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By Marc Higginson and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's it from us - it's only right we leave the last word to the victorious skipper, after all.

    If you want to tuck into more cricket, head on over to Stephan Shemilt's match report which contains plenty of stats, analysis and quotes.

    But until Friday, it's goodbye from the cricket team at BBC Sport towers. Night.

  2. Captain's view

    Pakistan captain Azhar Ali: "It was a comfortable win in the end, but the boys had to work really hard for it.

    "The way we bowled and the way the fielders backed them up is really pleasing. The young players are making a difference. They are enjoying their fielding, which makes a difference.

    "Babar Azam played very positively, backing himself with some attacking strokes.

    "Younus Khan has been a great ambassador, contributing a lot. We'll miss him. A few of the boys were really emotional. He's a great role model and I congratulate him on a wonderful career."

    Pakistan captain Azhar Ali
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  5. Captain's view

    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We were quite a few runs short. We slipped up at the start and at the end of our innings. We have a lot to learn and to pick up for the next game. We were focused on the batting today, it'd be cruel to criticise the bowlers with only 216 on the board. For the first time in two series, we underperformed." 

    Eoin Morgan
  6. Man of the match

    Man of the match Mohammad Hafeez: "The youngsters are playing very well and I'm really happy with the way Babar Azam played. We were under pressure and he gave me confidence.

    "I was taking it one ball at a time and trying to play normal cricket.

    "This game means a lot to us because one of our legends is going away from the game."

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    The presentation is now under way, including one for 'most colourful innings'. That was given to Babar Azam.

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    Max Baggins-Craig: All's not lost, it is only a one-day. They have the talent no doubt there, it is putting it to our advantage at the correct time.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'd like to see Plunkett brought in, it's been a long tour for him - it's tough for Willey in these conditions. I think the batters like Roy and Hales need to get in the nets tomorrow and feel bat on ball as they were a little undercooked, though the bowlers may need a rest."

  13. From the press box

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    John E. Walsh: Well, that was pretty simple for Pakistan! England really need to up their game for the next match!

    Ben Goodman: Topley has looked pretty impressive, the other bowlers haven't really shown up.

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    One man who won't be impressed today is the boss, Andrew Strauss. He told Test Match Special earlier today that "more separation" of the Test and one-day teams will improve England's chances of winning the World Cup.

    Have a look at the full story on our website.

  16. Man of the match

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I would assume that Mohammad Hafeez would be man of the match, but I can see the giant Mohammad Irfan lurking."

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    Topley has only played six County Championship games in the last two seasons combined...

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England are bringing in all these experts like Gary Kirsten and Mahela Jayawardene - but you've got to look at their preparation, just one warm-up game against Hong Kong. England are missing Finn and Wood, clearly it's a strategy not to pick Broad and Anderson, who could easily come back, but there's no pace there. No threat from Willey - I think Plunkett should play, someone who has pace and gets in the batsman's face a little bit."

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    Jason Roy, if you weren't around earlier, was bowled for a second ball duck. His opening partner Alex Hales (10) played a couple of classy drives but he was out cheaply too.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's not going to be the sort of conditions where Roy and Hales can come off explosively as they're used to, but if one of them gets going..."

  21. End-of-innings scorecard

    Pakistan 217-4 (43.4 overs) - won by six wickets

    Batsmen: Hafeex 102*, Azam 62*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Azhar 8), 15-2 (Bilal 2), 41-3 (Younus 9), 111-4 (Malik 26)

    Bowling figures: Willey 7-0-43-0, Topley 9-1-26-3, Woakes 8.4-0-40-0, Rashid 9-0-60-0, Moeen 7-0-32-1, Root 3-0-12-0.

    England 216 all out (49.4 overs) - Morgan 76, Taylor 60, Irfan 3-35

    England won toss

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  22. From the press box

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    At the end of the game, Pakistan's players gathered on the outfield and celebrated victory with retiring hero Younis Khan. The veteran is given a big hug from spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed.

