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Marc Higginson and Stephan Shemilt

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  1. Post update

    Misbah celebrates reaching his century

    Nothing like a cheery tweet to end the day? That's it from us - we'll be back tomorrow morning to bring you all the action from day two. A quick word on timings - because of Friday prayers, the playing hours are slightly different tomorrow.

    It's still an 07:00 BST start (set your alarms for the start of TMS at 06:45), but we'll have a two-and-a-half-hour session, followed by an hour's lunch from 09:30 to 10:30. Tea is at 12:30, with the final session running from 12:50 to 14:20 (with an extra half-hour to bowl the overs). Hope you'll join us then.

  2. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Francis Edwards: England have been behind since they loss the toss by an awful lot. Bating fourth against Yasir Shah is game over.

  3. Review of the day

    The England bowlers' collective faces must have fallen when Alastair Cook called incorrectly again this morning, Pakistan batted first to send the tourists out to field in the heat again.

    After a fifty stand for the first wicket (with opener Shan Masood making 54), today was really about two Pakistan partnerships. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq (102 not out) added 93 with fellow veteran Younus Khan (56) and an unbeaten 104 with Asad Shafiq (46 not out).

    But the moment of the day came when Misbah began the last over, bowled by Moeen Ali, on 87 - and smashed two sixes on the way to reaching his century from 190 balls, ending on a high.

  4. Post update

    Shan Masood of Pakistan

    More from Pakistan opener Shan Masood on Sky Sports: "As an opener life is hard because you have to keep switching on and off, these are things you learn through the course of your career.

    "[On using a review] I felt I didn't hit it, there is awkward crack in my bat which is causing it to make some strange sounds, but you have to accept the umpire's decision.

    "If we can bat an hour tomorrow and let Misbah play his natural game, hopefully we can take the game away from them."

  5. How's stat?!

    Freddie Felton emailed us earlier (see 14:27) to ask about Misbah's tendency to hit a lot of sixes relative to fours. TMS statistician Andrew Samson tells us that there are only four players this century who have scored more than 3,000 Test runs and exceeded Misbah's sixes-v-fours percentage:

    • Andrew Flintoff - 82 sixes, 484 fours (14.4876%)
    • Adam Gilchrist - 99 sixes, 627 fours (13.6364%)
    • Brad Haddin - 54 sixes, 363 fours (12.9496%)
    • MS Dhoni - 78 sixes, 544 fours (12.5402%)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq - 60 sixes, 421 fours (12.4740%)
  6. Post update

    Pakistan opener Shan Masood on Sky Sports: "My job is to stay focused, I've been hitting the ball really well so I was disappointed in Abu Dhabi. I wanted to rectify that and just hit the loose balls. I can't ask for a better dressing room for support, with the captain, and [coaches] Waqar Younis and Grant Flower as well."

  7. Post update

    Mark Wood looks frustrated

    More from England paceman Mark Wood on Sky Sports: "I tried to be aggressive and offer a bit more to the attack. I tried to rough up Misbah a bit but he got the better so it's 1-0 to him but I'm going to try the same tomorrow.

    "It will be interesting to see how Misbah bats tomorrow because he seemed to have a lot of dot balls against the seamers and then attack the spinners."

  8. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jon Evans: Unfair criticism of Ali and Rashid. Even the King of Spain would struggle here.

  9. Post update

    England pace bowler Mark Wood on Sky Sports: "The pitch is slightly different to the last Test which was slower, this one skids on a bit more. All in all we can't be too disheartened, we've got a bowler at number eight so if we can get a couple of early wickets we can knock the tail over."

  10. Post update

  11. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Misbah walks off the pitch after the end of play for day one

    Are Pakistan in a better position now, than they were after the first day of the first Test at Abu Dhabi when the scoreline was similar - 286-4 in Abu Dhabi compared to today's 282-4 in Dubai?

    "Slightly better. I'll tell you more when we've had a bat!"

    As we mentioned, you can hear "the full Boycott" along with reaction to today's play via the TMS podcast later.

  12. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    John E. Walsh: Quality ton by Misbah-ul-Haq by the sound of things!

  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Ben Stokes

    "I thought Stokes bowled very well. The good thing is having four quick bowlers and two spinners, so you don't have to over-bowl them. They'll still be fresh tomorrow morning."

  14. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andy Donley: Do we really have to accept that Ali and Rashid are awful with the ball in first innings? I think it's unacceptable.

  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Misbah ul-Haq of Pakistan

    How do you cope playing Test cricket into your fifth decade like Misbah?

