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Day 3: Pakistan 61 for 2 after Australia all out at 261 runs

ABU DHABI: Pakistan tightened their grip on the second Test and the series after the third day’s play, stretching their overall lead to 370 at stumps in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Pakistan were 61-2 at the close in their second innings with Azhar Ali unbeaten on 21 and Younis Khan on 16 after another batting collapse saw Australia almost squander any chance of leveling the series.

Australia were dismissed for 261 in their first innings, 309 behind Pakistan’s first innings total of 570-6 declared, but Misbah-ul Haq did not enforce the follow-on and chose to bat again s as to set a big target on the fourth day.

That put Pakistan in a strong position to win their first series against Australia in 20 years.

Pakistan won the first Test by 221 runs in Dubai.

Mitchell Johnson (2-29) gave the Pakistanis an early scare with the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad (14) and Mohammad Hafeez (3) but Ali and Younis ensured Pakistan did not surrender their strong position.

Earlier, Australia was all out for 261 in response to Pakistan’s 570 in the first innings. Although Mitch March batted well and skipper Michael Clarke also batted well for his 47, the two couldn’t save Australia from follow-on, which Pakistan didn’t enforce.

Australia had lost their first wicket before the end of Day-2. Night-Watch-Man Lyon gave a good stand along with Warner but it was Warner himself who lost his wicket to Rahat Ali after making 9 runs. Maxwell (37) was the next to go who was bowled out on an absolute beauty by Zulfiqar Babar.

Lyon was bowled out for 15 by Rahat Ali and suddenly Australians found themselves 100 for 5 as Smith left without adding anything to the scoreboard..

Clarke and Marsh held the innings together for a while but Clarke was undone by Imran Khan on a ball that dipped into Clarke. It was a classic Imran Khan dismissal by the younger Imran.

Haddin (10) and Johnson (0) proved to be of no help at all for the Australian cause. Siddle batted well for his 28 but Marsh and Siddle both got dismissed by Imran and Hafeez respectively within 3 balls.

Imran Khan got 3 wickets, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali and Yasir Shah got 2 wickets each while Hafeez could secure only 1.