    Mushie looks like he gives a good cuddle. A warm, fuzzy character.

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You look at the rest of the series and wonder how England are going to compete, frankly."

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    England, as they have done for a while now, are likely to keep the same team for the second match at the same venue on Friday.

    The players they could turn to are Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Jordan.

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    Steve C Lawley: Let's not panic after one one-dayer. This is a good team in the making.Today we just threw our wickets away.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Great start for Pakistan, a clinical performance all round. Mohammad Irfan took those wickets up front, there were some good signs for England when Taylor and Morgan came together, but there wasn't much else for them. Younus Khan has been a legend for Pakistan, and he deserved the respect he got today."

  29. Post update

    England, let's be honest, have been hammered.

    That's as comfortable a victory as you are likely to see in this format. Apart from a brief moment when Eoin Morgan and James Taylor were batting, Pakistan always appeared likely winners.

    It was a case of when and not if.

  30. Pakistan win by six wickets

    There it is! Pakistan take a deserved 1-0 lead in this four-match series when centurion Mohammad Hafeez tips a single down to third man. Ian Bell-style.

    Game, set and watch with 38 balls to spare.

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    Kevin Howells

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Poor old Adil Rashid. What's surprised me about him this tour is that the bad balls have been really, really bad."

  32. Pak 215-4 (Hafeez 101, Azam 61)

    Another six for Babar Azam, who smears Adil Rashid over the ropes. Just two needed for victory. Go and make your tea - England's goose is cooked here.

    It was at 12-3 in the third over of the game.

    Babar Azam for six
    Babar Azam celebrates
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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant from Hafeez, they needed his experience today and he's been rock-solid. He started by playing very carefully, then he took on the spinners and he's going to lead his team to victory today."

  34. 100 for Mohammad Hafeez (off 127 balls)

    Pak 205-4

    Mohammad Hafeez fails to get hold of a leg-break from Adil Rashid, but there's enough on it to take him to his 11th ODI century. What a superb, composed matchwinning knock.

    Mohammad Hafeez celebrates
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  36. Pak 202-4 (need 15 from 48 balls)

    The stage is set for Mohammed Hafeez's century. I prepare to wax lyrical... and he plays back two dot balls. We have to wait.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "Tough going for England - the experienced Mohammad Hafeez is playing the conditions so calmly, you can see why he's got 170 caps. The real key here is that even though we're criticising the England bowlers, apart from Mohammad Irfan who took early wickets like Topley did, when you look at the other Pakistan bowlers, England  gave their wickets away. Frustrating."

    Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez
  38. 50 for Babar Azam

    Pak 201-4

    Fair point, Carl. He did show promise. It'd be great if he was to succeed, but he'll never be a regular matchwinner bowling at 85mph.

    Woakes bowls a slower ball and it's slapped back down the ground for the six which brings up Babar Azam's 50 off 55 balls. Pakistan within 16 runs of victory now.

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  40. Pak 194-4 (need 23 off 54)

    A moment of light relief for England when David Willey's towel drops out of his trousers in his run-up. Going back to Babar Azam taking a liking to Willey's bowling... he's smacked the all-rounder for 20 runs in 10 balls faced.

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  42. Pak 192-4 (Willey 6.1-0-41-0)

    Babar Azam has taken a liking to David Willey, showing disdain to a length ball and slogging it through the line and for a straight four.

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  44. Pak 188-4 (need 29 off 60 balls)

    Chris Woakes looks like he was born with rosy cheeks and a side parting. A very well turned out young man. Three runs chipped from the target.

    Pakistan on easy street.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Hafeez has been in good form since the Test series, and he's looked a class apart here, in a very unhurried way."

  46. Pak 185-4 (target 217)

    Babar Azam clearly has talent - he's got to have to keep Asad Shafiq out of the team. He plays a perfect on-drive which just lacks power to reach the boundary, but brings two nonetheless. Pakistan are masters of their own destiny now. They'll decide when to put this game to bed. And it will be soon, no doubt.

