Player of the Match
Player of the Match
810dThe Report by Alan Gardner

Anderson, Broad skittle Pakistan for 234

England's bowlers produced an excellent all-round display to dismiss Pakistan inside the first day in Sharjah, having been put into the field for the third time in the series

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
151(266) 15x4 - 3x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 31 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
16 1 15 33 32 19 7 28
JWA Taylor
JWA Taylor
76(161) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 4 14 5 26 1 4 22

Best performances - Bowlers

JM Anderson
JM Anderson
O15.1
M7
R17
W4
Eco1.12
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
O9.5
M3
R33
W4
Eco3.35
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

1,2,3,4,5 November 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

PAKISTAN 234(85.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 306(126.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 355(118.2 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

ENGLAND 156(60.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Andrew Miller

So there we go. It's all over in the UAE. Pakistan begin their celebrations, England lick their wounds. Thank you for your feedback throughout a fascinating, if occasionally attritional, series and join us again next week for the first ODI in Abu Dhabi. In the meantime, have a read of Alan Gardner's match report and look out for Gnasher and Umar's copy when it lands shortly.

2pm Alastair Cook speaks: "We competed really well in all three of the games but at critical moments we couldn't dominate Pakistan, they are very resilient. We are lucky to have Jimmy and Broady, they are outstanding, but we have a very good seam attack. Losing Ben [Stokes] really hurt us, our seamers have done well to contain Pakistan.

"International cricket isn't just about learning, it is about getting results, and we weren't good enough at key moments." An honest appraisal...

Misbah-ul-Haq receives the series trophy: "Credit should be given to the England team for really putting up a good effort and fight. But Yasir Shah won us two games and the batsmen contributed. There were contributions from everyone and that is really pleasing. Wahab and Imran bowled well in the first two games, then Rahat here. Zulfiqar ... Shoaib... it's a pleasing sign for a captain and a team."

1.50pm The most valuable player of the series is James Anderson. Very well earned. Although Yasir Shah gets the man of the series award, and rightly so ... I'm afraid my Urdu can't keep up with his interview, but he did mention the word "pressure ..."

Tayyub: "Yasir said that he's thankful to Mushi bhai for giving him loads of practice in nets. He's happy that he has played well returning from injury and he said that he has picked a couple of things from "Warne bhai" which he considers useful." Thanks Tayyub ...

1.45pm The presentation party is in place. Yasir Shah receives the Robert Padmore memorial medal - I remember him well, a Barmy Army veteran who sadly died on the 2005 tour. Shoaib Malik gets another award (not sure what), Misbah gets the most colourful innings award - take that, Tuk-Tuk bashers! And Yasir gets yet another award ... blimey, they keep on coming ...

But finally, the actual Man of the Match is Mohammad Hafeez "I was very happy to convert an innings for the team," he says. "I haven't seen that much reverse swing in my career, but at the same time I applied myself and looked for my opportunities to score runs. It's great to contribute as a batsman, and contribute to a victory for Pakistan."

Misbah wishes Shoaib Malik the best of luck in retirement, and as for his own plans, he is coy. "The next series is in seven or eight months. It is good for me to go and think if I want to continue or not. Let's see..."

1.40pm Nearly time for some presentations. Who's going to be Man of the Match?

Jawad Ahmed: "I say Shoaib Malik should be the Man of the Match as it was his spin that spun the match yesterday in Pakistan's favor and most importantly it'll be a great farewell for him!"

Nadim: "Whilst we are all praises for the Paki team, my Man of the Match is Hafeez for his pivotal 151 in 2nd innings. Pakistan were done and dusted if not for that fighting knock which changed the course of the match..."

Ikram: "Can you imagine Andrew, Misbah is not among most famous players in Pakistan. That tells you how much we love glamour & looks over resilience, hard work, patience & calmness " That's just the way of the modern world, Ikram ... but there's always a place for those attributes in Test match cricket...

1.25pm Shoaib: "Hurrah!!! Pakistan reached to no. 2 in ICC test Rankings...Huge acheivemnt for the team in exile." Quite so. I remember way back in the days of Javed Miandad and Imran Khan, when Pakistan were the only team that could hold a candle to the great West Indies side of the late 1980s. This lot might not be quite in the same bracket, but they are simply formidable on their home-from-home soil in the UAE, and in Misbah and Younis, Wahab and Yasir, they have many of the traits of the great Pakistani teams of years gone by. Quality batsmen, a seriously rapid bowler and a legspinner who twists the blood of Englishmen...

