Player of the Match
Player of the Match
803dThe Report by David Hopps

Misbah ton restores Pakistan poise

Misbah-ul-Haq made an unbeaten 102 - reaching his century with the aid of two sixes in the final over - to lead Pakistan to 282 for 4 at the close

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

Younis Khan
Younis Khan
118(211) 13x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 24 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 12 21 9 28 7 10 29
102(197) 8x4 - 5x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 23 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
4 9 15 15 11 7 19 22

Best performances - Bowlers

Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz
Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah

Match Details


Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 17:30

Match days

22,23,24,25,26 October 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Andrew Miller

5.20pm So, that is emphatically that. What a finish. England take it to the brink but Pakistan's dominance showed in the final analysis. Join us again on Sunday for the start of the third and final Test in Sharjah, where England will have to find a way to overcome two shatteringly hard-fought final days to salvage something from the series. Pakistan, in their home from home, are seriously tough nuts to crack.

From myself, Andrew Miller, and my colleagues, Alan Gardner and David Hopps, whose match report is waiting right here, as well as Gopi and his scoring team, it's good bye for now. And don't forget to log back in to read the post-match analysis from Gnasher and Umar later this evening.

Alastair Cook comes forward to put a brave face on it. "That morning on day three has really cost us. In these conditions you can't afford those two or three hours. But the character we showed today ... they are a fantastic bunch of guys who refused to buckle. The innings Adil played, he'll take a lot from that. It was disappointing he couldn't get over the line but if we'd all faced six or ten balls more we would have done it."

On his fitness for the next Test - "I'm very proud of my fitness record. Jimmy Anderson told me to drink a glass of cement to toughen up."

Misbah-ul-Haq. "You have to give credit to the opposition when the ball is turning and two really good spinners are bowling. They showed really good character today. Our spinners bowled well, especially under pressure. Whenever we needed a breakthrough they held their nerve."

On his return to the team after a break. "In the first Test match, it was tough for me but in the second innings I got fifty and it felt good for me, I started believing I belong to this and my rhythm came back. Always tough to come back and perform."

And on Younis Khan. "In discipline and preparation, he's always there to perform. He keeps the game moving and I am really comfortable when I am playing with him."

5.05pm Time for the presentations. And it is Yasir Shah who is named smart player for his eight wickets in the match. Misbah gets the most colourful innings award (I forget they have so many of these), and Younis Khan is the outstanding performer for breaking lots of records.

Actually the Man of the Match is Wahab Riaz which makes my heart sing. His figures look underwhelming but he's been rewarded for impact, not stats.

"I always try to do good and perform for my country," he says. "My team-mates are always behind me and let me know what ability I have. The spell [in the World Cup] against Watson gave me a lot of confidence."

Prince Shakir: ""Credit goes to Imran Khan Because when ever he is Playing Pakistan winning that match This is his 6 match and Pakistan win All of them"" Ah yes. And he still hasn't scored a run ... which is a vital factor.

Zafar: "Desperately sad for England. Put up an heroic effort. Shame the top order let England down. As for Pakistan a team of limited resources & quality is punching above its weight in those conditions. They will be hopelessly outplayed when they come to England." I wouldn't be so sure, they always find a way to compete. They won at The Oval in 2010, and even beat Australia at Headingley on that same tour.

5pm Arslan: "Dedicated to today's victims, #earthquakePak" ... quite right too. Terrible events in the central Asia this afternoon, and even in their moment of victory, many of Pakistan's players will be thinking of home, not least Yasir who comes from Peshawar, which was near the epicentre of the 7.5 magnitude quake. Let's hope it is not as devastating as the 2005 disaster.

4.55pm Jibran T. Siddi: "What a coincidence. On this day when Pakistan won Test again Australia on same ground, Yasir Shah took 4 wickets in that test too."

Muhammad Rashid: "In 2nd inn of first test Rashid prove his bowling character by 0 to 5 wicket and in this test he proved his some batting character from 0 to 50 runs..." Quite so, he's made a big impression in two tough Test matches.

