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England 314 for 4 (Root 141*, Cook 105) v PakistanScorecard and ball-by-ball detailsFor England, the opening forays in the Old Trafford Test presented a chance to restate basic values, an opportunity to eradicate the slackness that had characterised their batting during a 75-run defeat at Lords. Arizona Cardinals Authentic Jerseys . Their leading lights, Alastair Cook and Joe Root, did their utmost to set the tone: centuries claimed by both on a day of Pakistan toil.England were fortunate they did because Alex Hales, James Vince and Gary Ballance - the latter against the second new ball - all fell cheaply as the middle order failed to assert itself in excellent batting conditions.Cooks 29th Test hundred took him alongside Don Bradman, albeit in about three times as many innings, and there was such a skip in his step that he had it signed, sealed and delivered 15 minutes before tea, his second fifty at virtually a run a ball.It would have been tempting to call it an immaculate hundred on a flawless pitch, were it not for the evidence of what became the last ball before tea. He was bowled for 105 by Mohammad Amir, betrayed on the back foot by a delivery that scuttled through malevolently to bowl him off a defensive cue end.Root was 87 upon Cooks dismissal, the partnership worth 185 in 49 overs, but his desire to recalibrate extended to the close at which point he was unbeaten on 141. There has been a growing sense that Root has felt in such bountiful form at the crease that he has been lulled into over ambition, but this was an innings of unremitting virtue, straighter of stroke, as he committed himself to eliminating risk and was rewarded for his discretion.The last time Cook made a Test hundred, it broke Len Huttons record for the longest Test innings, in terms of minutes, ever assembled by an England batsman. Pakistan conceded that one, too, in a high-scoring stalemate in Abu Dhabi in November. There will be some suffering for bowlers before this Test turns in their favour, but stalemate seems unlikely.Amir possessed most verve for Pakistan. He had received a gracious welcome at Lords on his return to Test cricket and the sense of a sentence served, and a career reborn, largely survived in Manchester. There were sporadic taunts of no-ball from the crowd, a contrast to Lords where even talking loudly is viewed as indecorous, but there was no malevolence, and he should view that as fair enough in his comeback series.It will be no surprise if his growing confidence that forgiveness is widespread - and that even those who would have life-banned him have made their peace with the decision - is indicated in the growing ambition of his haircut. It was wild and flowing in his teenaged years, assumed military sobriety on his return from suspension as if a symbol of repentance laid down by the High Sparrow, but there is a sign now of something imaginative going on.Hales was the England batsman to fall in the morning, his progress in the series against Sri Lanka so far stilled by a Pakistan left-arm pace attack of higher quality. He was cleaned up by Amir, a ball that might have been driveable had his footwork possessed more conviction and it not swung in with pace and malice to bowl him through the gate.By then, Hales had been given a bit of a going-over. A leave against Rahat Ali was perilously close, an lbw appeal resulting from a Rahat inswinger also adjacent, and three balls before his dismissal a boundary against Amir burst through gullys hands. This is an examination of far greater intensity than the one provided by the Sri Lanka attack that Sanath Jayasuriya risibly billed as the best in the world.England have not lost at Old Trafford since 2001, a warm day told of a gathering summer and, if the pitch was not quite as quick as some hoped, it had pace and evenness enough to make batting an enjoyable proposition for Cook and Root.Pakistan employed Yasirs legspin as early as the 13th over and he completed two short spells by lunch, but in the afternoon, with Cook and Root in absolute control, he was reduced to negativity when he went around the wicket to Root, hunting out imaginary rough created by Pakistans imaginary right-arm quicks. He will be more of a handful second time around - although 31 overs on the opening day was quite a burden.For Cook, such an easeful innings was rare; here is a batsman who has proceeded through a productive Test career by virtue of dogged concentration and pared-down risk. His introductory boundaries were edgy affairs - Amir causing him to edge wide of third slip with the sixth ball of the day - but he rarely had so many opportunities to unveil his favourite cut shot and a