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Chris Woakes again picked four wickets to help constrict Pakistan © AFP

Pakistan and England were engaged in a lop-sided encounter in the battle to lay claim on the third One-Day International (ODI) at Sharjah. England’s win looked solid and hassle-free on paper, but they had a tough time in the middle overs of their innings when the Pakistani spinners got sharp purchase from the Sharjah track and dismissed the scratchy Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan in quick succession. At that stage it looked like the spinners Zafar Gohar (on his debut) and Shoaib Malik would run through the English order but James Taylor played with maturity and vibrancy. LIVE SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

The charm of his knock was infectious and soon the nervy Jos Buttler started playing some good strokes to take the game away from Pakistan. The Pakistan bowlers did not really have much to defend. Their innings brought a total of just 208 runs in 49.5 overs thanks to another day of disciplined bowling and fielding from the Englishmen. Chris Woakes took four wickets. LIVE UPDATES: Pakistan vs England, 3rd ODI at Sharjah

Pakistan’s top-scorer in the game was Mohammad Hafeez with 45 but perhaps the more effective and praise-worthy knock was that of Wahab Riaz in the lower order. At one stage it looked like Pakistan would fail to go past the 200-run mark but Riaz batted till the end for a nice knock in 30s at about run-a-ball. Pakistan once again paid the price for indecisive running between the wickets which accounted for the dismissal of Azhar Ali for a low score and also that of Mohammad Rizwan and later Shoaib Malik.