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Pakistan collapse 57-4 after Root double ton

MANCHESTER, Saturday - Pakistan collapsed to 57 for four in reply to Englandís first innings 589 for eight declared, a deficit of 532 runs, at stumps on the second day of the second Test at Old Trafford on Saturday.Chris Woakes took three for 18 in six overs before Shan Masood (30 not out) and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (one not out) got through to the close. Earlier, Joe Root made 254 as he became just the fourth England batsman after Denis Compton (278, Nottingham 1954) Ted Dexter (205, Karachi 1962) and current captain Alastair Cook (263, Abu Dhabi 2015) to score a double century against Pakistan in a Test match.

Englandís Joe Root leaves the pitch after being dismissed for 254 on the second day of the second Test cricket match against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday. AFP

Three Pakistan bowlers conceded more than 100 runs each with leg-spinner Yasir Shah taking one for 213 in 54 overs. Root powered past 200 as England moved on to 533 for six at tea. Root, who had batted for exactly 10 hours, was on 226 not out at the interval, the right-handerís highest test score signalling a return to form after a disappointing series against Sri Lanka.England will look to declare early in the final session at Old Trafford as they bid to level the series after Pakistan won the first test at Lordís by 75 runs.

The hosts had resumed in the morning on 314 for four and nightwatchman Chris Woakes dominated the early strike, peppering the boundary with crisp drives and cuts.

Root went past 150 for the fifth time in his test career but he did offer one chance which was spilled by Younus Khan at slip off leg-spinner Yasir Shah. Woakes continued his fine run of form, hitting eight fours and a six on the way to his second test half-century before he poked a return catch to Shah and departed for 58. Ben Stokes, returning to the side after injury, made a fluent 34, including five fours, and shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 57 with Root who went past 200 with a perfectly executed reverse sweep off Shah.

Stokes nicked a catch down the leg-side to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed off Wahab Riaz which was given out after a lengthy review but Jonny Bairstow kept up the momentum with a busy unbeaten 32. Pakistan lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 75-run win in the first Test at Lordís last week.

Ė Agencies


ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS (overnight: 314-4)  
A. Cook b Mohammad Amir			       105  
A. Hales b Mohammad Amir	      		10  
J. Root c Mohammad Hafeez b Wahab Riaz 	       254  
J. Vince c Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali		18  
G. Ballance b Rahat Ali  	        	23  
C. Woakes c and b Yasir Shah  	       		58  
B. Stokes c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 		34  
J. Bairstow c Misbah-ul-Haq b Wahab Riaz	58  
M. Ali not out  	     			02  
Extras (lb9, w8, nb10) 	     			27  
Total (8 wkts dec, 152.2 overs)	               589  

Did not bat: S Broad, J Anderson  
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Hales), 2-210 (Cook), 3-238 (Vince)
		 4-311  (Ballance), 5-414 (Woakes), 6-471 (Stokes)
		 7-577 (Root), 8-589 (Bairstow)  
Bowling: Amir 29-6-89-2 (2w)
	 Rahat 29-4-101-2 (2w)
	 Riaz 26.2-1-106-3 (9nb, 4w)
	 Shah 54-6-213-1
	 Azhar 11-0-52-0
	 Masood 3-0-19-0 (1nb)  

Mohammad Hafeez c Root b Woakes			18  
Shan Masood not out 				30  
Azhar Ali c and b Woakes 			01  
Younis Khan c Bairstow b Stokes 		01  
Rahat Ali c Ballance b Woakes 			04  
Misbah-ul-Haq not out  				01  
Extras (lb1, nb1) 				02  
Total (4 wkts, 24 overs)			57  

To bat: Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah  
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Hafeez), 2-43 (Azhar), 3-48 (Younis), 4-53 (Rahat)  
Bowling: Anderson 6-3-7-0
	 Broad 5-2-9-0
	 Ali 3-0-11-0 (1nb)
	 Woakes 6-0-18-3
	 Stokes 4-0-11-1 


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