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England captain Root falls short of fifty after rain-delayed start at Headingley

Yorkshireman was dismissed for 45 in Leeds.

Captain Joe Root’s miscued drive dented England’s momentum as the hosts eyed building a first-innings lead against Pakistan at Headingley.

Root had turned his overnight 29 into 45, before edging Mohammad Amir’s full delivery to Sarfraz Ahmed.

That left England 138 for three at Root’s dismissal, with the hosts adding four more runs after half an hour’s play on a rain-affected second day in Leeds.

No play was possible before lunch as persistent drizzle kept the pitch under covers, with the teams finally out on the field at 2.45pm.

Dom Bess moved onto 13, with Dawid Malan joining the nightwatchman after Root’s departure.

Seeking a win to draw the two-Test series, England had dominated day one, reaching 106 for two in reply to Pakistan’s 174.

Tea was rescheduled for 4.40pm after the rain interruptions, with hours of play extended until 7.30pm if necessary and possible.


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