Australia in the box after Pakistan wither in Karachi – Sports


KARACHI: Australia declared their first innings on 556 for nine, then beat Pakistan for 148 to take control of the second Test in Karachi on Monday.

After more than two days of chasing leather under the scorching sun at the National Stadium, the abject capitulation of the Pakistan batters gave Australia a mammoth 408 lead in the first inning.

The hosts were spared the ignominy of a follow-up, but Australia’s overall lead swelled to 489 as the touring side finished day three 81-1.

Their Islamabad-born fly-half Usman Khawaja was at 35th with Marnus Labuschagne at 37th.

Earlier, Australia collected 51 runs from nine overs before declaring their innings immediately after breaking the 550 mark.

Skipper Pat Cummins smashed three sixes in his 34 of 36 unbeaten balls against a jaded Pakistani attack on a slow track.

Pakistan were disappointed with their openers who showed poor judgment to start on either side of the lunch break.

Abdullah Shafique made 13 before going and opening partner Imam-ul-Haq, who smashed hundreds of twins in the series opener drawn in Rawalpindi, fell to Nathan Lyon in a sudden push unnecessary aggression.

Starc strikes

Mitchell Starc then claimed two out of two to rock Pakistan.

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The left arm quickly caught Azhar Ali (14) in a full, wide delivery and Cameron Green grabbed the edge on the second slip.

Starc followed that up with a scorching yorker to trap Fawad Alam lbw for a duck.

Mohammad Rizwan somehow denied Starc a hat-trick, but he looked pretty much a sitting duck during his 13-ball stint.

Dropped in the slip by Steve Smith off Cummins, Rizwan was given another life at the very next prom when an lbw decision against him was overturned.

It didn’t really matter though as Cummins came back to fire Rizwan late in his next over.

Starc owed his third wicket to Alex Carey who was convinced he had taken a hold from Sajid Khan even though the bowler himself was unsure and the umpire didn’t think so either.

Carey convinced Cummins to reconsider the original decision not to come out and Sajid had to go after replays confirmed an advantage.

Babar led Pakistan with 36 before becoming debutant Mitchell Swepson’s first test victim (2-32).

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