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Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    And that is where we'll leave it for today. Stuart Broad tells us that Ian Bell is disappointed - him and every England fan out there.

    Can the tourists put those missed chances behind them tomorrow? Join us to find out.


  2. Player reaction

    England bowler Stuart Broad, speaking to Sky Sports: "We can take a huge amount of credit about how we went about it. It was tough out there.

    "I take full responsibility for bowling a no-ball. It's something we monitor in training but it has crept into our bowling attack in the last six or seven months. I'm distraught that in conditions like this, I had one chalked off. We can't afford to do that. It's all about checking where the front foot is landing with the umpire.

    "Ian Bell is disappointed. He has his head in his hands in the changing room. The first one was a tricky catch, low to his left, but the second one he would expected to have taken nine times out of 10."

  3. Player reaction

    Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez, speaking to Sky Sports: "The mindset was always positive. We have got used to these conditions over the last five or six years. Once you get past the new ball, you can score runs. I can't believe I got out in the nineties, but hopefully 98 is enough for the team. And it won't happen again!

    "England bowled well with the older ball but hopefully we can push beyond 400 now."

  4. Day one report

    Pakistan's Shoaib Malik marked his first Test for five years with a century as England struggled on the opening day of the three-match series.

    Malik - caught off a no-ball on 40 - hit an unbeaten 124 and Mohammad Hafeez 98 to help Pakistan to 286-4 at the close of play in Abu Dhabi.

    Younis Khan scored 38 to pass Javed Miandad's mark of 8,832 runs and become Pakistan's leading Test run scorer.

    James Anderson claimed two wickets but Ian Bell dropped two simple catches.

    While Pakistan will be content with their position, England's bowlers deserve credit for the perseverance they showed on a surface offering minimal assistance.

    Stuart Broad and Mark Wood claimed a wicket apiece, but Test debutant Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali went wicketless in a combined 36 overs after the tourists lost the toss in unfavourable conditions at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

    Read the full report here

  5. Post update

    Just joining us? Where've you been? Allow us to fill you in on what's happened today...

  6. Younis breaks Pakistan record

    Younis Khan graphic
  7. Email

    Ben Ingham: Why is Bell at second slip? Surely someone in the coaching staff/Cook is putting him there. He's not exactly scoring runs for fun in the past year or two - if he's dropping dollies then you've seriously got to question his place in the side ahead of someone like Taylor.

  8. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell has got a lot to prove now. He and Jos Buttler need to score runs - you can't keep them in the side because they are good blokes or they did well a year ago. The team collectively needs to score runs and not just rely on the bowlers. The batsman need to do more."

  9. Quiz answer

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    As we're wrapping things up at the end of the day, it seems like a good time to give you answer to the Question of Sport teaser.

    Earlier @QuestionofSport asked: Name the four England players with five-letter surnames to play in the last England v Pakistan Test series.

    And the answers: Broad, Prior, Swann and Trott.

  10. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a wonderful performance from Shoaib. He played nicely until he reached 40 and then was dropped. That's what he normally does - gets to 32, 33 etc and then gets out. But if you let him off, he scores a hundred."

  11. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simon Clarke: When your 2 spinners go for combined figures of 36-2-149-0 in the subcontinent you will always struggle to win games.

  12. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Whoever bowls spin, Pakistanis are taught to go after the slow bowlers. Early on, Alastair Cook didn't give Adil Rashid a square point. Rashid's always going to go for runs and it's a learning process for Cook, who had some cover on the boundary when Rashid came on for another spell. He's not captained a leg-spinner before."

  13. Post update

    Just to labour that point about England's spinners, Moeen and Rashid only managed two maidens between them. Not only did they not build pressure, they were not allowed to build pressure by some proactive Pakistan batting. Will it be the same story when England get the willow in hand?

  14. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jon Evans: You can see Bell is mentally shot. Shame as he's a great player but clearly lacking any confidence.

