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Shoaib Malik century makes it Pakistan’s day in Abu Dhabi

Dropped catches cost England dear; Younis Khan passes Javed Miandad to become Pakistan’s highest Test scorer

Shoaib Malik century makes it Pakistan’s day in Abu Dhabi - Cricket News
Shoaib Malik plays a shot enroute to his century on Day 1 of the first Test in Abu Dhabi vs England.
Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten century to signal an impressive comeback to Test cricket after a five-year gap, his innings helping Pakistan end the first day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (October 13) on 286 for 4 after having chosen to bat.
Malik ended the day on 124, having added a crucial 168 for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez, who missed his century by two runs. Malik has so far hit 14 boundaries in his 230-ball innings.
The day was also memorable for Younis Khan, who became Pakistan's leading scorer in Test cricket when he overhauled Javed Miandad's tally of 8832 runs. Younis, playing his 102nd Test, hit Moeen Ali for a six over deep midwicket to reach 21 and cross Miandad’s tally. Younis ended on 38.
England struggled for wickets under the hot desert sun, and two dropped catches – both by Ian Bell off James Anderson – didn’t help their cause either.
It was Anderson, who gave England an early breakthrough when he dismissed Shan Masood (2) when the batsman took his eyes off a bouncer, and the ball hit the grille of his helmet before dropping on the stumps.
Hafeez and Malik then steadied the innings. Hafeez hit 13 boundaries during his 170-ball knock before he tried to play Ben Stokes on the leg side in an attempt to reach his ninth Test hundred but was out lbw.
Anderson, who took 2 for 29 from 14 overs, had Hafeez dropped by Bell at second slip when the batsman was on seven.
Malik also had a reprieve on 40 when he was caught at gully off Stuart Broad off a no-ball. Broad did, however, account for Younis when a miscued drive was well taken by Alastair Cook at an unusual position – close to the umpire at the bowlers’ end.
Misbah-ul-Haq became Anderson's 415th Test wicket when he was caught behind. That made Anderson the tenth-highest wicket-taker in Tests, going past Wasim Akram’s mark.
England's day, however, got worse when Asad Shafiq was also dropped by Bell when on 10.

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