England closed series-levelling win against Pakistan

Vastavam web: Jos Buttler struck a blistering 80 not out before James Anderson took two wickets as England closed on a series-levelling win against Pakistan in the second Test at Headingley on Sunday.Pakistan were 48 for three in their second innings at lunch on the third day day, still 141 runs behind England’s first-innings 363.Imam-ul-Haq was 16 not out and Test debutant Usman Salahuddin two not out after the tourists thrashed England by nine wickets in the first match of this two-Test contest at Lord’s.At this stage, no batsman in the innings had scored a fifty, although Dominic Bess had made a commendable 49 in his role as nightwatchman.

Buttler, dropped on just four on Saturday when Hasan Ali failed to hold a straightforward chance at midwicket, soon altered that statistic.He went to fifty in style with two boundaries in as many balls off paceman Mohammad Abbas — an extra-cover driven four followed by a hooked six into the site where the Football Stand is being rebuilt.Buttler was missed in the deep by Salahuddin on 66, the ball going for four.The very next ball saw Buttler drive medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf for six over long-on.Azhar Ali struck the first ball of Pakistan’s second innings, from Anderson, through extra-cover for four.

But Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, bowled Azhar for 11 when the batsman played round a full and straight delivery that knocked over his middle stump.And Pakistan were 30 for two when Haris Sohail (eight) saw a hard-hit drive off Anderson brilliantly caught one-handed by a diving Bess at extra-cover.