DUBAI: England lost the key wicket of Alastair Cook to struggle at 45-2 in chase of a mammoth 491-run target on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah removed Cook for ten after paceman Imran Khan dismissed Moeen Ali as England still need 446 more runs with eight wickets intact and four sessions left in the match.
At tea Ian Bell was unbeaten on 18 and Joe Root was batting on 14 not out.
Pakistan declared their second innings on 354-6 after Younis Khan completed his 31st Test century.
England batsmen will need to put up the fight of their lives as the Dubai stadium pitch is taking sharp turn for the spinners and Pakistan look favorites to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi.
It was Khan who provided Pakistan with an early wicket, forcing an edge of Ali’s bat to slip where Younis took the catch.
Cook, who scored 65 in the first innings and 263 in the first Test, failed to keep a sweep off Shah down and was smartly caught at deep square-leg by Wahab Riaz.
Earlier Pakistan added 132 runs before declaring 35 minutes after lunch, with Younis in top form.
Younis punched paceman Stuart Broad to the point boundary for his 11th four to reach three figures off 193 balls, his third hundred against England.
He was finally dismissed as he tried to pace the run-rate, skying a catch off leg-spinner Adil Rasheed. In all he hit 13 boundaries during his 354-minute knock.
Pakistan, resuming on 222-3, looked for quick runs.
Misbah had scored a brilliant 102 in Pakistan’s first innings of 378, but failed to add to his overnight 87.
He played an uppish shot to a slower delivery from fast bowler James Anderson which landed in the safe hands of Cook at mid-off.
Misbah hit eight boundaries and five sixes in his enterprising 147-ball innings.
England’s bowlers toiled hard to check the flow of runs as leg-spinner Adil Rasheed conceded 107 runs before finally getting a wicket.
Ali trapped Shafiq leg-before wicket to finish with 1-60. Shafiq hit eight boundaries in his 112-ball knock. He added 113 runs for the fifth wicket with Younis.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq declared the innings at the fall of Shafiq’s wicket.
Anderson with 2-22 and Mark Wood 2-44 were the most successful bowlers.
The third and final Test starts in Sharjah from November 1.