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When Younis Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed came in to bat on Day three of the last Test at The Oval, Pakistan already had a upper hand in the game. Pakistan were already leading by 17 runs with Younis and Sarfraz at the crease and both of them took off to a good start as hitting some glorious shots of the first session. Sarfraz looked clumsy facing some swinging balls from Anderson and Broad but got settled eventually as he hit some shots in between the fielders at covers. Pakistan have got off to a great start this morning and they look all poised to capitalize on it as the day progresses. Full Cricket Scorecard, England vs Pakistan , 4th Test match

England bowlers tried swinging the ball away from both Sarfraz and Younis, out of which the aforementioned swung his bat at many of which he missed some and hit some. The balls which he hit got converted into some of the glorious drives of the day as the batsman only had to split the filed at covers. Younis on the other hand took some time to get started as he took almost 16 balls to get his first run of the day.ALSO READ:Moeen Ali: England’s unsung hero in Tests

Both the batsmen got to a good start as they kept the runs ticking and looked very comfortable facing the English pace attack. Alastair Cook realised this soon and got Chris Woakes and Steven Finn into the attack. Things looked quite the same for initially, but a ripper from Finn got the best of Sarfraz as wicketkeeper  Jonny Bairstow took a beautiful diving catch to get England the much needed breakthrough. ALSO READ :Time for Younis Khan to rise for one final time in England

Since the departure of Sarfraz, Younis has shifted his gears as he has scored runs at ease all around the ground. The veteran is about to reach his 150 which will be one more landmark in his phenomenal career. At lunch Pakistan is leading the hosts by 89 runs and they will look to reach at least 150 or so in the second session. On the other hand, England will have to rethink their strategy and think of something new to get Younis out as soon as they can  or else this match might just turn away from them in no-time.

Brief scores

England 328 (Moeen Ali 108, Chris Woakes 45; Sohail Khan 5-68) trail Pakistan 417 for 7 (Asad Shafiq 109 Younis Khan 147*; Steven Finn 2-95 ) by 89 runs