measured first 50 turned into a dance in the park.Root looked crisp of mind and stroke from the outset, his approach an assertion that he had tired of himself as The Great Entertainer. That he rode a blow on the shoulder from Amir, rather than risk a pull with two men back, told of his mindset. He reduced risk against the left-arm angle by driving determinedly straight off the front foot and square off the back foot. His afternoon began with a controlled pull against Rahat, and was rounded off with his first slog-sweep, against the spin of Yasir, with the ball full enough to minimise the risk and the wrists rolled.Take away Cook and Root and not everything was rosy for England. Vince still has no half-century in an increasingly troubled introductory Test summer in which has dismissal, driving at a wide one from , has become his own version of Groundhog Day. Nothing has removed the suspicion held by many county watchers that for all his mournful-faced style he is prone to error.Ballance battled to take advantage of his second Test phase, but he looked uncertain here, arising from his stance like a mole emerging from a mound of earth, not entirely sure of its bearings. Rahat bowled him, a delivery angled in by the left-armer which Ballance tried to chop behind point when it was too close for the shot and instead deflected on to his stumps.Pakistans pace bowlers were at their least impressive with the second new ball, Misbah-ul-Haq almost indicating that he expected as much by semi-defensive fields. 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Who: ROX Tigers (South Korea, 5-2) vs. Edward Gaming (China, 4-3)When: Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM PacificWhere: Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IllinoisWhats at stakeNeither of these teams thought its journey at Worlds would end before the Grand Final, but one of them will see its dreams of holding its first Summoners Cup come to an end in Chicago.ROX Tigers and EDward Gaming were two of the biggest favorites entering the tournament. This is a matchup of two teams that have shown glimpses of the domestic play that made them champions of their respective regions but who have also shown weak spots in their armor. For ROX, the sore spot has been its early-game phase, where the team has repeatedly fallen behind in the laning portion of the game. The Tigers, being the Tigers, have been able to pull themselves out of large deficits; however, in a best-of-five series where a team can plan against you for a war of attrition, giving up early leads again and again spells the end.Chinas champion EDward Gaming has stars at almost every position except in the top lane with Chen Mouse Yu-Hao. If the Tigers want to turn around their laning phase, Mouse is the most vulnerable and therefore the best opponent for them in that position. He is averaging -22 CS at the 10 minute mark compared to his laning opponent, and the Tigers, to the horror of EDG, have the best top laner in the world: Song Smeb Kyung-ho.The current South Korean and Chinese champions both came close to bowing out in the group stage. ROX needed to win its final group stage game against Counter Logic Gaming to avoid eliminatiion, and EDG needed to do the same against ahq e-Sports Club. Terrell Suggs Jersey Cardinals. The only difference was that ROX was able to fix its early-game issues and take control from almost the very start in its final game while EDG needed a massive comeback against the Taiwanese club to make it into the bracket stage.By the end of groups, ROX appeared to resemble its old self: a team worth fearing.EDG, though, was bailed out due to ahqs passivity in the late-game and then lost to H2k in a tiebreaker for the top spot in the group. A team worth fearing? Not so much, at least not yet.Matchup to Watch: Song Smeb Kyung-ho (ROX) vs. Chen Mouse Yu-Hao (EDG)It might be too unfair highlighting this as the Matchup to Watch, since its likely to be a blowout, but this is where Mouse needs to prove himself on the largest stage possible. He was an albatross for his team for a majority of the group stage, and now hes facing the best top laner in the world with his teams dreams of the Summoners Cup on the line.Mouse doesnt need to defeat Smeb or even stay even with the tyrannical top laner, but he does need to make sure to keep his deaths to a minimum and make himself useful in the later stages of the game. While Mouse was slapped around in the early parts of the win-or-go-home game against ahq, his Poppy ultimates late in the game were a big factor for the way EDG was able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.David vs. Goliath? Rename it Mouse vs. Smeb entering Saturdays best-of-five. ' ' '