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Root falls short of half-century as England build first innings lead

The England captain was dismissed for 45 after nicking Mohammad Amir to keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

England lost captain Joe Root but closed rapidly on Pakistan’s first-innings total after play finally resumed in the second Test.

Rain washed out the second morning at Headingley but after the day’s action began at 2.45pm, Root and nightwatchman Dom Bess added 32 in 6.3 overs.

Root has struggled to turn fifties into hundreds in recent times, but this time fell short of the former landmark, advancing from 29 overnight to 45 before nicking Mohammad Amir to keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

The Pakistan captain’s third catch of the innings left England 138 for three and Bess and Malan took them to 159 for three at drinks – just 15 behind after the tourists were bowled out for 174 on Friday.

Bess, who made a half-century in the second innings of his debut as England lost at Lord’s, was 22 not out with Dawid Malan on six as England sought to draw the two-match series.

There were a scheduled 59 overs due on day two after the delays, with hours of play extended until 7.30pm if possible and tea to be taken at 4.40pm.

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