DUBAI (Web Desk) – England on Saturday collapsed at 242 runs on day 3 of second Test match against Pakistan at Dubai’s cricket stadium.
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Pakistan’s Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz picked four wickets each. Remaining two batsmen were dismissed by Imran Khan.
England had resumed the game from 182-3 runs earlier this day.
On Friday Root remained unbeaten on 76, built the innings after England lost the key wicket of skipper Alastair Cook as they fought hard against a pace/spin Pakistan attack on a Dubai stadium pitch.
With Root was Jonny Bairstow on 27 as England were 196 behind Pakistan´s first innings total of 378 with seven wickets intact.
The first Test in the three-match series ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi last week.
Cook, who hit an epic 263 in the first Test, added 113 runs for the third wicket with Root as the pair negotiated leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar with confidence.
They built on the early loss of Moeen Ali (one) and Ian Bell (four) and challenged Pakistan´s superior bowling attack.
Cook reached his 45th half-century with a flicked boundary off paceman Imran Khan before he was caught off a leg-side push off the bowling of Shah.
Cook hit 10 well-timed fours during his 117-ball stay.
Root was more aggressive, taking a single off Shah to complete 15th fifty to continue his excellent form in 2015 in which he had already passed the 1,000-run mark before this series.
Root has so far hit nine fours during his 118-ball stay.