National Spirit leads Pakistani cricket team to memorable victory against England
LONDON: Pakistan won the fourth test match against England in its own ground, Yasir Shah picked up another five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Pakistan clinch memorable victory against England at the Oval, squaring the series 2-2 on National Independence Day.
Pakistan picked up two wickets in two deliveries ending the stubborn resistance from Jonny Bairstow while the other batsman, Chris Woakes, got run out after a sloppy call from Bairstow.
English tail enders resisted against Pakistani bowling. However, they could only give Pakistani batsman a target of 40 runs which was achieved without any loss and Pakistan won by 10 wickets.
Openers Sami Aslam (12) and Azhar Ali (30) took green shirts over the line, giving Pakistan a 10-wicket win over England and levelling the test match series 2-2.
Earlier, Yasir Shah dismissed England all-rounder Moeen Ali ahead of lunch, bringing to an end Ali and Bairstow’s partnership that saw England narrow Pakistan’s lead to 20 runs.
The leg-spinner had Moeen Ali caught behind at 32, giving Pakistan a breakthrough just when Ali, who scored 108 in the first innings, seemed to be gearing up for another long, stubborn knock.
Earlier in the session pacer Sohail Khan dismissed Gary Ballance for 17. England were 194 for 6 at lunch.
Yesterday Younis Khan’s masterful double ton and key wickets by Yasir Shah left England hanging by a thread on the third day of the final Test at The Oval.
England trailed Pakistan by 126 runs with four men down at the close of the day, after Younis’ 218 put Pakistan in the driving seat with 542 runs in response to England’s first innings total of 328.
Former Pakistan Test captain Ramiz Raja earlier told Geo News that Pakistan were in a dominant position, with little chances of England coming back into the game.
“We’re here because of our batting. Our bowlers have an easy job now,” he said.
Ramiz said that the combination of Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah would prove positive for the Pakistan side.
Yasir Shah had strengthened Pakistan’s grip on the match when he dismissed three key England batsmen in the closing hours of the day’s play. Shah had dismissed Alex Hales at 12, Joe Root at 39, and James Vince for a duck, putting his team in clear sight of victory.
Fast bowler Wahab Riaz had struck earlier to dismiss skipper Alastair Cook for just 7 runs.
England had been 88 for 4 at stumps with Gary Ballance at 4 runs not out and Jonny Bairstow at 14 runs not out.
38-year-old Younis had made a spectacular comeback earlier with his double century, sending a clear message out to critics that he was in-form again and here to stay.
Pakistan are edging closer to what would be one of the most memorable wins to draw a Test series in England.