England v Pakistan LIVE: England sinking fast as Joe Root departs after half-century

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Pakistan will look to build on their 166-run run first-inning lead.

Pakistan will look to stretch their first-inning lead past the 200-run mark when they take the field against England in the third day of the first Test between the two sides at Lord’s.

The Pakistan batsmen added 13 runs more to their overnight score before they were bowled out for 363 runs, an overall first-innings lead of 179 runs. In reply, England got off to a disastrous start in their second innings with opener Alastair Cook dismissed for just one run by pacer Mohammad Abbas. The hosts were given a second jolt when Shadab Khan castled Mark Stoneman for nine runs as England were reduced to 37-2.

Skipper Joe Root waged a lone battle as both David Malan (12) and Jonny Bairstow (0) departed in quick succession. Malan and Bairstow were both dismissed by Mohammad Amir in the same over. Ben Stokes (9) followed soon after as he fell to Shadab Khan before Root became the second English batsmen to be pinned lbw by Mohammas Abbas in the second innings. At the latest, England were on the ropes at 111-6.

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A look at the performances of India's Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron for their County outfits

Ashish Peter 26/05/2018
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Three Indian stars are currently plying their trade in England.

While Virat Kohli’s much awaited County stint with Surrey has met with a premature end, India‘s representation in the shores of England is still ongoing.

Three Indians – Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Varun Aaron – are currently plying their trade in England’s domestic competitions.

Here, we take a look at how the three players have performed in various competitions for their respective counties so far.

CHETESHWAR PUJARA – YORKSHIRE

The Indian middle-over stalwart is undergoing his second spell in county cricket after joining up with heavyweights Yorkshire. The right-handed batsman did not have the best of times in the first-class format where he managed to score just 100 runs combined in eight innings.

His fortunes have changed drastically since switching over to white-ball cricket. The 30-year-old slammed a ton in Yorkshire’s four-run loss to Worcestershire in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

In three innings so far in the competition, Pujara has scored 256 runs at an average of over 85 runs.

Pujara struggled in red-ball cricket but has shone in white-ball cricket.

Pujara struggled in red-ball cricket but has shone in white-ball cricket.

ISHANT SHARMA – SUSSEX

While Pujara’s return has been a mixed-bag, Ishant Sharma has been highly impressive in his spell with Sussex. After picking up a five-wicket haul in his County Championship debut, Ishant has continued to catch the eye with some excellent performances.

After claiming 15 wickets in four first-class matches for Sussex, Ishant has translated that excellent form into white-ball cricket.

In the Royal London One-Day Cup, the tall pacer has picked up six wickets in four matches and has established himself as a key member of the Ben- Brown-led county outfit.

Ishant has been knocking over stumps with regularity.

Ishant has been knocking over stumps with regularity.

VARUN AARON – LEICESTERSHIRE

While he may be out of the reckoning for the Indian team for the time being, Varun Aaron has been undergoing a maiden stint in England as he looks to reignite his career.

The fast-bowler played three first-class matches for Leicestershire in the County Championship and picked up seven wickets. His best performance came in his side’s three-run win over Glamorgan where he ended up with a six-wicket haul.

In the Royal London One-Day Cup, Aaron was taken for 86 runs in his side’s comprehensive loss to Nottinghamshire but bounced back in style with figures of 4-31 against Derbyshire in his next outing.

Aaron was impressive in his side's clash with Glamorgan.

Aaron was impressive in his side’s clash with Glamorgan.

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England v Pakistan LIVE: Men in Green take control of Lord's Test

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Pakistan gained the upper hand in the Lord’s Test after they ended Day Two on 350 for eight on Friday.

Almost the entire Pakistan line-up chipped in with useful runs as they stretched the lead to 166 as England had a shocking day in the field, dropping numerous chances in the slip cordon.

Asad Shafiq made a controlled 59 while Babar Azam scored 68 before he was hit on the arm and forced to retire.

Earlier, Pakistan bowled out the hosts for 184 in the first-innings despite losing the toss. In reply, strong starts from opener Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail had taken Pakistan to 50-1 when stumps were called on day one.

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