3rd Test: Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali steady Pakistan in response to Australia’s 391 on Day 2

Lahore Test, Day 2: Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali combined in a uninterrupted tie of 70 to launch Pakistan’s solid response to Australia’s 391 first innings.

Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali firm in response to Australia's 391 (AP Photo)

Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali firm in response to Australia’s 391 (AP Photo)


  • Shafique and Azhar’s collaboration helps Pakistan close day 2 on a high
  • Pakistan reached 90/1 at the end of the 2nd match day
  • Australia was thrown out for 391 in their first innings

Abdullah Shafique and Azhar Ali attached a solid undefeated second wicket stand to help Pakistan finish the second day of the third and final Test against Australia in Lahore on a high. Opener Shafique was unbeaten at 45 with #3 Azhar 30 not out as the hosts reached 90/1 at the end of the second day, trailing Australia 301.

Pakistan vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 2: Highlights

Shafique and the veteran Azhar, who played his 94th Test but the first in his home city of Lahore, got together after the early loss of opener Imam-ul-Haq and showed great patience to keep the intrusive Australian bowlers at bay.

The touring side posted a healthy total, helped by determined half-centuries of Cameron Green and Alex Carey earlier on Tuesday.

All-rounder Green made a career-best 79 in his 12th Test match and Carey scored 67 in nearly three hours before Pakistan claimed five wickets for 50 runs in the mid-session and knocked out Australia just before tea.

Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi finished with four wickets each for the hosts with a brilliant display of reverse swing bowling on a variable bounce field.

Left arm spinner Nauman Ali ended the 135-run, sixth-wicket score when Carey was perpendicular to the wicket as the batter tried to play over the line and was hit on the front pad. Carey took 105 balls and dominated the spinners with his reverse sweep shots.

Naseem, who replaced all-rounder Faheem Ashraf in the only change Pakistan made from the epic drawn second test, denied Green his first test hundred when he cleared the tall right-hander from a pitch that formed in the batter and punched by a big ball. hit. gap between bat and pad.

The first two tests of the series – the first between the sides in Pakistan since 1998 – were drawn.


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