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England v Pakistan: Day two round-up

England trail by 234 after a tricky evening session has left them 92-4 in response to Pakistan’s first innings score of 326.

After a frustrating finish to day one, Joe Root’s men will have wanted to make a good start this morning and that they did.

Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad took a wicket apiece this morning as England looked to snatch back control at Old Trafford.

The former removing the dangerous Babar Azam with a beauty inside the first over of the day.

Mohammed Rizwan would quickly follow, with Chris Woakes producing some more top-notch seam bowling to get him to nick one through to the keeper.

However, the tourists counter-attacked well through Shan Masood and Shadab Khan, who put on a partnership of more than 100 and moving the total toward 300.

Dom Bess broke their and then Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad quickly mopped up the tail, meaning Pakistan were all out for 326.

Not a mammoth first innings total but one that England will feel could have been significantly lower if a couple of things had gone differently. All credit to Shan Masood, however, whose impressive 156 was key.

Pakistan’s bowling attack have been waiting to get going since they arrived in late June and their enthusiasm showed after Tea as Root’s men were reduced to 12-3.

Both openers were trapped in front before Ben Stokes got an absolute jaffa from Mohammed Abbas.

The skipper began to steady the ship alongside the effervescent Ollie Pope, who just looks a more and more classy player every time you see him. Yasir Shah did for the England captain as we neared stumps on day two, getting him to feather an edge through to the keeper.

That brought Jos Buttler to the crease, who will feel he needs a score and that this is the perfect time to do it. He looked impressive – making 15 from 27 balls – and steering England to the close. Pope, though, without doubt our star with the bat so far with 46 from 67.

It’s not the start England will have been hoping for with the bat but the two at the crease had begun to look strong, they’ll be hoping to kick on tomorrow morning.