England lead Pakistan by 128 after rain-affected day two of second Test

England carve out a 128-run lead over Pakistan on a rain-affected day two of the second Test at Headingley.

England have tightened their grip on the second Test against Pakistan on a rain-shortened second day at Headingley.

Joe Root is bowled out on the second day of the second Test between England and Pakistan on June 2, 2018© Reuters

The morning session was lost to the adverse weather, persistent drizzle preventing any play until 2.45pm and reducing the day to 59 overs.

Nonetheless, England pushed their first innings along to 302-7 - a lead of 128 - as nightwatchman Dom Bess made 49, captain Joe Root made 45 and Jos Buttler ended unbeaten on 34.

Dom Bess loses his wicket during the second day's play of the second Test between England and Pakistan on June 2, 2018© Reuters

Root progressed from his overnight 29 but then perished half an hour into play on his home ground, having added just 16, while Buttler was reprieved on four when Hasan Ali spilled a catch at mid-wicket.

Despite none of the top order reaching 50, England look set to end their run of eight Tests without a win and level the two-match series at 1-1 thanks to their healthy lead.

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