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Pakistan in control of Oval Test match

Mohammad Amir (left) celebrates taking one of his four wickets as Pakistan took control at The Oval.
Mohammad Amir (left) celebrates taking one of his four wickets as Pakistan took control at The Oval.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pakistan are in control of the third Test match against England at The Oval
  • The home side close the third day on 221 for nine wickets, a lead of just 146 runs
  • England opener Alastair Cook ends a dismal run of form with his 13th Test century
  • Spinner Saeed Ajmal and paceman Mohammad Aamer both take four wickets

(CNN) -- Pakistan are in control of the third Test match against England at The Oval after close of play on the third day.

When play was called off early because of bad light, the home side were struggling on 221 for nine wickets, a lead of just 146 runs with one wicket remaining.

Stuart Broad is six not out and Steven Finn nought not out as England will look to add some more runs to their total on Saturday.

The damage was done by spinner Saeed Ajmal and left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir, who both took four wickets as England lost six wickets for just 26 runs after reaching the tea interval on 194 for three.

England's poor return came despite a return to form for opening batsman Alastair Cook, who ended a dismal run which had seen him score just 106 runs in his previous eight innings.

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Cook top scored with 110, his 13th Test century, before being caught behind off debutant quick bowler Wahab Riaz.

England currently lead the series 2-0 but a Pakistan win will ensure the fourth and final Test at Lords has extra significance.