Yasir Shah's 3-15 turned rattled England's batting © Getty Images
Yasir Shah’s 3-15 turned rattled England’s batting © Getty Images

With hardly anyone getting over Younis Khan‘s 6th double-century, Pakistan came into the last session of Day Three at The Oval with lot of confidence in themselves. It was quite expected that the Pakistani seamers would go all guns blazing on Alastair Cook and Alex Hales. It did happen the same way. Mohammad Aamer, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz started off with excellent bowling as they stuck to their basics. They made sure that they did not bowl any bad balls which would let the batsmen open their arms or swing at it. They tightened the screws of the England batting to such an extent that England could only muster 9 runs in the first 9 overs. Full Cricket Scorecard, England vs Pakistan , 4th Test match

Situation worsened for England when they lost their captain Cook when he nicked a back off length delivery of Wahab Riaz straight into keeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s gloves. With only 9 runs on the board, England looked in deep trouble trailing the visitors by 205 runs with 9 wickets in hand. After Cook’s wicket Joe Root walked while on the other end Hales started to look comfortable on the crease. Both the batsmen tried to get some momentum into the hosts innings as they hit some boundaries down the ground. ALSO READ: Joe Root crosses 4,000 Test runs

Just when it looked like England were finally getting some partnership going, Yasir Shah came in and got rid of Alex Hales and James Vince in a matter of 9 balls. Yasir as getting good assist from the pitch as his balls spun quite exceptionally. Yasir also got close to getting rid of Gary Ballance but his 2.5 meters stride from the stumps saved him. In between all this Joe Root who looked very confident in his batting was removed by Yasir Shah again as he tried to defend a full and flighted delivery.

Pakistan have complete domination over match as all the sessions of Day 3 have belonged to the visitors while the hosts are still trailing by 126 runs with 6 wickets in hand.

Brief scores :

England 328 & 88 for 4 (Joe Ro0t 39 Jonny Bairstow  14*; Yasir Shah 3 for 15) trail Pakistan 542 all out (Asad Shafiq 109, Younis Khan 218; Steven Finn 2-95 ) by 126 runs