    Another chance offered by Mohammad Hafeez, but a leading edge drops just short of a tumbling short mid-wicket.

    Babar Azam
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    Philip Jackson: This is, borderline, the worst England attack I have ever seen, and that takes some doing.

  48. Pak 181-4 (target 217)

    England should just pack up and go home... they finally induce an edge from Mohammed Hafeez but it's too wide of the only man behind the wicket (Jos Buttler) and runs for four. Hafeez is eyeing a century now.

    Mohammed Hafeez
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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If you weren't with us earlier, England burned off their only review when the ball hit the middle of the bat. Not only was the lbw appeal turned down, but they chose to review it. Since then, they had an lbw review Rashid might have had, a caught behind down the leg side off Topley. The technology has not been great in this series [with no Hotspot or Snicko] - we've got an early 1980s telly here in terms of screen quality. You can't really tell caught-behinds on it - I hope the third umpire has a better screen."

  51. Pak 174-4 (Hafeez 87, Azam 34)

    I'm with Vic... this has not been a classic. Ask anybody who watched it some of the smaller details in six months' time and we'll struggle. But that's true of many ODIs, I suppose.

    At least England might finally be about to be put out of their misery. Babar Azam tickles four runs off his pads and down to fine leg before pouncing on a half-tracker and launching it over the boundary. Costly over from David Willey.

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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can't complain about Topley. These are tough pitches for the seamers to bowl on. But the crucial bit was when England recovered from that bad start and were 147-3 with power to add, and didn't get enough runs. I don't think this game will get into any '100 greatest one-day internationals' books."

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    Jonathan Agnew

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    "England's bowling has been terribly disappointing. I know some of them haven't played much cricket, but there have been some really poor balls bowled. I feel sorry for Eoin Morgan wondering who to bring on."

    Reece Topley looks frustrated
  54. Pak 159-4 (Woakes 5-0-20-0)

    When we're sat in our rocking chairs many years from now and our eager grandson asks us what Chris Woakes was like, we'd all say the same: Quite skillful, but never quite had the pace.

    Then we'd ask why he was talking about Chris Woakes.

    Woakes has shown plenty of promise, but I wonder if he'd be in the England team if he was a bad batsman of the Monty ilk? Just one from a tidy, if unspectacular, over.

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    Greg: The review system stinks. It shouldn't be up to players to prove the umpires are wrong. Video umpire checks and decides.

  56. Pak 158-4 (need 59 from 90 balls)

    Like all part-time bowlers, Joe Root is a superb fielder off his own bowling and he scrambles across to stop a straight drive. The batters still pick up a single though.

    This match is all but over now. If it was a party, they'd be ringing the bell for last orders now.

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  58. Pak 155-4

    Joe Root deceives Mohammad Hafeez through the air, pushing one through a little quicker, and the ball thuds into the right-hander's pads. Big appeal... not out. It would have been umpire's call on where the ball pitched and where it was hitting the stumps.

  59. Pak 152-4 (target 217)

    Pakistan continue to trot along at just under the required rate of four an over, Hafeez and Babar picking up three singles to leave them needing 64 from 96 balls.

    Babar Azam
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  62. Pak 151-4

    Topley gets one to swing in to Hafeez, tucking him up for room as the tall left-armer yells an appeal, but he has to react quickly to avoid possible decapitation when James Taylor's throw from cover nearly takes his head off. It was going down the leg side anyway.

  63. Windies finally win a game in Sri Lanka

    West Indies have beaten Sri Lanka by 23 runs in Colombo for their first win in the final match of their tour, with the Twenty20 series drawn 1-1.

    Dwayne Bravo took 4-28 for the tourists, his best T20 international haul, and the Windies have something to smile about after they lost the Test series 2-0 and the ODIs 3-0 (all on Duckworth-Lewis).

    West Indies celebrate
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    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "A wicket can transform a match, but you can't really see where it's coming from. A run-out?"