    "You've got to have a desire to play. I used to get a lot of county players at 38 or 39 asking me if I was still enjoying it. To play cricket, in the sunshine? That's not hard work. He doesn't play the flashy shots, but he knows what he can do - you need to know your game. He'll be a bit stiff tomorrow morning - that's what happens as you get older."

  16. The over-rate debate

    Text 81111

    Anonymous: In a Durham Senior League game we were once informed by the umpire to keep an eye on our over-rate. We had bowled 38 overs in two hours. He was politely asked to check his sums...

    Please remember to put your name on your texts.

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Misbah is an odd sort of player. He defends well, but he obviously likes the spinners. He'll defend one or two, then he whacks it out of the park.

    "It shows how the game has changed in the last 10 or 12 years. The mindset now is to hit things in the air and clear the boundary. Block, block and then sixes."

  18. Life begins at 41?

    Australia's Bobby Simpson

    Misbah-ul-Haq, 41 years young, has become the oldest cricketer to score a Test century since Bobby Simpson for Australia v India in 1978.

    "He's older than me!" says TMS's Michael Vaughan.

  19. The over-rate debate

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Cook looks at James Anderson

    Beth Jakubowski: If teams don't bowl their overs, make them read my seminar prep: a survey about the validity of surveys. That'll teach them.

  20. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Steve Kenyon: Anyone judging any cricketers on their performances on these pitches in UAE etc need to give it a rest. Dead pitches.

  21. Post update

    A curious end to a curious day. Stand by for Geoffrey Boycott, who's warming up for his end-of-play summary which will be available later as the TMS podcast.

  22. Close of play scorecard

    Alastair Cook of England

    Pakistan 282-4 (90 overs) - won toss

    Batsmen: Misbah 102*, Shafiq 46*

    Fall of wicket: 51-1 (Hafeez 19), 58-2 (Malik 2), 85-3 (Masood 54), 178-4 (Younus 56)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 16-5-33-1, Broad 13-2-36-0, Moeen 20-3-82-1, Wood 14-6-26-1, Stokes 14-3-43-1, Rashid 13-1-60-0.

    Full scorecard

  23. Close of play

    Pak 282-4

    What about that then? In the space of eight minutes, Pakistan went from 261-4 to 282-4. Misbah exploded into life and marches off with a century to his name and his team in the driving seat. Don't underestimate the skilful knock of his unbeaten partner Asad Shafiq either.

  24. 100 for Misbah (off 190 balls)

    Pak 281-4

    Misbah ul-Haq of Pakistan

    A reverse sweep from Misbah brings two runs and sees the Pakistan skipper reach his ninth Test century and his first versus England. He's taken Moeen to the cleaners in the final over of the day.

  25. Pak 279-4

    Misbah ul-Haq

    Misbah clears the front leg and wallops another six, this time over long-on. He definitely wants his hundred tonight.

  26. Pak 273-4

    Misbah wants his century tonight. He heaves Moeen into the leg side for a maximum.

  27. Email

    Freddie Felton, Truro: Misbah seems to hit quite a few sixes in Tests even though he would not be considered an attacking batsman. Does this mean that he does not hit as many fours as the average Test batsman? If so, would Andrew be able to calculate a sixes per boundary ratio, and how would this rank with other Test batsmen?

    We'll see what we can do Freddie. We'll attempt to answer for you tomorrow - stay tuned from around 06:45 BST.

  28. Pak 267-4 (Misbah 87, Shafiq 46)

    The best shot of the day? it's got my vote! Pitched up from Ben Stokes and Asad Shafiq plays a sumptuous cover drive for four. Don't bother chasing that, lads.

  29. Pak 261-4 (Broad 13-2-36-0)

    England look like they've thrown their best punches and are hanging on for the bell now. Maiden over as both teams play for the close.

  30. Text 81111

    Adil Rashid

    Martin, Newcastle: Anyone else worried about Rashid in South Africa in a couple of months? He's going to be taken to the cleaners.

  31. Pak 261-4 (Misbah 86, Shafiq 41)

    Asad Shafiq just looks the part - a firm forward defensive to James Anderson a sign of his growing confidence. The nuggety right-hander is averaging almost 60 in Test cricket in 2015. He already has three tons this year, could he make it a fourth?

  32. The over-rate debate

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    dukkhaboy: Make the bowlers have to make up the overs on that Abu Dhabi wicket from the 1st Test.

    John Rodway: Delay the taking of the new ball by the number of overs not bowled in the day.

  33. Pak 261-4 (86 overs)

    Misbar al-Huq of Pakistan

    Pakistan look well on course to finish the day on the 270 which Geoffrey Boycott predicted they'd score on TMS more than an hour ago. Could somebody tap Sir G on the shoulder and ask him for Saturday's lottery numbers, please? Two more for Misbah, who pushes Stuart Broad into the leg side to move within 14 runs of a century. Will he get there tonight?

  34. The over-rate debate

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ian Bett: If we want to get the overs in before it gets dark get properly tough on over-rates. 30 overs per session or have a run penalty.

    JoElle: At the risk of being obvious, maybe begin play an hour earlier to reduce slow over-rates in failing light. Farmers figured out daylight saving a century ago. Why can't the ICC do it?

  35. Pak 259-4

    Stuart Broad bowls

    Stuart Broad's back for one, final blast.

  36. Pak 259-4 (Misbah 84, Shafiq 41)

    Zulfiqar Babar is padded up, ready to go out and face the new ball. He's the most at ease looking nightwatchman I think I've ever seen. Even Hoggy didn't look that relaxed when he was waiting to go out and bat until the close.

  37. The over-rate debate

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    John from Leeds: Make any remaining overs be bowled from a standing position with no run-up allowed.

  38. Pak 255-4 (Wood 14-6-26-1)

    With the light fading, Mark Wood is entrusted with the new nut and Misbah goes on the attack, clattering two fours either side of the wicket - the second flying over Moeen Ali who is stood next to the umpire.

  39. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    Misbah ul-Haq

    "Just having a look at Misbah's innings. He got 53 runs off 106 balls, then just 8 runs off the next 38 balls.

    "He then hit two consecutive sixes, and has got just 3 runs off 21 balls since then."

  40. New ball

    Here we go then. England take the new ball with 30 minutes left in the day.

  41. Text 81111

    Stu Vassé, Shropshire: Your comments about the balance of daylight and artificial lights are good. But, where do the lux levels change to "dangerous" in day/night matches? Why not use a lighter coloured ball for the last session where bad light might be an issue?

  42. Pak 245-4

    The smile is wiped off Ben Stokes' face momentarily when Asad Shafiq chops four down through gully. I like the Wood-Stokes chat. It's two best mates playing for their country. I imagine that must feel pretty good.

  43. Pak 241-4

    Mark Wood bowls for England

    I like this. Ahead of the last ball of his previous over, Mark Wood shouted to Ben Stokes in the deep to ask what he should bowl.

    "A bouncer," came the booming reply from Stokes.

  44. Pak 241-4 (Misbah 76, Shafiq 31)

    Mark Wood, who is one of the few England bowlers of recent vintage to be classed as right-arm fast by the cricketing family, is brought on to give Misbah a bit of a hurry-up. There's no rushing Misbah though.

  45. The over-rate debate

    Text 81111

    Stuart Broad

    Adrian: Easy way to improve over rate: Tests are 450 overs. Any shortage is played on day 6. We'd soon see an improvement. Time lost for weather etc discounted using usual methods. Players pay for their own additional accommodation. Test venues can charge ad hoc for extra day. Everyone happy.

  46. Pak 241-4 (Shafiq 31 off 69)

    England obviously decided to let Ben Stokes have one last bowl, to see if he could get the old ball reversing. A feather in the cap of the young all-rounder that he is seen as the team's go-to man in this situation. One from the over - and not much reverse swing.

  47. The over-rate debate

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    Alan Compton: Umpire's discretion to award overs remaining multiplied by the run rate. Full compliment of overs would be bowled every day.

    Peter: Make them play the next session in their pants.

  48. Post update

    Alastair Cook gathers round James Anderson and Stuart Broad for a natter. The subject of whether the new ball should be taken is the reason for the chinwag.

    James Anderson shrugs. The ball remains in the umpire's pocket. For now.

  49. The lights burn, burn, burn...

    Johnny Cash

    The floodlights are on in Dubai - they go round a circle at the top of the stands, hence the ground's nickname 'The Ring of Fire'. But Phil Tufnell thinks it looks a bit more like a lemon meringue pie.

  50. Pak 240-4

    Not out! The ball was going to miss leg stump. There's nothing to see here, move along.

  51. Umpire review

    Pak 240-4

    Stuart Broad nips one back into Asad Shafiq's pads. Loud appeal. Not out... but England get their reviews back after 80 overs (one more ball), so Alastair Cook decides to have a look.

  52. Pak 240-4 (Rashid 13-1-60-0)

    Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath

    Of all the bowlers Misbah has faced over the years, the one who has got him out more than anyone else in Test cricket is Sri Lanka's slow left-armer Rangana Herath. He's fallen to the little spinner on nine occassions - five more times than the next person on the list, Dale Steyn.

  53. The over-rate debate


    Julian, Surrey: If you start docking runs for slow over-rates, do you stop the clock when wickets fall, when the DRS is used, when the batsman is injured or calls for a new pair of gloves etc? Slow over-rates are not 100% about the fielding side and some DRS reviews take as long as a Moeen maiden.

  54. Pak 240-4

    Adil Rashid

    Asad Shafiq is milking Adil Rashif for fun, taking five runs off two balls with gentle dabs down to third man.

  55. The over-rate debate

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    Dan from Pinner: In our league you had to bowl 50 overs in three hours. If we didn't we were warned twice then a points fine, rarely was fined! If we can do it, England can!

  56. Pak 235-4 (Broad 10-0-34-0)

    We're into the final hour of play now and Stuart Broad, who I think has been under-bowled today, returns for a 10th over. Misbah, by the way, has struggled against Broad in this series so far - taking just one run off the bowler in 40 or so deliveries faced. Finally the skipper gets a couple when he squirts the ball down to fine leg after being hit on the lower arm by a bouncer.

  57. Here's what you may have missed

    Younus Khan walks after his dismissal

    Apologies if you thought we'd downed tools with Pakistan 178-3 - and then suddenly they're 233-4. We've had some technical issues which (touch wood) have now been resolved. Here's what you may have missed:

    • Younus Khan was caught down the leg side by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Mark Wood just after the updates stopped - he made 56 and that left Pakistan 178-4.
    • Asad Shafiq has joined Misbah-ul-Haq at the crease, they've added more than 50 so far.
    • Misbah suffered a bizarre broken bat handle but batted on with it for a while before changing his bat, bringing up his 31st Test fifty, and then smacked Adil Rashid for two sixes with the new bat.
    Misbah ul-Haq acknowledges his half century
  58. Pak 233-4 (Misbah 73 off 148)

    Pakistan's batters take a break

    Asad Shafiq takes two off Adil Rashid to bring up the 50 partnership with Misbah, the 14th time he and the skipper have done so in 34 attempts. This partnership is annoying England now - not helped by Shafiq slogging four back over the bowler's head. There was nothing cute about that shot.

  59. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Ex-Pakistan captain & Test Match Special pundit

    "Misbah has his own gameplan which he rigidly sticks to.

    "He'll only go big against a bowler who he thinks he can dominate."

  60. Pak 227-4 (Misbah 73, Shafiq 20)

    It's either a dot ball or a six with Misbah, isn't it? He's just two short of matching Younus Khan's Pakistan-high of 60 in Tests. Misbah, though, has played only 60 Tests to Younus's 103.

    James Anderson continues to try and winkle out another wicket but on the rare occasion he drops short, Asad Shafiq throws his hands at the ball and cuts for four.

  61. Next man in...

    Sarfraz Ahmed
  62. Pak 222-4

    Misbah's new bat has got a decent middle. The skipper clears his front leg and hammers Adil Rashid for six over long-on. Twice.

  63. Pak 210-4 (Misbah 61, Shafiq 15)

    Referee Andy Davies slips during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Rotherham United

    Us cricket fans love a broken bat, don't we? There's certain things sports fans in general love - somebody being hit in the unmentionables, a referee falling over, a darts player being denied a 180 when the third arrow wobbles and drops out of the board. Any more for any more? Misbah's in no hurry - just a single.

  64. Live now

    Sir Garfield Sobers

    On TMS, Charles Dagnall and Ramiz Raja are currently talking about Sir Garfield Sobers' emotional comments on the state of West Indies cricket.

    You can watch Sobers' outpouring here

  65. Pak 209-4 (Misbah 60 off 136)

    Misbah has finally changed his bat! After a couple of maiden overs, has the penny dropped? Just a couple of singles from Adil Rashid's latest set of six.

  66. Scorecard update

    Ben Stokes dives

    Pakistan 207-4 (72 overs) - won toss

    Batsmen: Misbah 59*, Shafiq 14*

    Fall of wicket: 51-1 (Hafeez 19), 58-2 (Malik 2), 85-3 (Masood 54), 178-4 (Younus 56)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 12-4-23-1, Broad 9-0-32-0, Moeen 19-3-67-1, Wood 12-5-18-1, Stokes 11-3-30-1, Rashid 9-1-35-0.

    Full scorecard

  67. Pak 207-4 (72 overs)

    It's funny what makes fast bowlers smile, isn't it? All day James Anderson has looked like he's been dragged round Ikea on a Bank Holiday, but a hint of reverse swing from the old ball and he's back to his chirpy self and looking like he's found a fiver down the back of an old wardrobe he's dismantling. Maiden over.

  68. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Ex-Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Misbah may not be a stylist, but he's got loads of concentration levels. He loves batting. He'll just want to stay there - even if it means blocking 5 overs in a row, he'll do that. He's that kind of character."

  69. Pak 207-4 (Rashid 9-1-35-0)

    Adil Rashid has been used more as an impact bowler than a stock bowler today - a change of tack from the first Test. Asad Shafiq is keen to milk the leggie and top-edges a sweep shot into his own helmet. That'll wake him up.

  70. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Asad Shafiq

    "Pakistan should get to about 270 by close of play today. If they don't lose any more wickets, then they'll think 'we've done alright'.

    "But I get the feeling there's another little bonus to come the way of England today."

  71. Pak 207-4 (Anderson 11-3-23-1)

    James Anderson sends down a maiden. And hard work it looked too for the fast bowler in these energy-sapping conditions.

  72. Pak 207-4

    James Anderson, after taking a couple of painkillers, is back for a bowl. Seems like a big period now - get Pakistan five down before the new ball and England are well on top.

  73. Pak 207-4 (Pakistan won toss)

    Adil Rashid has got a lovely high arm before delivering his spinning top deliveries, Misbah again getting the sweep out to take a single. Three from the over.

  74. Pak 204-4 (Stokes 11-3-30-1)

    The Misbah bat mystery deepens. He hasn't changed it - he just pulled the handle back into place and carried on batting. You don't play Test cricket until you're 40 if a broken bat bothers you, clearly.

  75. Pak 203-4 (Misbah 56, Shafiq 13)

    At the end of the last over, while Misbah was having a drink, umpire Paul Reiffel picked up the skipper's bat and inspected the handle. It's quite remarkable if Misbah is using the same bat which practically bent in two earlier. Another Moeen over passes by, the only incidents being a couple of dodgy runs which almost result in a run-out.

  76. The over-rate debate


    Adam Tester: Yes they should be penalised, but possibly only the run rate for the day, multiplied by the overs not bowled.

  77. Pak 201-4 (run-rate 3.05)

    Ben Stokes

    When I grow up, I want to be like Ben Stokes. A gazelle in the field, a 90mph bowler and a big-hitting batsman. Maiden over from the big man.

  78. Pak 201-4 (Moeen 18-3-65-1)

    Ben Stokes, standing at first slip, waves to the dressing room between deliveries. It's drinks break soon. "Bring my chocolate biscuits with my pop, they're in the fridge."

    Out in the middle, Asad Shafiq tries to punt Moeen through the leg side and almost pops up a catch to a diving Ian Bell at mid-wicket. Instead, he gets a fortuitous four runs.

  79. Songs about cricketers

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    Rob in Devon: My son bought me a CD of cricket related songs for my birthday - the best one being an upbeat number entitled 'Boom Boom Afridi'.

  80. Pak 196-4 (Misbah 54, Shafiq 8)

    Misbah ul_Haq of Pakistan

    It surprises me that a man of Misbah's class has never scored a double ton. He's got his chance in this match - providing his partners at the other end stand firm. His Test best is 161 against India at Kolkata in 2007.

    At the other end, Asad Shafiq is late on to an inswinging yorker and edges through the slips for four. The bowler, Ben Stokes, deserves more there. He understandably rubs his head in frustration.

  81. 50 for Misbah (of 105 balls)

    Pak 191-4

    Misbah brings up his 31st Test fifty with a reverse-sweep for four - he's more familiar with the sweep than Matthew Corbett (pun courtesy of Stephan Shemilt). The Pakistan skipper is applauded by his wife and two young children. A nice moment.

  82. Pak 184-4

    Mark Wood ends his spell by sprinting off to have the strapping on his ankle changed. His replacement in the field is Chris Jordan. I wonder what Ricky Ponting thinks about such movements?

    To be fair to England, the majority of their side are excellent fielders these days. It's not as if they've taken off Phil Tufnell and sent on Jonty Rhodes.

  83. Pak 184-4 (Wood 12-5-18-1)

    Sir Garfield Sobers

    Did you know nobody has scored more Test centuries at number six than Asad Shafiq? He has eight at four down, level with Sir Garfield Sobers at the top of the tree. Impressive.

    Misbah, by the way, continues on his merry way. After being rapped on the hand when failing to evade a shorter delivery, he goes on the pull and hits a single into the leg side.

    Asad Shafiq
  84. Email

    Andrew Clews: Is the blind faith in Buttler breaking down? Mike Gatting spoke about dropping him this week and now Swann questioning his strength of character over appeals & reviews.

  85. Pak 183-4 (Misbah 46, Shafiq 3)

    Thanks Stephan. I've got a feeling Misbah is still using the same bat which bent in half in the last over. Maybe the joke's on us and he knows the handle is elastic? He sweeps for the solitary single in the over.

  86. Pak 182-4

    Mark Wood celebrates taking his wicket

    Wood, on the back of his successful over, tests Shafiq with some back-of-a-length stuff, then gets a leading edge that falls short of James Anderson at point. The end of another decent over. Still no movement on Misbah bat-watch. Here's Marc Higginson.

  87. Pak 182-4

    Hello, what's happened here? Misbah-ul-Haq, struggling to make it back for a second run, has broken his bat. In Jamming it in to the turf, he gets it stuck, hits the handle with his knee, snapping it. The umpire waves it towards the dressing room, but Misbah isn't bothering changing while he's still at the non-striker's end. I'd like to see him have a hit with it.

  88. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Asad Shafiq looks particularly small today. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are towering above him. He's like the under-11 who took his gear along in case somebody forgot their kit... and now he's got a gig."

  89. Pak 180-4 (Wood 10-5-15-1)

    Graeme Swann is right. England probably deserve that for their perseverance in the afternoon session. They also came out after tea with three successive maidens. Asad Shafiq is the new man - England one more wicket away from the loose wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, then the tail.

  90. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Mark Wood celebrates his wicket

    "Brilliant from Wood, great energy, great effort. a bit extra pace, and Younus just hung the bat down the leg side. By being patient, England have got their fourth wicket. Pakistan are not in a great position on this pitch."

  91. WICKET

    Younus c Buttler b Wood 56 (Pak 178-4)

    Gone! The breakthrough for England - and what a bonus it is. Younus Khan, so jumpy and shuffly throughout his innings, gets too far across to Mark Wood and follows a ball that is heading down the leg side, getting a healthy touch on the way through to Jos Buttler. Younus doesn't wait for the decision, while England are cockahoop.

  92. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Alastair Cook

    "England are probably going to struggle to bowl all of their overs today. I think teams need to be punished - imagine if England were penalised 15 runs per over that they have failed to bowl. That would soon hurry everyone up.

    "Lancashire were docked six runs against Yorkshire last summer and it ended up costing them the game. We need something like that to happen in Test cricket.

    "In which other sport is it acceptable to walk off having not completed the day? Imagine walking off a football field saying you've played for 85 minutes, so let's knock it on the head. It wouldn't happen!"

  93. Pak 178-3

    Off-spin after tea in the shape of Moeen Ali. Straight from Moeen, Misbah getting his bat out in front of his pad to defend. The lengthening shadows tell us that the evening is drawing in. England have 33 more overs to bowl before the cut-off of 14:30.

  94. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This was close, but what England are struggling with is that they don't have a strong character behind the stumps. Matt Prior used to be somebody who would say 'that's out', 'that's not out'. Jos Buttler doesn't put his head above the parapet."

  95. Pak 178-3

    Ooohhhh, this looks close. Hint of reverse from Wood, shape back into Younus, who plays around his front leg and is hit on the pad. Big, big shout, Wood imploring. Nothing doing, England thinking of a review. Alastair Cook grabs the call and quashes any thought of a second look. He's right, too. That's going down the leg side.

  96. Email

    Scott Cumming: I just wanted to correct Geoffrey. Rhubarb is not a fruit. It's a vegetable.

  97. Pak 178-3

    England return at the Dubai International Stadium

    They've belated made their way back to the middle, Younus scratching his guard as Mark Wood waits at the end of his run. Can England make inroads late in the day, or will they be forced to chase leather?

  98. Post update

    Where are the players? The evening session should have started by now. Tardy.

  99. Scores on the doors

    Elsewhere in the world of cricket today...

    • In Chennai, India are 207-3 after 37.2 overs of their fourth ODI against South Africa,with Virat Kohli 102 not out.
    • In Colombo, Sri Lanka are struggling, having reached 194-8 on day one of their second Test against West Indies, for whom debutant spinner Jomel Warrican has picked up a couple of wickets.
    • In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe have made 184-8 from their 50 overs in the fourth ODI against Afghanistan.
    • And you can't keep a good man down: Virender Sehwag, despite retiring from internationals, is 120 not out for Haryana against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy.
  100. Post update

  101. Making history in the TMS box

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Today is a momentous day for Geoffrey Boycott: he sent his own email.

    "A day after his 75th birthday... he actually typed it out. Usually, he writes a letter and takes a photograph of it and then posts it."

  102. Memories of Sehwag

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Virender was brilliant to play against. Sometimes, on a sadistic level, you didn't want him to get out straight away because you wanted to see and hear the carnage he and the crowd cause.

    "I remember him getting the most extraordinary of king pairs against us at Edgbaston once. In the second innings, Andrew Strauss turned to me and said we'd get a catch. True to form, James Anderson bowled a big outswinger and Sehwag played the biggest, wildest, on-the-up, booming cover drive you can imagine and was caught at slip."

  103. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Virender Sehwag celebrates a century for India

    More from Virender Sehwag on TMS on a possible career in coaching: "If I can guide somebody in a better way, then why not? My philosophy is 'if you have knowledge, then spread it'.

    "Everybody who's around you should get to know what kind of player you were, what strategy you used against fast bowlers, or tough spinners like Warne or Murali or Vettori so if I can share my knowledge with youngsters, then that would be a great honour for me."

  104. "If I wanted to make my own name, I had to score big"

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Virender Sehwag batting for India

    Former India opener Virender Sehwag on TMS: "When you are playing with these legends (such as Tendulkar, Laxman, Dravid) who are already big when you enter the team - the only chance for me to make my name was to play differently, so I picked my role to play different cricket to them.

    "You can't beat Laxman in scoring big runs, you can't beat Rahul [Dravid] in number of balls faced or hours at the crease, you can't beat Tendulkar in anything... They were playing down the ground, so I was playing up in the air and scoring runs. I learnt that if I wanted to make my own name, I had to score big."

  105. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Don't forget that TMS is in conversation with Virender Sehwag during the tea interval. We'll bring you the best bits here.

  106. How's stat?!

    Younus Khan
  107. Tea report

    Pakistan are beginning to assert their control at tea on the first day of the second Test against England in Dubai.

    England started the afternoon session well, Jimmy Anderson dismissing Shan Masood with the first ball after lunch.

    However, since then, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan have slowly built a partnership of 93 which has taken the hosts to 178-3.

    For England, Ben Stokes has been particularly impressive with the ball - using all his variations to keep the batsmen guessing.

  108. Tea scorecard

    Pakistan 178-3 (55 overs) - won toss

    Batsmen: Younus 56*, Misbah 44*

    Fall of wicket: 51-1 (Hafeez 19), 58-2 (Malik 2), 85-3 (Masood 54)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 10-2-23-1, Broad 9-0-32-0, Moeen 13-2-50-1, Wood 8-3-15-0, Stokes 8-2-24-1, Rashid 7-0-32-0.

    Full scorecard

  109. Tea

    Pak 178-3

    Younus Khan and Misbah ul-Haq

    Ooofff, England almost gifted a Misbah-ul-Haq-shaped present before tea. An inexplicable hoik from the skipper lands just short of Ben Stokes at short mid-wicket. That would have been a huge bonus for the tourists. Instead, Pakistan will enjoy their tea a little more. They have reached 178-3

  110. Post update

  111. Pak 177-3

    Adil Rashid bowls the final over before tea

    Adil Rashid with the last set before the break...

  112. Pak 177-3

    That picture of Andy Crane and Edd the Duck takes me back. One of the best man-puppet combos on children's TV. The butler was Wilson, right? Moeen round the wicket, the leg-side field packed, Misbah finding a gap in the covers with a carpet-scorching drive. Maybe only one over left before tea.

  113. Crane chatter

  114. Pak 171-3 (Younus 54, Misbah 39)

    Misbah is hit on the head by a ball bowled from Mark Wood

    I've just seen a replay of when Misbah got clonked on the head by Mark Wood. I've never seen a batsman so amused. He gave it a huge, shoulder-bouncing chuckle. I really don't think leather on head is that funny. England trying all sorts of funky things, this time a leg gully as Broad target the stumps. In the stands, two England fans sleep side-by-side. It certainly feels like nap time.

  115. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    In response to the Daily Express front page proclaiming that rhubarb can save your life.

    "I've been telling you forever that rhubarb is brilliant. You can bat with it and you can eat it. Which other sport can you do that with? You can't bat with a cabbage or a turnip."

    Charles Dagnall: "What about a leek?"

    Geoffrey adds: "Well, that's Welsh."

