Australia continue to beat Pakistan in second Test match – Latest News – The Nation

Australian cricket teams continue to battle against the Pakistani team in the second day of the Test series played at Karachi Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

According to the details, Aussie batters Usman Khwaja and Nathan Lyon continued their 251-run batter at the loss of 3 wickets and advanced to 265 runs at the end of 95 overs.

Opening hitter Usman Khawaja didn’t miss a second chance to score a century in his homeland and led Australia 251-3 at the stumps in the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan on Saturday.

It is worth mentioning here that Khawaja achieved an unbeaten 127 from 266 balls from another flat wicket after narrowly missing a hundred in the first Test at Rawalpindi which ended in a tame draw. The docile ground at Pindi Cricket Stadium was later declared ‘below average’ by the ICC.

Khawaja and Steve Smith (72) shared a 159-run third-wicket stand before Pakistan broke it with the second new ball when Faheem Ashraf took a brilliant one-handed low grip in the slides to clear Smith away from Hasan Ali (1-31) .

Night watchman Nathan Lyon was yet to score and survived a missed catch when Imam-ul-Haq couldn’t save a tough short-legged chance forward on the final ball of the day from Shaheen Afridi.

Pakistan also opted for an unsuccessful review behind Khawaja’s television in Afridi’s first innings with the new ball before Hasan struck in the penultimate innings of the day.

Pakistan deployed their spinners for 26 overs in the final session, but their negative tactic of knocking both batters’ legs down did nothing but slow Australia’s scoring rate.

Khawaja, who lifted his half century on 69 balls in the first session, was unfrustrated and waited patiently before finishing his century in the final session on 193 balls with 12 fours and a six.

Smith has failed to score a hundred Tests in the last 27 Test innings but completed his second consecutive half-century in Australia’s first tour of Pakistan since 1998 with 214 balls with seven fours before Ashraf netted a impressive catch.

Earlier, Pakistan had secured two quick wickets before lunch before Khawaja and Smith bowled the bowlers over a docile wicket, which both teams expect to help the spinners as play progresses.

Khawaja was particularly strong on his leg side pads against the fast bowlers and even swept the two spinners with comfort as the wicket offered no help to the bowlers.

Khawaja and David Warner (36) provided Australia with a fast 82-point start after skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to bat. Pakistan fought back with two wickets but Australia still managed to make it 100-2 in the first session.

Pakistan came back in the final hour before lunch when Ashraf (1-32) found the outside edge of Warner’s bat on a delivery that strayed a fraction away from left-handed.

Marnus Labuschagne, who faced nine balls, was taken out without scoring when he couldn’t beat Sajid Khan’s straight throw halfway through and failed to reach his crease at the non-attacking end .

Khawaja, who was fired for 97 in the first Test, and Warner had earlier topped the first hour scoring a quick 63 from 14 overs.

Fast thrower Hasan Ali, one of two changes Pakistan made in the first Test with Ashraf, and Afridi found no movement on a flat, grass-free surface.

Both batsmen were unfazed by the fast bowlers and also took the lead against the spinners by hitting straight sixes on spinner Sajid Khan before Pakistan intervened with the two fast wickets.

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