England and Pakistan draw first Test, bad light ends play

17 Oct, 2015 7:20 pm

ABU DHABI – England were 25 runs short of claiming an unlikely victory against Pakistan on the final day of the first Test on Saturday with the tourists ending on 74-4 as bad light ended the match in a draw.

Spin duo Moeen Ali and debutant Adil Rashid (5-64) had helped reduce Pakistan to 173 all out from 139-4, which set England a target of 99 to win and about an hour’s batting remaining.

Alastair Cook’s men went on the offensive in a rejigged batting order.

Shoaib Malik trapped Jos Buttler (4) lbw and had Ben Stokes caught on two, while Moeen Ali (11) fell to Zulfiqar Babar as spin again proved lethal on what had been a lifeless Abu Dhabi pitch during the first four days’ play.

Jonny Bairstow smashed 15 off 10 balls before being stumped by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, while Joe Root’s unbeaten 33 was nearly as brisk as England scored 74 off 11 overs.

Pakistan declared on 523-8 on Wednesday, England then taking nearly three days to reach 598-9 in their first innings before skipper Alastair Cook called on the hosts to bat again mid-Saturday morning.


SCOREBOARD 

Pakistan 1st innings 523 for 8 decl (S. Malik 245, A. Shafiq 107, M. Hafeez 98; B. Stokes 4-57)

England 1st innings (Overnight: 569-8)

A. Cook                     c Masood b Malik                    263 
M. Ali                      c S. Ahmed b I. Khan                35  
I. Bell                     c Hafeez b Riaz                     63  
M. Wood                     b Riaz                              4   
J. Root                     c S. Ahmed b R. Ali                 85  
J. Bairstow                 lbw b Riaz                          8   
B. Stokes                   b Malik                             57  
J. Buttler                  c Shafiq b Babar                    23  
A. Rashid                   b I. Khan                           12  
S. Broad                    not out                             17  
J. Anderson                 not out                             3   
Extras                      (b-7 lb-7 nb-11 w-3)                28  
Total                       (for 9 wickets declared, 206 overs) 598 
Fall of wickets: 1-116 M. Ali,2-281 I. Bell,3-285 M. Wood,4-426 J. Root,5-443 J. Bairstow,6-534 B. Stokes,7-549 A. Cook,8-563 J. Buttler,9-590 A. Rashid
Bowling                
R. Ali                      28 - 1 - 86 - 1                         
I. Khan                     27 - 7 - 74 - 2                         
Z. Babar                    72 - 17 - 183 - 1                       
W. Riaz                     37 - 3 - 125 - 3(nb-11 w-3)             
A. Shafiq                   7 - 0 - 19 - 0                          
S. Malik                    35 - 4 - 97 - 2                         
Pakistan 2nd innings   
M. Hafeez                   run out (Stokes)                    34  
S. Masood                   b Anderson                          1   
S. Malik                    c Bairstow b Anderson               0   
Y. Khan                     not out                             40  
Misbah-ul-Haq               not out                             25  
Extras                      (b-1 lb-1)                          2   
Total                       (for 3 wickets, 37 overs)           102 
Fall of wickets: 1-3 S. Masood,2-3 S. Malik,3-47 M. Hafeez
To bat: A. Shafiq, S. Ahmed, W. Riaz, Z. Babar, R. Ali, I. Khan
Bowling                
J. Anderson                 10 - 3 - 30 - 2                         
S. Broad                    8 - 5 - 8 - 0                           
M. Wood                     2 - 0 - 10 - 0                          
A. Rashid                   8 - 1 - 23 - 0                          
B. Stokes                   5 - 3 - 7 - 0                           
M. Ali                      4 - 0 - 22 - 0                          
Referees               
Umpire: Bruce Oxenford                                              
Umpire: Paul Reiffel                                                
TV umpire: Sundaram Ravi                                            
Match referee: Andy Pycroft.–Reuters



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