Pakistan v Australia LIVE: Australia openers survive tricky phase

Alex Broun 17:28 08/10/2018
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Finch and Labuschagne remained unbeaten on day two.

It’s day two of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia in Dubai and day one belonged completely to the hosts. Pakistan have lost nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas early on day two with Peter Siddle ending the pacer’s 26-ball stay at the crease. Overnight batsman Haris Sohail has been joined by Asad Shafiq at the crease and the pair have taken Pakistan to 329-4 at lunch.

The Aussie opted to take the second new ball immediately after lunch as both batsmen brought up their respective half-centuries. The pair’s 150-run stand for the fifth wicket was broken ultimately by Marnus Labuschagne who dismissed Shafiq f0r 80 in the second session. The hosts were batting at 417-5 when tea was taken on day two.

Post tea, Babar Azam was run-out for just four after attempting a tight single. Sohail though, continued to march on and brought up a maiden Test hundred. The left-hander’s 110-run innings was ended by Nathan Lyon in the final session. The hosts lost skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (15) to a run-out too as they slumped to 470-8. Paine’s men then wrapped up the Pakistan innings on 482 runs with Siddle standing out with a three-wicket haul.

In reply, Australia’s openers Aaron Finch and Labuschagne survived a tricky period of 13 overs without any loss before stumps were drawn on day two.

Thanks to a stunning 126 from comeback king Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan reached 255 at the end of the day’s play for the lost of just three wickets.

Will the Aussie bowlers be able to pick up some wickets today?

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