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  1. Cook 39*, Moeen 15*
  2. Pak: Malik 245, Shafiq 107, Hafeez 98
  3. Malik & Shafiq add 248 for fifth wicket
  4. No wickets until after tea; Stokes 4-57
  5. Rashid 0-163, worst figures on Test debut

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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And that's your lot for today. England have made a decent start in reply to Pakistan's huge total, but that's all it is.

There's plenty more work to do tomorrow and we'll be here to see if the tourists can get back into this match. Join us then.

The report

Shoaib Malik registered his maiden Test double century to put Pakistan in a commanding position on the second day of the first Test against England.

The right-handed Malik hit 245 and shared in a record fifth-wicket partnership of 248 with fellow centurion Asad Shafiq (107).

England toiled in the Abu Dhabi heat, failing to take a wicket until the final session of the day.

However, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali saw the tourists to 56-0 at the close.

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Just joining us? You've missed it all. Luckily, we've got a close-of-play report to bring you bang up to speed.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"There hasn't been anything through the air - yet. The footholes are just starting to develop so as the match progresses there will be more action for the spinner and more reverse-swing. It will just get lower - not uneven. It will be attritional stuff.

"For Alastair Cook to go out and play the way he did is a perfect example for the team. But Pakistan are well on top."

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Scott Lennon: Someone like Starc or Malinga would have a field day on this wicket. Full and straight.

Shoaib Malik

Apparently there have been interview requests for Shoaib Malik, but he's too dehydrated to face the media. Wasn't it Dean Jones who ended up on a drip after batting in India?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"My mum would love to bat on there against those bowlers. My auntie Anne would have a bat too - after two port and lemons.

"There's nothing there to worry about - the only thing England can do is get themselves out. Just go and bat the rest of tomorrow."

Ben Stokes of England
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Sky Sports: "Bowling in these condition is hard, then standing in the field watching the overs and runs tick by is very hard. Everyone has tried their nuts off in the field so we're very proud of what we've done.

"Coach Trevor Bayliss told me well done for a burgling a couple of wickets. You take wickets any way you can.

"We know that subcontinent players are very good against spin. Adil Rashid especially was very unlucky - on another day he could have got three or four. I'm sure they will have a bigger part to play in this series.

"Adil is quite laid back. I'm sure he'll be hurting to not get a wicket, but he's been bowling brilliantly."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali walk off

"Moeen Ali defended well - he showed more patience than when he comes in batting at eight. He was tired after five sessions in the field but he used his nous and didn't go playing silly shots. He was smart enough to just defend. And Alastair Cook has been doing this for years."

Could England have done any more? They might be disappointed with the performance of their spinners, but the seamers remained a threat throughout. The tourists simply came up against a run-thirsty Pakistan team on a flat track in blistering conditions. The big positive for England is the performance of new opener Moeen, who was calm in facing 65 balls for his unbeaten 15.

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Charles Isere: Whether this wicket turns or not later, it is unfit for international cricket. If it does suddenly turn, it's simply a joke.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

On Adil Rashid: "It's disappointing for him - you like to get a wicket or two when you play your first match. But he will come up smiling tomorrow. He's fairly phlegmatic - he's been here before when people have scored off him.

"For the spinners, there was no margin for error because it was so slow. They're not the greatest spin bowlers in the world but criticising them on here is not fair."

It's seemed like a long day, hasn't it? Probably even longer if you were an England fielder. Spare a thought for Adil Rashid - his 34-0-163-0 are the worst figures for any bowler on Test debut.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"It was a batting day - to grind people down. It was no fun to be a bowler yesterday or today.

"It should be a contest - there should be something there for the bowlers. I don't think they did anything wrong - Anderson and Broad showed control and know-how and didn't give anything away. But the ball did nothing - there was no reverse-swing and it was just help-yourself batting."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Cook and Moeen have played nicely - they've played straight. There was just that little moment off the first ball of the innings when Cook was going to handle the ball. There was big appeal for lbw against Moeen and it was 'umpire's call'."

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Evan Samuel: I'd call this track a road but you'd get a lot more movement off a road in, say, Lambeth.

Close-of-play scorecard

Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali

England 56-0 (21 overs) - trail by 467

Batsmen: Cook 39*, Moeen 15*

Bowling figures: Rahat 4-0-12-0, Khan 5-0-16-0, Babar 7-1-16-0, Riaz 4-1-10-0, Shafiq 1-0-2-0

Pakistan 523-8 dec: Malik 245, Shafiq 107, Hafeez 98; Stokes 4-57

Full scorecard

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"England have just got to grind it out and bat as long as they possibly can tomorrow - get through the first session, then the second, then the third. In an ideal world, they get somewhere near Pakistan and say, 'you've got a tricky third innings in the match.'

"On days four and five, England have got to make sure they're not in a position where they can have a panic. Because we've seen it can start to spin drastically."

