Khan, Shah give Pak con­trol

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Lon­don: Younus Khan hit a mag­nif­i­cent 218 be­fore Pak­istan re­duced Eng­land to 88-4 to seize firm con­trol of the fi­nal Test of the sum­mer at The Oval. Yasir Shah claimed three wick­ets in five overs as Eng­land, faced with a first-in­nings deficit of 214, col­lapsed on the third evening to trail by 126. Younus’ sixth Test dou­ble hun­dred un­der­pinned Pak­istan’s to­tal of 542. Sar­fraz Ahmed made 44 and num­ber 10 Mohammad Amir an un­beaten 39, adding 97 for the ninth wicket with Younus. Vic­tory would earn Pak­istan a 2-2 se­ries draw and main­tain their hopes of mov­ing to the top of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil Test rank­ings. Af­ter play, it was an­nounced Eng­land bowler Stu­art Broad had been fined 20% of his match fee for crit­i­cis­ing the um­pire’s de­ci­sion to give Alex Hales out on Thursday. Yasir’s re­turn to form was timely. Hav­ing claimed 10-141 at Lord’s but taken only four wick­ets at an av­er­age of 126 in the next two Tests, the leg-spin­ner wrecked the Eng­land top or­der to such an ex­tent a Pak­istan in­nings vic­tory is not un­re­al­is­tic. Af­ter Wa­hab Riaz squared up Alastair Cook to have him well taken at first slip, Yasir re­moved Hales, James Vince and Joe Root in a spell of 3-4 in 22 de­liv­er­ies. Hales was lbw push­ing for­ward to one that drifted in, and Vince drove his third ball straight to short ex­tra-cover to end a se­ries in which his high­est score was 42.

“It’s the stu­pid­est shot you can imag­ine, and for me it’s the end of his Test ca­reer,” ex-Eng­land bats­man Geoffrey Boy­cott said on BBC Test Match Spe­cial. When Joe Root, who bat­ted with oc­ca­sional alarm in mak­ing 39, was trapped in front play­ing back to Yasir, the hosts were reel­ing on 74-4. BBC Sports

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