England in command

Multan: Andrew Flintoff led a sharp and disciplined pace attack to boost England’s chances of winning the opening Test against Pakistan. He finished with 4-88 as Pakistan were bowled out for 341 in their second innings after conceding a lead of 144 runs. Needing 198 to win, England were 24-1 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day. Flintoff was supported by pacemen Steve Harmison (3-52) and Matthew Hoggard (2-81). Earlier, Pakistan threatened to set a challenging target after gutsy opener Salman Butt (122) and in-form skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq (72) had put on 135 for the fourth wicket. — AFP