Pakistan seals the win to tie series vs England: At the age of 38, and in the final Test of a tour in which most sage judges feared that his imperious talents were beginning to fade, Younis Khan rolled back the years in stunning fashion on the third day at the Kia Oval, crushing England’s ambitions of another come-from-behind victory with a brilliant and match-defining 218.
By the close, England – who had still harboured realistic expectations at the start of an enthralling day’s play, given the greater strength in depth of their batting line-up – were instead bracing themselves for the prospect of another bruising defeat in the capital. Twin losses at Lord’s and The Oval in the 2015 Ashes were followed by last month’s first-Test defeat to Pakistan, who are now closing in on what would be one of the most highly acclaimed 2-2 draws to have been sealed in south London since England’s own comeback against West Indies in 1991.
Nothing can be predicted in a Pakistan Test match except unpredictability itself, especially with the twin architects of last week’s third-Test revival at Edgbaston, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, yet to be implicated in England’s latest collapse.
5-3 Pakistan’s win-loss Test record at The Oval. It is the only venue in England where Pakistan have won more Tests than they have lost. In their last seven Tests here they have won four and drawn two; the only defeat was the forfeiture in 2006. The five wins by Pakistan here is also the most Tests they have won at any away venue.
Yasir’s tenth wicket practically sparked a playground bundle as Woakes was taken at slip trying to hit out with the No. 10, Steven Finn, for company and 79 still required. Mohammad Amir rattled Jake Ball’s stumps an over later to put the final seal on an emotional comeback six years after his previous Test appearance.