Sharjah - Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez
completed a fighting hundred to keep England at bay on the fourth day of the
third and final Test in Sharjah on Wednesday.
Hafeez, 35, was unbeaten on 145 for his
ninth hundred as Pakistan reached 229-4 at lunch, an overall lead of 157.
With Hafeez was skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on 31
as Pakistan sought to keep their 1-0 series lead intact or even force another
Hafeez has so far hit 15 boundaries and
three sixes during his 246-ball stay at the crease to help Pakistan consolidate
after conceding a 72-run first innings lead.
Pakistan made 234 in their first innings
while England replied with 306.
Hafeez survived some anxious moments as leg-spinner
Adil Rashid trapped him in front of the wicket with the first ball of the day,
after Pakistan resumed on 146-3.
England challenged New Zealand umpire Chris
Gaffaney's not out decision but television umpire Paul Reiffel of Australia
upheld the verdict.
One ball later Hafeez charged down the
wicket against a googly from Rashid but missed the ball completely. However
wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow missed a stumping chance and the ball went for four
Hafeez swept Rashid in the next over for a
single to reach his century off 169 balls, his second at the Sharjah venue.
At the other end Pakistan lost
nightwatchman Rahat Ali, caught off paceman James Anderson without scoring.
Anderson so far has figures of 2-45.