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  1. Younus 101* - 32nd Test century
  2. Shafiq 109, Azhar 49
  3. Woakes strikes twice in over late on
  4. England drop three catches
  5. Fourth Test, The Oval; Eng 2-1 Pak

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By Mark Mitchener and Bibhash Dash

All times stated are UK

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And that's it from us - Justin Goulding's match report is already there for you to read, while you can look back at today's highlights to your heart's content. Pint-Sized TMS will also be with you soon.

We'll be back tomorrow - day three of a Test is often called "the moving day", and with the start of the Premier League football season and the continuing action from the Olympics, we hope you'll join us for a packed day of sport. Bye for now.

Super League score check

A quick score check on the Super League before we go...

Surrey Stars are up against it - needing an implausible 39 from the last over to beat Loughborough Lightning.

Western Storm are 76-2 from 12.1 overs needing 138 to beat Southern Vipers, with Stafanie Taylor going well again.

And in the BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary game, Yorkshire Diamonds are 132-4 from 16.5 overs against Lancashire Thunder.

Evening session review

But it was Pakistan's day as they finished on 340-6 - after Younus brought up his 32nd Test century, and keeper Sarfraz Ahmed helped the tourists take the lead.

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Syedaquilfarhan: When the going gets tough, the tough get going & Younus is one tough man! Sensational innings under pressure.

Evening session review

With Younus Khan approaching his century, Chris Woakes then picked up two wickets in five balls as captain Misbah-ul-Haq was caught at gully, before a wild shot from debutant Iftikhar Ahmed saw him follow the skipper back to the dressing-room soon afterwards.

'A long, tough day'

More from Paul Farbrace on Sky Sports: "Up until the last 30 minutes, it was a long, tough day. The last couple of wickets gives more encouragement. Days two and three are the best time to bat. Pakistan's batsmen have earned the right to bat on a good pitch today. We stuck to our plans, but missed chances have been an issue."

Evening session review

Asad Shafiq reached his century - but soon afterwards, was brilliantly caught by Stuart Broad at mid-wicket.

'We have to take catches'

More from Paul Farbrace on Sky Sports: "In tight games like this you have to take every opportunity. If we want to be number one we have to take catches. There’s honesty in this team and that helps put things right."

Evening session review

We also had a rather daft use of the DRS by England for lbw to a ball which hit the middle of the bat... see what you think.

‘It's hit the middle of the bat!’ – England’s lbw review

Farbrace on Hales

Alex Hales was fined 15% of his match fee after going into the third umpire's room yesterday when he was given out caught.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace on Sky Sports: "It probably wasn’t the brightest [idea] to charge in and see the third umpire in the middle of a game. You can’t have that.

"Whatever was said in there stays in there. He knows he’s done wrong. He deserves to be fined. Yes there’s frustration, but you have to get on with the game.

"He can play international cricket, he showed that against Sri Lanka, and we think he will become a very good international cricketer. He probably woke up this morning and thought 'I didn’t need to do that'."

Evening session review

Dropped catches had littered the morning for England - but for most of the final session, it was the Shafiq and Younus show, with Pakistan's fourth-wicket pair, who both went on to hit centuries, adding 150 and finding the boundary on a regular basis.

Super League commentary on now

After that long burst of Boycott, TMS have switched over to the women's Super League where you can listen to the rest of the inaugural Roses game between Lancashire Thunder and Yorkshire Diamonds.

You can listen to that game here. But it's time for us to review the last session with our video highlights.

Pakistan centurion Asad Shafiq on Sky Sports: "It’s a very good situation. When you bowl first and the other team score 328 and you get a lead on the first innings it is always good. It will really help in the next innings.

"It was really difficult for me previously, because things weren’t going my way, my head was falling over. Everything I did wasn’t going good. I worked with the batting coach, he told me some things to work on, and I did that.

"We have to get 100 more from here. A 150-run lead will be excellent."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Yasir Shah is going to have to step up for Pakistan. But if England bat like they did at Old Trafford and cut out the mistakes, they can play him out of the game. And they can still win this. My money's still on England.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Sarfraz Ahmed is cocky, confident and is up for the challenge. He's the best wicketkeeper-batsman I've seen for Pakistan since Rashid Latif, and that's going back a few years. Both sides are in this game as Pakistan are hardly ahead, and England have a nearly new ball. If they get these two out tomorrow, the tail isn't too clever. But if they get up to 100, England can't keep giving teams leads of 100+ as they're dropping straightforward catches and they can't always get out of jail. On paper, I believe they're better than Pakistan, but tomorrow will be the defining moment. Woakes and Anderson have beaten the bat with good deliveries, so there is something there to encourage them.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

We have two sides here who play very interesting cricket. We've talked about over-rates before, but it short-changes the public and short-changes the game. Today, it's a better product than when I played, as it was slower and there were more draws then. I enjoy watching it today, but I feel short-changed and the players don't really care.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