  65. Pak 150-4 (need 68 off 102)

    Wow... how much do Dan Walker and Stuart Broad look like each other?

    Joe Root continues to twirl away, bowling round-arm off-spin from round the wicket. I'm not sure how threatening it is. It's tidy though. Just three singles in the over.

  66. Stuart Broad was in the building earlier...

  67. Scorecard update

    Pakistan 147-4 (32 overs) - target 217

    Batsmen: Hafeex 78*, Azam 17*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Azhar 8), 15-2 (Bilal 2), 41-3 (Younus 9), 111-4 (Malik 26)

    Bowling figures: Willey 4-0-19-0, Topley 8-1-23-3, Woakes 4-0-18-0, Rashid 8-0-47-0, Moeen 7-0-32-1, Root 1-0-5-0.

    England 216 all (49.4 overs) - Morgan 76, Taylor 60, Irfan 3-35

    England won toss

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    Mohammad Hafeez
  68. Pak 147-4

    So, Babar Azam survives and Pakistan move another two runs closer to victory.

  69. Pak 145-4

    This looks good.... Babar Azam appears to be strangled down the leg side. Reece Topley, the bowler, is convinced - as is the keeper, Jos Buttler. Not out says the umpire.

    I think it would have been overturned on review. But England wasted their referral earlier. And what a waste it was.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "The England bowlers haven't looked very penetrating for a while."

    David Willey bowls
  72. Pak 144-4 (need 74 off 114)

    What would Australia do now? Probably bring on Mitchell Starc to bowl a few stump-seeking yorkers. And two overs later, they'd have wrested back control. In a sign of England's desperation, they turn to Joe Root.

    I've nothing against Root's bowling, but he isn't going to hold up a victory canter. Five singles. Easy pickings.

  73. Pak 139-4 (Topley 7-1-20-3)

    England call on Reece Topley, knowing that Pakistan could put the game beyond their reach at any point now. A few big overs and it's curtains. For now though, Pakistan milk the bowling. Three from the over.

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  75. Pak 136-4 (Hafeez 72 off 87)

    Mohammad Hafeez is dominating the bowling here, picking up the ones and twos and throwing in the odd boundary for good measure. He's been strong on the pull, scoring 15 runs in that area. Have England bowled too short to him?

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    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "You'd think England wouldn't go back to James Anderson [in ODIs] at his more advanced age, but there's no reason they couldn't pick Stuart Broad again. And would you really not think about playing him in a Champions Trophy in 2017, and a World Cup in 2019, both being played in England?"

    James Anderson in an ODI for England
  77. Pak 134-4 (target 217)

    Babar Azam looks a nervous sort, playing a big shot down the ground to Adil Rashid. Just a single though. He put a lot into that for one run.

    Mohammad Hafeez is almost foxed by the leggie too, the ball missing his swishing blade and running away for two byes.

    The over ends with Azam cracking a straight six. He picked the wrong un' well there. Much better.

  78. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Rashid really musn't bowl any more of these long-hops. When you know a bad ball's coming, you don't have to take risks."

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    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm looking forward to seeing Sarfraz Ahmed bat, he looked really positive in the Tests, and with Anwar Ali and Wahab Riaz to come after him, they've still got a bit of batting to come."

  80. Pak 122-4 (Hafeez 69, Babar 3)

    Big appeal from England for a leg-before against new batsman Babar Azam. Not out, but England are desperate for another breakthrough. They feel one more and they're in the game.

    They won't win while Mohammad Hafeez is batting though. He again punches Moeen Ali through the covers for four. Superb timing, use of the feet and placement.

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  82. Pak 117-4 (target 217)

    The massive, curved roof on the main stand at this ground in Abu Dhabi is lit up with dozens of spotlights - the type of which you'd have in your kitchen. It's quite fetching in the night sky, but also has the look of a dodgy nightclub ceiling. I can't make up my mind if I like it. Just one from Adil Rashid's latest, much better, set of six.

