The hosts were 106/2 on day one after bowling Pakistan out for a mere 174 in the first innings. Nightwatchman Dom Bess and captain Joe Root were unbeaten at the crease at stumps.
The second day’s play was delayed due to rain. The morning session was completely washed out. The play started after three hours and 45 minutes than the actual time. Match officials slated 59 overs for the day with the playing schedule being extended.
20-year-old Bess started the day confidently as he got off the mark from his overnight score 0*. Pakistan got the breakthrough soon after the play started. Mohammad Amir got Root caught behind for 45 runs off 76 balls.
Dawid Malan and Bess kept the scorecard moving as they went to tea with a 20-odd lead. They put on 62 runs for the fourth-wicket. Malan made 28 from 71. Bess was looking good for his second consecutive fifty. But he was caught at slip off Shadab Khan moments after Malan got out. Bess scored 49 runs off 95 balls hitting 7 boundaries.
Bess still has the highest score in the innings as no English batsman reached 50. Jonny Bairstow got the start but couldn’t shine on his home turf. Chris Woakes departed later in the day.
All eyes will be on Jos Buttler and debutant Sam Curran as England look to extend their 128-run lead. They finished day two on 302/7 in 96 overs. Buttler played slightly uncharacteristic knock in his 67-ball 34*. Curran hit three fours in his 16*.
England 302/7 in 96 overs (Bess 49, Cook 46; Faheem 2/43, Amir 2/64) 1 of 1