The final and fourth test match was played at the Oval, London between Pakistan and England.England looked confident to secure a series win after their herculean comeback and win on the last two days at Edgbaston in the third test.Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first in seemingly overcast conditions ideal for bowling but at one stage the side was 60 for 1 after 15 overs but then the fall of Cook started the slide as he dragged a wide ball onto his stumps to give fast bowler Sohail Khan his first wicket of the innings.Fast bowler Wahab Riaz replaced Rahat Ali in this test and showed aggressive intent with the ball to dismiss Joe Root and James Vince in quick succession to leave England in a precarious position at 74 for 4 after 19 overs.Wahab Riaz once again struck as he nipped out Gary Ballance for just 8 runs to take his third wicket.Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali once again regrouped and formed a 93 run stand to stabilize the innings.
Mohammad Amir took the key wicket of Jonny Bairstow who was looking in great nick until he was gone for 55 runs.Moeen Ali played with aggressive intent and was on the charge against the spinner Yasir Shah.He went to score yet another hundred and struck thirteen fours in his innings to see England fold for 328 runs.Pakistan came out to bat for few innings but lost their opener Sami Aslam who trapped leg before by Stuart Broad.
The nightwatchman Yasir Shah showed a lot of resolve with the bat in hand to score 26 runs and formed a good partnership with Azhar Ali.Steve Finn came back and had Shah nick off to the keeper Bairstow to see Asad Shafiq came in at no.4 in the batting order ahead of Younis Khan who seemed out of form.Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali also formed another vital stand of 75 runs to see the shine off the ball and set the tone for the rest of the innings with the others still in shed to come such as Younis and Misbah.Shafiq looked at ease as he notched up ninth century in a crunch situation for Pakistan to stage a fightback for the day.Younis Khan looked scratchy yet again and did all the hard yards to grind out fifty runs and then there was no looking back as he notched up his 32nd century of his career to see Pakistan end the day at 340 for 6 after 91 overs with Sarfaraz Ahmed at the crease.The last four wickets supported Younis to add another double century in his career and pile on 200 runs to end the score for Pakistan at 542 all out after 146 overs.
England came out to bat with huge task at hand as they were 214 runs behind Pakistan.The pressure told on the England batsmen as Cook was undone by a peach of a delivery form left arm pacer Wahab Riaz.The stage was set for leg spinner Yasir Shah who did concede of lot of runs in test matches at Edgbaston and Manchester and onus was on him to deliver the goods on a surface conducive to spin later in the last two days.He came out top as he took the likes of Hales and Vince in quick succession to leave the side at 55 for 3.Joe Root looked set and but was undone by beautiful delivery that went with the arm to be trapped leg before to see England 4 wickets down at the end of Day 4.
The final day saw resistance as Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance added 54 runs.Sohail came into the attack and produce a lifter to see Ballance edge the ball to the keeper to open the slide for England.Moeen Ali came out and played with aggressive intent.He could not replicate his heroics at Edgbaston as he was undone by a quick delivery from leg spinner Yasir Shah.Wahab Riaz came and produced an inspirational spell as he fielded immaculately well to run out Woakes and then dismiss Jonny Bairstow to see Pakistan needing just two wickets.The finale came a suprise as part time off spinner Iftikhar Ahmad had James Anderson trapped leg before to see the visitors just 40 runs to win the game and draw the series.
Pakistan came out and scored the runs as Azhar hit a huge six to see the side win the game and draw the series 2-2 in four match series.It turned out to be yet another feather in the cap for Pakistan’ side who had been written by English tabloids at the very start of the series as the side who does not play well in overseas conditions.Misbah dedicated the win to all Pakistani fans and paid tribute to legendary batsman Hanif Mohammad who passed in the duo course of the test match at the Oval.