Australia slump to 91-7 after Abbas and Asif strike

Lynette Rowe
October 18, 2018

Australia's Nathan Lyon takes a reflex catch from his own bowling to dismiss Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan during day two of the second test match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

He was six runs from a century on debut when Labuschagne, not given a bowl until just before tea, trapped Zaman leg before wicket on the stroke of tea. The first Test ended in a draw in Dubai last week.

Abbas, whose first wicket of the match made him the joint second fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets, gave Pakistan an early wicket in the fourth over of the day, removing Marsh with a catch in the slip.

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Seamer Mohammad Abbas then put Pakistan on top at the end of the day by dismissing Usman Khawaja for 3 and nightwatchman Peter Siddle for 4 on the last ball of the day to leave Australia 20-2 in reply. Lyon took the wickets of Ali and Sohail on consecutive balls to end his fourth over, the 20th of the innings.

An unorthodox early Marnus Labuschagne catch accounted for Mohammad Hafeez (4), but Pakistan were progressing steadily before Lyon intervened with an astonishing flurry.

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By close on the second day Pakistan were 144 for two in their second innings, stretching the advantage to 281 runs with eight wickets intact as they bid to win the two-match series 1-0.

At lunch, Australia trailed by 191 runs.

Yasir Shah (28) and Mohammad Abbas (10) added 38 to Pakistan's total before being bowled by Mitchell Marsh and Starc, respectively, leaving Mir Hamza on 4 not out.

Ahmed was, by far, more aggressive, and kept the scoreboard moving with constant rotation of the strike before his 129-ball knock was ended in which he hit seven boundaries. Both the batsmen got out on 94 but Pakistan managed to finish on 282.

The tourists' culprits with the bat were many, but in particular another failure from Shaun Marsh has intensified debate about the veteran's place in the Australian Test team, with former teammate and Australian batting great Mike Hussey acknowledging that pressure was building on his fellow West Australian.

Abbas has been Pakistan's most successful bowler since making his Test debut in the West Indies a year ago, taking 54 wickets in nine-and-a-half games.

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