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England on the ropes after Pakistan take four early wickets on final morning

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England were folding fast towards a 2-0 series defeat after losing four wickets in the first half-hour to Pakistan's spinners on the last morning of the third Test.

The target of 284 to win was just about feasible at start of play, but within less than 30 minutes had become utterly distant.

England resumed on 46 for two but, after two wickets each for Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar, they descended to a hapless 62 for six.

Their best hopes at the outset were their two heavyweight, unbeaten overnight batsmen Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

But England could scarcely have got off to a worse start, Root right back on his stumps in just the second over of the morning from Yasir and pinned plumb lbw by a leg-break that fizzed on low.

The tourists had a review left, but this was not the time to use it and lose it.

James Taylor had batted very well for his maiden fifty in the first innings, but lasted only nine balls this time - pushing forward a little off balance in defence at Zulfiqar and edging to slip.

Jonny Bairstow and Samit Patel then both made ducks, the former missing a sweep at Yasir and hit on the back leg.

His review was futile.

Patel then did not have that option when he went lbw first ball to Zulfiqar.

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