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03-Jun-2018 04:06:00 GMT
Eng v Pak, 1st Test, Leeds, day 2

Bess Leads England Advance Against Pakistan

Leeds: Nightwatchman Dominic Bess led a determined batting effort as England built a significant first-innings lead against Pakistan in the second Test at Headingley on Saturday.

England were 302 for seven at stumps on a rain-marred second day after Bess had made 49 in a match the hosts had to win to end the series all square at 1-1.

That left England 128 runs ahead after they had dismissed Pakistan for a meagre 174 on Friday.

Jos Buttler, dropped on four, was 34 not out and debutant Sam Curran unbeaten on 16.

After rain meant there was no play before lunch on Saturday, England resumed on 106 for two -- a deficit of 68 runs.

England captain Joe Root was 29 not out on his Yorkshire home ground and Bess yet to score, after coming in late Friday following the fall of opener Alastair Cook for a well-made 46.

The overcast conditions -- the floodlights were switched on to guard against bad light -- promised to assist Pakistan's bowlers.

Bess cover-drove left-arm quick Mohammad Amir for four, one of several boundaries worthy of a top-order batsman.

Brief scores:
England 302 for 7 (Bess 49) lead Pakistan 174 (Shadab 56, Broad 3-38, Anderson 3-43, Woakes 3-55) by 128 runs

Having often been criticised for failing to convert his Test fifties into hundreds, Root fell for 45 on Saturday when, chasing a scrambled seam delivery from Amir angled across him, he succeeded only in getting a thin edge to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain.

England saw their tea score of 199 for three quickly transformed into 212 for five as they lost both Dawid Malan (28) and Bess, who shared a fourth-wicket stand of 62.

Amir struck with his first delivery after tea when a ball of extra bounce took the shoulder of Malan's bat and looped gently to Haris Sohail at first slip.

No batsman has yet made a fifty this innings.

England's highest Test total without an individual half-century is their 315 against the West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1986.


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