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Bess just misses out on another 50 as England establish lead

NIghtwatchman helps hosts maintain control at Headingley.

Nightwatchman Dom Bess fell one run short of a second straight Test match 50 as England reached 247 for five against Pakistan at Headingley.

The Somerset spinner backed up his second-innings 57 in England’s nine-wicket defeat to Pakistan at Lord’s with another impressive knock on day two of the second Test in Leeds.

But just like Alastair Cook with 46 and Joe Root with 45, Bess could not hit the half-century milestone. Instead the 20-year-old edged Shadab Khan to Asad Shafiq in the slips.

Joe Root shows his dejection as Mohammad Amir, left, celebrates taking his wicket (Martin Rickett/PA).

Bess’ departure had England 212 for five, with Dawid Malan having earlier fallen prey to Mohammad Amir for 28.

Those two quick dismissals brought Jos Buttler and Johnny Bairstow to the crease, with England battling to settle once more.

Buttler was dropped by Hasan Ali off Shadab Khan, then hit on the helmet, but kept his cool to reach an unbeaten 24 by 6pm.

The entire morning was lost to rain, with play extended as late as 7.30pm if possible, following a 2.45pm start.

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