Result
1st Test, Abu Dhabi, Oct 13-17 2015, England tour of United Arab Emirates
523/8d & 173
(11 ov, target 99)
598/9d & 74/4
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Andrew Miller

England heist denied by fading light

The first Test in Abu Dhabi finished as a draw in a thrilling finish, as England fell agonisingly short of glory following a Twenty20-style run-chase

Match centre 
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
Pakistan523/8d(151.1 overs)1st Innings
Shoaib Malik245 (420)
Asad Shafiq107 (218)
Ben Stokes4/57(17.1)
England598/9d(206 overs)1st Innings
Joe Root*85 (143)
Wahab Riaz3/125(37)
Imran Khan2/74(27)
Pakistan173(57.5 overs)2nd Innings
Misbah-ul-Haq51 (111)
Younis Khan45 (114)
Adil Rashid5/64(18.5)
Moeen Ali2/28(7)
England74/4(11 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 115 runs
ENG: 74/4CRR: 6.72 
Ian Bell5 (6)
Joe Root33 (29)
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.

10.6
1
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

10.5
1
Wahab Riaz to Root, 1 run
straighter line, stays back and pulls flat out towards long-on
10.4
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

10.3
1
Wahab Riaz to Bell, 1 run
length, bit of width and again slapped through point
10.2
1
Wahab Riaz to Root, 1 run
angled across the batsman from over the wicket, chops one through backward point
10.1
1
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.

end of over 104 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 69/4CRR: 6.9 
Ian Bell2 (3)
Joe Root31 (26)
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

9.6
1
Zulfiqar Babar to Bell, 1 run
full around leg stump, Bell reverse the hands and swats more to deep backward point
9.5
Zulfiqar Babar to Bell, no run
tossed up on leg stump, Bell can't get it away
9.4
1
Zulfiqar Babar to Root, 1 run
on the stumps, drops back and clips one more out to deep square leg
9.3
1
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

9.2
w
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
9.1
1
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

end of over 917 runs
ENG: 65/3CRR: 7.22 
Jonny Bairstow15 (9)
Joe Root29 (24)
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

8.6
4
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

8.5
2
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
8.4
2lb
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
8.4
1w
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...

8.3
6
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
8.2
1
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
Best performances - batsmen
AN Cook
263 runs (528)
18 fours
0 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
flick
79 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
309293862301451
Shoaib Malik
245 runs (420)
24 fours
4 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
flick
42 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
251102852483645
Best performances - bowlers
AU Rashid
O
18.5
M
3
R
64
W
5
Eco
3.39
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
2W1W
BA Stokes
O
17.1
M
3
R
57
W
4
Eco
3.32
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W1W
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossPakistan , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of United Arab Emirates
Player Of The Match
Sir Alastair Cook
Series result3-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2180
Season2015/16
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 days13,14,15,16,17 October 2015 (5-day match)
Test debut
Adil Rashid
Umpires
Bruce Oxenford
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
Shozab Raza
Match Referee
Andy Pycroft