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Summary

  1. Bad light ends England's victory hopes
  2. England finish 25 runs short of target
  3. England were set 99 to win first Test
  4. Root was 33 not out at close of play
  5. Rashid takes 5-64 in Pakistan's 173

Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Alastair Cook applauds
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I think that just about wraps it up at the end of a thrilling day of Test cricket. It's fair to say that 80% of that match was largely forgettable, but what a final session we had.

The bottom line is that England and Pakistan go to Dubai all square at 0-0. We resume on Thursday. Join us then.

Final scorecard

England second innings 74-4 (11 overs) - chasing 99 to win

Not out batsmen: Root 32, Bell 5

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Buttler 4), 2-29 (Moeen 11), 3-35 (Stokes 2), 4-66 (Bairstow 15)

Bowling figures: Babar 5-0-27-2, Malik 4-0-25-2, Riaz 2-0-19-0

Pakistan second innings: 173 (57.5 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Masood 1), 2-3 (Malik 0), 3-47 (Hafeez 34), 4-113 (Younis 45), 5-139 (Shafiq 6), 6-159 (Misbah 51), 7-165 (Riaz 1), 8-168 (Babar 1), 10-173 (Imran 0)

Bowling figures: Anderson 10-3-22-2, Broad 8-5-8-0, Wood 7-0-29-0, Rashid 18.5-3-64-5, Stokes 7-4-9-0, Moeen 7-0-28-2

England first innings 598-9 dec: Cook 263

Pakistan first innings 523-8 dec: Malik 245, Shafiq 107

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Chris Williams: Farcical scenes. The umpires' hands are tied. Incredibly stupid regulations and it was easy in advance to see this happening.

Aftab Ahmed: The bad light argument is good until a batsman or fielder gets hit on the head by a 90mph delivery. Perspective.

The report

England had to settle for a draw after an extraordinary final session on the fifth day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan seemed to be cruising to a draw before debutant Adil Rashid - who returned 0-163 in the first innings - turned the match with five wickets.

Needing 99 to win, England sent out Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the top four.

But they could not locate the boundary often enough, and they were eventually beaten by the fading light.

The tourists finished on 74-4 - with Joe Root 33 not out - 25 runs short of victory.

However, this was a hugely impressive performance from England and one that will fill them with confidence ahead of the second Test in Dubai, which begins on Thursday.

Read the full report here.

Just joining us? Where on earth have you been? Did you think it would be a bore draw? You've missed a thriller...

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Utd: It's not bad light that beat England, it's the negative mentality away from home that has beaten them, why bat for long?

Drew Stanley: Dare I say if Bell had taken his slip catch dollies we'd have won by an innings an hour ago & Test cricket would be celebrating

Just a further point on the light. It is only 22 minutes since the match ended and it is pitch black in Abu Dhabi. Night has truly fallen.

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Christophe Talbotski: Faces of the England players in the presentation say it all. Nice of Cook to acknowledge the barmy army.

'I stuck to my game plan'

Adil Rashid
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England leg-spinner Adil Rashid, speaking to Sky Sports: "Obviously it's nice to get a few wickets after he first innings, but that's cricket. I had a positive mindset and stuck to my game plan and got some wickets.

"The wicket was good to bat on and the bowlers had to toil, but on day five it offered something to the spinners. It made it a bit easier for me to take that Pakistan's spinners also struggled in the first innings.

"Second innings I got a bit more confidence and the ball was spinning a bit more. In the next Test I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and put it in the right areas. We'll take a lot of confidence from the way we played going to Dubai now."

Adil Rashid, by the way, is the first England leg-spinner to take five wickets in a Test innings since 1959. The last? Tommy Greenhough. Don't tell me that you haven't heard of him.

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Christo El: how many overs of this Test have been lost to bad light over 5 days? Why can't they just start 30 mins earlier?

Mark Weir: Yes maybe penalty runs should be a idea in situations like this. Just like penalty tries in rugby, it might speed play up.

'Adil Rashid was brilliant'

Alastair Cook
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England captain Alastair Cook, said: "We'd have liked another three or four overs at the end to be honest but that's the way it goes. I can't fault the guys for hanging in there on that wicket.

"The pitch did deteriorate and spun more today which gave us hope, so it's a bit bittersweet finish. We knew we had to put the pressure on Pakistan and then on the last day you never know. We played a good game and so did Pakistan. They were a bit sloppy today and we put them under pressure. That's just the way it goes sometimes.

"It's always strange going into a final day when you can't lose a game, and it was brilliant from Adil Rashid who I think got some unfair criticism after the first innings. We saw there he's a very fine bowler."

Pakistan Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq
AP

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: "We took the wrong options, especially me and Younis Khan. We could have easily been there for another 10 or 15 overs and the game would have been over. We made mistakes and ended up in a tough situation.

"When you lose these games it can really destroy your confidence. At least we are not 1-0 down. Dubai will be a different game on a different pitch and has been a happy hunting ground for us.

"England played really well, they really did their homework. The pitch helped them because there was no turn and bounce on the first four days. Credit should be given to them after the way they batted. It was brilliant by them to score nearly 600 runs."

Alastair Cook
AP

Alastair Cook has been named man of the match. Adil Rashid, Shoaib Malik and Joe Root have also picked up cheques. Root's was for "most colourful innings". Your guess is as a good as mine.

