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14-Oct-2015 19:15:00 GMT
Pakistan v England, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 2nd day

England Steady Start After Shoaib Malik 245

Abu Dhabi: Shoaib Malik registered his maiden first-class double century to put Pakistan in a commanding position on the second day of the first Test against England at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Malik hit 245 and shared in a record fifth-wicket partnership of 248 with fellow centurion Asad Shafiq (107).

England toiled in the Abu Dhabi heat, failing to take a wicket until the final session of the day.

However, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali saw the tourists to 56-0 at the close.

Cook, in particular, looked fluent as he reached 39 not out while Moeen (15 not out) was more watchful against a combination of intimidating pace from Wahab Riaz and wily spin from slow left-armer Zulfiqar Babar.

Malik, playing in his first Test for five years, continued where he left off overnight. However, unlike on the opening day when he was "dismissed" by a Stuart Broad no-ball, he gave no chances to the exasperated England bowlers while slowly accumulating runs.

When he did open his shoulders, he smeared Adil Rashid for two straight sixes while Ben Stokes was also hit back over his head.

It seemed tiredness was the right-hander's only enemy - and so it proved when he pulled an off-cutter from Stokes into the hands of Ian Bell at short mid-wicket.

He was ably assisted by the more wristy Shafiq who compiled 107 before being dismissed after tea, lbw to Mark Wood, as the tourists looked to increase the tempo.

Stokes ended with figures of four for 57 as he took three wickets in the first 45 minutes after the tea break, with Sarfraz Ahmed (two) and Zulfiqar Babar (zero) falling tamely.

After failing to take a wicket in the first two sessions of the day, it took Mark Wood just three balls after tea to break the the partnership of Malik and Asad Shafiq, with the latter falling leg before for 107.

The duo added 248, which was the highest ever fifth-wicket partnership for Pakistan against England.

Brief scores
Pakistan -
523 for 8 dec (Shoaib 245, Shafiq 107, Stokes 4-57)
England - 56 for 0 (Cook 39*)
Status - England trial by 467 runs

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