5/26/2018 9:58:39 PM (GMT+3)

Buttler, Bess help England avoid innings defeat

Buttler, Bess help England avoid innings defeat

KOLKATA: England saved an innings defeat thanks to the grit and determination shown by Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess against Pakistan in the first Test at Lord's on Saturday.

When the pair came together before tea on the third day, England were 110 for six in their second innings -- still needing a further 69 runs to make Pakistan bat again.

England were 235 for six at stumps after an unbroken century stand by their seventh-wicket duo.

England were a mere 56 runs ahead with four wickets standing and the new ball on the horizon, but at least they were still in the game.

Buttler was 66 not out and Bess 55 not out after marking his Test debut with a fine fifty.

For the first time, perhaps, in this match, England staged a comeback and it looked like they had put Pakistan under pressure.

England looked down and out at 110 for six, when Root fell for 68, but since then, Buttler and Bess, both of whom registered half-centuries by the time the day ended, had added 125 runs for the seventh wicket and were unbeaten.

Pakistan may get these four wickets early in the morning tomorrow, but third day's play belonged to the heroics of Bess, who registered his maiden Test half-century, on debut.