Eng­land keep Pak­istan un­der pres­sure

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

LEEDS, (Reuters) - Ev­ery Eng­land bats­men con­trib­uted but not one reached a half-cen­tury as Joe Root’s side ratch­eted up the pres­sure on Pak­istan in the sec­ond test to lead by 128 at the end of a rain-af­fected sec­ond day at Head­in­g­ley yes­ter­day.

By the late close, Eng­land had reached 302 for seven with Jos But­tler (34) and Sam Cur­ran (16) still at the crease.

Af­ter the morn­ing ses­sion was lost to the weather, Eng­land mixed watch­ful de­fence with oc­ca­sional at­tack to in­crease their stran­gle­hold on the game and fur­ther their chances of lev­el­ling the two-test series.

Their bats­men were heav­ily crit­i­cised for lack of ap­pli­ca­tion dur­ing their nine-wicket first-test de­feat but looked much more im­pres­sive in Leeds, build­ing a strong plat­form from which their bowlers can at­tack on Sun­day.

The only thing lack­ing from Eng­land’s point of view was an in­di­vid­ual score of note as Root (45), Do­minic Bess (49), Dawid Malan (28), Jonny Bairstow (21) and then But­tler all kept the score­board tick­ing over with­out any­one threat­en­ing three fig­ures.

Re­sum­ing on 106 for two when the rain re­lented, Eng­land showed their ag­gres­sive in­ten­tions by tak­ing 21 in the first three overs, a flow of runs helped by some sloppy field­ing from the vis­i­tors.

Root was first to go, edg­ing a ball aimed across him by Mo­ham­mad Amir af­ter adding 16 to his overnight score.

Malan also played him­self in be­fore de­part­ing to Amir’s first ball af­ter tea while, at the other end, 20-year-old night­watch­man Bess fell one run short of his sec­ond suc­ces­sive test half-cen­tury when he edged to slip. Eng­land 1st in­nings

Eng­land’s Dom Bess played at­trac­tively but was dis­missed one run short of a half cen­tury. (Reuters)

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