Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Moeen Amongst Wickets As England Fall Just Short Of Dramatic Win

Moeen Ali was amongst the wickets as England fell just 25 runs short of forcing an unlikely last day victory against Pakistan in the opening Test in Abu Dhabi.

The Worcestershire all-rounder struck in successive overs as Pakistan collapsed to 173 all out to leave England needing 99 for victory.

But bad light meant the match ended in a draw with England closing on 74-4 from 11 overs.

Moeen claimed the key wicket of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq who top-scored with 51 before he aimed a slog down the ground and was bowled.

The 28-year-old then had Wahab Riaz caught by a diving Jonny Bairstow at short leg for one after the ball ballooned up off the pad and clipped his glove.

Moeen finished with 2-28 from seven overs and his spin partner Adil Rashid returned 5-64 in 18.5 overs.

When England went into bat, Moeen had a new opening partner in Jos Buttler as the visitors tried to force the pace.

Moeen made 11 off 12 balls before he was second out at 29, caught on the mid wicket boundary by Shoaib Malik off Zulfiqar Babar.

England tried all they could to secure victory but the light faded fast to frustrate their victory hopes.