Bairstow and Ali revive England to 200-5 vs Pakistan
LONDON (AP) Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali survived close calls to hit half-centuries and lead England to 200-5 at tea on the first day of the fourth test against Pakistan after Wahab Riaz had rattled the top order with three wickets on Thursday.
Bairstow was caught off Riaz's no-ball and escaped a review of leg before wicket against Mohammad Amir to stay unbeaten on 55.
Moeen Ali was twice dropped by Azhar Ali and moved to 52 at the break as the two batsmen put on 90 runs for the sixth-wicket stand at the Oval.
Earlier, captain Alastair Cook's decision to bat first after winning the toss seemed to have backfired when England lost three wickets for five runs – going from 69-1 to 74-4.
Riaz, one of the two changes Pakistan made from the third test loss, had Joe Root and James Vince caught behind off sharp bouncing deliveries and Cook (35) dragged Sohail Khan's short ball back onto his stumps.
Riaz then removed Gary Ballance in the second over after lunch to reduce England to 110-5 before Bairstow and Moeen profited from Pakistan's fielding lapses.
England leads the four-match series 2-1.