Pakistan's strong record against England in the UAE remains intact, even though there is no longer a chance of them emulating the 2012 series by completing a 3-0 clean sweep. However, in the wake of England's near-miss in the fading light in Abu Dhabi, where they came within 25 runs of a remarkable victory, Pakistan's captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, says his team needs to take the visitors much more seriously for the remainder of the series.
Pakistan started the first Test with a major setback when their legspinner Yasir Shah was ruled out due to a back spasm. For the first four days, the pitch was cursed for its slowness and unresponsiveness but on day five the twist started when Pakistan collapsed swiftly to set England up for their race against time.
"Obviously that match is gone and there were some positives and some negatives," Misbah said ahead of the second Test in Dubai. "At the end of the day it was important for us, in whatever situation we were, we had to save the match. I think this [Dubai] venue is better suited for spinners and more result-oriented. The team which plays spin well and have better spinners, they have a good chance.
"This is a very important Test for us," he said, "so we are positive and have to improve our performance. We are looking forward to good cricket. We have to take them seriously and we already are. I think it maybe is different in perception for the viewers but I am saying this from the first day. They are a professional team and are very determined.