Abu Dhabi - Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
SCORECARD: Pakistan v Australia - 2nd Test, Day 2
Abbas finished with five for 33 to
bowl out Australia for a paltry 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in
the first innings on the second day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
stretched that lead to 281 as they were 144 for two at close, with
Azhar Ali not out on 54 for his first half century in the series and
Haris Sohail was 17 not out.
With eight wickets in hand Pakistan
were in a great position to force a 1-0 lead in the two-match series
after the first Test ended in a fighting draw in Dubai last week.
who fell for disappointing scores of 18, four and 15 in the last three
innings, batted with resolve, having so far hit three boundaries.
it was once again debutant Fakhar Zaman who lifted Pakistan with a
brilliant 66 following up his 94 in the first innings, before giving a
return catch to Nathan Lyon who took an evasive action but still managed
to hold onto the ball.
Zaman hit seven boundaries in an enterprising knock.
Zaman said Pakistan were in the driving seat.
our position is good," said Zaman. "If we score 100-150 runs more on
Thursday then with a turning wicket we have a very good chance of
winning this Test."
Zaman said he was lucky to have played this Test.
was with the squad from the start but during the first Test I was about
to return to Pakistan before, unfortunately, Imam-ul-Haq got injured
and I got this chance of playing my first Test."
who scored a hundred in the drawn first Test, fell to a lazy shot off
pacer Mitchell Starc, caught at short mid-off for six.
Earlier, Abbas and spinner Bilal Asif (3-23) wrecked Australia for 145 in their innings.
had Shaun Marsh, in the fourth over of the day, for three and Travis
Head for 14 before wrapping up the innings by trapping Starc leg-before
This becomes Abbas's third five-wicket haul in a burgeoning career of ten Tests.
Asif had removed Aaron Finch (39) and in the last over before lunch trapped Tim Paine leg-before for three.
Labuschagne offered some resistance during his 25 before falling to a
freakish run out, backing up too far as a drive from Starc was deflected
to the stumps by Yasir Shah with Labuschagne out of his crease.
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.
He then had Head caught in the second slip to leave Australia at 56 for four.
Yasir made it 75 for five with the wicket of Mitchell Marsh, caught
close to the wicket for 13 before Australia lose two more to reach lunch
at 91 for seven.
Afer the Tests both the teams will play a series of three Twenty20 international with the first in Abu Dhabi on October 24.