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  84. Pak 116-4 (Hafeez 65, Azam 1)

    The new Pakistan batsman is Babar Azam, a man with two first-class centuries before his 21st birthday. He admires from the non-striker's end when Mohmmad Hafeez leans into a beautiful cover drive. Got all the skills, has Hafeez.

  85. Post update

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    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was really odd. Moeen Ali couldn't believe his luck there. England really needed that wicket, but Pakistan are still comfortable."

    Jonathan Agnew adds: "England have an absolute bonus there. Shoaib Malik has given his wicket away."

  86. WICKET

    Malik c Roy b Moeen 26 (Pak 111-4)

    That came from nowhere. Pakistan were bobbing along rather nicely and then Shoaib Malik chips an innocuous delivery into the leg side where Jason Roy takes a diving catch at wide mid-on.

    England celebrate taking a wicket
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    Jonathan Agnew

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    "How often does that happen, last ball of the over? You just knew it would happen - and it's gone for four."

  89. Pak 110-3 (Rashid 6-0-36-0)

    Considering the way Stuart Broad bowled in the Test series, I think it's too early to rule him out of the ODI side as England appear to have done. Why waste all that experience if it can help? There's nobody in England better at bowling cutters. Granted, he wasn't brilliant in the World Cup.

    Rashid continues and bowls five good balls. The final one of the over is a half-tracker and gets the treatment. Malik pulls to the boundary.

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    "These two have put on 63 and they need to be stopped if England are to pull this out of the fire. 216 wasn't enough."

    Mohammad Hafeez
  92. Pak 104-3 (partnership 63 off 80 balls)

    Has Moeen Ali gone backwards?

    In 2015 he has 32 wickets at an average of 45, while his ODI return is 17 wickets at 37.

    Pakistan are easily knocking him around the park here. Another two chipped form the target.

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    Josh Arbon: Our spinners really aren't up to much. Good to see Topley fulfilling some potential though!

    Harru O'haye: No matter what the conditions are in the second ODI, Five seamers- no spinners. Don't even bowl Moeen if picked as batsman.

  94. Pak 102-3 (target 217)

    No answers from me, Stephan. More questions.

    Like, will England lose this series 4-0 and fall below Bangladesh in the world rankings?

    There's not been much to shout about today. Reece Topley excepted, the bowling attack has looked pretty toothless. A mixed bag of an over from Adil Rashid, just one coming from it.

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  96. Pak 101-3

    Joe Root previously wore number five in ODI cricket, but I'm getting reports that he's now sporting 66. I haven't seen the back of his shirt, so can't confirm. Cue the 'Root 66' jokes. 66 was the number of Graeme Swann. How long does a player have to be gone from the side before you can pinch his number? Maybe Marc Higginson has the answer... 

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  98. 50 for Mohammad Hafeez

    Pak 92-3

    Like James Taylor earlier today, Mohammad Hafeez goes to 50 with a maximum. Whereas Taylor was on the dance, Hafeez is tucking into the Adil Rashid buffet. A long hop, pulled miles for six. You can't help but feel that Pakistan will win this at a canter if Hafeez remains at the crease. 

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    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a slightly desperate shot from Shoaib Malik, although it's gone a long way."

  100. Pak 84-3 (Hafeez 45, Malik 16)

    Hafeez looks in good touch here. He's driven straight off front and back foot and punished the spinners when they have erred in length. Malik, on the other hand, is agricultural, dancing and swiping Moeen to cow corner for four. One batsman a power mover, the other a piano player.

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  102. Pak 77-3 (target 217)

    Oh, Moeen. What's going on out at the point boundary? Diving to stop a Malik cut shot, he goes down in installments, tipping the ball around the post and over the boundary for four. To get out of trouble, he lies on the ground with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Rashid asks for lbw, but Hafeez has just got some bat on it.

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    "The pitches at Northampton used to turn, which is why the spinners at Northants weren't fazed when they moved up to international cricket. Their names? Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar."