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Joe Root and Ian Bell shake hands with Pakistan players
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Ed Kay: We weren't complaining about time wasting Cardiff 2009 when Jimmy and Monty dithered with glove changes to save us.

Bryony Lever: I am not happy with the result or decision but to be fair according to the rules of cricket the umpires had no choice.

Geoffrey Boycott is part of the presentation party! He is wearing the widest smile I have ever seen on his face. He's also wearing a hat that has his own signature on it.

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Meilyr Hughes: The fight against the light was the reason for today being so exciting!

Ian Bradley: Safe to say it was broad daylight compared to the Karachi finish in 2000.

Still with me? We'll keep rolling until we hear from the captains. I suspect the post-match pressers could be quite interesting.

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Joe Root and Ian Bell
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Francis Edwards: Stop complaining, it's the law. If it was Pakistan in that position the English fans would be wanting the game to end ASAP.

Pete Naylor: Nobody should say "We should have won this match". It was down to some legspinning brilliance that we got barely a sniff at it!

Simon Mann

BBC Test Match Special

"It will be galling for England. It feels like The Oval against Australia in 2013 when the light won."

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Joe Root and Ian Bell
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Craig Johnson: This Test added to the list of "reasons why we love/hate cricket" and why our friends wonder what's wrong with us.

Mo: No bad light. I'm here. I'm sorry to say but this is ridiculous! The umpires have ruined a wonderful advert for Test cricket.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I am proud of the way England played. The only way they were going to win this game was to persevere and stick it at - and they did that even though they didn't get the result in the end. I'm really pleased for Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who copped a load of stick in the first innings. Although I don't buy into the Pakistan time-wasting because anyone in their shoes would do the same."

I'll just throw this out there. The two drops and the wicket off the no-ball cost England about 400 runs on the first two days. Bad light on day five wouldn't have been a factor had in not been for those mistakes.

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Gary Mixture: It is scandalous how much contempt is shown to the cricketing public.

Sam Collard: Cricket knows how to make itself look ridiculous! Why come off when the lights are on?

Lots and lots of you are reacting angrily to the finish of this match. Keep the texts, tweets and emails coming. Does anyone think the umpires did the right thing?

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Ben Fraser: Absolute joke how the umpires have let Pakistan waste time so freely and easily.

David Gray: Cricket does itself absolutely no favours at times. What a disappointing end to an exciting fifth day.

Final scorecard

England second innings 74-4 (11 overs) - chasing 99 to win

Not out batsmen: Root 32, Bell 5

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Buttler 4), 2-29 (Moeen 11), 3-35 (Stokes 2), 4-66 (Bairstow 15)

Bowling figures: Babar 5-0-27-2, Malik 4-0-25-2, Riaz 2-0-19-0

Pakistan second innings: 173 (57.5 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Masood 1), 2-3 (Malik 0), 3-47 (Hafeez 34), 4-113 (Younis 45), 5-139 (Shafiq 6), 6-159 (Misbah 51), 7-165 (Riaz 1), 8-168 (Babar 1), 10-173 (Imran 0)

Bowling figures: Anderson 10-3-22-2, Broad 8-5-8-0, Wood 7-0-29-0, Rashid 18.5-3-64-5, Stokes 7-4-9-0, Moeen 7-0-28-2

England first innings 598-9 dec: Cook 263

Pakistan first innings 523-8 dec: Malik 245, Shafiq 107

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James Willis: It's 2015. How is "bad light" still an acceptable reason to end any professional sports game early?

Creative82: Sometimes cricket does its self no favours. Imagine ending play when one team is about to win.

Mark Underdown: Cricket doesn't help itself. 4 mundane days and then the rules force the match stopped when it's getting exciting.

Match drawn

Joe Root and Ian Bell of England leave the field
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The Barmies are temporarily silenced, but then break into song to acclaim Alastair Cook. It seems to be getting darker by the second - it's hard to quibble with the umpires' decision. They have no power to continue to play under the floodlights, no matter how daft that seems.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"Many people will be watching and listening and wondering why they can't continue and I agree with them. This goes back to last night when they came off and you wonder was there a real threat to the players then. It shouldn't take the shine off what has been a good day from England and Adil Rashid."

Match drawn

England, agonisingly, fall 25 runs short. What an incredible finish to a Test match that has crawled along. The players shake hands, Pakistan visibly relieved to get out of this one still level. We will go to Dubai all square at 0-0.

Bad light stops play

Eng 74-4

General view
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The umpires decide that is enough. The light has won the day.

Eng 74-4

A good over for Pakistan, only five singles from it. Umpires getting together...

Eng 73-4 (target 99)

It's practically a day-nighter. The shadows are from the floodlights, not the sun.

Eng 72-4

Every Pakistan fielder is on the boundary. Rahat Ali complains that he can't see the ball. This is surely the last over.

Eng 72-4 (target 99)

We've already gone later than any other day in this Test match. The umpires will not only consider the batsmen, but also whether the fielders can see the ball. Riaz resists the opportunity for a naughty bouncer, Misbah moves the field to waste time. Three singles from the first three balls.

Eng 69-4 (target 99)

The 12th man came out with a drink, but was shooed off by the umpires. Still Wahab Riaz. 90mph in the dark...