x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Pakistan take control of third Test against England

Younis Khan crafted a majestic century as Pakistan assumed a stranglehold on the third Test against England in Dubai.

England's Graeme Swann hits out during the morning session against Pakistan in Dubai.
England's Graeme Swann hits out during the morning session against Pakistan in Dubai.

DUBAI // Younis Khan crafted a majestic century as Pakistan assumed a stranglehold on the third Test against England.

The former captain ended the day 115 not out. His 194 run stand with Azhar Ali (75) meant Pakistan closed with a lead of 180 at 220-2, as they closed in on a first series whitewash against England.

The solidity of the Pakistan duo halted the slide in a Test match which seemed to be heading towards a premature terminus in the morning, after six more wickets fell in the first session of day two.

England were undone by Abdur Rehman again. The left-arm spinner added five wickets to the six he took in Abu Dhabi, as Pakistan restricted England to a 42 run lead on first innings.

Andrew Strauss, England's captain, became the first player to pass 50 in the match, but would have hoped he could have laid the platform for a more impressive lead.

Faced with a fired-up James Anderson, Pakistan limped to 30 for two by lunch, but they are now threatening to build an imposing target thanks to the alliance between Younis and Ali.

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Audio: Younus Khan talks about his century at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

(Audio courtesy of Dubai Sports City and @DxbSportsCity)