    Matt Swift: The only thing Bell seems incapable of dropping is himself.

    Robert Wolf Petersen: Get. Bell. Out. Of. The. Slips.

  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need 10 wickets and it's hard enough. With Ian Bell dropping two catches and Stuart Broad taking a wicket with a no-ball, it adds up to a lot of runs and creates despondency. Pakistan have been given three extra lives."

    Ian Bell
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    Craig Barrack: Ian Bell's place in the team is debatable. His place in the slip cordon isn't.

    Jack Anderson: It's like Ian Bell is making his debut every time he plays for England. A nervy debut too.

    Robert Stow: Ian Bell just dropped the slightly less heavy first test defeat to Pakistan. Again.

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Simply, it was a case of whoever won the toss would make runs. But the best bits of cricket for me was James Anderson getting out the left-hander with a bouncer early on. It was a good piece of bowling because to surprise somebody on these surfaces is excellent. Stuart Broad bowled excellent when nothing was happening too, and some good fielding saw him get out Younis Khan. That was a good bit of cricket."

    Stuart Broad reacts after getting out Younis Khan
  18. Post update

    You know what jumps out at me from the scorecard? The contrast in performance between England's seamers and spinners. The seamers took all four wickets (and were the victims of the three reprieves), whilst none of them went for more than 3.50 an over. Moeen and Rashid bowled 36 wicketless overs for a total of 149 runs.

  19. Close-of-play scorecard

    Pakistan 286-4 (87 overs)

    Batsmen: Malik 124* (230 balls) Shafiq 11* (43)

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Masood 2), 173-2 (Hafeez 98), 3-247 (Younis 38), 4-251 (Misbah 3)

    Bowling: Anderson 14-3-29-2, Broad 14-5-30-1, Stokes 10-1-35-1, Wood 13-3-34-0, Rashid 17-0-76-0, Moeen 19-2-73-0

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  20. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Chris Mitchell: Ian Bell really owes his team-mates a huge hundred here. Two absolute clangers. 10 wickets hard to get without dropping sitters.

  21. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England walk off thinking what might have been. They have done well, but it's Pakistan's day overall."

    England at the close of play
  22. Close of play

    Pak 286-4

    That is your lot. Pakistan will be very pleased with their day's work, while England will be wondering what could have been. Just one wicket from that trio of missed chances could have made it an even day, but England will start day two behind the game. Shoaib Malik's 124 has been co calm as to be almost forgotten in the England errors. He's still there and has the chance to take Pakistan big tomorrow.

  23. Pak 284-4

    Last over of the day coming up, a sprightly Stuart Broad sending it down.

    Stuart Broad bowls for England
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    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That was even more straightforward than the one this morning. It was straight at him, waist height - he got two hands to it and down it went."

  25. Dropped catch

    Pak 284-4

    Dropped catch. Ian Bell. Second slip. A dolly. Need I say more?

    I don't need to, but I will. It's the same bowler-fielder combo as the earlier drop, only this time James Anderson sees Asad Shafiq reprieved. It's an even simpler chance than before, around Bell's waist, but he doesn't look like catching it. England (Bell) have now dropped two chances and taken another wicket off a no-ball. They could have had Pakistan seven down.

    James Anderson reacts after Ian Bell's dropped ball
  26. Pak 279-4

    Rashid pulled, James Anderson back from a day in the dirt to try and conjure some magic with his favourite play thing.

  27. Pak 279-4 (85 overs)

    Three slips in place for Broad, though there's a gap where second should be. We've basically got a first, a third and a fourth. Broad kicks his long legs towards the fresh-faced Shafiq, but this new ball does not look to be moving in the air. Interestingly, Joe Root is at first slip. Is Alastair Cook off the field once more? New ball, but no rewards. Yet.

    Asad Shafiq of Pakistan bats
  28. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Wood: Pitch looks placid today, what do you bet that it looks to be full of snakes when England come to bat on it?

