The day completely goes to Pakistan for their exceptional display of skills. They outsmarted Australians in all the departments of the game to sit on the driver seat of the Test match. Cricket Addictor brings you Pakistan vs Australia 2018: 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi – Day 2 Review.
Mohammed Abbas ruled the roost:
After starting day 2 on 20/2, Australians never looked settled in the middle. The right-hand fast bowler Mohammed Abbas continued his good show by knocking out Shaun Marsh and Travis Head for cheap scores.
During the course, Bilal Asif got the better of Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh to further dent the Australians. Skipper Tim Paine also failed to pick Bilal Asif before being trapped plumb in front of the wickets.
Marnus Labuschagne tackled Pakistan bowling a bit better than the rest but he was unfortunate to walk back being run out. However, Mitchell Starc had a bit of fun in the middle, who scored a quickfire 34 to push Australia to 145 on the board.
Mohammed Abbas finished with a five-wicket haul while Bilal Asif bagged three wickets. Yasir Shah chipped in with a wicket and also the run out of Labuschagne as well.
Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali knock the fifties:
In reply, Pakistan once again lost Mohammed Hafeez cheaply. However, the debutant Fakhar Zaman carried his blistering form by scoring yet another century. But, he once again failed to convert it into the century, as he gave a return catch to Nathan Lyon.
On the other hand, Azhar Ali displayed his class by playing with the solid defence. He made Australian bowlers toiled hard under the sun before knocking his fifty. All in all, at the end of Day 2 play, Pakistan is firmly holding the Test match.
Brief Scores of Day 2 of Pakistan vs Australia 2018, 2nd Test:
Pakistan – 282-all-out
Australia – 145-all-out (Starc 34, Finch 39; Abbas 5/33, Asif 3/23)
Pakistan – 143/2 (Fakhar 66, Azhar Ali 54; Starc 1/22)
Match Progress – Pakistan lead by 281 runs facing Australia at Abu Dhabi.