ABU DHABI: Bad light saved Pakistan from an imminent defeat in the the first cricket Test against England here on Saturday.
The five-dayer drew after umpires called it a game as the light grew dimmer than it should be to continue the play in Abu Dhabi.
It came to an end after an exciting finish with England, set a 99-run target in 19 overs, finished 25 short on the fifth and final day
England enlivened the match by dismissing Pakistan for 173 in the last session of the day, fighting against time to take a lead in the three-match series.
They finished at 74-4 when the play was called off eight overs early.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid inspired the dramatic turnaround with 5-64 while fellow spinner Moeen Ali and paceman James Anderson grabbed two wickets apiece.
Dubai will host the second Test (October 22-26) and Sharjah the third from November 1.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 523-8 dec and 173; England 598-9 dec and 74-4.