  29. New ball taken

    Pak 276-4

    Here we go, the new nut is out of the bag. England will probably get four, maybe five overs with it tonight. Stuart Broad, sweat all over his red face, has the ball in his hand.

  30. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "James Anderson has had a word with Joe Root, possibly advising to take the new ball in the 85th over. He and Stuart Broad can then have two overs each."

  31. Pak 276-4 (Malik 119, Shafiq 6)

    With Pakistan effectively pulling the shutters down, this is a good time for Rashid to be bowling. He's less likely to be expensive and he might winkle something out. There's conversations all over the ground from England, almost certainly on the subject of the new ball. More slow turn in the dropping sunshine for Rashid, but nothing threatening. That might be him done for the day.

    Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid
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  33. Pak 273-4 (Wood 13-3-34-0)

    England will be pleased with their evening's work and the four wickets they've taken, but they've created six chances today. Mohammad Hafeez was dropped by Ian Bell on seven, Shoaib Malik caught at gully off Stuart Broad when on 40. He remains on 116, watching as Shafiq defends the striving Wood. Pakistan are playing for the close now.

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    Tom in Canterbury: Cook is juggling his bowlers successfully and appears to be settling imaginative and proactive fields. Fantastic effort by England to get wickets on this pitch.

    England captain Alastair Cook
  35. Pak 273-4 (82 overs)

    Still Rashid, so still no new ball. I wonder if England are waiting until 10-15 minutes before the close to give Anderson and Broad a final burst. Rashid has not disgraced himself today, but he's gone at almost five an over without ever really looking like taking a wicket. I wonder how he might have gone had he already had three Tests in the West Indies under his belt.

  36. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have done OK - except for the dropped catch and no-ball. They have stuck to their plans but the problem is that Pakistan already have 270 on the board and the pitch will deteriorate. The ball is reversing too, and Pakistan are always good at getting the ball to move through the air."

  37. Pak 272-4 (Malik 116, Shafiq 5)

    I'll need some convincing to believe that Mark Wood bowling round the wicket with the old ball is a better option than any of England's quartet bowling over the wicket with the new ball. If this was the plan suggested to Cook when he went off the field, he shouldn't have bothered. Incredibly, under a cloudless sky, the floodlights are flickering into action. Wood is barely bowling at the stumps. What is going on out there? At the end of a competitive, watchable, interesting day of Test cricket, we've had a shambolic over on and off the pitch.

  38. How's stat?!

  39. Pak 268-4

    Cook has a conflab with Anderson and bowler Wood. The old ball is still in his hand, but he is coming round the wicket.

  40. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ihtisham Hussain: Even though Anderson has more Test wickets than Wasim Akram, I still think Akram is much better than Jimmy. Wasim could get wickets on any pitch - flat or green. Jimmy has to always rely on the pitch to get wickets.

    James Anderson of England
  41. Pak 268-4 (80 overs)

    James Taylor on the field now, so I make it that the only fit member of England's touring party not to field today is Liam Plunkett. Alastair Cook the man off, with the cynic in me wondering if it was to ask the coaching staff if the new ball should be taken or not. Adil Rashid with some nice stuff, good loop to the watchful Shafiq. The new ball is available.

  42. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Ex-Pakistan captain & Test Match Special pundit

    "Shoaib is playing his first Test match for five years, but there's been nothing one-day about this innings. He's played a proper Test knock, but it remains to be seen how his body copes with batting so long and having to bowl a lot of overs too."

  43. Pak 266-4 (Malik 113, Shafiq 4)

    Mark Wood on to break the Anderson-Broad duopoly, the first of 12 overs left in the day. They have to be bowled by 14:30, so I doubt we'll get them all in. Wood, also a man who can get some reverse, gets a hint of shape back in to the short-of-stature Asad Shafiq. In other news, Tom Jones has just arrived at Media City. TJ is A-list. I defy anyone to argue that he isn't.

