Pakistan draws series after thrashing England by 10 wickets

LONDON (AP) " Pakistan celebrated its independence day with a 10-wicket victory over England in the fourth test to draw the four-match series 2-2 on Sunday.

Jonny Bairstow fought a lone battle and scored 81 with England dismissed for 253 in its second innings " a lead of just 39 runs as leg-spinner Yasir Shah (5-71) grabbed his second five-wicket haul in the series on the fourth day.

Pakistan openers Azhar Ali (30 not out) and Sami Aslam (12 not out) reached 42-0 for an emphatic win just after tea " ending the match with a six " and captain Misbah-ul-Haq led his players on a victory lap at the Oval, carrying the national flag.

"It's really tough to recover from two heavy defeats (in the second and third tests) but it shows the character of the team," Misbah said. "It's really a fabulous victory, especially to win a test match on our independence day."

Man-of-the-match Younis Khan returned to form and scored a double century in a strong Pakistan first-innings 542 " a lead of 214 " after England was dismissed for 328.

Pakistan won the first test at Lord's by 75 runs before England came back hard with a 330-run victory at Manchester and a 141-run win at Birmingham.

However, Pakistan's batting finally came good at the Oval to level the series and retain its No. 3 spot in test rankings, one place above England.

"We had an opportunity to win the series 3-1 but Pakistan bounced back well from Edgbaston and they deserved to win this test match," England captain Alastair Cook said. "It's a fair result (of the series) in the end."

Earlier, Bairstow and Gary Ballance added 40 more to England's overnight 88-4 before fast bowler Sohail Khan had Ballance caught behind in his first over.

Moeen Ali (32), who made a century in the first innings, batted confidently and even hoisted Shah for a straight six until he played the leg-spinner onto the back foot and got a thin edge to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed just before lunch.

Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz (2-48) then got rid of Chris Woakes (4) and Bairstow off successive deliveries " effectively ending any hope of an England fightback. Riaz ran out Woakes off his own bowling with a direct throw at the non-striker's end. Bairstow, who hit eight fours, drove into the safe hands of Misbah at short covers with England at 209-8 and still trailing by four runs.

Riaz got his third warning for running into the danger area on the wicket and was stopped from bowling any further but the damage had already been done.

England's tailenders did well to wipe out the deficit and avoid the innings defeat before Shah had Stuart Broad (5) caught by Younis at leg slip off a mistimed reverse sweep. Off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed got his first wicket in his debut test by claiming No. 11 batsman James Anderson (17) to wrap up England's innings.

Set 40 to win, Pakistan's openers reached the required target off 13.1 overs as Azhar lofted off-spinner Ali for a straight six in one of the country's most memorable victories against England.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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