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  104. Pak 70-3 (target 217)

    Moeen on, so spin from both ends. No catchers, no hint of turn just yet. England had a decent start with the ball, but one decent Pakistan partnership could win this for the hosts. Are they likely to fold in the same way England did. Tidy start from Moeen, only one from it. 

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  106. Pak 69-3 (Hafeez 35, Malik 11)

    Rashid does get another go after drinks, giving it some loop to land the ball in the right half. There's a slip waiting for the edge, but Rashid has now gone from too short to too full. Three singles. No danger, but better from Rashid.

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    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Rashid is the higher risk, but higher reward bowler. They'll have to give him another over now, but it wasn't a very convincing first over."

  108. Scorecard update

    Pakistan 66-3 (15 overs) - target 217

    Batsmen: Hafeex 33*, Malik 10*

    Fall of wickets: 12-1 (Azhar 8), 15-2 (Bilal 2), 41-3 (Younus 9)

    Bowling figures: Willey 4-0-19-0, Topley 6-1-17-3, Woakes 4-0-18-0, Rashid 1-0-11-0.

    England 216 all (49.4 overs) - Morgan 76, Taylor 60, Irfan 3-35

    England won toss

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    England celebrate taking a Pakistan wicket
  109. Pak 66-3 (target 217)

    Still Woakes, urging the ball to move off the straight. Nothing doing, this experienced pair of Pakistan batsmen able to gather the singles that are on offer. Maybe time for Moeen? England's issue is they are without a sixth frontline option. There's a bit of Joe Root, but not a great deal of slack if one of the main five doesn't do the business.

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  111. Close!

    Pak 63-3

    Hmmm, not a great start by Adil Rashid, who serves up a pie of a long hop that Hafeez is only too happy to belt to the boundary. When a man goes to cow corner, Rashid drags another down, with Hafeez almost holing out. The fielder, who I think is Alex Hales, leaps, but can't get a hand on it. A chance? Not really. It would have been a gift. Too short from Rashid.

  112. Post update

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    England batsmen Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs and Jos Buttler

    Our colleagues at @QuestionofSport posed this  #QSTeaser earlier: Name the six men to have made their ODI debut for England since 2010 whose surname begins with B.

    The answers: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs and Jos Buttler.

  113. Pak 52-3 (target 217)

    Woakes hasn't found the movement that Topley has, so the ball is simply angled in from the right-armer, almost on to the middle of the bat. Steady accumulation for Pakistan, five from it. Time for some spin...

  114. When Aggers met Strauss

  115. Pak 47-3

    Ooofff, almost another for England. Hafeez gives Shoaib a "yes-no" calling for a single, then changing his mind. Shoaib turns and looks to be a goner if Rashid's can hit the stumps from mid-on. Missed, but not by much. Pakistan jittery in pursuit of this modest target. 

  116. View from the TMS box

  117. Eng 45-3 (target 217)

    On the subject of my bad call on Topley-Plunkett, I couldn't believe it when Graeme Swann got a go in the England Test side. I also wasn't so sure that Joe Root was going to be any good, either. Maybe I'm in the wrong job. Woakes to Hafeez, serving up a long hop that is pulled for four. 

  118. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Bangladesh have just won their last ODI against Zimbabwe to sweep the series 3-0. According to the predictor, if England lose this series 4-0 they would go below Bangladesh in the ICC rankings."

  119. Pak 41-3 (target 217)

    One old-timer replaced by another, Shoaib Malik coming to the crease. Topley, by the way, has 2-15 from five overs. Those wondering why he was in side the ahead of Plunkett (me), well and truly put in their box.

  120. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a whiff that England can do something tonight after all."

  121. WICKET

    Younus c Rashid b Topley 9 (Pak 41-3)

    Reece Topley has done it again, giving England more hope on this game and ending Younus Khan's ODI career. It's not a great way to finish, Younus pretty much hacking to mid-on, where Adil Rashid takes a good diving catch. The Pakistan players meet Younus on the boundary, applauding the end of a career that took in 265 ODIs. More importantly, England have more than a chance of winning this game. 

