Stuart Broad took his share of the blame for England's failure to put greater pressure on Pakistan, who finished day one of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on 286 for four.
Shoaib Malik made an unbeaten 124 to lead the Pakistan charge, although it could have been a different story had he been dismissed for 40 when Broad had him caught in the slips - but off a no-ball.
It was one of a number of missed opportunities for the tourists, with Ian Bell also dropping Mohammad Hafeez's regulation edge to second slip off James Anderson, the opener surviving on seven en route to 98.
Broad told BBC Sport: "I blame myself for the no-ball. We pride ourselves on our catching and not bowling no-balls. I can't think of many times I've had one chalked off, if at all. It's a feeling of (being) distraught.
"I'm not a regular no-ball bowler so it took me a bit by surprise, but it's not really acceptable at this level. After lunch it was a gusty wind and as a bowler it can affect your stride pattern. It's about millimetres really.
"I apologised at tea to all of the guys because it was disappointing."
Hafeez said on Sky Sports: "Once you get past the new ball, you can score runs. I can't believe I got out in the 90s, but hopefully 98 is enough for the team.
"England bowled well with the older ball but hopefully we can push beyond 400 now."