Player of the Match
Player of the Match
719dAndrew Miller

Malik century anchors Pakistan's day

Shoaib Malik had waited more than five years for a return to Pakistan's Test side and England's generorisy ensured he had a century to mark it in the first Test in Abu Dhabi

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AN Cook
AN Cook
263(528) 18x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 79 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
30 9 29 38 62 30 14 51
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
245(420) 24x4 - 4x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 42 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
25 1 10 28 52 48 36 45

Best performances - Bowlers

AU Rashid
AU Rashid
O18.5
M3
R64
W5
Eco3.39
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
2W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BA Stokes
BA Stokes
O17.1
M3
R57
W4
Eco3.32
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

3-match series level 0-0

Match number

Season

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

13,14,15,16,17 October 2015 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alan Gardner

END OF OVER:
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.

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
0
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.

A frenetic final day

15

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

All or nothing

242

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

1

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

8

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

Opening milestone

0

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

1

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