Jos Buttler and Dom Bess have revived England after their top-order failed in the second innings of the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s Cricket Ground. England currently have the lead.
Pakistan 350/8 overnight in reply to England’s first innings score of 184. The tourists were bowled out for 363 runs in the third morning with a big lead of 179. Ben Stokes and James Anderson took two wickets each.
England lost the wicket of Alastair Cook early in the second innings to Mohammad Abbas for 1. Mark Stoneman was undone by a leg-spinning delivery off Shadab Khan at stroke on lunch.
Skipper Joe Root added 60 runs with Dawid Malan for the third-wicket. Mohammad Amir and Abbas struck as England middle-order collapsed to 6/110 from 2/91.
Root made his 40th half-century, scoring 68 off 120 with 8 fours. England had to fight hard to avoid an innings defeat. No.7 Buttler and No.8 Bess showed England the way.
The pair settled down the fall of wickets and then accelerated to put on runs. Buttler reached his seventh fifty on his Test return. Bess also scored his maiden half-century in his debut Test. England got the lead by the time.
England finished the day with 235 runs for 6 wickets in 78 overs. The English are leading by 56 runs with four wickets in hand. Buttler is unbeaten on 66 runs from 130 deliveries hitting 6 boundaries. 20-year-old Bess is on 101-ball 55* with 8 fours.
England 184 & 235/6 in 78 overs (Root 68, Buttler 66*; Amir 2/35, Abbas 2/36)
Pakistan 363 allout in 114.3 overs (Babar 68*, Shafiq 59; Stokes 3/73, Anderson 3/82)