Senior batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq hit strong half hundreds of years to place Pakistan in the driving seat in the second Test against England in Dubai on Saturday.
Younis was unbeaten on 71 – likewise finishing 9,000 Test runs – while Misbah indented a forceful 87 not out as Pakistan shut the third day on 222-3 on a fatigued Dubai stadium pitch.
Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq Put Pakistan on Top vs England
That gives Pakistan a general lead of 358 with seven wickets in place and makes them top choices for a 1-0 lead in the three-match arrangement on a pitch which will help spinners on the fourth and fifth day.
The main Test finished in an attract Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan, who made 378 in the first innings, released England for 242 in the morning.
Younis and Misbah steadied Pakistan from the early loss of three wickets for only 83, including 139 for an unbroken fourth wicket stand. It was the fourteenth century in addition to remain between the two veterans in Tests.
Younis flicked paceman Stuart Broad to profound fine-leg limit to achieve fifty, hitting seven fours amid his 134-ball thump.
At the point when on 47 Younis turned into the first Pakistan and fourteenth batsmen in general to finish 9,000 Test keeps running in his 103rd match.
Misbah crushed two towering sixes off leg-spinner Adil Rashid to finish 50, adding to his splendid 102 in the first thump. He has so far hit four sixes and eight limits off 137 balls.
It was James Anderson who gave England a greatly required early wicket when he had Shan Masood gotten behind for one, rejecting the Pakistani opener for the fourth time in four innings.
Seamer Mark Wood then contributed with the wickets of Shoaib Malik (seven) and Mohammad Hafeez (51) to offer England some assistance with staging a rebound.
– England breakdown –
Hafeez hit two sixes and six limits amid his assaulting 76-ball thump.
Malik tumbled for the third time in the wake of scoring an epic 245 in the first Test – his first in five years – knocked down some pins by Wood who likewise had Hafeez gotten at slip.
Prior paceman Wahab Riaz (4-66) and leg-spinner Yasir Shah (4-93) set off an England breakdown after they had continued on an all around set 182-3.
Riaz started the breakdown, in which England lost their seven remaining wickets for 60 keeps running as he knocked down some pins with venom and trickiness to reject a hazardous looking Joe Root (88), Ben Stokes (four) and Jos Butler (nothing) in a sharp spell.
Shah rejected Adil Rashid (nothing) and Jonny Bairstow in one over and Mark Wood (one) while quick bowler Imran Khan had James Anderson (four) to complete with 2-33.
Britain had trusted their batting would rally around the quick rising Root who included two limits off Shah in the fourth over of the day to his overnight score of 76.
Be that as it may, Riaz discovered the edge of Root’s bat with a sharp outswinger to give Pakistan the abundantly required leap forward. Root crushed 12 limits amid his 141-ball thump.
Bairstow survived some near calamities and was shockingly given not out by TV umpire Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand when replays indicated Younis Khan had brought some relief Shah in the first slip.
Bairstow, then on 40, oversaw six more before Shah caught him before the wicket, leaving England reeling at 223-8.
In the middle of, Riaz had Stokes and Butler gotten behind in progressive overs.