very late."

  74. Pak 134-3 (lead by 270)

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. One of the best things I've seen on a cricket pitch. Misbah shapes to sweep, changes his mind halfway through the shot and opts for a bog-standard forward defensive. Trouble is, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and James Anderson at slip had charged off to the leg side in anticipation. Two runs courtesy of a faint outside edge and laughs all round. Except Alastair Cook. Not a happy bunny.

  75. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England built pressure on Misbah in the last over when he had a big hack, but they're putting all their eggs in one basket now. The hole they're digging has turned into a crater. Quite simply, they need seven wickets before the end of play - a miracle. 230 would be a big test and the lead is already 267."

  76. Pak 131-3 (Anderson 8-5-9-1)

    And there is it. The moment we've been waiting for: Anderson concedes his first four. Sorry, did I get your hopes up? Younus whips through mid-wicket as Anderson strays on to the pads, then survives a shout for lbw as he pushes forward. That appeal smacked of hope rather than conviction from England.

  77. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    If you missed it at tea, you can listen to Michael Vaughan and Graeme Swann discuss their part in the upcoming T20 All-Stars masters series with Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar in the USA - it's available as a TMS podcast.

  78. Pak 126-3 (lead by 262)

    The shadow from the stand is covering half of the pitch now. Could that make it tougher for the batsmen? They could be playing in the dark if Rashid continues to bowl long hops like that. Misbah helps himself to another leg-side four before driving to wide long-off with slightly less authority.

    Moeen Ali covered by the shadow on the pitch
  79. Grounds for England optimism?

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    John O: England can still win this match, another good session after tea could be the game changer. Remember the 1st match!

    Kevin H: Has to rain at some point in Dubai... Day 5 washout, you heard it here first.

    Woodzeebeck Switzerland: Can we not win this tomorrow, against all the odds? Anniversary of Agincourt and all that?

  80. Pak 119-3

    England's fielding positions continuing to perplex the Test Match Special crew - and it's hard to disagree with them. Pakistan, their lead now beyond 250, will be delighted not to see any close catchers off the spinners. Anderson at least has a short leg and silly mid-on - not that it matters to Misbah, who bunts England's premier quick bowler over mid-on for an eight-iron of a two.

  81. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a catch-22 situation with Rashid as the captain has shown he's not trusted to land the ball in the right area. You don't set fields for bad balls - if you do that, you shouldn't be bowling. Do you have to trust him first, and publicly back him? Yes.

    "When Adil's tail was up in the last match, I can't remember him bowling a bad ball. But with this field, his good balls aren't going to get wickets. I used to pull my hair out if [the field meant] my good balls weren't going to take wickets. Get a man in under the nose."

  82. Pak 117-3 (35 overs)

    Rashid, fizzing the ball from hand to hand at the top of his mark, can't find a way past Misbah's unfeasibly broad bat. Ooof, that one turned, but it's too wide for the batsman to play at. The Pakistan skipper helps himself to three with a paddle sweep before Younus makes a botched job of a similar stroke.

  83. How's stat?!

    Misbah-ul-Haq (61) has just overtaken Younus Khan (60) as the biggest Pakistan six-hitter in Test cricket.

  84. Pak 112-3 (Younus 36, Misbah 17)

    England's latest ploy: a man on the drive to Younus off Anderson, right next to the non-striker on the leg-side. Close enough for a chat with Misbah. "How's it going? Any plans later? Got your ticket for the new Bond film yet?" Any suggestions on what they could be talking about? Younus content to play out a maiden.

    Younus Khan
  85. Pak 112-3 (lead by 248)

    Rashid responds to being taken for 10 off the last two balls of his previous over by bowling a maiden to Misbah. Hashtag character.

  86. Pak 111-3

    Younus, his feet Pritt-Sticked to the crease, gets away with an inside-edged drive as Anderson tries his off-cutter.

    Younus Khan bats
  87. Pak 110-3

    Wood's burst after tea is over. James Anderson, give us your best...

    Mark Wood
  88. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Ex-Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Misbah plays the sweep shot well, he gets very low and makes sure the ball stays along the ground. England need to find something from the spin department. I was wondering why Adil Rashid has not been given a short leg, as it hampers his ability to cause problems with the wrong 'un."

