Pakistan leave Australia stumbling at 303 as Pakistan lead by 189 runs (151 lead + 38 opening partnership)

Day 2 Summary : Australia openers fight back

Australia openers, David Warner and Chris Rogers rode their luck to help their team finish on a respectable 113-0 after Pakistan set a huge first innings total of 454, courtesy of a blistering Test ton by Sarfaraz Ahmed at the Dubai Cricket Stadium. Trailing by 341 runs, Warner was undefeated on a fluent 77-ball 75 studded with a six and seven fours while Rogers was not out on 31 at the end of Day 2 of the first Test.

Earlier, Pakistan, who resumed the day on 219-4 ended up with a total of 454 with Sarfraz hitting a quick-fire 109 to register the fourth-fastest Test century by a Pakistani batsman. Asad Shafiq contributed 89 runs while the 6th wicket pair of Sarfraz and Asad put on 125 runs, the second century stand in Pakistan’s innings. Mitchell Johnson finished with figures of 3/39 from his 31 overs.

Pakistan vs Australia, live scores :
Pakistan : 454, 38/0 (13.0 Ovs), Australia : 303
Pakistan lead by 189 runs
Wicket : Rahat strikes to end good stand

David Warner and Chris Rogers continued in a solid fashion on Day 3 as the added more to their partnership. They dealt mostly in singles and twos and were looking set for a big partnership. However, their partnership, worth 128 runs, came to an end in the 38th over when Rogers fell to Rahat Ali. Rogers attempted an ambitious cut but the ball was too close to the body and he ended up getting an inside edge onto the stumps to depart on 38.

Update : Warner enters 90s

Alex Doolan, who came in at number three, took 16 deliveries before getting off the mark. Meanwhile, David Warner continued in a steady manner, without taking any risks, as he entered the 90s. In fact, there were no boundaries scored in the first hour’s play with the Australians preferring to play the patient game.

Milestone and wicket : Doolan falls after Warner ton
Warner registered his 9th Test ton, his third in successive innings, by hitting the first boundary of the day, driving stylishly to the long off boundary. Warner took Australia past the 150-mark during the process. Soon after that, Doolan was run-out on 5 off 34 – he took off for a risky single in the 49th over after hitting the ball straight to mid-on and a direct hit from Rahat Ali found him short.
Another Wicket : Babar strikes

Zulfiqar Babar struck a crucial breakthrough in the 53rd over, getting rid of the Australian skipper for 2. Michael Clarke, looked to block a delivery that was angled in, but could only manage an inside edge to hand Azhar Ali a simple catch at forward short-leg.

Update : Warner, Smith steady Australia

Warner was joined by Steven Smith and they started building a partnership to steady Australia. Smith went about his business like he always does, keeping himself busy with singles and twos with the occasional boundary. Warner, who was a bit watchful on Day 3, continued in the same manner before hitting the first six of the day off Mohammad Hafeez in the 62nd over. Warner also managed back-to-back boundaries off Hafeez in his next over to power Australia past 200.

Day 3 Lunch : Pakistan’s session

Yasir Shah was troubling Smith with his leg-spin before getting the reward for his excellent work minutes before lunch. Smith, who failed to keep a cut shot down, was caught by Hafeez at point, giving Shah his maiden Test wicket. Australia went to lunch at 207/4, trailing by 247 runs with Warner unbeaten on 133.

It was Pakistan’s session as they made the Australians work hard for the runs while chipping away at regular intervals to put the visitors on the back-foot. Warner registered a fine hundred to help Australia forward, but they kept losing wickets regularly at the other end. Pakistan began the day with Rahat and Hafeez building up the pressure and that paid dividends with Rogers’ wicket. Doolan got himself into a shell and then ran himself out. Clarke fell cheaply and just before lunch, Smith who was batting well, handed Shah his first Test wicket.

David Warner scored a fine hundred but Australia kept losing wickets regularly at the other end.
Wicket : Warner departs, Australia trouble

Yasir, who bowled the first over after lunch, picked up the important wicket of Warner, dismissing him for 133. The left-handed tried to play on the up to a delivery that spun back in sharply but missed it completely and was bowled.

Update : Haddin, Marsh steady Australia

While the spinners bowled in tandem and applied more pressure on the Australian batsmen, Brad Haddin decided to ease some of it – he cleared the mid-wicket boundary in the 73rd over off Shah before scoring back-to-back fours off the leg-spinner in the same over. Mitchell Marsh gave Haddin good support as they helped Australia recover.

