England face battle to save Dubai Test

England will bat for survival on the final day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai as they were 130 for three at stumps on day four after Pakistan set the tourists an improbable target of 491 runs to win.

Joe Root (59*) will carry the hopes of the Three Lions in their attempt to save the match with Root's Yorkshire teammate Jonny Bairstow (6*) also still at the crease.

England lost Moeen Ali (1) and captain Alastair Cook (10) early to leave them on 19 for two in the 10th over after Pakistan declared their innings after lunch.

Ian Bell and Root put on 102 for the third wicket before left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar had Bell caught at slip by Younis Khan for 46.

Pakistan resumed the penultimate day on 222 for three with veterans Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis, both on fifties, still at the crease.

However Misbah was out on his overnight score of 87 with seamer James Anderson breaking the partnership of 141 between the two senior batsmen.

Younis then combined with Asad Shafiq to add 113 for the fourth wicket and in the process the 37 year-old Younis went to his 31st Test century.

Legspinner Adil Rashid eventually got Younis for 113 while Shafiq scored a 79 with Misbah declaring the innigs when Shafiq was trapped lbw to Moeen with the total on 356 for six.

Pakistan, with their twin spin of Zulfiqar and Yasir Shah, will be confident of picking up the remaining seven wickets to go one-nil up in the three-match series.

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