    Mark Wood in action
  44. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dave Benjamin: Jonny Bairstow saying you can't hurt me. I'm from Yorkshire.

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  46. Pak 264-4 (Malik 111, Shafiq 4)

    How's your shoulder, Jonny Bairstow? A Rashid googly is dragged down and pulled by Shafiq, straight at short leg Bairstow. There's no flinching from the Yorkshireman, who channels the spirit of the late Brian Close. He just shrugs, shakes his head and snarls. Intimidating stuff from the man at boot hill.

  47. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Shaheen Ahmed: I think it was a good decision given Misbah out. There was a sound.

  48. Pak 261-4

    A rarity here - a third successive over for James Anderson, who is cut for four by Shoaib Malik, the century-maker who is now so important for England to dislodge. As the evening draws in and the shadows get longer, you just feel that this could be an important spell in the context of this Test match. If England can have six wickets by the close, they might fancy their chances of bowling Pakistan out for around 350. That would be a huge achievement. If Pakistan can weather the storm, they could yet go really big. Three overs until the new ball is available.

  49. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Francis Edwards: What a shocker of a decision, no conclusive evidence to suggest a wicket whatsoever! Game changing...

    Richard Sanderson: Why so little technology available for the DRS system? Seems silly to not use it when we can...

  50. Pak 256-4 (last 10 overs 24-2)

    Credit should go to Alastair Cook, too. He's persisted with the ploy on alternating Broad and Anderson with a leg-side stacked with catchers and his premier fast bowlers have each dislodged one of Pakistan's experienced middle-order pair. At the other end, Adil Rashid is serving us some all sorts. Can England apply the pressure from both ends?

    Alastair Cook
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    Ramiz Raja

    Ex-Pakistan captain & Test Match Special pundit

    "It's been a good session for England. They have bounced back well and a few more wickets in the next hour would make this a very interesting concept."

  52. Pak 251-4 (Anderson 12-3-20-2)

    The third umpire, by the way, is S Ravi from India. He apparently heard a noise that was enough for him to overturn the on-field decision. England won't mind. From nowhere, they have two wickets and James Anderson is making this old ball misbehave just enough. Not overt naughtiness, just a bit of behind-the-back sniggering and tomfoolery. The new ball is due in five, England might not take it. Asad Shafiq is the new man.

  53. WICKET

    Misbah c Buttler b Anderson 3 (Pak 251-4)

    Misbah's been given! The Pakistan captain can't believe it, walking back to the pavilion shaking his head. Even England look surprised, they had started to wander back to their fielding positions. We'll hear more about this I'm sure, but the scorebook says England have their fourth wicket and a sniff of making this day their own. It was away-swing from James Anderson, an adjudged feather from Misbah and now an open door for the tourists.

    James Anderson of England successfully appeals
  54. Umpire review

    Pak 251-3

    As Graeme Swann suggests, we need concrete evidence that the umpire has had a shocker. You feel it's unlikely we'll get it. Still we look.

  55. Umpire review

    Pak 251-3

    There was a noise, but that may have been bat on ground. There's no Snicko, either.

  56. Umpire review

    Pak 251-3

    There was some movement away, no obvious sign of an edge. I'm not sure we have Hot Spot at our disposal, just slow-mo replays.

  57. Umpire review

    Pak 251-3

    England are ticking here and they think they've done for Misbah. Anderson the bowler, an edge behind? England are convinced, but Paul Reiffel isn't. We need another look.

    England players appeal for the wicket of Misbah Ul-Haq
  58. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ihtisham Hussain: When Misbah came into bat his average was over 48 surely he would like to get that to 50 before he retires.

    Misbah Ul-Haq
  59. Pak 251-3 (Malik 103, Misbah 3)

    Misbah almost gets into a tangle against a Rashid googly. If you're not familiar with the term, a googly is a delivery that spins in the opposite direction to a leg-break, ie from off to leg, but is disguised to still look like a leg-break. As to why it's called a googly, I have no idea. Other names, like 'wrong-un' and 'Bosie' (after it's inventor Bernard Bosanquet) make much more sense.

