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Moeen Ali fires a century as hosts bowled out for 328 at the Oval

England were bowled out for 328 on day one of the fourth Investec Test at The Oval, with Moeen Ali top scoring and Sohail Khan taking five wickets.

Moeen followed up his Man of the Match performance in the third Test at Edgbaston – in which he scored 63 and an unbeaten 86 before taking the final wicket – with 108 in south London.

The elegant left-hander sealed his third Test ton – and second of the summer following his rumbustious 155 not out against Sri Lanka in Durham in May – with a six off Yasir Shah over deep midwicket.

Moeen received stellar support from Jonny Bairstow (55) and Chris Woakes (45) after England had slumped to 110-5, and then dominated a stand of 32 with last man James Anderson before top-edging Sohail (5-68) into the deep.

Pakistan could have removed Moeen and Bairstow early in their innings, though – Moeen spilled by Azhar Ali at slip while on nine and Bairstow caught off a Wahab Riaz no-ball at point when on 13.

England were frustrated in the seventh over of the day when Alex Hales was given caught out by Yasir Shah at midwicket, despite replays suggesting the ball may have bounced before the fielder.

But they were cock-a-hoop come stumps, after Moeen helped swell their score past 300 and Stuart Broad trapped Sami Aslam (3) to leave Pakistan 3-1 early in their reply.


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