Pakistan 286/4, Malik 124 Unbeaten, Younis Breaks Miandad's Record
ABU DHABI: Pakistan Cricket Team at close of play against England in first Test match were 284 for 4.
Shoaib Malik marked his first Test appearance for more than five years with a composed unbeaten 124, Mohammad Hafeez fell two runs short of a century of his own, while Younis Khan sealed his place in history by overhauling Javed Miandad's 22-year-old record to become the leading run-scorer in Pakistan Test history, as England's bowlers were served notice of the hard graft to come on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq on Tuesday won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan were forced to leave out leg-spinner Yasir Shah who was ruled out of the match with a back problem. The 29-year spinner, seen as match-winner for Pakistan, stumbled while bowling in the nets on Monday and after assessment early Tuesday was left out.
That forced Pakistan to include a third seamer in Imran Khan with left-armer Zulfiqar Babar as the only specialist spinner.
England captain Alastair Cook used his bowlers in short spells to preserve their energies in the hot conditions, with paceman James Anderson the only wicket taker.
Anderson pitched one short to Masood who took his eyes off the ball as it hit the grill of his helmet and fell onto the stumps.
Younis Khan needed 19 runs before the start of the first test match between Pakistan and England to surpass Miandad’s record and successfully scored those runs when he came in to bat at number four.
Younis came in when Pakistan were 173 for 2. After a cautious start, he climbed into his strokes against the spinners and, in one bludgeoned swing of the bat against Moeen Ali, he struck the six over midwicket that enabled him to leapfrog both Miandad and his predecessor as Pakistan's linchpin, Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had challenged Miandad's record back in 2007, only to fall three runs short in his final Test innings.
Malik was recalled to the Test side after Azhar Ali was ruled out on Sunday with a foot infection. England handed a first Test cap to Rasheed, six years after his one-day debut in 2009.
The bulk of Pakistan's first-day total of 286 for 4 were made in his 168-run stand for the second wicket with Hafeez, who was himself making a return to the team having been overlooked for Pakistan's most recent Test, against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in July. Hafeez had looked nailed on for his ninth Test hundred until Ben Stokes trapped him lbw with the final ball of the afternoon session - an optimistic review proved futile as replays showed the ball was taking out his leg stump.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Younus Khan, Misbahul Haq*, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan.
England: Alastair Cook*, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Johnny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Joss Buttler†, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.
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