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Robert Wolf Petersen: Re: Dennis Sullivan's query about Eoin Morgan. He's not very good at it, Dennis.

    Fenners: Morgan was scapegoated for the 2012 Pakistan series loss, when the other batsmen who were just as culpable survived unscathed.

  61. Pak 250-3

    Even though Broad got a wicket in his last over, Cook continues with his alternation between the two leaders of the attack. Anderson as the shadows lengthen, England still looking to snare Misbah in that leg-side trap. There's no prodigious reverse, just a hint. Huge appeal when Misbah is hit on the pads, but the inside edge is quite audible. Would have been very close were in not for that tickle of willow.

    James Anderson reacts to an unsuccessful appeal
  62. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Misbah doesn't move his feet much at the start of his innings and England will know that. If England can somehow get him out, and then Shoaib is dismissed because of fatigue, five wickets in a day is a decent return."

  63. Pak 249-3 (Malik 103, Misbah 1)

    England's Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid

    Cook hooks Moeen from the attack, going for the more aggressive option of Adil Rashid to the new batsman. Rashid, fuzz around his chin and a towel in his waistband, gets some slow turn from leg to off, with Misbah taking a single on the leg side. Steve Finn, by the way, is hobbling around on crutches. He does not look like a man who could be available later in this series.

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  65. Pak 247-3

    Broad actually had two men at short mid-on for Younis, then delivered a cross-seam delivery that just stuck in the crease. Younis was early on the ball, feeling for it, leaning for it to the loft straight to Cook, who took the catch in front of his face. England have extended their number of leg-side catchers for Misbah, with four of them now waiting in a ring for the Pakistan skipper. This is a definite pre-planned ploy from England, who have a quartet waiting in a ring from square leg to mid-on. Old-school stuff.

  66. Pak 247-3 (Broad 11.2-4-25-1)

    The players take the opportunity to have a drink as Misbah-ul-Haq makes his way to the crease. At 247-3, do England have just a little chink of light? Put two more quick wickets on that and the tourists will be very pleased.

  67. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well done Stuart Broad! It's not a no-ball! That's more like it! He enticed the drive from Younis Khan and it was sensible of Alastair Cook to get into catching positions because we've seen how he can run."

    England's Stuart Broad celebrates the wicket of Younis Khan
  68. WICKET

    Younis c Cook b Broad 38 (Pak 247-3)

    Gone! England's plan works and a wicket comes from absolutely nowhere. The senior seamers of James Anderson and Stuart Broad have plugged away and it is Broad that has dragged a mistake from Younis Khan. Those catchers were posted on the leg side and Younis has played a flamingo flick straight to Alastair Cook at short mid-on. How England needed that, how Younis will be beating himself all the way to the dressing room for passing up the opportunity to bat on a slab of tarmac.

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    Nigel in Leeds: Well done Younis Khan! I bet when he dreamed of breaking this batting record for Pakistan it was in a full stadium in his home country, not in in the UAE with no one watching. What a shame.

    A fan in the stands
  70. Pak 247-2 (70 overs)

    Moeen Ali

    Moeen still round the wicket, looking to find some consistency. This is better, the length the key, keeping Malik honest. Only one from it. There's not been enough of these overs from England's spinners today.

  71. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "We have seen two very good knocks from Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik and then Younis Khan broke the Pakistan batting record with a six. I like the way he did that - he didn't just dribble past the landmark, he sprinted past it with arms aloft."

  72. Where Malik's 100 runs were scored

    Shoaib Malik

    Here you can see where Shoaib Malik has scored his runs, largely through the off side and straight. Those two leg-side boundaries were from bad balls from England's spinners.

  73. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well played, Shoaib Malik. It's a weary celebration though - he can barely lift his bat into the air. It's been rocket hot all day. Good on him... but I'd be surprised if he's still batting at the end of the day."

