Abbas strikes after 1st innings collapse
Australia dominate on the first day of the second Test between Australia and Pakistan as Pakistan were bowled out for only 282 in their first innings.
After a nail baiting Test in Dubai, Pakistan and Australia have come to Abu Dhabi for the second and final Test of the two-match Test series between both countries. This will be the series decider as Australia pulled off a dramatic draw in the first Test.
On a fine morning in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first. The left-handed opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was handed over his Test cap as he replaces injured Imam-ul-Haq in Test match. That was the only change from the hosts while Visitors came with the same XI.
The start was not an ideal one Pakistan as Mohammad Hafeez who made an amazing comeback in the first Test, returned to the pavilion with only 4 runs. Following the wicket of Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali had a half-century stance before Lyon strikes.
With that partnership, Pakistan were 57/1 at one point. But the Australian spinner Nathan Lyon pulled off a magic with four consecutive wickets resulted on 57/5 for the hosts. The four wickets include the ducks from Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, and Babar Azam.
Following this middle-order collapse, captain and the debutant joined together and anchored the Pakistan Innings. They added 147 runs for the sixth wicket. Fakhar Zaman missed his century in the debut game itself by only six runs.
Following the breakthrough of the sixth wicket, the Pakistan bowlers added some handful runs to the total and resulted in a first innings total of 282 for Pakistan. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed also missed his deserved ton by just six runs.
In the bowling chart, Nathan Lyon dominated with four wickets. While Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc bagged three wickets and two wickets respectively to their names.
In reply, Australia also started their first innings with an early wicket as the danger man Usman Khawaja was dismissed by Mohammad Abbas. Abbas struck in the last ball of the day with the wicket of nightwatchman Peter Siddle and put Australia on 20/2 at stumps and Australia are trailing by 262 runs.
Watch Nathan Lyon takes four in six balls
Pakistan 1st Innings: 282
Fakhar Zaman 94, Sarfraz Ahmed 94
Nathan Lyon 4/78, Marnus Labuschagne 3/45
Australia 1st Innings: 20/2
Aaron Finch 13*
Mohammad Abbas 2/9