Tea Pakistan 411 for 3 (Imam 121, Shafique 114, Babar 106*, Shakeel 35*, Leach 2-134) trail England 657 by 246 runs
Root, bowling wide of off stump with five fielders on the off side, failed to frustrate Babar, who simply stepped across and hammered the ball straight past the bowler to the boundary.
Jack Leach and Ben Stokes enjoy a rare moment of success•AFP/Getty Images
Having resumed on 181 without loss, Pakistan were 298 for 3 at lunch, thanks to Jacks’ maiden Test wicket followed by two to frontline spinner Leach, including one with the new ball.
Shafique, who started the day on 89, was first to raise his century, in the fifth over of the day, clubbing Root over the rope at deep midwicket to move to 99 before carving the next ball behind point for a single. Imam navigated his way through the 90s a little nervously before following his partner to a ton with four through the leg side off Root.
Abdullah Shafique beat his opening partner Imam-ul-Haq to the 100-run mark•AFP/Getty Images
It was the first time a Test match had featured two double-century opening stands and only the second time the four openers had scored tons, though the first time it had occurred in the first two innings.
It wasn’t until Jacks replaced Root that England finally made the breakthrough. Jacks’ first ball of the day was pummelled through the covers by Shafique but, three balls later, Shafique tried to cut a wider one and edged behind to keeper Pope, standing in for Ben Foakes, who was too ill with the stomach bug which hit the England camp on match eve to start.
While they hadn’t been scoring at England’s blistering rate, Pakistan’s opening stand of 225 didn’t look bad in comparison to the record 233 put on by Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett.
Imam launched Leach for six over wide long-on the over after Shafique was dismissed, but Leach soon responded with the second wicket of the morning, Imam picking out Ollie Robinson at long-on to fall for 121.
James Anderson saw a chance go begging when he found an inside edge off Azhar Ali only to see it zip through Crawley’s fingers at leg slip as he reached to his left. Despite faint hints of reverse swing, England took the new ball and handed it to Leach, and he trapped Azhar lbw almost immediately with one that skidded on to the knee roll in line with leg stump.