Pakistan take charge after Abbas skewers Australia


Australia endured rough second day of the decisive Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi conceding a 137-run first innings deficit before seeing that stretched out to 281 by stumps.

Tim Paine’s charges resumed on 20 for 2 on the second morning but Mohammad Abbas picked up where he left off the previous evening dismissing Shaun Marsh (3) and Travis Head cheaply to leave Australia 56 for 4.

Australia would be 91 for 7 at lunch as Mitchell Marsh (13), Aaron Finch (39) and Paine (3) all fell to spin.

Marnus Labuchagne (25) appeared to be on his way to his first meaningful contribution to the Baggy Green cause before he was run out in comical fashion at the non-strikers end.

The 37-run stand between Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc (34) would be the last of any note for Australia.

Abbas (5/33) collected yet another five-wicket haul continuing an extraordinary start to his Test career while Australia slid to 145 all out.

Starc would strike back for Australia by removing Mohammad Hafeez (6) early but Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman took the game away from the men from down-under.

Fakhar (66) and Azhar would add 91 for the second wicket before the former smashed a fizzing drive back at Nathan Lyon which the off-spinner somehow caught leaving the opener to collect his jaw from the floor as he left the field.

Azhar (54*) would go on to record his 29th Test fifty with Haris Sohail (17*) in support with Pakistan well placed on 144 for 2 at stumps on day two.