Australia in full command after bowlers dismantle Pakistan

Pakistan was all out on 148. Image : AFP

Pakistan was all out on 148. Image : AFP

Australia assumed firm responsibility for the second Test by packaging out Pakistan for 148 and holding a lead of 489 toward the finish of third day’s play of the second Test at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday (March 14). The guests went to stumps at 81 for 1 in the subsequent innings in the wake of having proclaimed their first exposition on 556 for 9 prior in the day.

Australia, who had ruled the initial two days’ play, scoring 505 for 8, kept on keeping the Pakistani bowlers under control early morning even as Shaheen Afridi excused Mitchell Starc for his short-term score of 28 and stowed his first wicket of the match simultaneously. Nonetheless, No. 11 Mitchell Swepson and Pat Cummins saved the Pakistanis on the field for 52 additional balls from there on, sewing an unbeaten 51-run stand.

On a sluggish pitch, the errand for the Pakistani players shouldn’t have been as troublesome, and the openers – Abdullah Shafique and Imam ul Haq – showed that with their sluggish however guaranteed presentation. In any case, the previous ran himself out trying to squeeze a fast single. He ran towards the striker’s end after Imam had the ball to the diminutive third man defender, yet Swepson’s immediate hit thought that he is short.

The breakdown however, started post Lunch when Starc and Cummins upset the Pakistani players with invert swing at pace and tight channels. Yet, even before they could wind up there, Imam achieved his destruction. Endeavoring to descend the ground and hit Nathan Lyon over the infield, he wound up giving the mid on defender a simple catch.

Starc then, at that point, struck two times in two balls – excusing Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam – to set off Pakistan’s breakdown. Azhar, subsequent to being discomforted by moving conveyances on the line of the stumps, went pursuing at one when Starc wandered a piece wide, and wound up offering the slip defender a simple catch. Fawad, then again, was caught legbefore.

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Rizwan never looked agreeable in the center, frequently getting beaten and, surprisingly, dropped once by Steve Smith at first slip. His visit was in the long run finished on 6 when Cummins made them edge to the ‘attendant.

In a space of 21 overs, Pakistan slid from 60 for 2 to 118 for 9. Through this, Babar Azam appeared to be the main hitter in charge, yet he fell in the wake of miscuing a hurled drive to long off and giving Swepson his lady Test wicket. The last pair extended Australia’s visit in the center and added 30 runs, however it just deferred the inescapable and set Australia in a solid situation in a challenge where wickets will be difficult to stretch going beyond.

Australia didn’t authorize a follow on and got back to bat in spite of taking a gigantic lead. In their subsequent exposition, they appeared as untroubled as they were in the first. As the day wore on, Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschange got pace. They lost the wicket of David Warner on 7, yet it wasn’t to give Pakistan any comfort.

Brief score : Australia 556/9 decl. (Usman Khawaja 160, Alex Carey 93; Faheem Ashraf 2-55, Sajid Khan 2-167) & 81/1 (Marnus Labuschagne 37*, Usman Khawaja 35*) lead Pakistan 148/10 (Babar Azam 36; Mitchell Starc 3-29, Mitchell Swepson 2-32) by 489 runs.

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