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Pakistan collapse gives England early edge in second Test

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was left pondering his decision to bat first after a collapse handed England the advantage on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday.
England were 106 for two at stumps, just 68 runs behind Pakistan’s lowly first-innings 174 all out that saw the veteran England new-ball duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson share six wickets.
Joe Root, the England captain, was 29 not out on his Yorkshire home ground, with nightwatchman Dominic Bess unbeaten on nought.
The one sadness for England was that Alastair Cook, their all-time leading Test run-scorer, fell shortly before stumps for 46.
Earlier, teenager Shadab Khan’s third fifty in successive Tests helped salvage Pakistan’s innings.
But the tourists’ top order struggled as Broad and Anderson, not at their best in Pakistan’s nine-wicket win in the first Test of a two-match series at Lord’s, produced a succession of challenging deliveries.
Broad made the early strikes on his way to three for 38 in 15 overs, with Anderson taking three for 43.
Meanwhile all-rounder Chris Woakes, one of a trio of changes, took three for 55.
England collapses have featured prominently in their current run of six defeats in eight Tests.
But Keaton Jennings, one of 12 openers to have partnered Cook in the six years since Andrew Strauss retired, celebrated his recall with 29 in a stand of 53 before he was caught behind off medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf.
Cook looked assured until he gloved a hook off Hasan Ali to wicket-keeper Sarfraz.