England’s resistance was shortlived on the penultimate day of the fourth Test as Pakistan cut through their middle and lower order before knocking off the token total of 40 required to win by 10 wickets. The result at the Kia Oval means the four-match series ends drawn at 2-2.
Struggling to respond to the tourists’ first innings of 542, a total bolstered by Younis Khan’s majestic 218, England resumed on 88 for four in their second innings with two days of the match remaining. But the writing was on the wall for Alastair Cook’s side when four more wickets tumbled with just 209 on the board, with Jonny Bairstow departing following a battling 81. This left England still behind Pakistan’s total with Stuart Broad and Steven Finn at the crease.
The pair ensured the tourists would have to bat again, but shortly afterwards Broad departed for five, caught by Younis off Yasir Shah, who ended with five for 71.
With Jimmy Anderson the last man out following a lively 17, openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali patiently took the match home shortly after tea, Ali finishing things off with a six down the ground. A grim day for England was made even worse when Finn pulled up just two deliveries into his first over with the ball clutching his left hamstring.
Mike Selvey’s report will follow shortly
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