Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11 | 5 Runs | ENG: 74/4

  • Ian Bell5 (6b)
  • Joe Root33 (29b)
  • Wahab Riaz2-0-20-0
  • Zulfiqar Babar5-0-27-2

6.20pm: I suspect everyone who played, watched or followed is feeling flatter than the 22 yards in the middle after that finish. We almost witnessed one of the most extraordinary Test wins going but, after it all - runs and overs and records tumbling - we got the draw most predicted from day three onwards. Miller is currently trying to make sense of it all in his report and I'm off to lie down in a darkened room for a bit. Thanks for all your comments and for sticking round until the end - it's usually always worth it. We'll be back for more next week. Cheerio!

6.05pm: Time for the presentations, starting with Younis Khan, having passed Javed Miandad to become Pakistan's leading Test run-scorer. Adil Rashid is, er, "smart player of the match"; Joe Root gets most colourful innings; Shoaib Malik the outstanding performance... Okay then, lost of gongs to give out.

And Alastair Cook is Man of the Match for his first-innings 263, not to mention captaining his side to within about 15 minutes of victory: "We would have liked another three or four overs, but that's the way it is. I can't fault the guys, on a really flat wicket, conceding 500, we had to hang in there. The wicket did start deteriorating at the end. We're proud but would have obviously liked the result. We knew we had to put pressure back on Pakistan, either going close to them or going past them, then on the last day you never know. The pressure on the opposition... Brilliant from Rash, the criticism he got was unfair, he handled the pressure and what you saw today was a very fine bowler. We played a good game, Pakistan did too, probably a bit softer today. The game does speed up, we probably deserved the win on points. Credit to the boys and the fans."

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: [Pleased to get out with draw?] "I think we made mistakes. These games can destroy your confidence, but we are in a situation where we are not 1-0 down, we have had success in Dubai and we will go there level. [Surprised by how well England played] We were talking about it before the series, the pitch also helped them, not much turn and bounce. But credit to them, after we scored 500 runs, they dealt with the pressure and made almost 600."

5.55pm: Pakistan escape by their underarmour, in process maintaining their unbeaten record at Abu Dhabi. They say how quickly Tests in Asia can whip up into a storm towards the end but this takes the cake. From the sleepy depths of England declaring nine down, we had James Anderson taking two in an over to light the flames and then, after Adil Rashid had finally got his first Test wicket, a conflagration breaking out. Misbah was bowled walking down the pitch and Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 14 in five overs... But there wasn't quite enough time left in the game, as the skies darkened and the last grains of sand ran through the timer.

The umpires check the light again - and that's it, they're shaking hands on a draw! See, you were never getting a result on this pitch... But, holy moly, that was not the finish anyone had in mind when the teams arrived this morning with England still in their first innings. Pakistan's capitulation doesn't end up costing them but England, despite not being able to force the victory, will take a huge amount of confidence after grabbing the game by its scruff this evening.

Wahab Riaz to Bell, 1 run, Wahab grunts as he slams the ball on a length, Bell has to hit on the up, into the covers and he wants two but it's not happening

"Playing under such dark light can be injurious to players. Play should be stopped immediately. :D" Nice try, Talha Hameed

Wahab Riaz to Root, 1 run, straighter line, stays back and pulls flat out towards long-on
Wahab Riaz to Root, no run, a precious dot as Root is beaten by a full delivery wide of the stumps

Misbah moves the field around, everyone back

Wahab Riaz to Bell, 1 run, length, bit of width and again slapped through point
Wahab Riaz to Root, 1 run, angled across the batsman from over the wicket, chops one through backward point
Wahab Riaz to Bell, 1 run, pitched up outside off, punched down the ground

Wahab continues, the umpires having shoeed off the 12th man who was trying to bring on a drink

"Those days when the umpire would ask the batsmen whether they wanted to take lights." Indeed, Kunal, and the likeliest reason we won't get another Karachi.

10 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 69/4

  • Ian Bell2 (3b)
  • Joe Root31 (26b)
  • Zulfiqar Babar5-0-27-2
  • Wahab Riaz1-0-15-0

Out comes the light meter, Bruce Oxenford takes a reading... But they are going to keep going. you can see the light of the city twinkling in the distance over the back of the stands

Zulfiqar Babar to Bell, 1 run, full around leg stump, Bell reverse the hands and swats more to deep backward point
Zulfiqar Babar to Bell, no run, tossed up on leg stump, Bell can't get it away
Zulfiqar Babar to Root, 1 run, on the stumps, drops back and clips one more out to deep square leg
Zulfiqar Babar to Bell, 1 run, tucked into the leg side and Root demands a run, he's not giving up

I'm not sure England are going to be able to get this, it's really quite dark now. In comes Ian Bell

Zulfiqar Babar to Bairstow, OUT, comes charging out, Babar fizzes it through - gone this time, stumped! Walked past it - maybe couldn't see it - and England are four down, Bairstow's cameo over

JM Bairstow st †Sarfraz Ahmed b Zulfiqar Babar 15 (19m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Zulfiqar Babar to Root, 1 run, over the wicket, tossed up and Root top-edges it straight up - but it's dropped! Or left, rather, Sarfraz and Babar confusing each other and neither taking a dolly

The light is definitely fading fast now. England two-thirds of the way to a sensational win

9 | 17 Runs | ENG: 65/3

  • Jonny Bairstow15 (9b)
  • Joe Root29 (24b)
  • Wahab Riaz1-0-15-0
  • Shoaib Malik4-0-25-2

Remember, they went off around this time yesterday evening... England need a few overs more yet

Wahab Riaz to Bairstow, FOUR runs, full toss from Wahab and it's clubbed straight back down the ground, long-on won't get there! Seventeen off the over, just what England needed

"That six hurt england more than help..." warbles DanielAlexander

Wahab Riaz to Bairstow, 2 runs, full and wide of off, slashed through backward point, the fielder runs around on the fence and cuts it off
Wahab Riaz to Bairstow, 2 leg byes, length ball this time, on the pads, heaves across the line and gets an inside edge, they race back for two
Wahab Riaz to Bairstow, 1 wide, Bairstow backs away and Wahab slings it down very wide - called again!

The ball has bounced over the perimeter fence, they've got to go and find it! More than 6% of the runs in one shot but more time lost...

Wahab Riaz to Bairstow, SIX runs, banged in short and... it's gone for six! Bairstow gets it right out of the screws, reaching up above his head and taking it from outside off stump over deep midwicket
Wahab Riaz to Root, 1 run, short and Root misses attempting to pull, hit on the arm and it rolls away into the off side - 50 up, more than halfway now but time is fast running out

A frenetic final day


Wickets that fell on the last day (for 276 runs); on the first four days, 16 wickets fell for 1092 runs

All or nothing


The highest by a batsman in one inns of a Test with a 0 in the other before Malik's 245 and 0 in this Test. Ponting v India, Adelaide, 2013.

Cook joins KP


No. of England batsmen to make 1000-plus Test runs in a year four times before Alastair Cook. Kevin Pietersen was the first to do it.

Subcontinent? No worries


Test centuries by Cook in Asia - equal the most by any overseas batsman. Jacques Kallis also made eight hundreds in Asia.

Opening milestone


Number of century opening stands by England in six innings in the UAE before this one. This is also their first fifty-plus stand here.

Malik's best


Number of times Malik had scored a double-century in first-class cricket. This is now Malik's highest.