Pakistan set 565 to win 2nd Test against England
MANCHESTER: Pakistan were set a mammoth focus of 565 to win the second Test after England announced their second innings on 173 for one on Monday’s fourth day at Old Trafford.
Alastair Cook, the England skipper, was 76 not out, and bad habit commander Joe Root 71 not out.
It was the second time this match England had glutted themselves on Pakistan’s assault, with opener Cook making 105 and Root a Test-best 254 in England’s first-innings 589 for eight pronounced.
The second innings saw England’s two most experienced batsmen put on 105 in 85 balls for the second wicket, with the team including 75 keeps running in only nine overs on Monday before Cook pronounced.
Pakistan will now need to revise the record books on the off chance that they are to accomplish an astounding win – the most any side have made in the fourth innings to win a Test is the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s in May 2003.
There are at least 185 overs left in this match.
Pakistan lead the four-match arrangement 1-0 after their 75-run win in the main Test at Lord’s.