Pakistan vs Australia: Sarfraz taken to hospital, Khawaja may miss India Tests

Lynette Rowe
October 19, 2018

The shocking mishap occurred on day three of the Australia vs Pakistan Second Test, in Abu Dhabi, when a batsman was led to believe the ball would reach the boundary. He scored 94 runs in the first innings and 81 runs in the second innings.

He didn't field on Thursday when he was hurt in the warmup, and Australia revealed on Friday he tore a cartilage in his left knee and won t bat in the second innings.

With the Kangaroos facing yet another precarious position in the Test series against Pakistan, they are unlikely to get the services of their savior from the last match.

Pakistan require nine wickets to win the Abu Dhabi Test match and clinch the two-match series.

"There's no doubt this [the battling collapses] has been happening for too long for the Australian cricket team, not just our Test team but probably domestically there's a lot of collapses throughout our batting group and I think a lot of it can be technical".

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Yasir dismissed number ten Jon Holland soon after lunch to hand Pakistan victory.

"The way Abbas has bowled all series is one of the biggest positives for us", said Sarfraz.

But success is unlikely to go to the Pakistan bowler's head, like it did to Mohammad Zahid, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - three fast bowlers who shot to fame early in their careers.

The seamer then had Mitchell Marsh (5) trapped lbw on review in his following over, before pinning Finch leg before and bowling Tim Paine (0) in his next as the away side lost four wickets for seven runs to tumble to 78-5, Paine paying the price for shouldering arms. "We have to groom them all to become a good Test team", said Sarfraz. "The way we recovered from 57-5 on day one was remarkable". The ball, however, did not cross the boundary line and stopped just before the ropes, Mitchell Starc picked up the ball and threw it to wicketkeeper Paine.

Australia's bowlers failed to press their advantage after Lyon's brilliance, and the 145 put on in reply was their fourth-lowest first innings total in Asia.

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