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ABU DHABI---Shoaib Malik hit a cen-
tury on his comeback while opener
Mohammad Hafeez came up just short
of a hundred yesterday as Pakistan took
command on the opening day of the first
Test against England in the United Arab
Pakistan reached 286-4 at stumps with
England suffering from two simple
dropped catches by Ian Bell and a no-
ball by Stuart Broad on what would have
been a wicket.
The first of the two dropped catches
by Bell would have dismissed Hafeez on
seven with the score on 12-1, and Broad s
misfortune happened with Malik on 40.
Hafeez went on to make 98 before he
was dismissed at the stroke of tea, while
Malik reached his third Test century and
remained unbeaten on 124 in his first
international Test in five years.
Veteran batsman Younis Khan became
the highest run scorer for his country by
breaking the long-standing record of Javed
Miandad. Needing 19 runs at the start of
the innings to go past Miandad s aggregate
of 8,832 runs in 124 Tests, Khan achieved
that by smashing Moeen Ali for the only
six of the match over mid-wicket when
But Khan, who played an uncharacter-
istically positive inning, departed when
on 38. Captain Alastair Cook positioned
himself right next to the bowling crease
in a very straight short mid-on, and Khan
flicked Broad straight into his hands.
Four runs later, on 251, Pakistan lost
captain Misbah-ul Haq to what looked
like a contentious caught behind decision.
Misbah seemed certain he did not edge
the Anderson delivery to Jos Buttler, but
had to go for three.
Bell s second mistake was just before
stumps in the same position of second
slip when he dropped an even easier
chance of Asad Shafiq with the batsman
"Obviously, Bell is very disappointed
in the dressing room, and I will have to
put my hand up for the no-ball, which
is unacceptable," Broad said. "Certainly,
in these conditions, those two dropped
catches were a shame, but that s cricket.
On the positive side, we are creating those
Malik has now batted for 230 deliveries
and mixed caution with aggression. He
was patient against the pacers and used
his feet to punish the England spinners
Moeen Ali and debutant Adil Rashid, who
Hafeez and Malik added 167 runs for
the second wicket, after Pakistan lost
opener Shan Masood early, undone by a
slow bouncer from James Anderson in
the third over of the innings.
The ball reared up and hit Masood s
helmet as he took his eyes off the ball,
before ricocheting on to his stumps.
Masood was on two and Pakistan s score
was on five.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq
won the toss and elected to bat first.
That advantage came after a major blow
for Pakistan with star leg-spinner Yasir
Shah unable to recover from the back
injury he suffered while bowling at the
nets on Monday.
That left Pakistan with only one spinner,
Zulfiqar Babar, and Pakistan is going into
the match with three seamers - Wahab
Riaz, Imran Khan and Rahat Ali.
England, as expected, gave a debut to
Rashid on a pitch that is expected to assist
the spinners from day three onwards.
Pakistan has played seven Test matches
at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, winning
four, including the last two by massive
margins against Australia (356 runs) and
New Zealand (248 runs) and drawing the
other three. It also won the only Test
match here against England by 72 runs
in 2012. (AP)
Malik puts Pakistan in
command on first day
Irish earn consolation
win against Zimbabwe
A ninth-wicket partnership of 29 by Tim Murtagh
and Andy McBrine helped Ireland edge a consolation
win in the last game of their one-day series in Zim-
Sean Williams (51) and Sikandar Raza (50) hit half cen-
turies but Murtagh s four wickets helped bowl Zimbabwe
out for 187 in 49.2 overs.
After Paul Stirling hit 51, Ireland slid to 160-8 as a
home win loomed. But the late partnership from Murtagh
and McBrine ensured Ireland s victory with 3.1 overs to
The win keeps Ireland in 11th place in the ICC rank-
ings---just ahead of Afghanistan, who start their series
against Zimbabwe later this week.
Ireland started the three-match Harare series 10th in
the world rankings but Zimbabwe s two opening victories
saw them move above their opponents.
Murtagh s best one-day international bowling figures
contributed to Zimbabwe collapsing from 159-4 to 187
all out. Williams stroked eight boundaries in a fluent 51
before being dismissed by Paul Stirling while the dangerous
Raza was bowled by Murtagh immediately after reaching
his half century.
