Pakistan stretch lead despite weird Azhar run out

Ross Houston
October 21, 2018

Middle-order batsman Azhar Ali was run out in a weird way on day three of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia.

Abbas took seven wickets in the drawn first Test in Dubai last week.

At the break on the third day, Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 42 and with him, Babar Azam on 34 not out, as Pakistan's overall lead reached 369 with six wickets intact.

On Tuesday, Debutant opener Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz missed hundred by six runs each but still revived Pakistan on the first day, after Pakistan found themselves reeling at 57/5 having won the toss and chose to bat first.

There is also an injury cloud hovering over Mitchell Starc, with the tearaway paceman not bowling in the day's final session, while spending time earlier in the day fielding in the slip cordon - a highly unusual spot for a strike bowler.

"I don't think it's bad sportsmanship", Azhar said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is in a dominating position in the second Test match.

On Thursday, if everything goes Pakistan's way, they would put the visitors even under more pressure to leave them with a huge target to chase on a wicket that has all the characteristics of producing a result. The record is held by team-mate Yasir Shah who completed 50 wickets in nine matches.

Abbas jolted the Australians in the seventh over of the day when he removed a solid-looking Travis Head for 36, getting an edge to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, deputising for Sarfraz Ahmed.

England s George Lohmann (10.75), Australia s J.J. Ferris (12.70) and Billy Barnes of England (15.54) all played in the 19th century.

His record since he entered the global arena previous year is phenomenal, to say the least as is that of Fakhar who experienced a rare failure in last month's Asia Cup.

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