Shoaib Malik purebred his lass Test double century to put Pakistan in a autocratic position on a second day of a initial Test opposite England.
Malik, personification his initial Test in 5 years, strike 245 and common in a record fifth-wicket partnership of 248 with associate centurion Asad Shafiq (107).
England toiled in a Abu Dhabi heat, unwell to take a wicket until a final event of a day.
However, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali saw a tourists to 56-0 during a close.
Cook, in particular, looked smooth as he reached 39 not out while Moeen (15 not out) was some-more sharp opposite a multiple of intimidating gait from Wahab Riaz and machiavellian spin from delayed left-armer Zulfiqar Babar.
Captain Cook, who has now common in half-century partnerships with Moeen in any of their 4 innings batting together, did have one duration shock when he roughly chopped on.
In a same motion, a left-hander seemed as nonetheless he competence try and hoop a round but, luckily for England, he resisted and saw England to a tighten 467 runs in arrears.
While England tighten a day with all 20 of their wickets intact, they are still a prolonged approach behind Pakistan who patiently laid a foundations for a match-winning position.
Right-hander Malik continued where he left off overnight. However, distinct on a opening day when he was ‘dismissed’ by a Stuart Broad no-ball, he gave no chances to a irritated England bowlers while solemnly accumulating runs.
When he did open his shoulders, he dirty Adil Rashid for dual true sixes while Ben Stokes was also strike behind over his head.
It seemed lassitude was a right-hander’s usually rivalry – and so it valid when he pulled an off-cutter from Stokes into a hands of Ian Bell during brief mid-wicket.
He was ably assisted by a some-more wristy Shafiq who gathered 107 before being discharged after tea, lbw to Mark Wood, as a tourists looked to boost a tempo.
Problems in a spin department?
In particular, England will be endangered during a miss of control and potential given by their dual spinners, Moeen and Rashid.
The span available total bowling total of 64-2-284-0, with conjunction carrying an impact on a wicket that offering really small assistance to any of a bowlers.
Yorkshire leg-spinner Rashid’s total of 0-163 were a misfortune by any Test debutant, and usually quick bowler Devon Malcolm has conceded some-more runs on entrance for England. He went for 1-166 opposite Australia during Trent Bridge in 1989.
Former England spinner Graeme Swann says a England seamers, who resorted to off-cutters and a reduction of some-more clever deliveries, bowled improved than a delayed bowlers though did urge Moeen and Rashid.
“I consider Moeen bowled well,” Swann pronounced on BBC Test Match Special. “It’s easy to burst to conclusions and demeanour during small stats on a board.
“I consider a seamers have bowled improved than a spinners, and we consider Wood and Stokes were under-used, though Moeen did a good pursuit and he kept things parsimonious adequate that a Pakistan batsmen were forced to go after him.
“Rashid is not a first-innings bowler, we know that. He is there to win games in a second innings.”
The stats we competence have missed
- Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq kick their country’s record for fifth-wicket stands opposite England, overtaking a 197 combined by Nasim-ul-Ghani and Javed Burki
- Malik’s 245 is a tip measure by a Pakistan batsman during Abu Dhabi, eclipsing Taufeeq Umar’s 236 opposite Sri Lanka in 2011. Overall, he is second to AB de Villiers who done an dominant 278 for South Africa in 2010.
- Malik’s double century is a fifth scored during Abu Dhabi in 8 matches.
What they said
Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan, vocalization on Test Match Special:
“There hasn’t been anything by a atmosphere – yet. The footholes are usually starting to rise so as a compare progresses there will be some-more movement for a spinner and some-more retreat swing. It will usually get reduce – not uneven. It will be attritional stuff.
“For Alastair Cook to go out and play a approach he did is a ideal instance for a team. But Pakistan are good on top.”
Ex-England batsman Geoffrey Boycott, also on TMS:
“My silent would adore to bat on there opposite those bowlers. My auntie Anne would have a bat too – after dual pier and lemons.
“There’s zero there to worry about – a usually thing England can do is get themselves out. Just go and bat a rest of tomorrow.”
England all-rounder Ben Stokes:
“The final event where we picked adult all a wickets came from all a tough work we put in before. We kept on plugging away, despite a integrate of slogs adult in a atmosphere got us some wickets.
“There’s zero in a wicket that we weren’t expecting. We knew it would be tough for a seamers. Maybe we suspicion it competence spin some-more than it did though generally it’s a good batting wicket.
“Once we got a bat, Cookie and Mo showed that once we get in, we can measure large like some of their batsmen did.”