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Bairstow, Moeen fifties stretch England lead to 311

Pakistan makes inroads early on in the day, but comes unstuck in the final session of Day 4 as England reaches 414/5

Bairstow, Moeen fifties stretch England lead to 311 - Cricket News
Jonny Bairstow top scored for England with 82 not out.
Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali scored aggressive half-centuries as England wrested the initiative from Pakistan on the fourth evening of the third Test at Edgbaston on Saturday (August 6).
At stumps, England was 414 for 5 in its second innings, a lead of 311 runs, after Pakistan finished on 400 in reply to the 297 England scored in its first innings. Bairstow was 82 not out and Ali 60 not out at close of play, their partnership realising 132 runs inside 27 overs.
England was well-placed at 120 without loss overnight.
But Alastair Cook and Alex Hales both fell early on Saturday as Pakistan took two wickets for no runs in nine balls.
Joe Root (62) and James Vince (42) stopped the rot during a third-wicket stand of 95.
But England’s run rate slowed to barely three an over after that and Yasir Shah struck either side of tea to dismiss Root and Gary Ballance.
But Bairstow, in at 257 for 4, scored briskly. He received excellent support from Moeen, who played several fine shots towards the end of the fourth day’s play.
Play started on Saturday with Cook 64 on and Hales on 50 after they had erased a first-innings deficit of 103 with their first century stand in 18 innings as an opening pair.
But Pakistan soon removed both batsmen. Cook (66) pushed out to Sohail Khan and Yasir held an excellent catch at point. Mohammad Amir then had Hales (54) edging a seaming delivery and Younis Khan held a difficult low chance at second slip.
Root had a reprieve on 25 when he edged Rahat Ali only for Mohammad Hafeez to drop the low, two-handed, chance at first slip, and after lunch, Root pulled Yasir for a boundary that took him to a 108-ball fifty.
But Yasir, bowling into the rough outside leg stump, had got his own back when Root mistimed a sweep and gave a simple catch to Hafeez at short fine-leg.
Vince had been composed in equalling his highest score at this level of 42. But he too fell when, hanging his bat out outside off stump against the new ball, he guided Amir to second slip Younis.
England, 262 for 4 at tea, lost Ballance (28) on 285 when Yasir, bowling round the wicket, had him well caught by Asad Shafiq at leg slip.
But Moeen cover drove Yasir for four and, two balls later, whipped him for another four wide of mid-on. Bairstow clipped Sohail off his pads and swept Yasir for two well-struck fours on his way to a 69-ball fifty.
Moeen followed Bairstow to the landmark in 64 balls. Bairstow then extended England's lead beyond 300 when he swept part-time spinner Azhar Ali to the fine leg boundary.

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