  89. Pak 110-3 (Rashid 7-0-27-0)

    Rashid is not having the effect he had in the second innings in Abu Dhabi. First he's too full and Misbah sweeps a low full toss for four, then he drops horribly short and the Pakistan skipper pummels him over mid-wicket for six. This is hurting England.

  90. Pak 98-3 (lead by 234)

    Wood, sweat glistening on his forehead, ends the over looking to the sky as he almost sneaks one through Younus' defence via an inside edge. The batsman's pad comes in handy.

  91. Close!

    Pak 98-3

    Mark Wood has his hands on his head after Misbah top-edges a pull that lands just short of the onrushing Moeen Ali at fine-leg. Those are the sort of moments England need to go in their favour if they are to get out of this hefty hole.

  92. History beckons for Afghanistan?

    In Bulawayo, Afghanistan have made 245-9 from their 50 overs in the fifth and final ODI against hosts Zimbabwe.

    With the series level at 2-2, if Afghanistan win today, it will be the first time an ICC associate member has won a multi-game bilateral ODI series against a Test-playing side.

    Afghanistan v Zimbabwe
  93. Pak 96-3 (Younus 33, Misbah 4)

    Rashid twirling, Younus blocking. Good stuff from Rashid - until he drops short off the final ball and Younus cuts to deep cover for a single.

    Younus Khan with a low shot for Pakistan
  94. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Christophe Talbotski: I get the feeling this won't be stopped on day five due to bad light...

  95. Pak 95-3

    Bowled, Woody. Just the one run off it, but economy is not England's priority at the moment. Wickets are the currency they need to be dealing in. Sorry, that sounded a bit Apprentice.

    Mark Wood bowls for Englan
  96. Pak 94-3 (lead by 231)

    Thanks James. Mark Wood, responsible for two of the three Pakistan wickets to fall, has the ball in hand.

  97. Post update

    Right, time for me to hand you back to Justin Goulding for the rest of the day...

  98. Pak 94-3

    Rashid's first ball after tea is an absolute horror - short and wide and slashed to point by Misbah for a single. Not an auspicious start. The rest of his over showcases better control, but there's still scant evidence of a wicket-taking threat.

    Adil Rashid bowls for England
  99. Post update

    We're ready to go again - Adil Rashid has the ball. England need a miracle session...

  100. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On TMS now, Simon Mann is finding out from Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Vaughan and Graeme Swann about how the upcoming T20 masters games - with two teams captained by Warne and Sachin Tendulkar, featuring retired and veteran international players and being played in American baseball stadiums - have come about.

    You can hear more on the new series of "Stumped" on BBC World Service from 31 October.

  101. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Apart from James Anderson, not one of the batsmen was got out. They were trying to get after the Pakistan bowlers too soon. England didn't do the hard enough work to see off Wahab Riaz. A disappointing day. As brilliant as they were yesterday, they have equally as bad today."

  102. Tea report

    A dominant Pakistan stretched their lead over England to 228 on the third day of the second Test in Dubai.

    Armed with a first-innings advantage of 136, Pakistan recovered from 16-2 to take tea on 92-3 in 26 overs, with Younus Khan unbeaten on 30 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq three.

    It continued a marvellous day for the hosts, who bowled England out for 242 before lunch as the last seven wickets tumbled for only 36 runs amid a flurry of reckless strokes.

    The exceptional Wahab Riaz finished with 4-66 and Yasir Shah 4-93, while Joe Root - 76 not out overnight - fell for 88.

    Yasir Shah appeals
  103. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going to be very difficult for England to win this match. It's a huge lead already. Very rarely do you see a team go past their first-innings score in the last innings of a match. You want to see more application."

  104. Tea scorecard

    Pakistan 92-3 (25 overs) - lead by 228

    Batsmen: Younus 30*, Misbah 3*

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

    Bowling figures: Anderson 4-4-0-1, Broad 2-0-8-0, Wood 6-1-19-2, Moeen 5-0-30-0, Stokes 3-1-8-0, Rashid 4-0-12-0, Root 2-0-15-0.