But the man of the moment for Pakistan was Yasir Shah, whose fingers were restored to their full spinning potency after a lengthy break and his sharp spin unpicked England's lock-down. Wahab Riaz was magnificent too, albeit grossly under-rewarded in the wickets column.

4.40pm Gadzooks. Pass the gin!

So, England all out with 6.3 overs of the match still to play. What might have been from England's point of view. That third-morning collapse of seven wickets for 36 proved the difference between the teams. A bit more spine then, such as we've seen today, and they would not be heading to Sharjah with only a share of the series to play for.

But huge credit to England's tailenders, Adil Rashid key among them. Until his fateful lapse his shot selection had been virtually flawless for 172 balls, particularly against the spinners whom he nullified with big strides and leather-sniffing blocks. Mark Wood was magnificent too, eating up 29 overs to take the match past tea, and Stuart Broad as well, who was undone by the ball of the day from Wahab Riaz.

Yasir Shah to Rashid, OUT, gone! Rashid has driven loosely into the covers, Pakistan have won the Test match! Why did he chase that? The massive rip from Yasir played its part ... he felt he needed to be firm in his shot selection with so many men circling, but he chose the wrong ball to larrup

AU Rashid c Zulfiqar Babar b Yasir Shah 61 (239m 172b 7x4 0x6) SR: 35.46

Muhammad Irfan: "just for my knowledge if we still have light can we bowl more than 7 overs?" Nope, not about the light, all about the time

Yasir Shah to Rashid, no run, left alone with a flourish this time

Haroon Afaq: "Being a Pakistani Cricket Fan, I will take this Draw as a 'Defeat' as I took the previous Draw as 'Defeat' too. In case of Draw, England will be 2-0 Up in the Series. Heart Breaking results so far :( By the way Adil Rashid's highest first class score is 180 and he has 10 Centuries too. Well Played Mate!!"

Yasir Shah to Rashid, no run, sharp spin straight away! Big rip and beats Rashid's defensive poke. He was lured into following that one

England, remember, have two reviews left. Pakistan have none. Could be vital, you suspect. Wahab's work is done. Yasir is back. It's spin to the death!

137 | (maiden) | ENG: 312/9

  • James Anderson0 (13b)
  • Adil Rashid61 (169b)
  • Zulfiqar Babar47-23-53-3
  • Wahab Riaz25-4-78-1

Ooh, me bunyons

Zulfiqar Babar to Anderson, no run, squawks of excitement as Anderson pads one straight to short leg. No bat. On we go
Zulfiqar Babar to Anderson, no run, late adjustment with the feet to smother another defensive block
Zulfiqar Babar to Anderson, no run, loopy flight and bite, and an inside edge saves the lbw but nearly flies to silly point!
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Pakistan's win-loss Test record in the UAE since the beginning of 2010; in other countries their record is 11-15 in the same period

Heroic rearguard


The previous record for most balls faced by the last four batsmen (Nos. 8-11) in the 4th innings of a Test. England have exceeded that here

A day to cherish


Years, to the day, since Pakistan recorded their first Test win. They beat India by an innings and 43 runs in Lucknow on October 26, 1952

A quick 3000


Innings for Root to get to 3000 Test runs, the fastest among England batsmen since 1970. Pietersen got there in 63 innings

Root at the top


Fifty-plus scores by Root in Tests this year - the highest by an England batsman in a year. Previous highest - 11 by Fletcher in '73.

Sticking together


No. of 50+ stands between Bell and Root in 4th inns of a Test including this one. Their stand hasn't been broken in the last 3 such inns.

Bell tolls for Bell


No. of times Bell has made a duck or 1 in 19 inns since his last Test hundred. He had made 338 at 19.88 before this inns.

Another 2nd-inns ton


Second innings hundreds by Younis; only Sangakkara (14), Cook (13), and Tendulkar (13) have more.