Dubai: Pakistan lost both their opening batsmen early, as England wrestled back the upper hand again at lunch in the second day of the third and final Test on Saturday.    

Pakistan trail by 12 runs at 30 for two, with Younus Khan and Azhar Ali struggling to fend off a spirited English attack.   

The match, being played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, has already seen 22 wickets fall in less than two days of play.   

James Anderson struck first, dismissing Taufeeq Umar for the second time in the match, this time caught behind.    

Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar took his third victim in the match, trapping Mohammed Hafeez lbw on the sweep, ending a quick 21-run innings of 36 balls.   

England will have to bat last on a wicket that is helping the bowlers, as they try to salvage the series and avoid a 3-0 whitewash.     

Earlier, Pakistan's spinners took just 50 minutes to send back England's lower order to trail by 42 runs.   

Abdur Rehman's five-wicket haul ensured a half-century by captain Andrew Strauss (56) only resulted in a modest lead for the tourists.      

England resumed on 104 for 6, with Strauss on 41 and Anderson on 3 but the morning session started brightly for Pakistan.      

The hosts, playing their home matches in Dubai due to security reasons, launched their spinners into attack, who found immediate success.      

Rehman, enjoying a purple patch of form, got his fourth wicket in the match, dislodging the leg stump of nightwatchman Anderson in the first over.     

A doosra by Saeed Ajmal rapped Stuart Broad on the pad, declared lbw on review. Rehman got his fifth wicket as Strauss stepped out to heave one over the park, only to be stumped.  
Swann added a quick 16 runs in the end but was soon caught in a lofted shot off Ajmal.