LONDON: England’s top order crumbled against Pakistan, reaching 155-6 at tea on the fourth day in pursuit of a 283-run target in the first test on Sunday.
Left-arm seamer Rahat Ali’s triple strike reduced England to 47-3 and Yasir Shah later bagged the wickets of Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali with his sharp turners. Jonny Bairstow was fighting a grim battle, unbeaten on 28 and Chris Woakes was not out on 5 at the interval.
England still needs 128 runs to beat its previous best successful chase of 282-3 against New Zealand in 2004.
Captain Alastair Cook and Alex Hales both perished to Ali behind the wicket while Joe Root once again threw away his wicket with a reckless pull shot.
Earlier, Stuart Broad took both wickets as Pakistan was bowled out for 215 after resuming on its overnight 214-8, giving the tourists an overall lead of 282 runs.