Defiant Root helps England pass 400-run mark, scores his second double century

MANCHESTER (Dawn.com): England number three batsman Joe Root on Saturday scored his second 200 in Test cricket on day two of the second Test against Pakistan as he reverse swept off Yasir Shah’s delivery for a four.

In the process, the 25-year-old surpassed his previous best of 200 not-out.

The right-handed batsman hit 22 fours in 355 deliveries to reach the milestone.

However, the next over saw Ben Stokes, returning to Test cricket after a knee injury, walk back to the pavilion as Wahab Riaz’s short-pitched delivery kissed the left-handed batsman’s glove on its way to Sarfraz Ahmed.

At Lunch on day two England were five for 427.

Starting the day at 314, Root and Chris Woakes, the unbeaten pair at Stumps on day one, added 100 runs before leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck.

Woakes was caught by Yasir off his own bowling after the all-rounder had scored his Test career’s second fifty.

During his 104-ball 58, Woakes was dropped by veteran Younis Khan, stationed at first slip, off Yasir.

On the other hand, 25-year-old Root registered his fifth 150-run milestone and was not out on 184 by the end of the first session.

On Friday, Root, coming in at number three, put up a remarkable show with a magnificent 246-ball 141.

After Alastair Cook-led England faced an early blow in the form of Alex Hales’ dismissal on the last ball of the seventh over, a 185-run stand between the English skipper and Root pushed the visitors onto the back foot.

During the partnership, Cook registered his fifth Test century against Pakistan. This was only the second time since 1962 that two from the top three English batsmen scored centuries in a Test innings.

Pakistan bowlers had a long day on a placid wicket that offered them no assistance.

Mohammad Amir and Rahat Ali took two wickets apiece.

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