Match Report : 2nd Test : Day 3 : England vs Pakistan at Manchester, Jul 23, 2016
BRIEF SCORES England 589/8 dec (J Root 254, A Cook 105, W Riaz 3/105) vs Pakistan 57/4 (C Woakes 3/18)
MANCHESTER: Joe Root’s masterful 254 and three early wickets for Chris Woakes put England in a commanding position on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan in Manchester.
Root, who batted for more than 10 hours, struck 27 fours in his highest Test score to lead the hosts to 589 for eight declared and Pakistan’s top order crumbled as they limped to 57 for four at the close.
England, 1-0 down in the series, had resumed in the morning on 314 for four and nightwatchman 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.