You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

England facing defeat in Dubai

Sky Sports logo Sky Sports 25-10-2015 skysports.com
Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty

Pakistan are favourites to win the second Test in Dubai after they reduced England to 130-3 by the end of day four, having set them 491 to win. 

Younus Khan (118) earlier went through to a 31st Test hundred - notching 1,000 Test runs against England in the process - as Pakistan declared on 354-6 in their second innings.

England lost two quick wickets in reply, with Moeen Ali falling in the fifth over for one while Alastair Cook (10) - seemingly troubled by a groin problem - was out to a top-edged sweep off leg-spinner Yasir Shah (1-37).

Ian Bell (46) and Joe Root (59no) put on a promising 102 together to lead a recovery, before Bell was out gloving Zulfiqar Babar to Younus at slip.

Pakistan resumed the day on 222-3 but for the second time in the Test Misbah-ul-Haq (87) failed to add to his overnight score, caught by Cook at mid-off from a James Anderson slower ball.

It was the only wicket to fall in the morning session as Younus and Asad Shafiq (79) - who again impressed with his third score of fifty or more in the series - put on 113 together for the fifth wicket.

Both perished to England's spinners when looking to up the tempo of the innings after lunch, Younus top-edging Adil Rashid (1-107), and Shafiq trapped lbw by Moeen (1-60), signalling the declaration.

Moeen failed again at the top of the order, edging Imran Khan (1-16) to Younus at second slip, while there was cause for concern as Cook struggled to run between the wickets, although a statement from the ECB said there were 'no concerns from medical staff' regarding England's captain.

Cook's wicket reduced the visitors to 19-2 and it looked like the Test might not go into a fifth day before Bell - showing flashes of his form returning - and Root shared a century stand.

Root went through to his second fifty for the Test, but Bell was denied his half-century by Zuilfiqar (1-24), who was rewarded for his best spell of the series.

Replay Video

More From Sky Sports

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon