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James Gheerbrant and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Right, that's it for today. See you back here bright and early tomorrow for the second day at about 05:40. Until then, sayonara.

  2. Day in summary

    James Anderson and Stuart Broad gave England the better of the first day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.

    Anderson took 4-17 and Broad 2-13 as the hosts were bowled out for 234, Misbah-ul-Haq resisting with 71, before England closed on 4-0 from two overs.

    But, on a pitch showing prodigious turn, England spinners Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Samit Patel disappointed.

    And England all-rounder Ben Stokes also left the field with a shoulder injury.

    For the whole story, have a gander at Stephan Shemilt's report.

  3. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    On how England should bat on day two: "Alastair Cook will block an end up but the rest should play the way they feel comfortable. You've got to pick the way that's best for you."

    Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook
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    RunMattRun: What a superb effort from England, after losing the toss. Great blend of guts and skill.

    Bowser: Incredible effort from England. Superb stuff.

  5. Player reaction

    England bowler Stuart Broad: "Ben Stokes has got a sling on at the moment. If he shows pain it's generally pretty bad because he's a tough boy. We're not sure what he can do in the rest of the match but we're hopeful he can play some part."

    Ben Stokes
  6. Player reaction

    More from Stuart Broad: "We have got strength in both our batting and bowling that can cover an injury. I thought Samit bowled really well today, he really threatened.

    "Jimmy showed what an outstanding bowler he is - he creates chances on the flattest wickets. Cooky classes it as a badge of honour to get through a 90-over fielding day without flagging and we've really taken that on."

    Stuart Broad
  7. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "When Anderson and Broad were bowling there was nothing for Pakistan to hit, so there was always pressure on the batsmen. They were key.

    "But we don't have quality spinners. Patel is a fill-in spinner, Moeen Ali does the best he can - his best asset is people think he's rubbish - and Adil Rashid could have had a catch at slip. The spinners were expensive and let the pressure off."

    James Anderson
  8. Player reaction

    England bowler Stuart Broad on Sky Sports: "It's an excellent day, I was distraught when we lost the toss, but I don't think anyone quite knows what a good score is. 240 is probably worth 280 or 290."

  9. Close-of play scorecard

    England 4-0 (2 overs) - trail by 230

    Batsmen: Cook 0*, Moeen 4*

    Bowling figures: Rahat 1-1-0-0, Yasir 1-0-4-0

    Pakistan 234: Misbah 71, Sarfraz 39, Malik 38; Anderson 4-17, Broad 2-13, Moeen 2-49, Patel 2-85

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

    England celebrate a wicket
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    Jen de Polo: Excellent day's play by England.

    Dave: Guess we'll know if that's a good enough score by about 1pm tomorrow...

  11. Post update

    Big moment of the day? For me it was that Sarfraz shot. Just as he and Misbah were putting Pakistan back in the ascendancy, with all the momentum seemingly with the hosts following that injury to Ben Stokes, he absolutely gifted his wicket away with an inexplicably dozy heave. That allowed England to run through that wafer-thin Pakistan lower order.

    Sarfraz Ahmed
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    Ben Fraser: Broad and Anderson: 6-30 off 28 overs... Wow!

    Richie O'Hara Beamand: Phenomenal efforts from Broad and Anderson, astounding control and discipline.

    James Anderson and Stuart Broad
  13. Close of play

    Eng 4-0

    It is going to be Yasir Shah from the other end: a test for Moeen Ali in the evening shadows. Oh hello, what a shot that is from Moeen Ali, picks the short length and absolutely whistles it to the deep midwicket boundary for a one-bounce four. And that's stumps. A very, very good day for England - they've given themselves a puncher's chance of levelling this series.

    Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook leave the field at the end of play
  14. Eng 0-0

    Must say I'm a bit surprised to see Rahat take the ball - I'd have wagered it would be Wahab from one end and Yasir from the other. It's not a great set from the left-armer: too many leavable deliveries for Cook, who is quite content to see out a maiden.

  15. Post update

    Off we go. It looks like Rahat will take the ball, we think Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali have two overs to survive...

  16. End-of-innings scorecard

    Pakistan 234 (85.1 overs)

    Misbah 71, Sarfraz 39, Malik 38

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Azhar 0), 49-2 (Hafeez 27), 88-3 (Malik 38), 103-4 (Younus 31), 116-5 (Shafiq 5), 196-6 (Sarfraz 39), 196-7 (Riaz 0), 224-8 (Yasir 7), 224-9 (Misbah 71), 234 all out (Rahat 4); Not out: Babar 6

    Bowling figures: Anderson 15.1-7-17-4, Broad 13-8-13-2, Stokes 11-4-23-0, Patel 23-3-85-2, Moeen 13-3-49-2, Rashid 10-1-41-0

    Pakistan won toss

    Full scorecard

    England celebrate the dismissal of Misbah ul-Haq
  17. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Anderson and Broad have been outstanding. Apart from that, England have bowled poorly. The pitch has taken a huge amount of spin. You can understand Samit Patel because he hasn't played a lot of cricket, but Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have bowled too many bad balls. 240 is probably worth 280.

    "If Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar get it right, there's a low score out there."

  18. WICKET

    Rahat c Moeen b Anderson 4 (Pak 234 all out)

    And that is that. Anderson sends down an away-swinger that's far too good for Rahat Ali, and he prods it to Moeen in the slips. That is an outstanding first-day bowling performance by England, led by the utterly brilliant Anderson and Broad.

    Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali will have a couple of tricky overs to negotiate before the close.

    James Anderson
  19. Pak 234-9 (Zulfiqar 6, Rahat 4)

    Come to think of it, that injury could well threaten Ben Stokes's participation in the South Africa tour. In which case, what do England do? Extra batsman? Move Moeen to six and open with Hales? Or a like-for-like all-rounder like Woakes? One for the selectorial brains trust to mull over.

    Zulfiqar piles on some crucial runs for Pakistan with a leg glance for four.

  20. Stokes injury update

    News from the England and Wales Cricket Board on Ben Stokes' injury: "Ben Stokes has a right shoulder injury. He will not return to the field today and will have further scans tomorrow morning to determine the extent of the injury."

    Ben Stokes
  21. Pak 226-9

    So Rahat Ali joins Zulfiqar Babar at the crease. Crucial that England mop up this last wicket as quickly as possible. Both are off the mark with singles off Anderson.

  22. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It swung! And a very sharp catch for this time of day, one of those ones that almost go past you at second slip. Joe Root threw two hands at it. Beauty."

    Joe Root and James Anderson celebrate the dismissal of Misbah ul-Haq
  23. WICKET

    Misbah c Root b Anderson 71 (Pak 224-9)

    They're dropping like flies now, and this time it's the big wicket. Anderson gets one to shape away, Misbah fences and Root snaffles a sharp catch. This has been an absolute masterclass of seam bowling in unhelpful conditions from Anderson and Broad.

    James Anderson
  24. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well deserved by Stuart Broad. He has bowled amazingly. Yasir was very happy with the shot - 'I've just hooked England's premier fast bowler' - but he picked out the man. He will be annoyed with himself."

  25. WICKET

    Yasir c Patel b Broad 7 (Pak 224-8)

    You can't keep Samit Patel out of the game! This time he's underneath the ball as Yasir takes on Stuart Broad on the hook. That's a richly deserved wicket for Broad, who has bowled superbly today. England will be optimistic of polishing this Pakistan line-up off for less than 250, and having lost the toss, that would be a very very good result.

    Stuart Broad
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    Beth Young: I hope Ben Stokes' injury isn't as bad as it looked, wishing him a speedy recovery.

    Paul Hawkins: I did that this time last yr. After an hour in A&E it popped itself back in. Horrible. Get well soon @benstokes38.

  27. New ball

    Pak 222-7

    Pakistan have lost wickets but they're not far away from a competitive total on this raging turner. Anderson is immediately brought back to stem the bleeding. He restores order with a maiden.

  28. Pak 222-7

    Misbah is sweeping England to distraction here. Patel's first two deliveries are two leg-sidish and they're both reverse-swept past backward point for four. Misbah then paddles past long leg for four and tops it all with a massive straight six down the ground. Big, big over. Patel leaking like a porcupine's waterbed.

  29. Pak 205-7 (Misbah 53, Yasir 7)

    Discussion on the cricket desk: have Pakistan misread this pitch by not playing an extra spinner? England look to have been exactly right with their policy of playing three tweakers: this pitch is absolutely ragging. A strange miss if so, as Pakistan should now this pitch better than anyone - they ought to remember being destroyed by New Zealand offie Mark Craig the last time they played a Test here.

    Moeen coughs up three singles and leg bye off his latest over.

  30. Pak 201-7

    Yasir Shah is the new man, and he begins by cutting Patel past point for four.

  31. WICKET

    Wahab b Patel 0 (Pak 196-7)

    Samit the Destroyer! The big man has produced an absolute pearler to get rid of Wahab, pitching outside leg, gripping, turning past the bat and smashing into middle stump. England seizing control of this match again, and how brainless does that shot from Sarfraz look now?

    Samit Patel celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Wahab Riaz
  32. Post update

    Pak 196-6

    Yes he has. Clear glove. That's the end of that.

  33. Umpire review

    England haven't got another have they? Moeen again, Misbah struck on the pad, but has he gloved it?

  34. Post update

    Ramiz Raja

    Ex-Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is how he plays. He can frustrate you, but he thought the best way to operate on a track like this is to play shots, but he got it wrong. He's done a fairly good job."

  35. WICKET

    Sarfraz c Root b Moeen 39 (Pak 196-6)

    Well, blow me down with a feather. For the second time today, Pakistan have absolutely gifted England (and Moeen) a crucial wicket. Just as the tourists had gone a bowler down, with Pakistan getting back on the front foot, Sarfraz has an inexplicable heave at Moeen and picks out Joe Root on the boundary. Ridiculous.

    Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad celebrate the dismissal of Sarfraz Ahmed
  36. Pak 196-5

    Sarfraz pinches a single off Patel, who has now bowled as many overs as Moeen and Rashid combined, despite being theoretically England's third-choice spinner and having dislocated his finger. Weird.

  37. 50 for Misbah

    Pak 195-5

    Misbah moves to his fourth consecutive 50+ score with a characteristic paddle sweep. Just when England think they've cracked open this Pakistan batting line-up, he's always there, block-block-blasting Pakistan back into the ascendancy. Another superb innings from the ageless 41-year-old.

    Misbah ul-Haq celebrates his half-century
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    Matthew Mansfield: Blimey Stokesy, I felt that.

  39. Post update

    Stokes is being helped off the field with his arm in a sling. I'm not optimistic about his chances of playing any further part in this Test, I'm afraid.

    Ben Stokes is helped off the field
  40. Post update

    Charles Dagnall

    BBC Test Match Special

    "He landed with his arms outstretched. His immediate reaction was to kick the turf with both legs. Immediately the players knew."

    Ben Stokes is injured
  41. Pak 190-5

    Oh dear, this isn't good. It's a fantastic leaping effort at a catch from Ben Stokes, as Misbah paddles a Patel full toss, but as he crashes to earth he lands heavily on his shoulder. That looks like a dislocation I'm afraid.

    I think Stokes is going to have to bee stretchered off here, and England are going to be a seamer - and probably a batsman - light.

  42. Scorecard update

    Pakistan 188-5 (74 overs) after winning toss

    Batsmen: Misbah 47*, Sarfraz 36*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Azhar 0), 49-2 (Hafeez 27), 88-3 (Malik 38), 103-4 (Younus 31), 116-5 (Shafiq 5)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 13-6-15-2, Broad 11-8-4-1, Stokes 11-4-23-0, Patel 19-3-61-1, Moeen 10-2-40-1, Rashid 10-1-41-0

    Full scorecard

    Moeen Ali
  43. Drinks break

    Pak 188-5

    And that's drinks. England could really do with a wicket here.

  44. Post update

    As we suspected.

  45. Umpire review

    The ball has ended up in Joe Root's hands - the umpires are checking, but it's clearly a bump ball...

  46. Pak 186-5 (Misbah 47, Sarfraz 36)

    Oh dear. That's ugly. Samit Patel is back into the attack but he immediately serves up a horrible half-tracker - which Misbah smashes powerfully for a one-bounce four. England are struggling to contain this counter-attacking partnership, which is now worth 70.

    Misbah ul-Haq
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    Arslan Tahir: Misbah should be given credit for stability of Pak Test team, he should play tests for another 2 years and make Pak no.1

  48. Pak 182-5

    Sarfraz Ahmed is a good four or five feet out of his crease against Stokes - he's almost close enough to the England seamer to point out the pink patches that he missed with the suncream. It's a strategy that seems to be working for Sarfraz - he defends comfortably, with Stokes unable to pose any sort of threat.

    Sarfraz Ahmed
  49. Pak 182-5

    I'm not sure about this plan - Jimmy Anderson, a prowling tiger this morning, has been rather put on the leash by putting Bairstow up to the stumps. His accuracy is waning too - another leg-side delivery is nudged down the leg side by Misbah for four.

    Misbah ul-Haq
  50. Sarfraz dropped on 33

    Pak 178-5

    Down! Tough chance for Jimmy Anderson in the slips, cut hard by Sarfraz and the ball crashes into Anderson's forearms before he can get his hands up. Glum skyward glances from the England fielders - that could be crucial, with this partnership looking dangerous.

  51. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Monty and Swann would have bowled well on this. Shane Warne said Monty bowled one way - I don't agree with that. You need metronomic bowling on this. If you bowl at the stumps and don't give easy four-balls, you will bowl people out."

  52. Pak 174-5

    This partnership is looking pretty solid now, and from England's point of view, threatening - and they have it in them to pile on runs quickly when they get going. The plan of Anderson bowling stump-to-stump isn't really working - a wide delivery forces Jonny Bairstow to concede an untidy leg bye.

    Sarfraz Ahmed
  53. Post update

  54. Pak 171-5 (Misbah 38, Sarfraz 30)

    Shouts of 'catch' as Misbah thrashes Rashid up in the air, but he's got enough on it - the ball landing just short of the boundary rope at mid-off. As he has throughout the series, the Pakistani skipper frustrating England with his idiosyncratic mix of dour blocking and occasional brutality. As if to prove the point, he larrups Rashid for another four of the final ball.

  55. Pak 163-5

    Now then, this could be pivotal: James Anderson, who despite the spin-friendly conditions and Broad's parsimony has been the most threatening bowler today. And he's got a new plan: Bairstow up to the stumps, in-out field, cutters. Misbah and Sarfraz negotiate Jimmy's opening salvo without too much trouble.

    James Anderson and Stuart Broad
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  57. Pak 161-5 (Rashid 8-1-29-0)

    Pretty good from Rashid this, zoning in on a nice fullish length, not letting the batsmen free their arms. He's probably bowled the fewest bad balls of any England spinner today. The batsmen manage to scramble three singles.

    Adil Rashid bowls
  58. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "In these games, where it looks like it could be low-scoring, a hundred or a big partnership will be remembered. This partnership could be just that and get Pakistan to a really competitive total."

    Misbah ul-Haq and Stuart Broad
  59. Pak 158-5

    Broad concedes more than one run off a delivery for the first time today as Misbah punches him down the ground for two.

  60. Cricketing dogs

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  61. Pak 156-5 (Misbah 26, Sarfraz 27)

    Ooh, big swish out of the rough by Sarfraz, thick outside edge but it flies quickly and low away from Ben Stokes's attempted grasp. The kind of catch that Chris Jordan might have taken, but not many others. Decent start by Rashid.

  62. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Stuart Broad's 48 consecutive dot balls is the longest by an England seamer since Andy Caddick's 52 against West Indies at The Oval in 2000."

    Stuart Broad
  63. Pak 152-5

    As I turn over to the TV commentary, I'm just in time to hear Sir Ian Botham conclude an anecdote with the words "you just have the smell of it on you for days afterwards". Tantalising. Meanwhile, statisticians across the globe weep as Broad's proud run of 48 dot balls is finally brought to an end by a back-foot punch by Sarfraz. Strangled lbw appeal off the last ball, definite inside edge.

  64. Pak 151-5 (Misbah 26, Sarfraz 22)

    Adil Rashid is given the ball from the other end. After a wide first ball which Sarfraz swats to backward point for a couple, it's a pretty good set from the leggie - landing them nicely on a good length. Promising.

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  66. Pak 148-5

    A rather low-key start to the evening session - there's precious little pace or bounce in this wicket and Misbah isn't going to take any risks immediately after the interval. He just watches Stuart Broad's deliveries sail, or rather dribble, by. 46 consecutive dot balls for Broad now.

  67. Post update

    Stuart Broad with cherry in hand - can England's pacemen make another decisive breakthrough at the start of this session?

  68. Post update

    Thank you Stephan. England have had a great day so far but they really need a strong final session if they're not to leave themselves at the mercy of Yasir Shah in the second part of this match.

    Alastair Cook
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  70. Post update

    The players have barely had time to take their boots off - a tea break of 20 minutes is hardly long enough to get back the dressing room. Either way, they're set to resume. James Gheerbrant is here to talk you through the evening session.

  71. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Turnbull: Extraordinary figures for Anderson and Broad!

  72. 'I fancy a bowl on this'

    Lancashire and England spinner Simon Kerrigan approves of the pitch in Sharjah.

  73. Post update

    Tom, we need to know more about that dog. What's his name? Where will he be searching for cricket balls? In fact, I want to know of all the cricketing dogs. It's high time we celebrated those unsung heroes of the game.

  74. Post update

  75. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You get the feeling is that every run is going to be vital."

    Sarfraz Ahmed
  76. Tea report

    England's bowlers made an impressive start to the final Test despite Pakistan winning the toss for the third successive match.

    James Anderson claimed 2-8 from 10 overs and Stuart Broad 1-1 from eight as Pakistan took tea on the opening day in Sharjah on 148-5.

    Captain Misbah-ul-Haq is unbeaten on 26 and Sarfraz Ahmed 19, Shoaib Malik having made 38.

    Samit Patel - one of three spinners in the England side - claimed a wicket in his first Test since 2012.

    Pakistan need only a draw to win the series.

    James Anderson
  77. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be happy with that having lost the toss. Well bowled, the seamers - they have stuck to their task brilliantly. They might be batting tonight - that's what they'll be thinking."

  78. Tea scorecard

    Pakistan 148-5 (60 overs) after winning toss

    Batsmen: Misbah 26*, Sarfraz 19*

    Fall of wickets: 5-1 (Azhar 0), 49-2 (Hafeez 27), 88-3 (Malik 38), 103-4 (Younus 31), 116-5 (Shafiq 5)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 10-6-8-2, Broad 8-7-1-1, Stokes 9-3-21-0, Patel 18-3-57-1, Moeen 10-2-40-1, Rashid 5-1-19-0

    Full scorecard

    Misbah ul-Haq
  79. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The ball is spinning more than we saw in the whole of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. If Pakistan get to 250 that would be on par on this surface.

    "The England spinners have bowled nicely in periods but they have also released pressure with bad balls. Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar will like to have a bowl on this wicket."

  80. Tea

    Pak 148-5

    Pakistan get through to the break, not without another scare as Sarfraz almost pulls Rashid to mid-on. Very much England's session, but you can't help but feel that one Pakistan partnership could put them in a good position, especially with Yasir Shah set to bowl on this raging turner.

    Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah ul-Haq
  81. Close!

    Pak 146-5

    Close! Misbah gets on the sweep to the returning Moeen Ali, top-edging just out of the reach of Joe Root at short fine leg. Root is quite close, his jump and outstretched hand unable to get anything on the ball. Risky from Misbah when that man is lurking around the corner. Only one over to go before tea.

  82. Tea time on TMS

  83. Pak 140-5 (partnership 24)

    Big turn for Adil Rashid as a woman in the crowd cuddles what can only be described as a giant stuffed tiger. I wonder what possesses someone to take a cuddly tiger to the cricket? Things not to forget - ticket, suncream, cuddly tiger. Meanwhile, Sarfraz launches Rashid high into the unblemished sky, taking a couple as the running of mid-on and mid-off fails to create a chance.

    Adil Rashid bowls
  84. Pak 137-5 (Stokes 9-3-21-0)

    Jonny Bairstow is wearing a white gumshield, one that he constantly displaces between deliveries, as if he is creating a belated Halloween costume. His opposite number Sarfraz continues to look for opportunities to score, crouching low as Stokes runs in, then calmly guiding through the vacant third-man area for four. If this turns out to be a low-scoring Test, an hour of Sarfraz could be very important.

    Jonny Bairstow
  85. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Misbah loves the spinners. He loves Rashid."

    Adil Rashid
  86. Pak 133-5 (Misbah 19, Sarfraz 11)

    There he goes! Not Sarfraz, but Misbah, planting his front dog to smash Adil Rashid over long-on for six. Block, block, block, smash from the Pakistan skipper. Perhaps he just doesn't rate Rashid.

  87. Pak 126-5

    England replace Patel with Rashid. A decent option against the charging Sarfraz.

  88. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jamie Gordon: Currently following from the London to Brighton car rally - suspect the car is quicker than Pakistan's scoring rate.

  89. Pak 126-5 (55 overs)

    There's a very curious picture of Sachin Tendulkar inside the stadium. It's an advertising board which Ben Stokes runs towards, with a slightly portlier than usual Tendulkar looming a smile over the empty stadium. It's a little bit creepy. If I tell you that Misbah is facing an England seamer, you know the outcome. It's a maiden. 61 of the 69 balls that Misbah has faced have been dots.

  90. Is rain coming?

  91. Pak 126-5 (Misbah 13, Sarfraz 10)

    Seatbelts. Patel v Sarfraz could be quite a ride. Sarfraz has his dancing shoes on, which has got Patel thinking about his length. When Sarfraz gets his levers out to belt a sweep, it brings only the second boundary of the session. Like busses, a second come along straight away, this time slogged in the direction of cow corner. Pakistan are being jolted into life by their cattle-prod-wielding keeper.

  92. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Samit Patel is playing his sixth Test match, but that's his first wicket since his third Test, when he removed Yuvraj Singh at Ahmedabad three years ago."

    Samit Patel celebrates
  93. Pak 118-5

    While Misbah will continue to play the sponge, soaking the pressure, Sarfraz will be an energetic, arm-flailing counter-puncher. He's batting out of his crease, jumping back and defending with a flourish. His intent is what Pakistan need - they have been inert since lunch. There's still 25 minutes until tea - how England would dearly love to be into the tail by the break.

  94. Pak 117-5 (Patel 17-3-49-1)

    Shafiq walked off with his head in his hand. "How did I get out to Samit?" I'll tell you how, Asad. You got a very good ball. The angle from round the wicket drew Shafiq into playing, the turn was just enough to get an edge. Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man, so expect a change of tempo. For some reason, the wicket has drawn the Pakistan fans into life - they are cheering and chanting.

  95. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a really good ball: good pace, sharp spin, and the angle draws Shafiq into playing. It's a good catch by Bairstow: he's had a good day in conditions that aren't easy. Shafiq is a real key wicket: he's looked Pakistan's best player in this series."

    Samit Patel celebrates with Joe Root and Jonathan Bairstow
  96. WICKET

    Shafiq c Bairstow b Patel 5 (Pak 116-5)

    Samit Patel! You just felt like this was coming, England getting more rewards for their excellent bowling in the afternoon session. There's turn from Patel, a touch of bounce too, and Asad Shafiq's defensive thrust can only feather an edged through to Jonny Bairstow. England are in charge of this match.

    Asad Shafiq
  97. Pak 116-4

    England will be very, very happy with what has happened since lunch. They have bowled well, sticking to their plans of dot after dot, while Pakistan are going nowhere. It's all a bit of a stalemate, but compelling nevertheless. That's what happens when the ball is competing with the bat.

    James Taylor
  98. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "England have bowled 17 overs of spin before lunch on the first day on three previous occasions this century. They also did it at Abu Dhabi on their last tour of the UAE in 2012, at Galle that year, and at Mirpur in 2010."

  99. Pak 116-4 (Misbah 13, Shafiq 5)

    Despite Rashid getting loose, Patel continues, with England getting excited when Shafiq almost cuts in the air to the covers. He's not looking patient, Shafiq, charging down the pitch and mis-hitting along the ground to mid-on. England might feel there is more chance of dislodging the number six than captain Misbah,

    Misbah ul-Haq
  100. Email

    Bill Beeby in Dover: We lost the toss again but have made a great start this time getting their top four out. This time batting second we need to outscore them on first innings then we can level this series. Pakistan are not playing for a draw so far. Anderson and Broad excellent.

  101. Pak 114-4

    There's no great finesse about this England plan. Spin from one end, pace at the other. Ben Stokes replaces James Anderson, with Adil Rashid getting loose to possibly come on for Samit Patel. In the pin-drop silence of a largely empty stadium, Stokes slips his tattoos in to Misbah, who is again intent on defending the pacers. Misbah has faced 23 balls of pace and scored one run, compared to 12 runs from 30 balls of spin.

    Samit Patel
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    Small Man Peaky: England's bowling this series, by and large, has been very very good. Showing the application and discipline of 2010-11.

    Pitched Outside Leg: I do cricket updates for my nephew, currently travelling. Got 'Pakistan won toss, batting, early wicket for Jimmy' on cut and paste.

  103. Pak 114-4 (Patel 15-3-46-0)

    Pakistan are showing patience, soaking up the pressure, rolling with the punches, eyeing a time when England's grip is loosened. England will be thinking that more wicket will have them right on top. Shafiq wafts and dances, eventually getting Patel through the leg side for a couple. This is a good contest. For the first time in the series, the ball has a chance.

  104. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "You just get the feeling that Shafiq is losing a little bit of patience. He's starting to punch at fuller-length balls. If Anderson can get one to grab or seam, the two men on the drive are right in the game."

  105. Pak 112-4

    Unbelievably, James Anderson has conceded a run. Leg stump, Misbah guiding through the vacant square leg area for a single. That's the first in living memory given away by an England pacer. Feeling expensive, Anderson returns to his full length, forcing Shafiq to play straight. When Anderson errs once more, Shafiq takes yet another single. Very, very costly over from Anderson. Two from it.

  106. Pak 110-4 (Misbah 12, Shafiq 0)

    Patel, who has bowled more overs than Moeen and Rashid put together, skips in after drinks, Misbah just about keeping the scoreboard ticking with his favourite sweep shot. Alastair Cook, at short cover, is almost in business with a drive that falls just short. I reckon Misbah really would retire if he got out that way to Patel. There's some increased noise inside the ground. From who, I'm not sure.

  107. Drinks break

    Pak 105-4

    Anderson has a little treatment before his over begins, I'm not sure what on. He's good to go, though, continuing this tighter-than-Inzamam's-belt spell from the England pacers. I'm trying to think of all the things that have happened since Broad and Anderson conceded a run. Pakistan have well and truly dropped anchor, hoping England will wilt in the heat.