Pakistan build massive lead after England succumb to Shah and Riaz
Pakistan 378 & 222-3 (Misbah-ul-Haq 87no) v
England 242 (Root 88)
Second Test, Dubai, day three
Riding on fifties from Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan amassed a massive 358-run lead after Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah bundled out England for 242 runs on the third day of the second Test in Dubai.
England resumed the day on their overnight score of 182 for three and Joe Root (88) got going with two boundaries in the fourth over of the day.
Jonny Bairstow (46) survived two close chances as Younis and Sarfraz Ahmed failed to hold on to two tough chances in the 57th over.
A couple of balls later, Root was dismissed by Riaz (4-66) after feathering a nick to the keeper.
Before England were able recover from the blow, Riaz dismissed Ben Stokes (4) as the left hander poked tentatively at a short delivery. Ahmed took an athletic take behind the stumps to reduce England to 212 for five.
Jos Buttler’s (0) woeful form continued as Riaz and Ahmed combined to prise the sixth England wicket.
Any hope of a recovery for England were quickly dashed as Shah (4-93) struck twice in the 67th over to account for Adil Rashid (0) and Bairstow.
Rashid chipped one to covers while Bairstow was trapped plumb in front four runs short of a fifty.
Shah picked up his fourth wicket when Younis took a good overhead catch at slip to dismiss Mark Wood (1). The umpires checked for a bump ball before making the decision, only for Wood to review it needlessly.
Imran Khan dismissed James Anderson (4) to bowl England out for 242 runs in just 75.2 overs, at the stroke of lunch. Pakistan managed to carve out a useful 136-run lead.
Riaz and Shah picked four wickets each while Imran had two to his name.
In the second over of Pakistan’s second innings, Buttler dropped Shan Masood (1) off Broad (0-16).
Masood lasted another three balls as Anderson (1-9) produced another edge which Buttler pouched safely.
Shoaib Malik (7) chased a full delivery off Wood (2-22) only to play it onto his stumps, reducing Pakistan to 16 for two.
After a sedate start, Hafeez (51) joined hands with Younis (71 not out) to put on a 67-run stand for the third wicket.
Hafeez brought up his fifty with a pull through mid-wicket, but was out the very next ball, nicking one to Root (0-26) at slip. At tea, Pakistan were positioned at 92 for three.
Four overs into the final session, Misbah (87 not out) smacked Rashid (0-70) for a boundary and a six.
Younis joined the 9,000 Test runs club and became the first Pakistan batsman to do so. He soon reached his fifty with a flick to the fine leg fence.
Misbah was not too far behind as he dispatched Rashid for two sixes to reach his own half-century.
England shelled another chance when an edge off Misbah flew through Buttler and Root at a wide first slip, with neither player going for the catch; Buttler the more culpable of the pair.
Very soon, Misbah and Younis brought up their 14th century stand in Tests. The duo thwarted England by adeptly rotating the strike and hitting regular boundaries in their unbeaten 139-run partnership.
The Pakistan captain took Root apart for a six and a four in the final over of the day to see his team safely through to stumps.
Pakistan reached 222 for three in 61 overs with their lead reaching 358 runs. Wood snared two wickets for England while Anderson picked up one.
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