    Shoaib Malik wearily celebrates his century
  74. 100 for Shoaib Malik

    Pak 246-2

    Well batted Shoaib Malik, a century in his first Test match in more than five years. Not the greatest way to go there, a thick edge for four off Stuart Broad, but the scorebook says he's got a third Test ton. He had that let-off when he was caught off Broad on 40, but has largely gone about his business calmly, scoring heavily through the off side. His is the 15th ton scored by Pakistan batsmen in eight Tests in the UAE. These lads get plenty of runs here.

    Pakistan's Shoaib Malik celebrates his century with Younis Kahn
  75. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dennis Sullivan: Being only a casual cricket fan, can you explain to me what keeps Eoin Morgan from playing Test cricket?

  76. Pak 242-2 (Malik 98, Younis 37)

    The issue that England's spinners have had is that any pressure built has usually been released by a bad ball. This time it's Moeen dragging down to be cut for three by Younis, with a half-volley then belted through the covers by Malik. 97 for him now. If the spinners can't provide control, England have a problem, because they will have to return to the pacers. The crowd is growing, up to about 400. Ooofff, a Malik mis-hit over the in-field is fortunate not to go to hand. 98.

    Pakistan's Shoaib Malik plays a shot
  77. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Richard Baker: Tredwell doesn't even play every game for Kent, never mind get a game for England. Need to look to the future.

  78. Pak 234-2 (Malik 93, Younis 34)

    Stuart Broad and James Anderson

    Still the Broad-Anderson hokey-cokey. This time it's Jimmy, his shielding of the ball a dead giveaway that he thinks there's some reverse swing knocking about. There's two catchers on the leg-side for Malik, who has been anonymous in the 90s for a while now. He's sitting on the back foot, the pitch taking so much pace out of the ball that Malik has enough for a brew and a biscuit before he plays defensively.

  79. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Philippa Dasher: Feel sorry for Stokes, Bell, & Bairstow in this heat and sunlight - they haven't done the gingers a favour on this tour!

    Jonny Bairstow
  80. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's such a dearth of quality spinners around. I think of all the players I saw who never played for England - Don Shepherd at Glamorgan was the best of them. He got 2,218 first-class wickets, what a player. He had wonderful loop and a superb arm ball."

  81. Pak 232-2 (run-rate 3.52)

    Moeen is round the wicket, hoping to get Younis playing on the leg side. Problem is, Younis has got more tricks than Dynamo and gets on the reverse sweep for a boundary. Sitting in the shade, Misbah-ul-Haq waits with his pads on, so relaxed as to be almost asleep. He's not the man the fielding side like to see waiting and 232-2.

  82. Text 81111

    Ben in Sheffield: With reference to Patel, as a Notts fan I would say he is in the squad for his bowling. He has bowled very well in county cricket for a few years now and is a considerably better bowler now than he was when he was last in the England side. Unfortunately, his batting has seemingly been compromised because of it. Surely there is the argument however that he could be in this side to bat at eight, would give England a left arm spin option, and do we really need four right arm seam bowlers in the same side on the sub-Continent?

  83. Pak 223-2 (65 overs)

    Cook is shuffling his seamers with one-over spells. Broad, then Anderson, now Broad again, the returning Notts man greeted with a sumptuous cover drive from Younis. Whereas before he looked all over the show, Younis has now got his shuffling in sync. Batting outside of the crease, start on leg stump, get the front leg across, play around the pad. On a pitch with more life, he might be an lbw candidate, but at the moment he looks to be laying the foundations for something big. England have to wait another 15 overs for the new ball.

    James Anderson and Stuart Broad
  84. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Karl Barrett: Think it's mad that James Tredwell is not even in the squad.