Wicket : Imran sends back Haddin

The second new ball was taken as soon as it was available and Pakistan managed to strike immediately. Haddin, who went hard at a delivery that was pitched outside-off, dragged it on the the stumps to give Imran Khan his maiden Test scalp. Australia were in trouble, reduced to 249/6.

Update : DRS aids Marsh, Pak lose DRS
Marsh, who helped Australia past the follow-on mark in the 82nd over with a boundary off Rahat Ali, was given out caught behind in the same over. After consultation with Mitchell Johnson, Marsh decided to review the decision and he was right as replays revealed that there was a big gap between the bat and the ball. Hafeez, who rapped Johnson on the pads in the 84th over, went up in appeal and when the umpire decided to favour the batsman, Pakistan went for the review. However, the ball was only marginally clipping the leg stump, making it the umpire’s call which meant that Johnson could continue to bat on.
Day 3 Tea : Quick strikes hurt Australia

Babar picked up his second wicket in the 87th over by dismissing Marsh for 27. The right-handed batsman lunged forward to defend but missed the ball and was struck in front. Umpire Erasmus turned down the appeal but Pakistan reviewed successfully and the batsman had to head back. In the following over, Siddle missed a sweep and was struck on the pads. Umpire Kettleborough gave Siddle out, the tail-ender opted for the DRS but Australia ended up losing a review. In the following over, Steve O’Keefe survived a leg-before shout while Pakistan lost a review. Australia went to tea at 282/8, still trailing by 172.

Australia could only manage 85 run in the second session while they again lost four wickets. The session started with the dismissal of centurion Warner in the first over after lunch, bowled by Yasir Shah. The new ball was taken soon after and Pakistan struck immediately as Imran Khan dismissed Haddin. Soon, Marsh and Siddle fell leg-before in quick succession to deepen the misery for the visitors.

Yasir Shah dismissed David Warner early in the second session.
Update : Injured Hafeez walks off

Hafeez, while trying to stop a ball off his own bowling in the 96th over, tripped after stepping on Johnson’s shoes. He was struggling with his ankle and decided to leave the field.

Wicket : Johnson falls after defiant knock

Johnson and Steve O’Keefe were involved in a defiant stand as they kept the Pakistani bowlers at bay. Johnson hit the timely boundaries while O’Keefe was happy playing a more sedate role. They took Australia close to the 300-run mark before the visitors lost their ninth wicket when Johnson fell to Rahat Ali in the 103rd over. The left-handed batsman went for the pull but failed to keep it down and found Shan Masood at deep backward square-leg. Nathan Lyon edged the next delivery to the third-man boundary to take the total past 300.

Innings end : Australia bowled out for 151

Yasir Shah dismissed O’Keefe in the 104th over to bowl out Australia for 303. O’Keefe, who went for a big hit, got a top edge and Misbah-ul-Haq help on to the ball safely. Shah finished with figures of 3/66 while Pakistan took a 151-run lead.

While Warner scored a fine hundred, none of the other Australian batsmen could get going. The visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals – 4 in the first session, 4 in the second and 2 in the final one to end up with 303. Johnson showed some fight down the order, keeping the bowlers at bay for a while, which helped the visitors go past the 300-run mark. Debutant, Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers while the rest of the bowlers also chipped in.

Day 3 Stumps : Pakistan openers remain unbeaten

Azhar Ali came out to open as Hafeez sustained an ankle injury earlier. He and Ahmed Shehzad got Pakistan off to a steady start, gathering the runs at a good rate. Azhar scored boundaries at a regular rate while Shehzad, who was initially watchful, also joined in as they extended the lead towards the 200-mark. Lights deteriorated and the umpires decided to call it stumps with two more overs left for the day. Pakistan openers remained unbeaten to take the total to 38/0, leading by 189.

Pakistan would have been very happy with how things panned out on Day 3. They have extended their lead to 189 to put Australia on the back foot. Michael Clarke tried different options in the little time that was available but none of the bowlers could separate the opening pair. The visitors will be hoping to bounce back on Day 4 and put the pressure on Pakistan while the ‘hosts’ will be eager to extend the lead somewhere close to the 350-mark as quickly as possible and possibly declare their innings.

Australia did not have enough answers on Day 3.
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