Cricket: Pressure on England as pitch starts to give Pakistan hope

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The second Test between Pakistan and England remains delicately poised going into the third day in Dubai. With the hosts having posted a score of 378, England’s response on day two began shakily, with Moeen Ali and Ian Bell departing early on as England fell to 14-2. However, the arrival of Joe Root at the crease steadied the ship as, with his third-wicket stand with Alastair Cook producing 113, before the England captain was taken at leg slip on 65. At stumps, Pakistan’s lead was 196, and their bowlers will be encouraged by the pitch beginning to give a bit more zip and reverse swing towards the end of play yesterday.

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