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Younis, Yasir put Pakistan in control

England ends third day on 88 for 4 with legspinner taking three wickets after veteran batsman's double century powers Pakistan to 542

Younis, Yasir put Pakistan in control - Cricket News
Yasir Shah celebrates on of his three wickets which helped keep England to 88 for 4.
A splendid double-century from Younis Khan followed by a magical spell from Yasir Shah left Pakistan eyeing a series-levelling win in the fourth Test against England at The Oval on Saturday (August 13).
 
After Younis scored a masterful 218 to power Pakistan to 542 in its first innings, Yasir picked up 3 for 15 as England slumped to 88 for 4 at stumps on the third day — still 126 runs behind. Gary Ballance (4) and Jonny Bairstow (14) were in the middle. 
 
England started its second innings with a deficit of 214 runs and lost captain Alastair Cook (7) early when he edged Wahab Riaz to Iftikhar Ahmed, the debutant, at first slip.
 
Hales and Joe Root consolidated for a brief period before Yasir arrived to pick three wickets for just four runs in a space of 22 balls. Hales was the first to go, trapped leg before by a slider, before James Vince drove straight to cover to fall for nought.
 
Much depended on Root but Yasir got the better of him as well, trapping him plumb with a straighter one. England also used up both its reviews with Hales and Root reviewing in vain.
 
Earlier, Pakistan resumed on 340 for 6 after Asad Shafiq (109) and Younis (101*) made impressive centuries on the second day.
 
Sarfraz Ahmed, overnight on 17, got Pakistan going on the third day with a typically quick 44 even as Younis got his eye in again.
 
Sarfraz and Riaz fell with the lead a little over 100, but Mohammad Amir joined Younis to add 97 for the ninth wicket. Younis shifted gears and went past his double-century with a six over deep mid-wicket off Moeen Ali. Younis was searching for form ahead of the crucial Test but responded when it mattered most with his sixth Test double-ton.


 
Amir, who took 24 balls to get off the mark, ended with a Test-best 39 that frustrated England.
 
England eventually ended the stand when James Anderson's yorker trapped Younis leg before despite a review by the batsman.

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