Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz destroyed the English batting line-up but courageous Moeen Ali helped England reach 300 mark after England were tottering at 110/5. Wahab sneaked through top order while Sohail Khan was able to clean things down the batting order as he claimed last four wickets of English batting list.
England won the toss and opted to bat at Kennington Oval, London. Host got off to cautious start but Alex Hales was handed one more failure when he was caught by Yasir Shah of the bowling of Mohammad Amir. Captain Alaister Cook and rigid at the crease Joe Root carried the English inning but back to back two wickets in span of one over left England tottering at 73/3.
Cook (35 runs) who got second life could score just one run before he was clean bowled by Sohail Khan while Root (26 runs) nicked one in attempt to leave the ball went straight to wicket-keeper and Sarfraz made no mistake. James Vince and Gary Ballance was sent back by Wahab Riaz to put England under tremendous pressure.
Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow added together 87 runs bailed England out of what could have been worst condition. Moeen Ali smashed century and pulled England out of trouble, also take his team past 300 which looked highly unlikely when they were struggling with five wicket down at 110 runs while Jonny Bairstow was sent back by Mohammad Amir right after tea at his individual score of 55 runs.
Chris Woakes looked in attacking mood right from start of his inning as he scored quick 45 runs of 57 balls to accelerate scoring rate. Though England kept losing wickets run-rate didn’t dropped and looked healthy as far as test matches are concern. Sohail Khan (5 wkts) and Wahab Riaz (3 wkts) takes a lot of credits for restricting England around 300 figure because host has very stiff batting line-up though few out of form like Alex Hales and James Vince.
Pakistan got off to poor start as Sami Aslam (3 runs) was caught LBW off Stuart Broad in second over of Pakistan first inning. Azhar Ali and night watchman Yashir Shah remained unbeaten at the end of Day 1 of 4th Test.
Brief Score: England: Moeen Ali (108 runs) & Jonny Bairstow (55 runs) Pakistan: Sohail Khan ( 20.4-1-68-5 ) & Wahab Riaz (20-0-93-3)
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