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Pakistan extend lead

England face a daunting task to win the third test in Dubai as Pakistan pushed their lead passed 300 by...

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England face a daunting task to win the third test in Dubai as Pakistan

pushed their lead passed 300 by tea on the third day despite losing five

wickets in the second session on Sunday.

The hosts moved on to 350 for eight wickets -

a lead of 308 - with Azhar Ali epitomising the attitude of steady accumulation

to remain unbeaten on 147 from 424 balls.

Just 55 runs were scored in the second session, after only 73 were

scored in the morning.

It was a long first hour in the field after

lunch for England, but a protracted drinks break provided the inspiration as,

second ball back, a straight delivery from Monty Panesar rapped Pakistan

captain Misbah-Ul-Haq on the front pad.

Misbah had been saved earlier in the session

by an inside edge on a close lbw decision - which cost England their last

review - but this time it was ruled pad first and Simon Taufel's original

decision was upheld, costing Pakistan their remaining review.

Panesar struck again six overs later, with

Asad Shafiq (5) hit on the back leg attempting to paddle-sweep one around the

corner, before returning in his next over with a beauty to remove Adnan Akmal

for nought.

The wicketkeeper was beaten by a ball which

pitched on middle and spun passed the bat to clip the outside of off stump - an

ominous sign for England's batsmen, who have failed to handle Pakistan's

spinners throughout the series.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann then took his first

wicket of the innings when a full delivery on off stump bit in the rough and

caught the edge of Abdur Rehman's bat to offer James Anderson a simple catch in

the slips.

The pair combined on the last ball before tea

with Saeed Ajmal pushing at a wide ball and Anderson pouched the catch moving

to his right.

Earlier in the day, Younus Khan added 12 to

his overnight score to reach 127 before Stuart Broad got him leg before to end

his partnership of 216 with Azhar Ali.

It was the second-highest recorded in tests

in the United Arab Emirates after the 242 made by the South African pair of

Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis against Pakistan in November 2010.

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