George Dockrell then produced two brilliant run outs
in the space of six balls as the Zimbabwe innings implod-
ed.William Porterfield got the Irish run chase off to a
fast start as 18 runs came off the first over before he
was out for 20.
After Ed Joyce (7) went cheaply, Stirling s knock helped
take Ireland to 94-2 before Balbirnie (24) ran himself
out for the second game in succession.
India under pressure
to regain lost ground
If there is a place for India to get their groove back
after falling behind early against South Africa, Indore s
Holkar Stadium is it today. They have won all three
ODIs played at the venue, which has not seen inter-
national cricket since 2011.
The South African visit threatens to very quickly go
downhill for India after they lost the T20 series and the
first ODI. They have also lost their premier spinner and
the only bowler who really troubled the South Africa
batsmen, R Ashwin, to a side strain and have to find
both the motivation and the right men to get things
back on track.
The captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has to be one
of those men especially because, so far, his tactics have
been questioned. Dhoni s use of his bowlers have, at
times, given South Africa s batsmen a free passage, and
he will have to be attacking and aggressive if he wants
his team to draw level.
Dhoni need look no further than the opposition camp
to see how to do that. South Africa are batting with
intent and bowling with energy and the results are falling
in their favour. They ll be careful not to think that means
nothing can go wrong because, they know that as soon
as they get too comfortable, they will likely pay the con-
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik in
action as England wicker keeper Jos
Buttler looks on during the first day of
their first Test match at the Zayed
Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United
Arab Emirates, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Pakistan 1st Innings
M Hafeez lbw Stokes .......................................98
S Masood b Anderson ........................................2
S Malik not out ...................................................124
Y Khan c Cook b Broad ...................................38
M-ul Haq c Buttler b Anderson ....................3
A Shafiq not out ...................................................11
Extras: (4b, 1lb, 1nb) ..........................................10
TOTAL: (for four wickets) ..................286
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-172, 3-247, 4-251
To bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Imran Khan,
Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Zulfiqar Babar
Bowling: James Anderson 14-3-29-2,
Stuart Broad 14-5-30-1 (1nb), Ben Stokes
10-1-35-1, Mark Wood 13-3-34-0, Adil
Rashid 17-0-76-0, Moeen Ali 19-2-73-0.
To s s : Pakistan.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Australia, and
Paul Reiffel, Australia.
TV umpire: S Ravi, India.
Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe
SYDNEY---Australia coach Darren
Lehmann says it will be "pretty easy"
to integrate young players into the
Test team after the retirements of cap-
tain Michael Clarke and other veter-
Australia will need at least five new
players for next month s three-Test
home series against New Zealand after
the retirements of Clarke, opener Chris
Rogers, allrounder Shane Watson, wick-
etkeeper Brad haddin and fast bowler
The chance to blood newcomers in
a two-test series against Bangladesh
this month was lost when the tour was
called off over security concerns. Players
hoping to break into the Test side will
now have to do so though Australia s
domestic one-day competition.
Lehmann said yesterday he sees no
problem in introducing young players to
a team now captained by Steve Smith.
"They know how we want to play and
they know how we want to behave and
act. And making sure they are entertaining
people the whole time and we have been
very good at that over the last 12 months."
Lehmann said players would not strug-
gle to adapt from one-day, white ball
cricket to red-ball Test cricket and to the
pink ball which will be used in the world s
first day-night Test which to be played
in Adelaide in late November. (AP)
Lehmann confident newcomers
will fit into Test team
Zimbabwe 187 (49.2 overs) (Williams 51, Raza
50, Murtagh 4-32) vs Ireland 189-8 (46.5 overs)
(Stirling 50, Balbirnie 24, Masakadza 2-31). Ireland
won by two wickets.
INDIA: (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2
Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4
Virat Kohli, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7
Stuart Binny, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10
Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohit Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav
South Africa: (probable) 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2
Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP
Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 David Miller/Chris Morris,
8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Kagiso Rabada, 11 Imran
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