LONDON: Pakistan were three for one in reply to England’s first innings 328, a deficit of 325 runs, at stumps on the first day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Thursday.
Azhar Ali and nightwatchman Yasir Shah were both nought not out.
Earlier England mounted 328 runs before being bowled out just 3 overs before the end of the day.
Moeen Ali starred again with his worthy century. He scored 128 runs off 225 balls before being caught at mid-wicket off Sohail Khans bouncer.
Sohail bagged another five-far, second of his career, and of his England series.
Besides Ali, Bairstow was the second top scorer from England who managed to develop a brisk 93-runs partnership to bring England back in the game.
He scored 55 runs on 151 balls.
Chris Woakes proved to be worthy of being called an all-rounder, contributing 45 runs and building a healthy, 79-runs stand with Moeen Ali to send Pakistan on back foot.
Cook (34), Root (26) were only two other players who entered the double figures.
Pakistan initially made England’s decision to bat look suspicious by reducing them to 110 for 5 but Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali stood again against Pakistan’s fiery pace attack and eventually took hosts to a respectable total of 328 runs at the end.
When Pakistan came to bat, they had only three overs to survive, but late dismissal of Sami Aslam – who was such a rock during Edgbaston Test- probably, swung the day in England’s favor.