    England celebrate taking the wicket of Younus Khan
  122. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It came off the middle of the bat. It's the worst review I've ever seen. Whoever suckered Eoin Morgan into taking that review should be put in the dressing room naughty corner.

    "The batsman looked more confused than anyone."

  123. Pak 39-2

    I tell you what, this might go down as the worst review in the history of reviews. You know why? Hafeez middled it. Not just a bit of bat, an edge, but the dead centre of the blade. Not pad, no boot. A review worse than those Oasis got for Standing on the Shoulder of Giants.

    Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis
  124. Umpire review

    Pak 39-2

    England sneak a review in the nick of time. Chris Woakes the new bowler, thinking he has got the boot of Mohammad Hafeez. Is he right?

  125. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Reece Topley is not out and out quick. He's not like a Tymal Mills who can hit 90mph. If you're opening the bowling in international cricket without pace, you need something extra. There's no pace about England's attack today at all."

    Tymal Mills of Sussex
  126. Pak 35-2 (required rate 4.33)

    Still Topley, who has plenty of arm in his run-up. A bit flappy, like one of those inflatables you see outside a used car dealership. Younus, after an iffy start, is looking more in the groove, getting only a single from a thumping cover drive. The fielder, Alex Hales, needs a new hand for Christmas.

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  128. Pak 31-2 (Willey 4-0-19-0)

    Shot lad. Mohammad Hafeez gets on his toes and pushes Willey back down the ground, a back-foot straight drive, if you will. Willey, the blonde hair of a grown-up Milky Bar Kid, is now bowling without any slips. It might be time for him to have a rest.

  129. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The lights are on now and the sky is absolutely coal black. The only other thing we can see is another sports ground with lights shining bright. I think the UAE football team is staying in the same hotel as us."

  130. Pak 27-2 (target 217)

    Topley is a big man with a jaw as square as Desperate Dan as well as a hint of stubble. Dark hair, sleeve tattoo on his left arm. Swing, fast-medium, so not express. Good from Younus, a lovely drive through mid-off.

    Reece Topley in practice for England
  131. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's perplexing that wickets have fallen early in both innings. These two are big players for Pakistan now. If England can break these two up, they have a chance."

  132. Pak 23-2 (target 217)

    Topley, by the way, is on the move from Essex to Hampshire this winter. A man who has struggled for fitness over the last couple of years, he has played only six first-class games in two seasons, largely playing only white-ball stuff. Two key men at the crease for Pakistan, Hafeez driving Willey through the covers for four.  

    Reece Topley in action for Essex
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  134. Pak 19-2 (Topley 2-0-8-2)

    Topley, a tattooed tormentor of Pakistani openers, has a fearsome appeal, one that he must have practised in front of the mirror. Younus Khan, in his last ODI innings, is the new man, getting hit on the pads, then playing a wild drive. After a couple of aborted Topley run-ups, Younus bizarrely flat-bats down the ground for four.

    Reece Topley appeals for an LBW
  135. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I was just thinking that you don't want to waste a review on Bilal given what we've seen of him so far. But even Dickie Bird would have given that out."

  136. WICKET

    Bilal lbw Topley 2 (Pak 15-2)

    Now then, do England have a sniff? Reece Topley is working some magic with the new ball, hopping it back to the Pakistan batsmen, who are playing French cricket. Bilal got a good stride in, but the ball was straight enough. Any question about height answered when replays show it would have hit the top of the stumps. Game on.

    Reece Topley
  137. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Height might be an issue, but no-ball won't be. I've never seen a bowler like this, Reece Topley bowls two foot behind the popping crease."

  138. Umpire review

    Pak 15-1

    Yep, this looks another good shout to me. Topley again, this time to Bilal Asif. Swinging back. Maybe too high?

  139. Pak 15-1 (target 217)

    Quiet in Abu Dhabi, pensive. The England coaching staff (with Paul Collingwood in their ranks) sit very stoney-faced as Willey goes past the edge of Bilal. Just picking up on the theme of England's left-armed opening bowlers, who are England's best ODI new-ball pair? Would Finn and Wood be in this team if they were fit?  

