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England embarrassed as Pakistan close in on crushing win

Pakistan look set to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

England could face an innings defeat inside three days after Pakistan ripped through the hosts’ top order at Lord’s.

Joe Root’s 68 was the only real resistance as England slumped to 111 for six at tea, still needing 68 to make the tourists bat again in the first NatWest Test.

Skipper Root dominated a 60-run stand with Dawid Malan for the fourth wicket, but the latter’s dismissal prompted a collapse of four wickets for 19 runs.

Mohammad Amir had Malan caught behind for 12 and then bowled Jonny Bairstow (nought) two balls later.

Ben Stokes was caught at midwicket off Shadab Khan for nine, before Root’s 120-ball stay was ended when he was lbw to Mohammad Abbas.

Abbas had earlier trapped Alastair Cook in front for just one while Mark Stoneman fell to Shadab for nine.


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