LONDON: A fruitful day for both teams as Pakistan went on to ease of its 328 trail, whereas England, particularly in the last hour of the day took three key wickets to get themselves back in the game.
Pakistan started the day with 3 for 1, they had whole lot of pressure in first hour as their man in form, Sami Aslam was the one that departed early.
One of the two men to start the proceeding for visitors, was a tail-ender, Yasir Shah, who has failed to repeat his Lord’s-doing with the ball in last three Test matches.
But, things went well for Pakistan until the drink, when Yasir finally edged one from Finn to the second slip, where Root grabbed it in the second attempt.
Shah departed for his well-contributed 26.
Asad Shafiq was the next man in, when Younis was expected. However, his resistance, solid defence and then brisk scoring proved Misbah’s decision right to send him up the order.
The street-smart Shafiq struck a 75-runs partnership with Azhar, before the later was unluckily caught at silly-point on 49 off a straight one from Moeen Ali.
In came Younis Khan.
Asad and Younis kept their head low when required and loafed the ball into the stands when needed. The duo added an invaluable 150-runs partnership for the fourth wicket.
Shafiq was the man to go after scoring his brilliant hundred. Misbah fell early for his 15 as the new ball was taken. Iftikhar Ahmed, the debutante was unlucky too, gone for 4.
Sarfraz gave Younis a helping hand to complete his 32nd Test century, a much-needed one, both from Younis’ and Pakistan’s perspective.
Sarfraz was on 17 and Younis 101 not out when second day of Oval Test was called.
Pakistan were 340/6.
Here are complete highlights of the day 2 from Oval Test