Sharjah: Opener Mohammad Hafeez notched a brilliant 97 under pressure to help Pakistan stage a comeback in the third and final Test against England here yesterday.

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez

The 35-year-old took Pakistan to 146-3 at the close on the third day, leading by 74 runs with seven wickets intact.

Pakistan lost the key wicket of Younis Khan for 14, trapped leg-before by fast bowler Stuart Broad with just two overs to go in the day.

Earlier, off-spinner Shoaib Malik took a career best 4-33 as England were bowled out for 306, taking a 72-run lead over Pakistan's total of 234.

Brief scores
Pakistan 234 & 146-3 (M Hafeez 97*, A Ali 34; S Broad 1-19) lead England 306 (J Taylor 76, A Cook 49; S Malik 4-33; Y Shah 3-99) by 74 runs