Abbas puts Pakistan on top

The second and final Test between Pakistan and Australia begins today. — File

The second and final Test between Pakistan and Australia begins today. — File

On Thursday, Pakistan top-order batsman Azhar Ali also suffered a freaky run out in the second Test against Australia.

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.

During a Peter Siddle over, Ali edged a delivery past gully and the ball ran towards the rope.

Pakistan's Azhar Ali bore the brunt of jokes since his on-field antics on the third day of the second Test against Australia yesterday. It was a brilliant caught and bowled dismissal by Lyon and Zaman was sent back after another half-century (66 runs) in his debut Test match.

Mohammad Abbas and Bilal Asif have done the major damage as they bagged five and three wickets respectively on Wednesday.

Resuming on 20-2, Australian batsman Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh struggled to cope with the moving ball as Pakistan pacemen Abbas and Mir Hamza choked the scoring rate in the opening hour.

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"At the moment I am feeling discomfort and if there is swelling tommorrow then we can summon reserve wicketkeeper as per the new rules", said Sarfraz.

Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Ahmed had scored 94 each.

Earlier, medium pacer Mohammad Abbas (5-33) and spinner Bilal Asif (3-23) wrecked Australia for 145 in their innings. But as he turned for the second run, the batsman slipped twice.

In the first session, pace bowler Starc provided Australia with an early breakthrough in the third over when Mohammad Hafeez fell to a freakish catch at short leg by Labuschagne for four. Lyon took 4 wickets in 6 balls in a tight spell before lunch, giving him stats of 4/4 at one stage.

However, in reality the ball stopped just before the boundary and was picked up by Mitchell Starc, who quickly threw the ball towards the wicket-keeper Tim Paine.

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