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Cook extends England's lead to 489

After bowling Pakistan out for 198, host bats on to reach 98 for 1 at close on day three

Cook extends England's lead to 489 - Cricket News
Pakistan will need to rewrite the record books if it is to win the second Test against England at Old Trafford after Alastair Cook chose not to enforce the follow-on.
 
At stumps on Sunday (July 24), England was 98 for 1 in its second innings as it seeks a series-levelling victory.
 
That gave England a lead of 489 runs, with the highest successful chase to date being the West Indies' 418 for 7 against Australia in St John's in 2002-03.
 
England captain Cook, who made a first-innings hundred, was 49 not out and Joe Root, his deputy whose 254 in the same innings was his Test-best score, was unbeaten on 23 at the end of the third day’s play.
 
Shortly before the close, England lost opener Alex Hales (24), caught behind off Mohammad Amir.
 
Pakistan was earlier dismissed for just 198 in reply to England's 589 for 8 declared -- a massive deficit of 391 runs. On a day where four rain interruptions led to 27 overs being lost, Cook chose to bat again.


 
Chris Woakes, the pace-bowling all-rounder, finished with 4 for 67, while Root held four catches at second slip during Pakistan’s first innings.
 
Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, top-scored with 52 and shared a ninth-wicket stand of 60 with Wahab Riaz, who made a Test-best 39.
 
Pakistan, which resumed on 57 for 4, saw its first-innings collapse continue in the morning session as it lost four more wickets for 62 runs.
 
But with Cook opting against using experienced pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad after lunch, Pakistan added 79 runs in the second session.
 
Pakistan started Sunday with Shan Masood on 30 not out and Misbah on 1. Anderson marked his return to Test cricket on his Lancashire home ground, after missing Pakistan's series-opening 75-run win at Lord's last week with a shoulder injury, by taking the first wicket to fall.
 
Masood, the left-hand opening batsman who had held firm for more than two hours, exited in familiar fashion on 39 when he edged Anderson to Root. Pakistan was now 71 for 5, its total at the rain break.
 
Shortly after play resumed, Asad Shafiq (4) drove loosely at a Broad slower ball and lobbed a catch to Hales at point.
 
Sarfraz Ahmed arrived at 76 for 6 and stuck to his attacking game, getting off the mark by cutting Broad over Hales's head for four. Woakes, who took 11 wickets in defeat at Lord's, saw his first over on Sunday cost 11 runs as Sarfraz hit two well-struck boundaries.
 
But when Sarfraz (26) played defensively at Ben Stokes, he succeeded only in giving Root another easy slip catch. Misbah, who made a fine hundred at Lord's, completed a 108-ball fifty before sweeping at Moeen Ali to be caught at short-fine leg by Cook.
 
Wahab hoisted Mooen for six, but going for another big hit off the offie, he holed out to end a 61-ball innings. Left-arm quick Wahab was hit on the forearm by Woakes when batting and did not bowl in England’s second innings.

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