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England dominate 2nd Test; On verge of big victory

England dominate 2nd Test; On verge of big victory: England crushed Pakistan by 330 runs in the second Test at Old Trafford to level the four-match series 1-1. Chasing a colossal target of 565, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals and could manage only 234. James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes chipped in with three wickets apiece.

Alastair Cook, the England captain, was 76 not out. Man-of-the-match, England Vice-captain Joe Root scored a total of 325 runs, the most in an Old Trafford Test. He also took a wicket. He became the third England batsman after Andrew Sandham and Graham Gooch to make more than 250 and 50 in the same Test, smashing & breaking all records.

England vs Pakistan

England vs Pakistan

In the first innings, Pakistan were dismissed for just 198 in reply to England’s 589 for eight (declared). England set a considerable target for Pakistan to chase after Joe Root racked up 254 runs on Saturday, while Chris Woakes took three wickets before the close of play that wiped out their top order.

Poor fielding has been a feature of Pakistan’s play this series and Jonny Bairstow, last man out for 58, was reprieved on nine when he edged Shah only for wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to fumble the catch.

An added worry for England is Ben Stokes calf injury, which might cost them in the remaining series, if he is forced to retire-hurt. On the other hand, sources said that Pakistan can think of this defeat as a tactical withdrawal, and they live to fight another day at Edgbaston on Wednesday week – provided their batsmen work in the interim at dealing with bounce.

“In those first nine overs before the declaration Cook and Root scored 75 runs. It was brilliant stuff, most notably Root’s reverse-sweeping”, marked the commentator.

Play did not resume until almost 5:40pm [BST] only for the skies to open again just over half an hour later. Hales and Cook reached 68 as they dodged the showers until the Nottinghamshire opener edged behind off Mohammad Amir.

Cook starts the fourth day on Monday unbeaten on 49 with Joe Root on 23.

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