When England were looking tired when the new ball came, that Iftikhar [Ahmed] in his first Test... I could describe his shot but I can't swear on air. Stuart Broad took a very good catch at mid-wicket to get rid of Shafiq, and that got England into the game.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Anderson bowled some beautiful deliveries, with some real shape on the ball, but this is a good batting pitch. You have to take chances early on as when you make inroads, the people coming in are under more pressure. But they didn't and Shafiq took advantage. Wasn't it a big stroke by the captain to send him in ahead of Younus Khan, after a pair? But it worked. And Younus stood still today like the old Younus, his head was still at the moment of delivery and he played nicely. Two fine innings.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Well 328 was enough. Catches win matches. England had drops when it mattered. The energy was there from the England bowlers, but Alex Hales dropped a cuckoo, and Jimmy Anderson who's a wonderful catcher dropped one. And it was costly. I'm not going on Finn's caught and bowled, any bowler will tell you it's difficult. They're not a great catching side, they only catch one in three.

England's winter squad


Philip Mactaggart: Why not bring in Bell and KP? Both miles ahead of Ballance and Vince. Imagine an England batting line up with them in it.

A chastening day for England - stand by for TMS's review of the day. Boycott warming up as we speak.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Pakistan have batted better than I thought they would all series.

Close of play - Pak 340-6

Younus 101, Sarfraz 17

Sarfraz cuts Anderson for four to push Pakistan's lead into double figures - a single brings Younus on strike and he plays the last ball of the day back to the bowler to end his day's work on 101 from 144 balls.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England will go home, have a good rub down, come back tomorrow and try to wrap it up.

Pak 335-6

Lead by seven

The day is drawing to a close as Younus stands tall to defend against Finn. Probably time for one more over.

Stand by for more cricket on the radio after this, though - BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have commentary on the Women's Super League game between Lancashire Thunder and Yorkshire Diamonds after this one finishes.

not-outPak 334-6

...but it was more in hope than expectation, Sarfraz is easily home.

Third umpire

Now here's a funny moment. Sarfraz sets off for a run, is sent back the throw comes in to Bairstow and he takes the bails off even though Sarfraz's bat looks grounded beyond the line. They're going to go upstairs just in case...

Lovely afternoon with @InvestecCricket watching @englandcricket few more wickets tonight would be nice #TheOval

Lovely afternoon with @InvestecCricket watching @englandcricket few more wickets tonight would be nice #TheOval

Pak 333-6

Younus 100, Sarfraz 11

Time for a quick burst from James Anderson, wicketless in this game, from the Vauxhall End as the day draws to a close. Sarfraz swipes a four square of the wicket to take the score to triple Nelson.

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Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

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That is Younus' fourth century against England. It's his second in England. He made 173 at Headingley in 2006. It's his fourth quickest century. He has converted 30 of his scores in the nineties to 100, going past Don Bradman's 29.

Pak 329-6

Lead by one

With England's lead down to four runs, Sarfraz looks like he's playing for the close here - perhaps aware there's not a great deal of batting to come after him, just Pakistan's three pace bowlers. And Sarfraz shows his skills, stepping forward and clipping a length ball from outside off stump for four through mid-wicket. A very confident shot, and the scores are level. A single to third man puts Pakistan in the ascendancy.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Well played Younus Khan. It wasn't one of his stylish innings but you can see what it meant to him. He's done his job well.

100 for Younus Khan

Pak 323-6

And there it is - Younus Khan, aged 38 years and 257 days, sedately guides Woakes for a single to reach his 32nd Test century. Not quite one of his most elegant, but they all count.

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Tim Carlisle: Woakes bowling line and length down the corridor of uncertainty and looking for bits of movement - England's McGrath?

Pak 321-6

Seven overs left today

Younus wants a single - just like Shafiq, he nearly presses the panic button on 99 before Sarfraz sends him back. And as Younus has to defend a good delivery from Broad, the wait goes on.

I expressed a hope earlier that England might get the full 90 overs in today. (As if that's not too much to ask, chaps). But unless they turn to spin, I'd say they're unlikely to bowl seven overs of seam in 20 minutes.

Pak 321-6

Younus 99, Sarfraz 1

We last checked in with Younus when he had just reached 99 - he's lost two batting partners in that last over. Broad posts a deep backward square leg for Sarfraz, and a single brings Younus on strike...

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Pak 320-6

Trail by eight

Geoffrey often says "add two wickets to the score" - and that's what Chris Woakes has just done in the space of five deliveries. Keeper Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man in, and England still hold a narrow lead.

Ramiz Raja

Former Pakistan captain on BBC Test Match Special

Not a good shot and a very good catch by Moeen. He judged it to perfection. Good thinking by Woakes to bowl it short on the off-stump line. It was a difficult angle for him to hit and he will be disappointed with that after hitting a good drive.


Iftikhar c Moeen b Woakes 4 (Pak 320-6)

Iftikhar Ahmed in for his debut Test innings - and it only lasts four deliveries, as after executing a fluent straight drive for four off his third ball, he tries to blast his fourth through mid-wicket, miscues it and is well caught by Moeen Ali running back at mid-on.