1st Test: England 56-0 at stumps on day 2

ABU DHABI: England survived 21 overs without any mishap with skipper Alastair Cook stroking a fluent 39 while Ali was with him on 15.


Earlier, a monumental double century by Shoaib Malik (245) helped Pakistan make a mammoth 523-8 declared on the second day of the first Test against England at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Malik, returning to Test cricket after five years, batted patiently during his marathon knock facing 240 balls and stroking 24 fours and four sixes to put Pakistan in control after having come in at No. 3.

He was associated in a record fifth wicket stand of 248 with Asad Shafiq (107), which was the highest ever fifth-wicket partnership for Pakistan against England.

Pakistan declared their first innings shortly after Malik’s marathon innings came to an end in the final session.

The 33-year-old Malik made the third-highest score ever by a Pakistan batsman against England before falling to Ben Stokes while attempting to drag the bowler from outside off stump with a tired looking stroke.

Stokes ended with figures of four for 57 as he took three wickets in the first 45 minutes after the tea break, with Sarfraz Ahmed (two) and Zulfiqar Babar (zero) falling tamely.