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  1. Malik 124*, Hafeez 98
  2. Younis becomes Pakistan's record run scorer
  3. Malik caught off Broad no-ball on 40
  4. Bell drops two catches off Anderson
  5. Pakistan won toss

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By Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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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.


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."

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."

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.

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Younis breaks Pakistan record

Younis Khan graphic
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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.

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."

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.


@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.

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."

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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.

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."

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?

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Pak 284-4

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

Stuart Broad bowls for England

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."

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
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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"I think this pitch will spin sooner than it did last time England were here. Back then it was a flat wicket for two days. It could turn by the third day here."

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.

Charles Dagnall

BBC Test Match Special

"Does it not make sense to have four slips in place and get rid of mid-wicket?"

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
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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?

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.

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."

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

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
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