Sun | May 27, 2018

Pakistan on the ropes

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 12:00 AM


England rode on Joe Root's career-best 254 to declare on a massive 589-8, and Chris Woakes' triple strike left Pakistan in trouble on 57 for four at stumps in the second Test yesterday.

Woakes got rid of Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali and nightwatchman Rahat Ali on day two, while Ben Stokes had Younis Khan caught behind. Pakistan still trail by 532 runs with opener Shan Masood on 30 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq on one.

Root's double century off 406 balls spanned over 10 hours with 27 fours, and was backed up by half-centuries from Woakes and Jonny Bairstow before England declared after tea.

Top-ranked Test leg-spinner Yasir Shah made an unwelcome double century of his own, finishing on 1-213, the most runs conceded by a bowler at Old Trafford after England resumed overnight on 314-4.


Little support


On an easy paced wicket, Pakistan fielders dropped two catches and gave little support to their bowlers after England resumed the day on 314-4.

Root had added 14 to his overnight 141 when Younis spilled a low catch off Shah as the lone slip. Woakes, who came in Friday as the nightwatchman, showed aggression from the onset and even sliced a six over third man off Mohammad Amir while hitting eight fours in his knock of 58.

Woakes shared 103 runs with Root for the fifth-wicket partnership before giving a return catch to Shah for his first wicket in the 39th over of the innings as England reached 427-5 at lunch.

Root continued to bat resolutely and went past his previous test best of an unbeaten 200 - against Sri Lanka two years ago at Lord's - when he reverse swept Shah for a boundary to raise his second double century in 44 Test matches.