Oval Test: Pakistan on brink of victory after Yasir five-for


LONDON: Five wickets from Yasir Shah left Pakistan eyeing a series-levelling win after they dominated the fourth day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval on Sunday.

Leg-spinner Yasir took five wickets for 71 runs as England, in their second innings, slumped to 253 all out, setting Pakistan a target of 40 runs to win.

In the morning session, Pakistan picked up two wickets including the key one of Moeen Ali as England were reduced to 194 for six by lunch.

Jonny Bairstow top-scored for England with 81 runs, and was the only batsman to score past 50 runs for his team.

After England had resumed on 88 for four, fast bowler Sohail Khan had Gary Ballance caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for 17.

Moeen, who made a century in the first innings, played freely from the start and he and Bairstow added 65 for the sixth wicket to give England hope.

But shortly before lunch Yasir Shah deceived Moeen with a quicker delivery and the left-hander, on 32, nicked another catch to a gleeful Sarfraz to give the leg-spinner his fourth wicket of the innings.

James Anderson was the last man to go. Debutant Iftikhar Ahmed had him caught leg before on 17.

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