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  141. Pak 12-1 (Topley 1-0-4-1)

    Azhar talked with Bilal about reviewing, but was right not to. It pitched around middle and would have hit middle halfway up. Some all sorts from Topley, but I guess he'd have swapped the three wides for a wicket. Mohammad Hafeez is the new man.

  142. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think he got correct advice from his partner there. It swung a fraction, he played around his front pad and it hit him on the front pad on the half-volley and it's not going to go over the top when Topley's 6ft 7ins tall. A glimmer of hope after a frustrating over, and a little bit of movement for the left-armers."

  143. WICKET

    Azhar lbw Topley 8 (Pak 12-1)

    Gone! The early wicket England needed. Whereas Reece Topley was struggling with the ball swinging down the leg side, this is perfect, pitching on and swinging back towards the stumps. Azhar Ali is trapped on the front pad, plumb in front. A first ODI wicket for Topley.

    Reece Topley
  144. Pak 12-0

    Two left-armers to open for England, Reece Topley getting the edge of Bilal Asif's bat, only for the ball to fall short of the the two men in the slips. Other than that, the radar is woefully off for Topley with no fewer than three wides. And then...

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  146. Pak 8-0 (target 217)

    Yep, as Victor observes, the second slip is immediately removed, leaving a sole grabber and a shortish mid-wicket. Willey is looking for swing back into the right-handed Azhar, but gets too wide and is driven through the covers for another boundary. Ideal start for Pakistan.

  147. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good start for Pakistan, not a great ball on leg stump and it's away for four. Second slip is removed after one ball, which is never a good start."

  148. Pak 4-0 (target 217)

    Erm.... First ball, leg stump, four through mid-wicket.

  149. Post update

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    BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm looking forward to seeing how the new ball behaves under the lights."

  150. Pak 0-0

    The Pakistan openers are out there in the Abu Dhabi night, captain Azhar Ali and Bilal Asif. David Willey has the ball.

  151. Post update

    So Andrew Strauss says England have some ground to make up in one-day cricket. They definitely have ground to make up in this particular one-day game. If they manage to defend 216, it will be some effort.   

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  153. Strauss Q&A

    Andrew Strauss

    ECB director of cricket on BBC Test Match Special

    "The T20 competitions like the IPL and Big Bash, especially as an overseas player, put you under pressure. You are expected to stand up, deliver and win the game for your team. That's a great experience for a player."

    Andrew Strauss on TMS
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  155. Strauss Q&A

    Andrew Strauss

    ECB director of cricket on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's important we are honest with ourselves about our one-day cricket. Often the one-day series at the back of a tour, when I was playing, we weren't as focused as we might have been and were tired too. Maybe it should be more separated. We've got some ground to make up, but that's exciting."

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  157. Strauss Q&A

    Andrew Strauss

    ECB director of cricket on BBC Test Match Special

    What's going to happen between now and next winter's tour of Bangladesh and India?

    "The Lions' performance programme will be doing a lot of work in the UAE over the next week or so. It's mainly a spin camp, skills based, and our spinners will work with Daniel Vettori. I think we have to get people to give our spinners advice, more about the game and how you develop in your thinking as much as your technique. It can be a game of cat and mouse between batsman and bowler. It's my job to look 12 months into the future and make sure we are not having this conversation when we're in Bangladesh."

  158. Post update

    Kevin Howells

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The temperature is only due to drop to 29 degrees tonight, down from 36."

  159. Strauss Q&A

    Andrew Strauss

    ECB director of cricket on BBC Test Match Special

    "We need to focus on how we can encourage counties to produce pitches that aren't just good for seamers. Pitches that encourage X-factor bowlers - not just spinners, but bowlers who bowl at 95mph. They are the type of bowlers we need if we are to be successful away from home."

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  161. Strauss Q&A