2nd Test; England Crush Pakistan, Level 4-Match Series 1-1

England beat Pakistan by 330 runs to win the second Test at Old Trafford on Monday and so level the four-match series at 1-1.

Pakistan, set a mammoth 565 to win, were bowled out for 234 in their second innings with more than a day left in the match.

England, who lost the first Test at Lord’s by 75 runs, bounced back with a huge first-innings total of 589 for eight declared.

Joe Root made a Test-best 254 and England captain Alastair Cook 105, his 29th Test century.

Pakistan managed just 198 in reply, captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scoring with 52 and England all-rounder Chris Woakes taking four for 67.

Despite a first-innings lead of 391, Cook opted against enforcing the follow-on.

Instead Cook (76 not out) and Root (71 not out) inflicted further punishment on Pakistan’s attack before the skipper declared England’s second innings at 173 for one on Monday morning.

The scale of Pakistan’s task could be seen from the fact that no side have made more to win in the fourth innings of a Test than the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s in 2003.

No Pakistan batsman made a fifty in their second innings, with three England bowlers — James Anderson, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali — all taking three wickets apiece.

The third Test at Edgbaston starts on August 3.

Brief scores
England 1st Innings 589-8 dec (J Root 254, A Cook 105, C Woakes 58, J Bairstow 58; Wahab Riaz 3-106)
Pakistan 1st Innings 198 (Misbah-ul-Haq 52; C Woakes 4-67)
England 2nd Innings 173-1 dec (A Cook 76 no, J Root 71 no)
Pakistan 2nd Innings 234 (J Anderson 3-41, C Woakes 3-41, M Ali 3-88)
Result: England won by 330 runs
Series: Four-match series level at 1-1