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Malik’s double dominates Test

England endured a sobering day two of the first Test against Pakistan as Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq plundered mammoth scores in the Abu Dhabi heat today.

Shoaib (245) notched his maiden Test double ton, while Shafiq (107) reached three figures for the eighth time, the pair’s fifth-wicket stand of 248 ensuring the hosts were able to declare on 523 for 8.

Adil Rashid recorded the worst Test figures by a debutant, going for 0-163 from his 34 overs of leg spin, as England failed to garner a wicket in the opening two sessions.

But, after a three-wicket burst from Ben Stokes (4 for 57) led to Pakistan captain Misbah calling his side in, England battled to 56-0 at stumps, with Alastair Cook unbeaten on 39 and new partner Moeen Ali 15 not out.

Malik and Shafiq, given reprieves by England on 41 and 10 respectively on day one, added 213 runs between the start of play and tea as Cook’s side struggled to fashion chances.

Malik, who began the morning on 124, brought up his 200 from 367 balls, with Shafiq passing the hundred mark from
193 deliveries by sweeping Rashid to the boundary.

Pakistan were 499 for 4 at the end of the second session but lost four wickets for 24 runs upon the restart, with Mark Wood trapping Shafiq lbw and Sarfraz Ahmed (2) edging Stokes – who had taken to bowling spin prior to the tea – to Ian Bell mid-off.

Malik’s vigil then came to an end when he clothed the 420th ball of his innings, delivered by Stokes, to Bell at midwicket, before Zulfiqar Babar (0) hacked Stokes into the deep from the opening ball of the 152nd over.

Cook and Moeen seemed set for a tricky period before the end of play and the former had a dicey moment when he almost handled the ball as it threatened to loop onto his stumps in the first over – but that was the only scare among the 21 overs bowled as England reduced their arrears to 467.

Chris Jordan, who has taken 21 wickets in his eight Tests to date, has been called up in Finn’s place for both the Test and one-day portions of the tour.

Source: (Sky)

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