  85. Pak 223-2 (50 partnership)

    To revisit that conversation about the spinners available to England, the two tweakers used today have been the most expensive bowlers. We can give Adil Rashid, a leggie on debut, a touch of slack for his economy of 5.80, but senior man Moeen Ali might be a touch disappointed with 16 wicketless overs at a cost of nearly four each. Having said that, this pitch is offering about as much assistance as a moody teenager. Still, it is the seamers that have built most pressure, a point made when Moeen fires one down the leg side that runs for four byes.

    Younis Khan
  86. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "All Alastair Cook can do is to keep changing the bowlers around. Here, they should be changing every 2-3 overs. Even after one over. You need to change the line and lengths so the batsmen don't get comfortable."

    England skipper Alastair Cook
  87. Pak 215-2 (Malik 90, Younis 22)

    Mark Wood is still off the field, meaning that Samit Patel is still out there, sweating it out. Samit was supposed to be on holiday in this part of the world before he got the call into the England squad. Instead of time by the pool, he's doing the sub-fielding duties. James Anderson on as Cook shuffling his pack, Wood down the stairs, much to Samit's relief. Anderson full as like, threatening Younis's toes. A maiden.

  88. Younis becomes Pakistan's record run scorer

    Pak 215-2

    I tell you what, this is quite a way for Younis Khan to become Pakistan's leading Test run scorer. A dance at Moeen, a huge swipe over the leg side, all the way for six. Javed Miandad's 30-year record of 8,832 runs is gone, the handful of Pakistan supporters in Abu Dhabi jump for joy. The 38-year-old Younis, 15 years after his Test debut, is top of the Pakistan pile.

    Younis Khan of Pakistan salutes the crowd
  89. Pak 203-2 (Malik 86, Younis 14)

    On the subject of Samit Patel, has he been called-up to this squad on the back of his batting or his bowling? Let's be honest, he's a batsman who bowls, right? If he was to be in this team, that would make three spin-bowling all-rounders. Is there not room for an out-and-out spinner? Gareth Batty? Mason Crane? Maybe the English cupboard is bare. Oooohhh, nice from Broad, some late movement beating the outside edge of the out-of-sorts Younis. That's definite reverse hoop.

  90. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "In ordinary circumstances, two players in this side wouldn't be playing. Buttler and Bell have not made enough runs. They have had an extended time. They are not being pushed enough by players outside the team."

    Jos Buttler of England
  91. Pak 203-2

    Thanks, Higgo. It's the time of day where we might look to the crowd for amusement. Maybe focus on the chap dressed as as horse, or the man in the egg and bacon tie that has fallen asleep. Thing is, there is next to no one in the stadium. We might have to keep an eye on Samit's fielding to keep us entertained. Stuart Broad into the attack.

  92. Pak 203-2

    Moeen Ali is back into the attack and Younis misses a full toss. Always a red-faced moment for any batsman. He gets hold of the next one though, carving four between the fielders in the cover region. Jos Buttler-esque.

    Shoaib Malik joins in the fun by dancing down the track and chipping four over mid-wicket. Is the charge coming?

    Here's Stephan Shemilt to find out.

    Moeen Ali
  93. Pak 192-2 (run-rate 3.25)

    I'm not sure who is taking a quick break, but Samit Patel is out on the field. Surely he isn't the best 12th man to have ever graced a cricket pitch?

    "Where shall I go, skip?" "Fine leg please, Samit."

    "And the next over?" "Third man please, Samit."

    Younis Khan gets three with a straight drive to spoil Ben Stokes's chances of a maiden over.

  94. Pak 189-2 (Malik 82 off 162)

    How long has Younis Khan been playing? I swear he was around when JFK was shot, the Berlin Wall was knocked down and when the Teletubbies reached number one. Certainly the latter! He's closing in on his 38th birthday, if you were wondering.

    He has to use all of his experience to dig out a fast, inswinging yorker from Mark Wood which is worked into the leg side for three. Excellent delivery.

    Pakistan's Younis Khan
  95. Text 81111

    Josh in Manchester: Gutted for Hafeez. All young cricketers dream of getting their name on that famous Abu Dhabi honours board.

