It is time to part. Another day that belonged to Pakistan after two excellent innings from Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq, which have almost certainly ensured that the home side cannot lose this match. The question is how long the England batsmen can stay out there for. The signs in the evening session were that this pitch holds very few demons and, in the absence of Yasir Shah, Pakistan should have little to trouble the tourists. I will be back blogging day three from 6am tomorrow morning so do join me. Cheerio.
The focus of the day, of course, should not be on England’s batsmen surviving 21 overs but on a quite brilliant innings from Shoaib Malik. There aren’t many better ways of returning to Test cricket after a five-year absence.
Shoaib Malik Scores Double Century Against England
Job done by the England openers. They both shook off minor scares, in the shape of an lbw shout against Moeen and a moment of near madness when Cook came close to handling the ball, to survive the day and reach 56/0. That puts England 467 runs behind Pakistan, who are still very much in the box seat. Tomorrow will go a long way towards determining the result of this match.