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Root makes hay as England pile on the agony

Root makes hay as England pile on the agony
July 23, 2016
MANCHESTER – Joe Root powered past 200 as England moved on to 533 for six at tea on the second day of the second test against Pakistan in Manchester on Saturday. Root, who had batted for exactly 10 hours, was on 226 not out at the interval, the right-hander's 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 Lord's 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. SCOREBOARD
England 1st innings         
A. Cook                          b Amir                     105 
A. Hales                         b Amir                     10  
J. Root                          not out                    226 
J. Vince                         c S. Ahmed b R. Ali        18  
G. Ballance                      b R. Ali                   23  
C. Woakes                        c&b Shah                   58  
B. Stokes                        c S. Ahmed b Riaz          34  
J. Bairstow                      not out                    32  
Extras                           (lb-9 nb-10 w-8)           27  
Total                            (for 6 wickets, 146 overs) 533 
Fall of wickets: 1-25 A. Hales,2-210 A. Cook,3-238 J. Vince,4-311 G. Ballance,5-414 C. Woakes,6-471 B. Stokes
To bat: M. Ali, S. Broad, J. Anderson
M. Amir                          29 - 6 - 89 - 2(w-2)           
R. Ali                           29 - 4 - 101 - 2(w-2)          
W. Riaz                          25 - 1 - 102 - 1(nb-9 w-4)     
Y. Shah                          52 - 6 - 193 - 1               
Az. Ali                          10 - 0 - 36 - 0                
S. Masood                        1 - 0 - 3 - 0(nb-1)            
Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena                                        
Umpire: Rod Tucker                                              
TV umpire: Joel Wilson                                          
Match referee: Richie Richardson. –Reuters