Pakistan in command against England

(AP Photo/Hafsal Ahmed)

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Shoaib Malik hit a century on his comeback while opener Mohammad Hafeez came up just short of a hundred Tuesday as Pakistan took command on the opening day of the first test against England.

Pakistan reached 286-4 at stumps with England suffering from two simple dropped catches by Ian Bell and a no-ball by Stuart Broad on what would have been a wicket.

The first of the two dropped catches by Bell would have dismissed Hafeez on seven with the score on 12-1, and Broad's misfortune happened with Malik on 40.


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