England leads Pakistan by 128 runs in 2nd check

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England leads Pakistan by 128 runs in 2nd check

Information 03 Jun 2018, 00:52 IST





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LEEDS, England (AP) — England stretched its lead over Pakistan to 128 runs with three first-innings wickets left at stumps on a rain-hit Day 2 of the second and last check on Saturday.

Nightwatchman Dominic Bess (49) missed out on his second straight check half-century as England, chasing a series-leveling victory, progressed to 302-7 at stumps.

Pakistan took some sharp catches throughout its nine-wicket win within the first check at Lord’s final week, however seemed poor within the discipline at Headingley.

Hasan Ali dropped Jos Buttler at quick midwicket on four when England’s lead was 46 and Buttler had moved to 34 not out by the shut of play.

Pakistan was bundled out for 174 in its first innings on Day 1 after captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s choice to bat first after successful the toss backfired.

“We did not get sufficient runs within the first innings, that is the important thing,” Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur stated.

“As a unit we have bowled properly, other than Hasan’s dropped catch we fielded OK … when you win the toss and bat, you bought to be hitting 280-300 and 300 plus to place the opposition underneath stress.”

Rain washed out the complete first session Saturday and, when play lastly began an hour after lunch underneath cloudy circumstances, England misplaced captain Joe Root for 45.

Resuming in a single day on 106-2, Root and Bess took the overall to 138 earlier than quick bowler Mohammad Amir (2-64) acquired the breakthrough.

The left-arm quick bowler enticed Root to drive a full supply and located a skinny edge to present wicketkeeper Sarfraz certainly one of his 5 catches of the innings.

However Bess and Dawid Malan batted confidently in opposition to Pakistan’s four-man seam assault and likewise learn properly the googlies and legbreaks of Shadab Khan, taking their group to a assured 199-Three at tea.

Pakistan hit again early within the final session when each Malan and Bess fell to deliveries which acquired further bounce off the wicket.

Amir ended a 62-run fourth wicket stand when Malan (28) was caught within the slips.

Bess, who hit seven boundaries and seemed stable, tried to dab Shadab off the backfoot however the ball bounced on him and Asad Shafiq took a pointy catch because the lone slip.

Jonny Bairstow (21) smashed two successive fours off Faheem Ashraf (2-43) earlier than falling to the seamer off the subsequent supply within the final over simply earlier than the second ball was due.

Though England misplaced recalled Chris Woakes (17) to Mohammad Abbas with the second new ball, Buttler and newcomer Sam Curran (16 not out) noticed off the final seven overs of the day to the frustration of Pakistan.

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