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England steady in chase after Shoaib Malik's 245

Asad Shafiq scores 107 to help Pakistan declare on 523 for 8 before Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali take visitor to 56 for no loss by the end of the second day

England steady in chase after Shoaib Malik's 245 - Cricket News
Shoaib Malik made a career-best 245 as Pakistan declared on 523 for 8 in the first Test against England.
Shoaib Malik starred with a maiden Test double-century to help Pakistan post a massive first-innings score on the second day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 14). 
Malik made a brilliant 245 and was well supported by Asad Shafiq (107) as Pakistan declared on 523 for 8. In reply, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali batted solidly to take England to 56 for no loss by close, with Cook on 39 and Moeen on 15. 
Resuming the day at 286 for 4, Pakistan continued to dominate as Malik and Shafiq scored at a good pace and added 213 runs in the first two sessions. 
Malik, overnight on 124, hit a four and a six off Adil Rashid and followed it up with a boundary off Mark Wood to go past his previous Test best of 148 as well as complete his 150. 
Shafiq remained stubborn at the other end and went past his ninth Test century, sweeping Rashid to the deep square-leg boundary. The two batsmen made the most of good fortune and made England pay for their missed chances – Malik was caught off a no-ball by Stuart Broad on the first day while Shafiq was dropped by Ian Bell off Anderson at second slip when on 10 – and added 248 runs for the fifth wicket, a new record in Tests between the two sides. 

Malik hit 24 fours and four sixes in his knock and got to his double-century when he steered Anderson to third man for a couple before bowing down on the pitch in celebration.
Shafiq hit ten boundaries in his innings before he was trapped leg before by Wood soon after tea, opening the gates for Ben Stokes to run through the lower middle-order. Stokes accounted for Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar and Malik to finish with 4 for 57.
While Stokes was the most successful England bowler, both its spinners – Rashid and Moeen – struggled. Rashid went wicketless in his 34 overs and conceded 163 runs – the worst figures in an innings on debut.
Moeen then survived a confident leg before appeal and the subsequent review by Rahat Ali but, along with his captain, ensured England finished the day without damage.

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