Dramatic end to final day as historic win evades England by 25 runs
Pakistan 523-8 dec & 173 (Misbah 51) drew with
England 598-9 decl & 74-4 (Root 33no)
First Test, Abu Dhabi, day five
Adil Rashid picked up a game-changing five-wicket haul as 15 wickets fell on a dramatic final day in Abu Dhabi with England falling short of a phenomenal victory by 25 runs in the first Test against Pakistan.
Stuart Broad (17 not out) started the day by hitting two boundaries in the first three overs but soon, Imran Khan (2-74) castled Adil Rashid (12).
Three overs later, Alastair Cook declared with the score at 598 for nine and a lead of 75 runs in hand.
James Anderson (2-30) struck twice in the third over of Pakistan innings. Shan Masood (1), played onto his stumps while Shoaib Malik (0) was caught at short leg trying to negotiate a short delivery.
In the next over, Younis Khan (45) breathed a sigh of relief when a genuine edge fell short of first slip off Broad (0-8).
In the last over of the session, Hafeez survived an England review for a caught behind. The third umpire found no conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field call.
Nevertheless Hafeez ended the session with a fantastic six off Rashid (5-64). Pakistan went into lunch positioned at 35 for two.
After lunch, Younis slashed at a wide delivery which went past Ian Bell at slip. Hafeez ran himself out when he tried to sneak a quick single as Ben Stokes’ (0-9) hit the bull’s eye at the non-striker’s end.
Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq (51) began to consolidate the innings by playing cautiously. Younis ended the second session with two back-to-back boundaries, pushing Pakistan’s total to 102 for three.
In the third session, Rashid finally picked up his first Test wicket when Younis chased a wide one and was caught by Ben Stokes.
Five overs later, the England leg-spinner got his second victim as Asad Shafiq (6) edged one to the keeper and even a review did not save him.
Sarfraz Ahmed (27) got off the mark with a boundary off his first ball and followed it up with another a couple of balls later.
England pumped back life into the match when Moeen Ali (2-28) struck twice in four balls, dismissing Misbah and Wahab Riaz (1).
Misbah was guilty of looking for a big shot as Ali managed to sneak past his defence, whereas Riaz gloved one to short leg.
Rashid turned the match on its head by taking three wickets in seven balls, accounting for Zulfiqar Babar (1), Ahmed and Imran (0), all caught at slip by Anderson.
Rashid’s incredible five-wicket haul bowled Pakistan out for 173, giving England a target of 99 runs in 19 overs.
With light expected to be a factor as the game progressed, England opted to open with Jos Buttler (4) and Ali (11).
Buttler started off with a boundary but fell to Malik (2-25), who trapped him plumb in front of the stumps. Buttler wasted a review, as the replays showed the ball crashing into the leg stump.
England promoted Joe Root (33 not out), signalling their intention to go for a win. Ali holed out to deep mid-wicket off Babar (2-27) in search of quick runs.
In the next over, Stokes (2) followed suit with Hafeez at mid-wicket taking a good diving catch.
As the light began to fade drastically, Bairstow (15) hit a six and a four off the ninth over which fetched 17 runs for England. The target at this stage was reduced to 34 runs with 10 overs left.
Bairstow was stumped while looking to get a big hit off Babar and only one more over was possible as the umpires called off the day’s play due to bad light.
England fell agonisingly short of securing a memorable victory by just 25 runs. In the end it was thrilling a finish to what was a drab Test match.
Cook was adjudged as the man of the match for his incredible double hundred. The second Test of the series will be played in Dubai between 22nd and 26th October.
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