England v Pakistan, day three, second Test, Abu Dhabi

LIVE: England v Pakistan – the action on day three of the second Test in Abu Dhabi

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England v Pakistan – the essentials

Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian
Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Jimmy
Anderson, Monty Panesar.

Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq,
Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid

1st innings: 257

Umpires: Bruce Oxenford and Steve Davis

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88th over: England 223-5 (Bell 17, Prior 3)

Half a chance for Rehman as Bell belts one back at him, but he did well to even get a finger on it. The ball races away for four. That's followed by another four as Bell cuts a short and wide one from Rehman.

87th over: England 215-5 (Bell 9, Prior 3)

Shot! Bell elegantly drives through the covers for three. What a terrible drop! Prior skies a sweep to Junaid Khan at fine leg who inexplicably fumbles an absolute dolly.

86th over: England 210-5 (Bell 5, Prior 2)

Abdur Rehman to Ian Bell… who paddles the left-arm spinner for one. Ooh! Plenty of turn for Rehman who beats Prior's outside edge. Prior responds with a sweep to square leg for two to get off the mark. Three from the over.

85th over: England 207-5 (Bell 4, Prior 0)

Here we go… Prior blocks the first ball of the day.

5.55am: Saeed Ajmal has one ball left to bowl in the 85th over to start the day. Prior is on strike facing his first ball – how England would love him to replicate his 70 not out score in the first innings of the first Test.

5.50am: Bit of a cliche this but the first hour really is crucial today. With the game so evenly poised either a cluster of wickets for Pakistan or a decent partnership for England could change the dynamic of the game.

5.35am: A late flurry of wickets for Pakistan in yesterday's evening session has left the match balanced on a knife-edge. England trail the hosts' first innings score by 50 runs with five wickets intact, but have two new batsmen at the crease in the form of Ian Bell and Matt Prior and face an attack buoyed by picking up the wicket of Eoin Morgan in the last over on day two.

5.30am: Good morning all and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of the third day of the second Test between England and Pakistan.

Nemesis: Ajmal took three wickets late on day two to swing the game Pakistan's way

Nemesis: Ajmal took three wickets late on day two to swing the game Pakistan's way