  96. On the verge of history

  97. Pak 182-2 (Pakistan won toss)

    Ben Stokes has gone pink in this heat. He'll be peeling off a few layers of skin in a couple of days if he's not applied enough sun cream. More relevant, however, is the reverse swing he's getting as Shoaib Malik is rapped in front. The batsman jumped before he was hit in front, which is possibly why the umpire turned down the appeal. Too high?

    Nope... replays show it was hitting but did not strike the batsman in line. To rub salt into the wounds, Malik drives Stokes for four. Then edges another boundary.

    England's Ben Stokes
  98. Quiz time

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    A treat for you today from @QuestionofSport: Name the four England players with five-letter surnames to play in the last England v Pakistan Test series.

    Answers a little later. No cheating.

  99. Pak 177-2 (Malik 74, Younis 1)

    More reverse swing from Mark Wood, who is steaming in from what seems like six paces. Not that a short run-up did Wasim Akram any harm at all. If he can get Younis Khan early, England will be more than happy.

  100. Email

    Mike: How typical that, by tea on day one and with 54 overs bowled, the ONE extra that England have conceded was the no-ball that should have been a wicket.

  101. Pak 173-2 (55 overs)

    Younis Khan is the new batsman for Pakistan, and he comes into this match with 8,814 Test runs. More importantly, he averages 70 in Test cricket in 2015 - having already scored centuries against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He survives his first four balls from Ben Stokes.

  102. Post update

    The players are ready to resume. Ben Stokes has four balls left to bowl in his eighth over.

  103. Post update

    England bowled as well as they have done all day in the last half hour of that afternoon session. Ben Stokes and Mark Wood mixed pace with aggression and reverse swing. A winning combination.

    Ben Stokes celebrates
  104. Text 81111

    Martyn in Portsmouth: Why not take the series to the USA. Big expat poulation plus game is growing over there.

  105. Post update

    They are talking about cricket in the UAE on TMS - and the possibility of Pakistan playing day-night Tests there. There's a small crowd today, but organisers expect a few more on days four and five if the hosts are in a good position.

  106. Post update

  107. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Charles Isere: So, Ian Bell on minus 91 so far this series.

  108. Tea report

    Ben Stokes struck on the stroke of tea to deny Mohammad Hafeez a century on a day where England have been punished for their mistakes.

    Hafeez, who was dropped on seven by Ian Bell in the morning session, was pinned lbw by Stokes for 98, the right-hander failing with a review.

    Hafeez shared a stand of 168 with Shoaib Malik, who was also given a let-off on 40 when caught by Joe Root off Stuart Broad, who was found to have over-stepped.

    England, who lost the toss, took their first wicket in the third over of the match when James Anderson had opener Shan Masood bowled off his helmet.

    But an attack including debutant leg-spinner Adil Rashid has largely toiled on a flat pitch under the burning Abu Dhabi sun.

    Ben Stokes
  109. Tea scorecard

    Pakistan 173-2 (54.2 overs)

    Batsmen: Malik 72*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Masood 2), 173-2 (Hafeez 98)

    Bowling: Anderson 8-1-17-1, Broad 8-3-16-0, Stokes 7.2-0-24-1, Wood 8-2-25-0, Rashid 10-0-58-0, Moeen 13-2-33-0

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

  110. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a good session for Pakistan, but a nice end for England. Hafeez panicked because of how long he was on 98, so desperate to get to three figures. It has gifted England that second wicket."

  111. Tea

    Younis Khan troops out, but there's no time to complete the over. It's tea-time, boys.

  112. WICKET

    Hafeez lbw b Stokes 98 (Pak 173-2)

    Yep, the batsman is out. A review wasted - and what a strike from Ben Stokes. He beat the batsman with pace through the air. England go into tea on a high.

    Ben Stokes of England celebrates
  113. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He came a long way across to try to manufacture something. He was on 98 for a while."