    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

  105. Tea interval

    Pak 92-3

    Younus emphatically on-drives the last ball of the session for four, and that's tea. Not a bad session from England, who took three wickets, but they've not done enough to repair the damage of this morning's horror show.

    England off at tea
  106. Text 81111

    Simon in Edinburgh: All England's wickets were taken by a bowler with a four-letter surname. Has this ever happened before?

  107. Pak 87-3 (lead by 223)

    This is more like it from Rashid. Keeping the batsman honest, throwing in a few sneaky quicker ones, keeping Younus rather nervously camped on his back foot. Just one from the over.

  108. Pak 86-3 (Younus 26, Misbah 1)

    Wood has been outstanding so far in this Test. His match figures are now 5-51. Misbah and Younus pinch a couple of singles off his latest over.

  109. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "The lead is now 220. In Asia, excluding Bangladesh, only three non-Asian teams have chased more in the fourth innings to win - in 363 Tests."

  110. Pak 84-3

    Rashid is back. It's a better over from the leggie, landing the ball in a nice area and just forcing Misbah to prop forward defensively.

  111. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The celebration said it all - it was an angry celebration from Joe Root. England gifted Pakistan a huge advantage by bating poorly. The wheels came off in the field for 45 minutes but it's good to see they've suddenly got their heads together."

  112. Pak 83-3 (lead by 219)

    So, Misbah joins Younus at the crease. Pakistan's two most experienced batsmen, a partnership which has frustrated England already in this series. This is the game right here. England need to break this partnership pronto.

  113. WICKET

    Hafeez c Root b Wood 51 (Pak 83-3)

    Wood has his revenge. Hafeez temporarily mislays his brain after getting his half-century and chases a full, widish delivery that he didn't really need to play at. Pocketed by Root at first slip. England needed that.

    Wood celebrates after taking Hafeez's wicket
  114. 50 for Hafeez

    Pak 83-2

    Rashid has been hooked. Mark Wood is back, but his first act is to feed Mohammad Hafeez a short ball which allows him to get to his fifty with a booming pull shot. The ball is coming off his bat like a cannonball at the moment. However...

    Mohammad Hafeez takes a century
  115. Pak 79-2

    Tell you what, that's the best ball we've seen from an England spinner today, and it's delivered by Joe Root - flatter, quicker through the air, and it turns more than Younus expects and almost trims his off bail. And then there's another minor scare - Root gets a bit of extra bounce and Younus almost turns it into the hands of Jonny Bairstow at short leg. However, next ball it's Bairstow's survival instincts rather than his catching skills which are tested: short from Root, pulled by Younus, Bairstow just about avoiding decapitation.

  116. Raincoat for Colombo?

    Play has been abandoned for the day in the second Test in Colombo, with rain preventing any play after tea.

    West Indies will resume tomorrow on 20-1, chasing 244 to beat Sri Lanka with two full days left. But today belongs to Kraigg Brathwaite, and the most unlikely of six-wicket Test hauls.

  117. Pak 71-2 (lead by 207)

    Rashid continues. Milked for three singles.

    Adil Rashid prepares to bowl
  118. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ed Mehen: Ugh. Switching off @bbctms in disgust at @ECB_cricket tactics. Negative. They should attack!

  119. Six

    Pak 68-2 (Hafeez 44, Younus 16)

    Time for Spinner Number Three? Oh, go on then. Joe Root is handed the ball. Result: much the same. Too short, too tempting, and Hafeez, who is wielding a formidable piece of tree, clobbers him into the stands. It's all a far cry from England's last trip to the Subcontinent. Whither Swann? Perhaps more to the point, whither Panesar?

    Muhammed Hafeez
  120. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andy Donley: England had Pakistan 16-2. Now the spinners have given them some batting practice and all of the pressure is dispelled. So poor.

  121. Pak 61-2

    Even Tufnell's angry. You know it's going badly when you've riled the Cat. He gets his wish, however, as Alastair Cook brings on Adil Rashid for his first bowl of the second innings. However, it doesn't improve England's fortunes: too short from the leggie and the belligerent Hafeez splatters another boundary.

  122. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is dreadful from Moeen. And the field is all wrong. It's getting on my nerves now. The wrong spinner is bowling. They need to get quick wickets - and who is more likely? Rashid might go for runs but England need to get people out."