Alastair Cook plays a stroke on Day 2 of the second Test against Pakistan at Dubai
Alastair Cook plays a stroke on Day 2 of the second Test against Pakistan at Dubai © Getty Images

England went to Tea at 105 for 2 on Day 2 of the second Test against Pakistan at Dubai and are still trailing by 273 runs. Pakistan posted a modest total of 378 in their first innings as their batting order collapsed after being in a comfortable position at stumps on Day 1. Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali started the proceedings for England after lunch. The visitors suffered couple of early blows in the form of Ali and Ian Bell.  In the second over, Moeen Ali attempted a flick to Wahab Riaz which went straight into the hands of Shan Masood at short leg. Ali’s dismissal rekindled memories to that of Shoaib Malik’s in the first innings. Pakistan bowlers were now zipped and Imran Khan made the most of it by getting the better of Ian Bell as he nicked one to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps.  LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2015, 2nd Test at Dubai

England were now in a rocky situation and one more wicket from here would have put England in all sorts of trouble. Cook and Root fought the stimulated Pakistani attack and took their time against the new ball at the crease. Root looked set from the moment he came on to bat and has placed his innings very well. The duo brought up their 50 runs stand between them in 76 balls. At tea the duo have accounted for 91 runs between them and England will hope them to continue for another session or so. Cook and Root remained unbeaten on 46 and 45 respectively at tea.  LIVE UPDATES: Pakistan vs England 2015, 2nd Test at Dubai, Day 2

Pakistani bowlers after a terrific start have struggled to break the bond between Cook and Root. Yasir Shah has been attacked as he has bowled six overs and went for 25 runs with chipping a wicket. It’s a positive approach adopted by England and as long as Cook is out there in the middle, Shah will have a tough time to bowl to the left-hander. Things are pretty much in control for England but another wicket will change the ambience in the dressing room. It’s a delicate situation for them and they should look to sail the English ship from choppy waters.

Brief scores:

England 105 for 2 (Alastair Cook 46, Joe Root 45; Imran Khan 1 for 15) against Pakistan 378 all out (Misbah-ul-Haq 102, Asad Shafiq 83; Mark wood 3 for 39)