SHARJAH, Nov 18: Seamer Chris Woakes grabbed four wickets while James Tylor notched an unbeaten half century to anchor England�s six-wicket win over Pakistan in the third day-night international here.
Woakes�s 4-40 skittled Pakistan out for a below-par 208 in 49.5 overs before Taylor scored 67 for his seventh fifty to help England to the target in 41 overs for a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Pakistan have one last chance to avoid their ninth series loss out of 11 in the United Arab Emirates (since 2009) when they play the final ODI in Dubai on Friday.
Pakistan won the first match by six wickets while England won the second by 95 runs � both in Abu Dhabi.
England were outstanding in all three departments as they bundled Pakistan out on a flat pitch for a low total and then rode an unbroken 117-run stand for the fifth wicket between Taylor and Jos Buttler (49 not out).
Taylor smashed two boundaries off lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan and then clobbered a flat six to reach his fifty off 51 balls. In all he hit six boundaries and two sixes off 69 balls.
Buttler supplemented Taylor, hitting the winning six as the pair survived some anxious moments early on after Pakistan caught England at 93-4.
Irfan gave Pakistan an early breakthrough when he dismissed Jason Roy for seven while debutant left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, included for the injured Yasir Shah, had Joe Root caught off a full toss for 11.
Alex Hales (30) and Eoin Morgan (35) added 60 for the third wicket before Gohar had the opener caught in the slips while Morgan was bowled by Shoaib Malik.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali run out 36, Babar Azam c Rashid b Woakes 22, Mohammad Hafeez c Root b Willey 45, Sarfraz Ahmed c sub (Jordan) b Ali 26, Shoaib Malik run out 16, Mohammad Rizwan run out 1, Iftikhar Ahmed c Root b Woakes 3, Anwar Ali c Ali b Topley 7, Wahab Riaz not out 33, Zafar Gohar c Buttler b Woakes 15, Mohammad Irfan b Woakes 0. Extras: (LB-1, W-3) 4. TOTAL: (all out in 49.5 overs) 208. Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-92, 3-132, 4-135, 5-138, 6-145, 7-156, 8-161, 9-187. Bowling: David Willey 10-0-45-1, Reece Topley 10-0-41-1, Chris Woakes 9.5-0-40-4, Adil Rashid 10-1-51-0, Moeen Ali 10-0-30-1.
England: Jason Roy c Malik b Irfan 7, Alex Hales c Rizwan b Gohar 30, Joe Root c Iftikhar b Gohar 11, Eoin Morgan b Malik 35, James Taylor not out 67, Jos Buttler not out 49. Extras: (B-2, LB-3, W-6) 11. TOTAL: (for 4 wickets in 41 overs) 210. Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-27, 3-87, 4-93. Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 7-0-29-1, Anwar Ali 3-0-17-0, Zafar Gohar 10-0-54-2, Iftikhar Ahmed 4-0-18-0, Wahab Riaz 6-0-23-0, Shoaib Malik 9-0-56-1, Azhar Ali 2-0-8-0. � AFP