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Pakistan face tall order after Root strikes double century

Pakistan face tall order after Root strikes double century

MANCHESTER: Joe Root slammed a career-best 254 before England declared their first innings at 589 for eight shortly after tea on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday.

England captain Alastair Cook closed the innings the moment Jonny Bairstow was dismissed for 58 to leave Pakistan with possible 27 overs in the final session.

Root, who had batted for more than 10 hours and struck 27 boundaries during his 406-ball innings, was well taken in the deep by Mohammad Hafeez after attempting another big hit against leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who was England’s tormentor in the series opener at Lord’s where bagged 10 wickets.

But Yasir ended up with unflattering figures of 1-213 in 54 overs in contrast to his heroics at Lord’s. Seamer Wahab Riaz took the remaining three wickets to fall on Saturday to end up with 3-106.

Root had made 226 as England went to tea at 533-6, having surpassed his previous highest score at this level of 200 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord’s two years ago.

England resumed on their overnight 314 for four, with Root 141 not out after he had shared a second-wicket stand of 185 with skipper and fellow senior batsman Alastair Cook (105).

But although sent in as a nightwatchman, Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes showed his batting class during a boundary-filled fifty on Saturday.

Woakes was the dominant partner in a fifth-wicket stand of 103 with Root.

Two not out overnight, Woakes — who has scored nine first-class hundreds — was soon demonstrating a fundamentally orthodox batting technique.

When Rahat Ali, one of Pakistan’s trio of left-arm quicks along with Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, dropped short, he was cut for four by Woakes.

Next ball, when Rahat over-pitched, Woakes cover-drove him for another boundary.

There was a brief hold-up when Woakes was struck on the right arm by Rahat.

But when Amir, who appeared to be struggling with a niggling injury, dropped short outside off stump, Woakes uppercut him for six high over third man.

Meanwhile a single off Rahat saw Root to 150 in 269 balls including 18 fours.

The Yorkshireman had batted for six hours without giving a chance on Friday but on 155 he had a reprieve when an outside edge off Yasir just carried to slip.

But Younis Khan was slow to react to the difficult low catch.

Woakes’ 104-ball innings, which included eight fours and a six, ended when he chipped a return catch straight back to Yasir to leave England 414 for five.

England, 427 for five at lunch, lost just the one wicket in the second session when left-hander Ben Stokes was given out caught behind on review down the leg-side off Wahab on 34.

Stokes was originally given not out by on-field umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

A protracted review suggested there was not clear evidence to overturn his call but third umpire Joel Wilson eventually decided to reverse the decision much to all-rounder Stokes’s evident surprise.

Poor fielding has been a feature of Pakistan’s play this series and Bairstow was reprieved on nine when he edged Shah only for wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to fumble the catch, after several juggled attempts.

Pakistan were reduced to bringing on part-time medium pacer Shan Masood and he was promptly no-balled first delivery after knocking over the stumps with his trailing leg.


ENGLAND (1st Innings, overnight 314-4):

A.N. Cook b Amir 105

A.D. Hales b Amir 10

J.E. Root c Hafeez b Wahab 254

J.M. Vince c Sarfraz b Rahat 18

G.S. Ballance b Rahat 23

C.R. Woakes c and b Yasir 58

B.A. Stokes c Sarfraz b Wahab 34

J.M. Bairstow c Misbah b Wahab 58

Moeen Ali not out 2

EXTRAS (LB-9, W-8, NB-10) 27

TOTAL (for eight wkts decl, 152.2 overs)589

FALL OF WKTS: 1-25, 2-210, 3-238, 4-311, 5-414, 6-471, 7-577, 8-589.

DID NOT BAT: S.C.J. Broad, J.M. Anderson.

BOWLING: Mohammad Amir 29-6-89-2 (2w); Rahat Ali 29-4-101-2 (2w); Wahab Riaz 26.2-1-106-3 (9nb, 4w); Yasir Shah 54-6-213-1; Azhar Ali 11-0-52-0; Shan Masood 3-0-19-0 (1nb).

PAKISTAN: Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali.

Double tons at Old Trafford

311 — Bob Simpson Australia vs England1964

256 — Ken Barrington England vs Australia 1964

254 — Joe Root England vs Pakistan2016

223 — Gordon Greenidge West Indies vs England 1984

210 — Gary Kirsten South Africa vs England 1998

205 — Aamir Sohail Pakistan vs England 1992

Published in Dawn, July 24th, 2016

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