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Pakistan extend lead in second Test

Pakistan built on their first innings lead despite losing three early wickets on the third day of the second Test against England in Dubai on Saturday.

At tea, Younis Khan (30) and Misbah-ul-Haq (three) were at the crease as Pakistan reached 92-3, giving them an overall lead of 228 with seven wickets intact at Dubai stadium.

James Anderson provided England with a much-needed early wicket when he had Shan Masood caught behind for one, dismissing the Pakistani opener for the fourth time in four innings.

Seamer Mark Wood then chipped in with the wickets of Shoaib Malik (seven) and Mohammad Hafeez (51) to help England stage a comeback.

Hafeez hit two sixes and six boundaries during his attacking 76-ball knock, highlighting Pakistan’s tactics to force a result in the three-match series after the first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.

Malik flopped for the third time after scoring an epic 245 in the first Test – his first in five years – bowled by Wood who also had Hafeez caught at slip. Earlier paceman Wahab Riaz (4-66) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah (4-93) helped Pakistan dismiss England for 242 after they had resumed on a well-placed 182-3.
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