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LONDON: Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq scored his career’s ninth Test century on Friday as he tucked Moeen Ali for a single at mid-on in 71st over during the third session.

The right-handed batsman was promoted up to number four after he registered a pair in the last Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Shafiq achieved the milestone in 164 balls at a strike rate of 61.

Coming out to bat when the tourists were two down for 52 in the first session on Friday, Shafiq hit 12 fours and two sixes.

Veteran batsman Younis Khan, whose inclusion in the playing XI for the ongoing Test was widely questioned, scored his career’s 31st half-century in the previous over with a strong backfoot cut off James Anderson that garnered him a boundary.

Earlier, Pakistan were three down for 196 at Tea on day two of the fourth Test against England at The Oval after the tourists scored 99 runs at a loss of one wicket in the second session.

Azhar Ali, who opened the innings on day one for Pakistan, fell in Moeen Ali’s fourth over of the innings as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow caught Azhar off glove.

The right-handed batsman hit nine fours for his 113-ball 49.

Alex Hales and Steven Finn put down two easy chances.

Hales, who was dismissed after Yasir took a blinder at mid-wicket, dropped the leg-spinner at backward point. While Finn put down a return catch of his own bowling right after drinks.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s men began day two on the score of three with one wicket down.

Sami Aslam, who scored all of Pakistan’s runs yesterday, was trapped in front of stumps by English pacer Stuart Broad in the second over of the innings after England were rolled out for 328 runs.

A 97-run stand for sixth wicket between Jonny Bairstow (55) and Ali (108) brought Alastair Cook’s men back in the game after they had received blows during the first session.

Returning to the playing XI after being rested during Edgbaston Test, Wahab Riaz picked up Joe Root (26) and James Vince (1) before Lunch. His final wicket came right in the start of the second session as he induced an edge from Gary Ballance’s bat to be held by Azhar.

Denied an opportunity to score a century at Edgbaston as Cook declared when Ali was batting on 86, the left-hander put up a strong resistance after Mohammad Amir took his second wicket to dismiss Bairstow.

The all-rounder brought up his career’s third century with a towering six at cow corner when he charged down the wicket against Yasir.

Pakistan’s Sohail Khan continued to take wickets at the regular intervals and completed his second five wicket haul in his second Test on the tour when he got Ali out.

The right-arm fast-bowler returned the innings figures of five for 68 in 20.4-overs.

LONDON: Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq scored his career’s ninth Test century on Friday as he tucked Moeen Ali for a single at mid-on in 71st over during the third session.

The right-handed batsman was promoted up to number four after he registered a pair in the last Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Shafiq achieved the milestone in 164 balls at a strike rate of 61.

Coming out to bat when the tourists were two down for 52 in the first session on Friday, Shafiq hit 12 fours and two sixes.

Veteran batsman Younis Khan, whose inclusion in the playing XI for the ongoing Test was widely questioned, scored his career’s 31st half-century in the previous over with a strong backfoot cut off James Anderson that garnered him a boundary.

Earlier, Pakistan were three down for 196 at Tea on day two of the fourth Test against England at The Oval after the tourists scored 99 runs at a loss of one wicket in the second session.

Azhar Ali, who opened the innings on day one for Pakistan, fell in Moeen Ali’s fourth over of the innings as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow caught Azhar off glove.

The right-handed batsman hit nine fours for his 113-ball 49.

Alex Hales and Steven Finn put down two easy chances.

Hales, who was dismissed after Yasir took a blinder at mid-wicket, dropped the leg-spinner at backward point. While Finn put down a return catch of his own bowling right after drinks.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s men began day two on the score of three with one wicket down.

Sami Aslam, who scored all of Pakistan’s runs yesterday, was trapped in front of stumps by English pacer Stuart Broad in the second over of the innings after England were rolled out for 328 runs.

A 97-run stand for sixth wicket between Jonny Bairstow (55) and Ali (108) brought Alastair Cook’s men back in the game after they had received blows during the first session.

Returning to the playing XI after being rested during Edgbaston Test, Wahab Riaz picked up Joe Root (26) and James Vince (1) before Lunch. His final wicket came right in the start of the second session as he induced an edge from Gary Ballance’s bat to be held by Azhar.

Denied an opportunity to score a century at Edgbaston as Cook declared when Ali was batting on 86, the left-hander put up a strong resistance after Mohammad Amir took his second wicket to dismiss Bairstow.

The all-rounder brought up his career’s third century with a towering six at cow corner when he charged down the wicket against Yasir.

Pakistan’s Sohail Khan continued to take wickets at the regular intervals and completed his second five wicket haul in his second Test on the tour when he got Ali out.

The right-arm fast-bowler returned the innings figures of five for 68 in 20.4-overs.

LONDON: Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq scored his career’s ninth Test century on Friday as he tucked Moeen Ali for a single at mid-on in 71st over during the third session.

The right-handed batsman was promoted up to number four after he registered a pair in the last Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Shafiq achieved the milestone in 164 balls at a strike rate of 61.

Coming out to bat when the tourists were two down for 52 in the first session on Friday, Shafiq hit 12 fours and two sixes.

Veteran batsman Younis Khan, whose inclusion in the playing XI for the ongoing Test was widely questioned, scored his career’s 31st half-century in the previous over with a strong backfoot cut off James Anderson that garnered him a boundary.

Earlier, Pakistan were three down for 196 at Tea on day two of the fourth Test against England at The Oval after the tourists scored 99 runs at a loss of one wicket in the second session.

Azhar Ali, who opened the innings on day one for Pakistan, fell in Moeen Ali’s fourth over of the innings as wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow caught Azhar off glove.

The right-handed batsman hit nine fours for his 113-ball 49.

Alex Hales and Steven Finn put down two easy chances.

Hales, who was dismissed after Yasir took a blinder at mid-wicket, dropped the leg-spinner at backward point. While Finn put down a return catch of his own bowling right after drinks.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s men began day two on the score of three with one wicket down.

Sami Aslam, who scored all of Pakistan’s runs yesterday, was trapped in front of stumps by English pacer Stuart Broad in the second over of the innings after England were rolled out for 328 runs.

A 97-run stand for sixth wicket between Jonny Bairstow (55) and Ali (108) brought Alastair Cook’s men back in the game after they had received blows during the first session.

Returning to the playing XI after being rested during Edgbaston Test, Wahab Riaz picked up Joe Root (26) and James Vince (1) before Lunch. His final wicket came right in the start of the second session as he induced an edge from Gary Ballance’s bat to be held by Azhar.

Denied an opportunity to score a century at Edgbaston as Cook declared when Ali was batting on 86, the left-hander put up a strong resistance after Mohammad Amir took his second wicket to dismiss Bairstow.

The all-rounder brought up his career’s third century with a towering six at cow corner when he charged down the wicket against Yasir.

Pakistan’s Sohail Khan continued to take wickets at the regular intervals and completed his second five wicket haul in his second Test on the tour when he got Ali out.

The right-arm fast-bowler returned the innings figures of five for 68 in 20.4-overs.

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