Pakistan vs England, Ist Test, Day 4

Mohammad Abbas celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad caught behind left who walks from the pitch during the fourth day of play of the first test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in Londo

Mohammad Abbas celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad caught behind left who walks from the pitch during the fourth day of play of the first test cricket match between England and Pakistan at Lord's cricket ground in Londo

Joe Root's men looked unlikely to make the visitors bat again after the captain was dismissed for 68 to leave his side 110-6 and still 69 runs behind, but the recalled Buttler (66no) and debutant Bess (55no) added an unbeaten 125 for the seventh wicket to take the match into a fourth day and the hosts into a 56-run lead.

But shortly before tea he was bowled by Amir, a team-mate when Essex won the County Championship last season, as the left-arm quick produced a brilliant delivery that cut away late off the pitch late to clip the top of the opener's off stump.

Buttler (66 not out), a limited-overs specialist, and Bess (55 not out), a 20-year-old spinner, displayed the kind of diligence and discipline that the top order lacked to earn England a 56-run lead by the close of play on a handsome day in northwest London.

Pakistan pacemen Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali took four wickets apiece as England suffered yet another top-order collapse at Lord's on Thursday.

But, in truth the damage had always been done by a pair of top-order slumps that saw England, so often dominant in early-season home conditions, dismissed for 184 in their first innings before declining to 110 for six second time around. He will be offered another - and perhaps a final - chance to cement his place in the side in the second Test at Headingley.

The innings ended when Amir knocked over Bess´s off-stump as the batsman went to drive.

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The 27-year-old has been reluctant to bat at number three in the past but England fans will hope this marks the start of a productive period for Root at first drop.

England has been prone to batting implosions in recent years and another arrived in the middle session, when four wickets fell in 38 balls.

But at least Buttler, who finished on 66 not out, and Bess (55 not out) justified their selections and gave their team a bit of confidence ahead of a potentially even more hard five-Test series against top-ranked India.

Pakistan, whose players are effectively banned from the Indian Premier League, had arguably better preparation for this series than that enjoyed by England's Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler while they were playing in the lucrative Twenyty20 event. Then came the big one, captain Root, who was trapped lbw Abbas for 68.

While those fireworks were not on show today, Buttler justified his inclusion in the team with a fifty that was just his second in first-class cricket in three years.

Pakistan were now on the brink of going 1-0 up in this two-match series and recording their fifth Test victory at Lord´s following wins at the "home of cricket" in 1982, 1992, 1996 and 2016.

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