England have toiled to let Pakistan reach 173-2 at Tea on the first day. Mohammad Hafeez fell for 98 before Tea after being dropped on seven by Ian Bell. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
Shoaib Malik on his return to Test Cricket has passed his half century and is on his way to a ton with 79 not out. He too survived getting out to Stuart Broad on 40 thanks to a no ball being called on review.
Early in the morning it was all good news for England firstly with the news that Pakistan's premier spinner, Yasir Shah, being unavailable for selection due to injury. Shah had experienced a back spasm the day before and jogged around very gingerly in the morning before being ruled out of selection.
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has accused the Pakistan selectors of "mismanagement" after he was left without a second spinner for the Test because there was no reserve spinner in the squad.
England also awarded a debut to legspinner Adil Rashid. This was largely expected, but Rashid didn't earn much success before Tea with figures of 0-58 in ten overs.
The day started well for England with James Anderson bowling Shan Masood for two of his helmet and his shoulder in a rather freak dismissal. Anderson then created another job when he got Hafeez to edge to second slip where Ian Bell spilled a regulation chance.
Malik and Hafeez played well to reach lunch at 83-1 with Hafeez playing Rashid particularly well. After lunch, they then proceeded to 173-1. With Hafeez on 98, England took their second wicket with Ben Stokes pinning Hafeez lbw, trying to flick the ball through the leg side.
Shoaib Malik at the other end had experienced some luck when he was caught playing a horrible slash of the bowling of Stuart Broad. The umpires though asked for the front foot to be checked and the desicion was overturned as Broad had overstepped by a matter of millimetres.
Tea was taken after the fall of Hafeez. The match though is being viewed by a reported just 54 fans highlighting just how poor the attendences are in the UAE. Perhaps Pakistan should move their matches to Australia where the crowds are larger and people are more interested in the matches.