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Summary

  1. Pakistan win by 178 runs, lead series 1-0
  2. Victory with 6.3 overs to spare
  3. Pak 378 & 354-6 dec; Eng 242 & 312
  4. Adil Rashid (61) scores maiden Test fifty
  5. Joe Root (71) passes 3,000 Test runs

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Yasir Shah and Adil Rashid
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What a superb day's cricket - and well done to Pakistan.

They were almost denied by Yorkshire... Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid batted for 429 balls out of a team total of 825.

That's more than half. If only they could have put up the Yorkshire wall for an extra 40 deliveries.

But it wasn't to be and we head to the decider on Sunday with the hosts 1-0 up in the series. Thanks for your company today, it's been a pleasure as always.

Bye for now.

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Can England win in Sharjah if they don't win the toss?

"It's starting to look like they can't. But they lost the toss in Abu Dhabi and nearly won the game. The bowlers have bowled well on this trip, the batting group has to help them out."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Batting over 130 overs in the fourth innings will boost them. The fact that Adil Rashid batted for 172 balls, the way Mark Wood batted... it hurts you when you get blasted out for 50 by Mitchell Johnson, but they can take positives from here."

Player view

Alastair Cook shakes hands with Wahab Riaz at the end of the match
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More from England captain Alistair Cook on Sky Sports: "I seemed to have been involved in a few of these. It is not easy watching. It is frustrating. Full credit to the way the boys batted today. We showed character but the third morning cost us. We are doing a lot of good things. Nine of the 10 days we're fairly even for me.

"You always think that it is never over. Mark Wood and Jimmy are capable so it wasn't impossible. Some good things have come out of this but we shouldn't have been in that position. Whether it is naivety not to knuckle down knowing Wahab can only bowl six or seven in a spell.

"I am proud of my fitness. Yesterday I had a sore groin that hampered me. Maybe these days in the heat have taken their toll. I should be OK for the third Test.

"Moeen [Ali] didn't quite get it right with the ball. Sometimes when you are expected to turn it and take wickets you try too hard and force it. He will be disappointed. We are lucky we have a six-man attack to share the load.

"Jos [Buttler] is going through a tough time. This is what happens in international cricket, that someone is struggling."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Stuart Broad
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"Stuart Broad - I know he's my mate, but this is the best I've seen him bat for 18 months to two years, since he's got hit against India. I see positive signs with the bat - Mark Wood was brilliant, he's got such good technique against spin."

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Paul Johns: So Pakistan won the second Test with 6.3 overs to spare. Can England use those overs to finish off the first Test please?

A superb knock

Regardless of the result, that knock from Rashid was the greatest tribute any Yorkshireman could pay Brian Close. #PAKvENG

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Former Surrey, Notts, Middlesex and Kent batsman Scott Newman: Again this shows players inability to play spin. Probably due to the fact that there is not enough exposure against spin in county cricket.

What an image this is, it shows the pressure the England batsmen were under in the middle.

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Paul Collingwood
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Ian Probert: Can England please stop being 'valiant losers' and try being 'really mean and heartless winners'.

Matthew Jordan: Where's Collingwood when you need him?

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Hashim in Leeds: Geoffrey, as much as I respect him, his comments about the Pakistan side are unfair. You have to give credit where it is due. Plenty of teams have lost here. They can't be all that bad.

Player reaction

Misbah ul_Haq
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq: "You have to give credit to the opposition. They played very well on the last day against two really good spinners. They showed character. Overall, the spinners bowled well, under pressure. When we needed the breakthrough they kept their nerve.

"It was tough in the first innings, but in the second I got in and things started to go well. It is tough when you are not playing competitive cricket for a long time and then coming back to perform."

On batsman Younus Khan: "It is all about discipline and belief. When he goes in he does so with a purpose. No matter what situation, he is always there to perform. He is a great role model."

Captain's view

Alastair Cook
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England captain Alastair Cook: "The morning of day three has cost us this game. To be that many at the end of the day cost us. In these conditions you can't afford to have those two or three hours. But the character we have shown today... we are disappointed not to get over the line.

"These are a fantastic bunch of players. The lower order showed a lot of character. I was half hoping the umpires would give us the light with nine overs to go to even it up from the first Test.

"We will dust ourselves off. It will be a great last Test."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Team changes for Sharjah?

"Buttler has to go, his keeping's not great and he's dropping catches. Bairstow will have to keep, and James Taylor would have played all three Tests if I were chairman of selectors. You can't go on with Moeen Ali up front, even if he gets 100 next match, he's not an opener. You can either do it or you can't, he should be batting at seven or eight. I don't know if Hales is an opening bat, he's the one they've picked. Get Taylor in, and if Bell has to go, he has to go. We can't keep waiting for him to get a hundred, but I don't think they have the courage to drop him."

View from the dressing room

So disappointed to lose today despite a great effort from all the players led by Adil & Woody- great pride, determination & character.

Adil Rashid shakes hands at the end of the match
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Adil Rashid batted for 239 minutes in that second innings - more than anyone else in the England team. Has be shown he could be a future option at number six for England?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"When you fancy beating a side on a dry surface which doesn't help Anderson and Broad, it's difficult when you keep collapsing. Anderson and Broad can bowl sides out at grounds like Edgbaston and Nottingham when it swings, they've bowled very well here but aren't going to really hurt you. We haven't got any other matchwinning bowlers, so when Cook and Root don't get scores, it's difficult for us to win."

