Cricket Pakistan claim dramatic win over England

Pakistan claimed a dramatic 178-run victory over England in the second Test despite an impressive show of defiance from the tourists' lower order in Dubai.

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Pakistan claim dramatic win over England

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Pakistan claimed a dramatic 178-run victory over England in the second Test despite an impressive show of defiance from the tourists' lower order in Dubai.

England went into the final day still harbouring hopes of salvaging a draw having ended day four on 130-3, and had just six and a half more overs to face when Adil Rashid was the last man to fall for a gritty 61, the visitors finishing 312 all out.

Designated hosts Pakistan appeared on course to wrap things up in ample time after England's middle order, including top scorer Joe Root (71), fell in relatively quick succession.

However, Pakistan were frustrated by a belligerent lower order, led by the obdurate Rashid, whose efforts took the match deep into the final session.

Rashid's partnerships of 60 with Stuart Broad (30) and 55 with Mark Wood (29) occupied a combined total of almost 45 overs and kept their hopes intact but Zulfiqar Babar (3-53) struck to remove Wood before Rashid paid for one of his few loose shots.

The leg-spinner drove Yasir Shah (4-87) to Babar in the covers to spark jubilant celebrations from Pakistan, who take a 1-0 lead into the final game of three-match series, which begins in Sharjah on Sunday.

England suffered an early blow when Root edged Babar to Younis Khan at slip and the rest of the middle order quickly wilted without the presence of the Yorkshire batsman.

Jonny Bairstow (22) was bowled by a Yasir googly before the leg-spinner ended Jos Buttler's brief sojourn at the crease for seven, Younis taking another catch at slip.

Imran Khan (2-41) then struck to remove Ben Stokes for 13 - Misbah-ul-Haq holding the chance in the slip cordon - but any thoughts of a routine victory for Pakistan proved premature as England's tail stood firm.

Rashid and Broad withstood the Pakistan pressure in a 15-over stand, the latter hitting four boundaries in his 70 minutes in the middle.

A searing yorker from Wahab Riaz (1-78) brought Broad's innings to a close but Rashid, with his excellent judgement of spin on a turning pitch, continued to be the key to England's hopes.

He was dropped on 42 by Mohammad Hafeez and it began to look as if Pakistan would pay for that missed opportunity as Rashid - who recorded his maiden Test fifty - and Wood put on the longest ninth-wicket partnership in the fourth innings of a Test.

But Wood eventually edged Babar to Hafeez and, although James Anderson was put down by Asad Shafiq at short leg, Pakistan's persistence eventually paid off as Rashid finally cracked having batted for four hours.

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