Abu Dhabi (October 16, 2018): Opener Fakhar Zaman and Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed are playing brilliantly after early collapses in Abu Dhabi against Australia in 2nd and final test match.
Just a while ago, Pakistan scored 204 runs for the loss of five wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan’s decision to bat first after winning the toss proved to be wrong in Abu Dhabi as Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took four wickets in six delivers as Pakistan lost five wickets for 60 runs in the morning session. Mohammad Hafeez was the first to return to the pavilion as Mitchell Starc removed him for four.
Azhar Ali was next to go after scoring 15 runs. He was followed by Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam who returned to the dressing room without adding any runs to the scoreboard.
Earlier on October 11, the first test match between Australia and Pakistan concluded on a draw.
Even though Yasir Shah took three wickets in quick succession to revive Pakistan’s hopes for victory, the lull that followed soon after made the game quite uninteresting by the last over.His third and fourth victim in the game were Mitchell Starc (1) and Peter Siddle (0) soon after he had taken the crucial wicket of set batsmen and hero of the day — Usman Khawaja.
Pakistan expected early wickets after jolting Australia to 136-3 at the close on the fourth day, but nothing worked for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made multiple bowling changes.