Pakistan has taken control on the second Test at Dubai by taking a first inning lead of 136 runs and then scoring quick 222 runs for just three wickets. So, the point that matter is Pakistan lead England by 358 runs with seven wickets on hand. When the play resumed on day 3, England had high hopes of seizing control on the second Test but at the end of it, they found themselves struggling to save the game. Resuming on 182 for three in reply to Pakistan's score of 378, the tourists lost their last seven wickets for 36 runs in a dramatic morning session at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Wahab Riaz bowled excellently in the morning session and produced a brilliant spell of nine overs and picked up three wickets for just 15 runs. All the hard work done by the visitor’s bowler were undone by one bad session. England contrived to go from 206 for three to 242 all out. The clatter of wickets began with Root, who lost a game of patience with Wahab. Consistently tested outside his off stump, the right-hander eventually couldn’t resist having a drive at a wide delivery.The decision to be aggressive resulted in his downfall for 88, and from then on, England folded faster than an origami expert. Ben Strokes, Jos Butler and Adil Rashid could only manage four runs between them and they left only tails to support Bairstow. Wahan and Riaz took four wickets each. Pakistan came out to bat with logically 136 runs on the board so they played positive cricket. Pakistan’s top order also crumbled for some extent when they were reduced to 83 for 3. But the experience pair of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq steered Pakistan’s boat to 222 for 3 at the end of day 3 which meant they extent their advantage to 358 runs.
The game was on balance on the start of the day but just after the morning session, it turned towards Pakistan and they also grabbed the opportunity to take the control of the game with both hands. The clatter of wickets began with Root, who lost a game of patience with Wahab. Consistently tested outside his off stump, the right-hander eventually couldn’t resist having a drive at a wide delivery. The decision to be aggressive resulted in his downfall for 88, and from then on, England folded faster than an origami expert.