Close of play

Eng 56-0

England and their new-look opening pair survive, reaching the close at 56-0 in reply to Pakistan's huge 523-8 declared. There's still bags and bags of work to do in order to save this match, but at least they have not thrown it away in a mad hour on the second evening. All 10 wickets will be in the bank tomorrow.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Moeen Ali of England
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"This is exactly what the opening pair has to do in this pressure zone - in the face of a team getting such a big total. If you can just dampen it down with a nice partnership like this..."

Eng 52-0

Last over coming up, Imran Khan with ball in hand. England very close to completing their evening's work.

Eng 52-0

Asad Shafiq, a hundred earlier today, is given a roll later in the evening, bowling some fairly ordinary off-spin round the wicket to this pair of left-handers. I suspect this job might have gone to Shoaib Malik had he not batted for the best part of a week. Under the floodlights, Shafiq is tidy without threatening. England will do all they can to ensure the next over is the last one of the day.

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73rooks: When did England last reach 50-0 in a Test match?

Eng 50-0 (trail by 473)

It feels like it's winding down, like both sides are happy to come back and resume battle tomorrow. When Moeen nudges Khan to the leg side, it brings up the 50 partnership - that's the fourth time this pair have notched a half-century stand in four times batting together. Maybe there was some method to the madness of pairing them at the top of the order. Who could have predicted that Cook would outscore Moeen too?

Eng 49-0 (Cook 35, Moeen 12)

Babar's left arm is all over the shop as he skips in towards the wide defensive stroke of Alastair Cook. The skipper is shuffling across his stumps to negate any spin that is there, edging towards the close. England have got three or four overs to survive before the close.

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John McDermott: Should the first toss in the series should alternate for the other 4 Tests? Taking it out as a win factor?

Eng 47-0 (476 behind)

England have seen off Wahab Riaz, possibly until tomorrow. Imran Khan switches ends to come back for his second burst, with Moeen growing in stature to work a couple more through the leg side. After those worries that me might be too expansive to open, the Worcestershire man has taken 51 balls to reach double figures. At the moment, England are finding this pitch every bit as placid as Pakistan did.

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Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell
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Tuffers & Vaughan on BBC Radio 5 live at 20:30 BST when Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnell and Graeme Swann will debate England's performance against Pakistan, plus you can listen to an interview with Kevin Pietersen.

Eng 45-0 (Cook 34, Moeen 9)

Babar goes through his tricks, varying his pace to Moeen. No great turn for the left-arm tweaker, another short one worked by Moeen. Mark Wood has emerged from the dressing room with his pads on, he's been asked to act as nightwatchman. He must be delighted to do that after two days of bowling. There are 20 minutes left in the day.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Alastair Cook of England
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"What Cook and Mooen have done is create calmness. We've seen England lose quick wickets in the past. But these two have played nicely and the pitch isn't doing a great deal. So far, so good."

Eng 40-0 (15 overs)

Here's a collectors' item, an umpire has just called a no-ball in a Test match without having to ask his mate with a TV upstairs. It's a good job for Moeen Ali that Wahab Riaz did overstep, otherwise he might have been the subject of a decent lbw shout. More and more of the stadium is now covered in shadow, we're at the end of a long day. Outside the England dressing room, Paul Farbrace sits and makes a bowling gesture. You know the one - imaginary ball, hand held out, pushing it forward like a man doing the ironing. It's a coach's default mime.

Pietersen on England, 'deceit' and coaching

Kevin Pietersen

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen says he is open to a coaching role with England.

Pietersen, sacked in February 2014, was told this year by director of cricket Andrew Strauss he would not play for England in the "short term".

However, Strauss offered Pietersen a role as an advisor on a board to improve the one-day side, which he turned down.

Asked if would now like to help, the 35-year-old told the BBC: "Of course I would. I haven't got a clue if I will be asked but I don't worry about it."

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Eng 37-0 (Cook 29, Moeen 7)

Babar changes the angle, taking his left-armers round the wicket to this pair of left-handers. Cook, who has looked the most comfortable of this pair (naturally, seen as he is the regular opener), takes one through the covers, while Moeen continues to suppress his attacking instincts.

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"This is excellent bowling. He has looked the most threatening of the Pakistan bowlers - and the most threatening we have seen in the match. He has that extra pace."

Eng 36-0 (trail by 487)

Alastair Cook plays a shot

Good licks from Wahab, who is the first bowler in the match to be hurrying the man standing 22 yards away. Arms like hams, he charges in with his black hair following behind, then gets the ball to skid on. Cook works a couple through the leg side, then Moeen has to be sharp in dropping his hands away from a bouncer.

Eng 33-0

Babar skips towards the smaller of the two stands, the city of Abu Dhabi in the distance. There's a good chunk of desert between the stadium and the skyscrapers. Tidy from Babar, who looks set to offer Pakistan much more control than England's spinners did for Alastair Cook.

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PtheP: We're already bossing this - Pakistan were a wicket down by now! #easypeasy.