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Root resolute as England pushes ahead

Batsman unbeaten on 76 as visiting side ends Day 2 of second Test at 182 for 3 after bowling Pakistan out for 378

Root resolute as England pushes ahead - Cricket News
Root was aggressive during his 118-ball 76, which featured nine fours.

Pakistan snared the key wicket of Alastair Cook on the second day of the second Test in Dubai on Friday (October 23), but Joe Root (76 not out) remained firm as he steered England to 182 for 3 at stumps.

Jonny Bairstow kept Root company at the other end, with England trailing by 196 runs after bowling out Pakistan for 378 in the first innings.

Cook, who was England's hero in the first Test after his masterful 263, kept Pakistan at bay, alongside Root, with 113 runs for the third wicket. The partnership was especially significant as Pakistan's bowlers had their tails up after removing Moeen Ali and Ian Bell early.

With a flicked boundary off Imran Khan, Cook brought up his 45th Test half-century and looked good for a big knock, but he was caught off a legside push off the bowling of Yasir. Cook's 117-ball 66 included 10 fours.

While Cook was his usual steady self, Root was more pugnacious during his 118-ball stay, which featured nine fours. He ran a single off Yasir to reach his 15th Test half-century, continuing what has already been a banner year for him in 2015, having already gone past the 1000-run milestone before the series.

England didn't have an ideal start as Wahab Riaz and Imran struck early in the second session. While Moeen was caught at short-leg off Wahab, Bell offered an easy catch off Imran's bowling.

England was looking rather shaky at 14 for 2 at that stage but, with Cook and Root in the middle, managed to survive a probing period.

At the start of the day, Pakistan resumed at 282 for 4, but lost some momentum as its last six wickets fell for 96 runs. Asad Shafiq made a valiant 83 before he was caught by Root off Wood, with nine fours in his 178-ball knock.

Stuart Broad put Pakistan on the back foot, trapping Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, leg before on 102 off the fifth ball of the day. Misbah reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was hitting leg-stump and he had to make the long walk back. His 197-ball knock included eight fours and five sixes.

Shafiq then forged a 52-run stand with Sarfraz Ahmed, but Moeen removed the latter for 32 and ensured the tail didn't wag. Mark Wood (3 for 39) and Moeen (3 for 108) were the pick of the bowlers for England.

The first Test of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi ended in a draw last week.

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