  116. Pak 170-3 (52 overs)

    Moeen, an urgent skip to the crease, is bowling the ball quicker than spin-partner Adil Rashid, up at 56mph. He changes the angle, looking to threaten this pair of right-handers from round the wicket, but is getting no obvious sign of turn. It's starting to look like hard yakka for the bowlers.

  117. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Misbah ul-Haq of Pakistan

    "These two just look as if they are set. England are really striving for a breakthrough now."

  118. Pak 168-3 (partnership 83)

    Jos Buttler is up to Stuart Broad, a reasonable undertaking when the ball is being sent down at 83mph. From a time when England were causing problems, batting now looks much more comfortable, as if this veteran pair have sucked the energy out of the England attack. They continue to run in, but the snake has been de-fanged. The tourists need the tea interval, which arrives in 15 minutes.

  119. 50 for Younus Khan

    Pak 166-3

    England shuffle their bowlers, but Moeen Ali can't prevent Younus Khan's 30th Test half-century. Pakistan were in a sticky situation earlier, but he and Misbah are navigating them to calmer waters. His shuffling and rubber wrists have garnered boundaries through the covers and third man, with plenty of nudges on the leg side.

  120. Pak 158-3 (Younus 48, Misbah 32)

    Indeed that will be the last over of Ben Stokes' spell, the all-rounder heading off the field for a shower, a rub down and a game of cards. Liam Plunkett is on, no doubt delighted to be left out of the XI then asked to field. Is this a chance for England? Not really, because the slips have been removed and Younus Khan's edge for four flies through where they would have been. Stuart Broad throws his head to the sky.

  121. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matt: By playing Bairstow as a batsman and not a keeper, England are saying they think Buttler's a better batsman than James Taylor...

  122. Pak 153-3 (Younus 43, Misbah 32)

    Younus Khan hits a boundary

    Stokes is into the fifth over of his spell, so it could well be his last. The slips wait for the crouchy shuffling of Younus, who has looked more comfortable at the crease than his skipper. With elastic wrists, Younus whips of his hips and moves towards a 30th Test half-century. It's a little shadier, but a few of the England players look cream crackered.

  123. Crane chatter

  124. Pak 150-3 (47 overs)

    The ineffective Rashid is hooked, replaced by Stuart Broad, who has bowled only five overs today. Long-legged and zinc-nosed, Broad probes Misbah with two slips and a short mid-off. Even though this stand is worth 65, England have stuck to their task, the seamers in particular asking constant questions.

  125. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When you watch Ben Stokes bowl, you know he's got something. His action is fluid but he's skiddy too. Being skiddy is why Malcolm Marshall was so successful on subcontinent wickets when others, like Dennis Lillee weren't."

  126. Close!

    Pak 149-3

    Ian Bell

    Chance! Stokes, bowling such a good line, tempts Misbah into a tentative poke, an edge going towards the slips. Those catchers are close enough to be in Misbah's pocket, but the ball dies and lands between first Joe Root and second Ian Bell. Stokes blasts the turf, while Bell puts his hand to his chin. "At least I didn't have chance to drop that one".

  127. Pak 140-3 (partnership 55)

    Misbah is playing Rashid well, again getting those long levers out to sweep for four. A bit off all-sorts stuff from Rashid, including a long hop that Younus can't get hold of. Maybe he isn't a first-innings bowler?

  128. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no real foot movement from Younus and Ben Stokes has got the leg-cutter working brilliantly."

  129. Pak 134-3 (Younus 33, Misbah 23)

    The Dubai International Stadium

    Does it just look little cooler out there? A little shadier? There's certainly less shine coming off the sweat-covered face of Ben Stokes. Illness or not, he's been the pick of the seamers today. Hitting the deck, hint of reverse, touch of nibble, a play-and-miss from Younus. A little bit for England to work with.

  130. Text 81111

    Cranes in Dubai

    Jake S in a physics lecture: It's actually a quarter of the world's cranes in Dubai (see Phil Tufnell at 10:34).

  131. Pak 133-3

    Rashid after drinks, quite flat, around 50mph. Nice line, off stump, turning away from the right-hander. When he tosses it up a little wider, Misbah takes the bait and clobbers straight all the way for... six! That's the dilemma for the young leggie. Is he happy to see Misbah play that stroke, or is he more dangerous when there's a bit more fizz?

  132. Songs about cricketers


    Alan Reece: Does anyone remember the Ballad of David Hughes? Written to commemorate his innings in the late finish Lancashire v Gloucestershire semi final at Old Trafford. It includes his famed quote ' If I can see them skipper, I'll hit them'.