Ali's hundred lifts England to 328 against Pakistan

England's Alex Hales, left, looks dejected with Alastair Cooke as he waits for the umpires decision before being given out for 6 against Pakistan during day one of the Fourth cricket Test Match at The Oval, London. Thursday Aug. 11, 2016. (John Walton/PA via AP)
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LONDON (AP) A superb century from Moeen Ali helped England to a respectable total of 328 all out on the first day of the fourth and final test against Pakistan on Thursday.

Fast bowler Sohail Khan (5-68) claimed his second successive five-wicket haul, but Ali's 108 with 13 fours and two sixes rescued England after Wahab Riaz's 3-93 had reduced the home team to 110-5.

Ali was also helped by some sloppy fielding by the tourists.

Pakistan, trailing 2-1 in the series, then ran into early trouble in its reply when Sami Aslam was trapped leg before wicket by Stuart Broad.

Pakistan finished the day on 3-1, with Azhar Ali and nightwatchman Yasir Shah yet to score.

Moeen Ali, dropped on 9 and 15 by Azhar Ali, cashed in on the chances by sharing half century stands with Jonny Bairstow (55) and Chris Woakes (45).

No. 11 James Anderson hung in as Ali reached his hundred with a six over midwicket off leg-spinner Shah before falling to Sohail.