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Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Pakistan's Yasir Shah celebrates a wicket.

LONDON :

Yasir Shah took five wickets as Pakistan marked the country's Independence Day with a 10-wicket win over England in the fourth Test at The Oval yesterday.

Victory saw Pakistan end the four-match series all square at 2-2 on an Oval ground where they won their first Test match in England back in 1954.

England, 88 for four overnight, were dismissed for 253 in their second innings, with Shah taking five for 71 in 29 overs after Jonny Bairstow top-scored with 81.

That left Pakistan needing just 40 to win after excellent hundreds by Man-of-the-Match Younis Khan (218) and Asad Shafiq (109) had helped them compile a commanding first-innings total of 542.

Azhar Ali (30 not out) ended the match by hitting Moeen Ali for a straight six as Pakistan finished on 42 without loss.

Sami Aslam was 12 not out as Pakistan bounced back from their 141-run defeat in the third Test at Edgbaston in style.

"It was special, keeping in mind it was Independence Day, it was something special to draw the series here after being 2-1 down, losing the second Test badly and losing the third," said delighted Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq. "But the way the team fought back, I m a really happy captain."

Khan added: "As a senior player, I always want to contribute. That s why it (the double century) was on the right time."

Pakistan remain third in the world Test rankings, but, following this win, could rise to number one if results in Sri Lanka and the West Indies go their way.

Yesterday's result scuppered England's immediate hopes of climbing to the top of the standings.

"We played at a disappointing level. We've drawn a series so it's not the end of the world, but we had the opportunity to beat Pakistan and it's frustrating," said England captain Alastair Cook.

"We didn't bat, bowl, or field well enough."

This was Pakistan's first Test series in England since the controversial 2010 tour, which saw then captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir handed five-year bans and jail terms for deliberately bowling no-balls in a spot-fixing scandal during that year's Lord's Test.