Yaseen: "2010 was probably the lowest point in Pakistan's cricket history and this is pretty much the highest point and will be cherished for years to come... say what they wanna say abt Misbah the ex-players but this guy has achieved something none of them could ever imagine "

1.20pm So, England all out for 156, a disappointing end for them but all credit to Pakistan for a magnificent bowling performance. They shredded the prospect of a tight finish with those four early wickets, and despite Alastair Cook's bloodymindedness and Ben Stokes' injury-defying valour, 2-0 it is.

Fakhar: "Retiring Malik earns the big-3 opening scalps that resulted in Pakistan's victory. Last match, 7 wickets, not a bad end to test career." Quite so. A curious final chapter to his 35-match career, what with the small matter of 245 at Abu Dhabi too ...

Farrukh Alam: "5 years ago, I never thought I will see this in my lifetime Pakistan number 2 team in test cricket thank you Misbah"

60.3
W
Yasir Shah to Stokes, OUT, fired down the leg-side, Stokes goes for a wander, Sarfraz gathers and whips off the bails! That is the end of that!

BA Stokes st †Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 12 (19m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

60.2
2
Yasir Shah to Stokes, 2 runs, dabbed into space ... he keeps coming
60.1
4
Yasir Shah to Stokes, FOUR runs, short, and a meaty sweep from Stokes! Get some of that. In the air for a while but oodles of power from a man with a damaged collarbone!

END OF OVER:
60 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 150/9

  • James Anderson0 (1b)
  • Ben Stokes6 (9b)
  • Shoaib Malik15-4-26-3
  • Yasir Shah17-2-38-3
59.6
0
Shoaib Malik to Anderson, no run, solid defence to launch the latest phase of England's resistance movement

The end of an heroic but futile effort from Cook. He wasn't playing his natural game by the end of it, which makes you wonder what might have been with some, any, assistance from the top order. An agonising post-tea defeat by 12 runs probably. But anyway. Here's Jimmy

59.5
W
Shoaib Malik to Cook, OUT, down the track, through the gate, stumped by a mile! Shoaib saw him coming, dragged it down, and utterly flummoxed the England captain!

AN Cook st †Sarfraz Ahmed b Shoaib Malik 63 (241m 164b 4x4 0x6) SR: 38.41

59.4
1
Shoaib Malik to Stokes, 1 run, swept, a huge steepling top-edge but Misbah can't back-pedal from slip in time! Against the spin which is always dangerous. But on the plus side, at least his shoulder is loosening up with the effort
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Best in the last

7/59

Bowling figures of Shoaib Malik (4/33 & 3/26) in this match are his best in Tests and the best by a Pak player in his career's last Test match.

Broad's Lean returns

0

No. of 50+ scores for Broad in his last 45 Test inns (including this). In his first 80 inns he made 10 fifties and a century.

Running out of partners

8

First time Cook has batted till the 8th wicket in his Test career.

Rashid's batting talent

35.50

Rashid's first-class batting ave before this Test. Has over 5500 runs including 10 100s and 32 50s.

Captain's grind

900+

No. of balls Cook has faced in this series - 2nd highest by an overseas captain after Taylor's 981 balls in Pak, 1998/99

Old, yet strong

50

Test wkts completed by Babar at the age of 36 yrs, 330 days - the oldest Pak to do so. Hafeez was the previous oldest Pak at 34 yrs, 245 days.

Economical and effective

1.87

James Anderson's economy rate in this series, his best ever. Broad's series ER of 2.07 is also the best of his career

Losing wickets in pairs

325

Runs added by Pakistan's 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th wickets. The even-numbered wickets added only 30

Hafeez's healthy habit

4

Number of 150-plus scores for Mohammad Hafeez in Tests. His last three centuries have been big ones - 197, 224, and 151

Happy venue for Hafeez

2

Test centuries for Mohammad Hafeez in Sharjah; at no other venue does he have more than one Test hundred

A 2nd-innings best

104

Mohammad Hafeez's previous highest 2nd-innings score in a Test, which makes this effort his best

Master of all innings

50+

Batting average of Younis Khan in all 4 inns of Tests. Bradman and Sutcliffe are the only others.