Pakistan close in on historic whitewash

Pakistan's Younis Khan salutes the crowd after passing three figures in the third Test against England in Dubai.

Story highlights

  • Pakistan take control of third Test match with a dominant second innings display
  • Younis Khan finishes day unbeaten on 115 as hosts build a lead of 180 runs
  • England bowled out for 141 in first innings with Andrew Strauss top scoring with 56
Azhar Ali and Younis Khan batted Pakistan into a commanding position on the second day of the final Test match against England on Saturday.
The pair put on 194 for the third wicket at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as the hosts built a lead of 180 runs and raise the very real prospect of securing their first series whitewash against the world's highest-ranked Test side.
Younis capped a dominant day for Pakistan as he completed his 20th Test century finishing on an unbeaten 115, with Azhar also still at crease on 75.
"I was positive and played my strokes, so with a sincere effort I tried to play and that worked for me and we managed to put up a brilliant partnership," Younis said, AFP reported.
Earlier, England were bowled out for 141, adding just 37 runs to their overnight total.
James Anderson was first to depart for four, shortly followed by Stuart Broad for the same score while Andrew Strauss compiled a battling 56 before becoming Abdur Rehman's fifth victim of the innings.
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Swann was last man out for 18 to leave England with a slender lead of 42 runs.
Their bowlers made some early inroads as Anderson removed opener Taufeeq Umar for six and Monty Panesar trapped Mohammad Hafeez LBW for 21, leaving Pakistan 28 for two.
But it proved to be the highpoint of the day for the tourists as Younis and Azhar then took control, patiently amassing their runs and building a lead which, given England's recent woeful batting, should be enough to secure an historic triple triumph.
"We feel like we are dominating, but nobody knows what happens tomorrow, if we score some runs and survive the first session then we have a chance to win this Test match," Younis said, AFP reported.