Pakistan edge ahead on day two


In conditions ideal for batting, Pakistan took a slender lead over England on the second day of the fourth Test at the Oval.  Pakistan reached 340 for 6 leading England by 12 runs as the Test edges towards the halfway stage.

Asad Shafiq repayed the faith shown in him after his pair at Edgbaston by scoring a vital century for Pakistan.

Nightwatchman, Yasir Shah hung about stubbornly but was eventually removed by Steven Finn, caught in the slips with Paksitan on 52.

Azhar Ali fell one short of his fifty as England used a review and replays showing the ball looping off his glove into the hands of Jonny Bairstow of the bowling of Moeen Ali.

Shafiq and Younis Khan put Pakistan in charge with a 150 run partnership.

Younis looked to have put his technical problems behind him and finished the day unbeaten on 101.

When Shafiq (109) fell Pakistan started to wobble, losing Misbah-ul-Haq (15) and debutant, Iftikhar Ahmed (4) going cheaply.

Safraz Ahmed and Younis took Pakistan to the close reaching 340 for 6 leading England by 12 runs.