Pakistan vs England 1st Test Day 1: Malik’s ton puts Pakistan in command

Malik scored his third Test century in his first Test match since August 2010

Malik scored his third Test century in his first Test match since August 2010

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Pakistan emerged on top after the first day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi thanks to all-rounder Shoaib Malik’s unbeaten knock of 124.

Malik was well supported by opener Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 98.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would not have been pleased with his decision to bat first early on as opener Shan Masood was clean bowled by James Anderson for two runs.

However, Hafeez and Malik made up for the early loss of Masood with a 168-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Hafeez was given out lbw off the bowling of Ben Stokes.

Hafeez reviewed the decision, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and clipping leg stump. As a result, the third umpire upheld the original decision and Hafeez was forced to walk back to the pavilion having missed out on his ninth Test century.

Nonetheless, Hafeez’s superb knock of 98 came off 170 balls and included 13 boundaries.

Hafeez fell two agonising runs short of his hundred

Hafeez fell two agonising runs short of his hundred

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Malik and Younis Khan kept the runs flowing with a 74-run stand, during which Malik registered his third Test century, before Khan was caught by England skipper Alastair Cook at short mid-on off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 38.

However, Khan did have a reason to celebrate as he surpassed Javed Miandad to become Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in Test history.

Ul-Haq failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson for just three runs, but Malik and Asad Shafiq ensured Pakistan ended on a high as they put together an unbeaten 35-run partnership before stumps was called.

Malik finished on 124 off 230 balls, which included 14 boundaries, while Shafiq remained undefeated on 11 off 43 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Broad and Stokes claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day one on 286/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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