How's stat?!

Adil Rashid: First 25 hours of Tests: 12 runs @ 6.00, 2 wkts @ 177.00. Last 5 hours of Tests: 61 runs @ 61.00, 5 wkts @ 12.80.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

What about Pakistan?

"If you look at their side, it's not a great side. They have batsmen who you'd like a bowl against - Jimmy Anderson could get their opener [Shan Masood] out with an orange. The left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar bowled two magic balls today, but normally he's ordinary. The best bowler is Yasir Shah, eight wickets in the match on a very good cricket pitch. If they'd had a good batting side, England might have got out of this easily."

Man of the match

Wahab Riaz
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Man of the match Wahab Riaz, who took three wickets to reduce England from 206-3 to 216-6 in their first innings: "It was a very important spell. Everyone was putting a lot of effort in. This game is crucial for us. I always try to do well and perform for my country. The management keep me focused and push me. Credit goes to them."

Interesting from Geoffrey - he's basically saying England have just four world-class performers. It's hard to disagree.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

What goes through your mind when you see a ball tossed up like that when you're trying to save the game?

"It's like a natural push-drive. Someone like me would kill it, as they can't win unless they get you out. Runs are meaningless. That's what Cook thinks and why he can bat for so long. He's a kid, he's going to make mistakes and his batting's not disciplined. But the best side won - Michael's been saying England threw it away on the third morning, Andrew's said they have had 17 collapses in 24 Test matches and if you keep doing that, you will keep losing matches. Brutally, we have two top-class bowlers in Anderson and Broad, and two top-class batsmen in Cook and Root. Do we get a level of performance from the rest? No."

Well done, from Swanny

That was a great effort from @AdilRashid03 and @MAWood33 today, and also @StuartBroad8 who looks back to his best with the bat

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Alex Haworth: So annoyed with Rashid. I'd have accepted losing his wicket to a good delivery but don't give us all that hope then do that.

Tom Rigler: Great innings by Rashid, so close to being the hero. But surely Ali can't be opening in the next Test and Buttler keeping?

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Rashid has had two Test matches - bowled poorly, then bowled great, played a stupid shot in the first innings and then played splendidly. But he was left with Anderson for six or seven overs - he'd done the hard work, on comes the leg-spinner and he creams it to cover. Do you blame him? Yes, it was a poor shot - but no, because he played splendidly in his second Test. He's an unusual character but he'll get over this, just like he got over his nought for plenty and then got his five wickets."

Adil Rashid after being dismissed
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How many times will Adil Rashid think about that shot in the next few days? He'll be mortified - but he shouldn't be. I'd go as far to say he picked the leg-spinner better than anyone else in the team.

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Zubair Nizami: Re Geoffrey Boycott's comment "it must have hit a brick" - What does Geoffrey have against Zulfiqar Babar? Lay off him! He bowled really well! Pick on someone else!

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Stokes had the same fault he had in the first innings - playing the ball away from his body, tentatively poking at it. Somebody should be filming these and telling him his back foot should be further over so there's no gap between bat and body. He's talented, the lad, but it's raw technique that's needed. Broad did great, he got bounced by the quicks but fought his corner and got out to a tremendous yorker which just tailed at the end. No disgrace, it was a crackerjack ball."

From the press box

Yasir Shah has played 3 Tests in Dubai : 7 for 116 vs Australia 7 for 171 vs N Zealand 8 for 180 vs England #Cricket #PakvEng

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Root looks a class act, he plays beautifully, and Bairstow worked hard with him - he did pick the googly but he tried to play it at right angles, missed it and was bowled. Buttler comes in, no form at all, he gets a good ball and nicks it - and suddenly three wickets are down."

Yasir Shah
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So, Pakistan go 1-0 up in the series. For those wondering, the third and final Test of the series begins in Sharjah on 1 November - next Sunday.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Wonderful game of cricket for the last day of a Test match. It looked like Pakistan would polish England off by mid-afternoon. Root and Bairstow fought hard, then suddenly the left-arm spinner Zulfiqar, who'd looked pretty ordinary, bowls one which turns and he nicks it to slip. It must have hit a brick or something."

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Stu in Leicester Square: I really hope England don't become the new 'nearly' men - heroic effort from Rashid!

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James Cooper, Halifax: Rashid's a Yorkie - he was going for the win!

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"England faced 49 overs after the fall of the seventh wicket, which is the second longest in Test history for the fourth innings."

Graeme Swann

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Everybody will be telling Adil Rashid not to blame himself, but when he goes back to his room tonight, he'll play that ball 100 times in his sleep and block it."

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Yasir Shah celebrates taking the final wicket
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Alice Gray: Guess I can write my essay now... oh England, SO CLOSE.

Liam Poss: Great effort by the England lower order. Gutted they couldn't see it through. Things have to change at the top though before SA.

England began the day on 130-3 and, after losing Joe Root in the first hour of the day, the smart money was on a quick end to the match.

Between them, however, England's eight, nine and 10 batted for 309 balls. Herculean stuff.