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Summary

  1. Bairstow 82*, Moeen 60*
  2. Bairstow & Moeen add unbroken 132
  3. Cook 66, Root 62, Hales 54, Vince 42
  4. Two wickets apiece for Amir & Yasir
  5. Third Test, Edgbaston; series 1-1

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By Stephan Shemilt and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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But tomorrow is another day. Until then I will leave you with my favourite moment of today.

I do hope she's OK. Goodbye.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Alastair Cook will bat for half an hour or 40 mins and throw the bat tomorrow, but they could have done that tonight. They didn't score quickly enough. When you get a flat pitch like this, which is hardly deteriorating, you need time.

England have shown character and mental toughness to come back. They've done well but they don't have that confidence, that conviction to say, 'we've got our noses in front, let's go for the win. Unfortunately, it's not in Alastair's make-up, the cautious man that he is.

Indeed, tomorrow looks set to be humdinger. Can England take the 10 wickets that will give them a 2-1 lead in this series? Cue advice on when Alastair Cook should declare....

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Paul Curran: Tickets bought. Can't wait!

Pakistan spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed on Sky Sports: "I don't know what England are going to do tomorrow, but one thing is for sure: this is a good pitch for batsmen, and our batsmen are in good form."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

England have a chance - but Pakistan have no chance. They've played Pakistan out of the game so full marks for England.

So where does that leave us? Probably with England set to bat a little longer in the morning. Can Pakistan still win this match? Probably not, and England aren't likely to give them a sniff. But will the home side have enough time to take 10 wickets?

Excellent day for England in the test. I'd pull out overnight, think it'll be easier to take wickets if Pakistan have a carrot dangled

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Phil: Good day for #ENG. Not sure if I'd declare overnight, but I do know taking 10 wickets tomorrow is gonna be a challenge.

Pakistan spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed on Sky Sports: "There was no reverse swing. When you play with four bowlers you have to be aware of the game. All our bowlers did so well, we are proud. It was a learning curve."

England batsman Joe Root on Sky Sports: "The way Cookie and Halesy played last night was outstanding, but then it was a matter of building partnerships and getting to where we are.

"It was an unbelievable partnership tonight, good to watch and an exhibition of how to bat in the third innings.

"We had to show quite a lot of patience. If we lost a couple of wickets early we would have given them them chance to get ahead in the game.

"The pitch doesn't look like it is breaking up, but there's enough there to take 10 wickets tomorrow."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Bairstow and Moeen Ali played beautifully. Bairstow has a belligerent positiveness about him - he hardly played and missed. Moeen's was a very nice innings too. It took a long time to get off the mark, but he'd got 50 in the first innings, which gave him confidence.

With Moeen Ali also in the mood for a good time, England galloped away. A stand of 132 in only 27.3 overs, the match snatched away from Pakistan.

282-5, a lead of only 179, game on. Jonny Bairstow, though, was already beginning to enjoy himself.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Vince played nicely, a little cameo. He moves well and played some nice shots. He didn't flash at the balls that were teasing him, then he gets out again - a ball wide of off stump that he could have left. He leaves you frustrated.

He showed me enough to want to play him again but somebody has to brutally tell him - and it has to be brutal - that 20s or 30s, nice pretty things, are not going to win Test matches. When you get in do not give it away like that.

...but soft wickets, some in familiar fashion, left England in trouble.

...James Vince dug in for 42...

But, from then on, not a great deal happened. Pakistan hid the ball, runs were at a premium, England's patience was tested. Joe Root looked good for 62...

How long ago was it when Pakistan removed Alastair Cook and Alex Hales? For the tourists, it will seem like a lifetime.

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Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

There were 152 runs and one wicket in the last session, after 142 runs and four wickets in the first two sessions combined.

Only one team can (realistically) win this now, but will England give themselves enough time to take 10 wickets tomorrow? 311 ahead.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Well played. There was potential for a wobble after a couple of early wickets, but Bairstow and Mooen came together and took the game away from Pakistan.

Close of play - Eng 414-5

That is it, the end of England's day and one that leaves them with the opportunity to push for victory tomorrow. For so long, Pakistan had things under control, but Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali have snatched it away. 414-5, a lead of 311. Sunday will be a cracker.

Eng 412-5

Lead by 309

All smiles in the England dressing room, Jimmy Anderson even doing a few tricks with a football. He's got it balancing on the back of his head while Travor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace ignore him. Behave, Jim. Gary Ballance then picks up the ball and gives it what can only be described as a bite. One over to go.

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Crossing the bridges of Venice whilst enjoying England's batting Renaissance #bbccricket

Crossing the bridges of Venice whilst enjoying England's batting Renaissance #bbccricket

Eng 408-5

Lead by 305

Not only are the wheels off for Pakistan, but the tyres, the hubcaps, the axels, the seatbelts, the handbrake and the gearstick. If you'd told England at the start of the day that, by the end, Azhar Ali would be bowling round the wicket to Jonny Bairstow, they'd have bitten your leg off. Jonny B sweeps for four. Still the crowd sings. Sore heads and throats in the morning. 

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Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

England have scored 112 in the last 25 overs.

Eng 402-5

Lead by 299

Moeen, all wrists and strong bottom hand, whips Yasir through mid-wicket for a couple to bring up the 400. This has been some recovery from England. The crowd are in full voice as the sun sets on Edgbaston - and possibly Pakistan's hopes of winning this match? Five off the over. Easy peasy.

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Listening via the excellent YouTube facility on the beach in Chrani, Greece. Keeping the wife updated! #bbccricket

Listening via the excellent YouTube facility on the beach in Chrani, Greece. Keeping the wife updated! #bbccricket

Eng 397-5

Lead by 294

Moeen, squinting into the early-evening sun, works Azhar's loopy leggies to deep square for a single before Bairstow fails to punish a rank long hop.

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Moeen Ali has made a fifty in each of his three Test innings at Edgbaston.

Eng 395-5

Lead by 292

Yasir Shah's fingers are going to need an ice sink tonight. I can't remember a time when he wasn't bowling. Sarfraz is the only man in Bairstow's post code. The rest of the fielders are in the Mailbox, the Bull Ring and on Broad Street. The crowd still sing about not wanting to go home. England don't either - they would happily bat all night.

Yasir Shah
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Paul Roberts: England may not have a match-winning wicketkeeper or frontline spinner but we've got cracking mid-to-lower order batsman.

Dave Wood: Strong argument to move Ali up the order at the expense of Vince/Ballance to get Rashid in the side.

Eng 394-5

Lead by 291

Pakistan are begging for the close, waving the white flag. For them, the chance of victory looks to be gone. Indeed, the contest looks to have been temporarily suspended. It will resume when England feel like they have enough runs. Expect that to come some time in the first hour tomorrow. Six overs to go today.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

If I was England captain, I would have a blast tomorrow morning, try and get 40 or 50 runs sharpish. England will push hard tomorrow but it's looking like a draw.

50 for Moeen Ali

Eng 389-5

This has been a crucial knock from Moeen Ali. When he came to the crease this match, and the series, were in the balance. A busy and classy half-century later and England are in the pound seat. His seventh Test fifty off only 64 balls - it took him 16 to get off the mark. A game-changer.

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Andrew Samson

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The hundred partnership came up off 117 balls.

Eng 382-5

Lead by 279

If Pakistan don't get the 90 overs in today, which of their players will be dishing out the refund? A fifth bowler finally brought into the attack, Azhar Ali's filthy leg-spin showing why we've had to wait so long. Moeen misses one long hop, but doesn't fail to pull a second for four. That's the 100 partnership at better than five an over.