Pakistan’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first in the second Test match against Australia. However, Pakistan got off to a worse start as they lost five wickets in the opening session. Nathan Lyon was the star of the show as the off-spinner scalped four wickets to put Pakistan on the backfoot.
Mitchell Starc gave a perfect start to his team as sent back first match centurion Mohammad Hafeez in the third over of the day. Meanwhile, Pakistan debutant Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali were able to put an alliance of 52 runs.
Nathan Lyon roared like a Lion.
However, what followed was just Nathan Lyon’s show. Lyon roared like a Lion to eat up four Pakistan batsmen. Thus, the hosts found their backs against the wall as they are reeling at 111-5.
Lyon got the ball in the right areas to breathe down the neck of the host’s batsmen. In fact, Harris Sohail, Babar Azam, and Asad Shafiq were dismissed without troubling the scorers.
Nathan Lyon did the damage in his last two overs before Lunch was taken. The Australian off-spinner didn’t concede any run off his bowling and scalped four wickets in just six balls. Thus, he was right on the money with his off-spinners.
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon has been in fine form. Lyon had scalped a total of 41 wickets in the six Test matches while playing against India and Bangladesh. Thus, the off-spinner was able to continue his good form going in the sub-continent conditions.
Australia was able to dodge defeat in the first Test match at Dubai and now holds the advantage in the second Test match. Fakhar Zaman is batting unbeaten on 56 with Sarfraz Ahmed accompanying him on 35 runs.
Here is how Twitter praised Nathan Lyon.
Man-eater L'yon of Aussie breed found in Abu Dhabi.
People started calling it a GOAT!#PAKvAUS
— Krishna 🏏✍️ (@Joker_Krishna) October 16, 2018
Nathan Lyon will end his career as Australias second highest test wicket taker. Extraordinary story. #PAKvAUS
— Stephen Voerman (@svoerman) October 16, 2018
— Ritesh Surana (@SuranaRitesh) October 16, 2018
First time in Nathan Lyon's career that he has taken 4 wickets in the first session of the match. #PakvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 16, 2018
It's not often we see a spinner claiming these many wickets before lunch on the opening day of a Test match.
Nathan Lyon 4/12 at Abu Dhabi. #PAKvAUS
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 16, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 16, 2018
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) October 16, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 16, 2018
What a spell from Nathan Lyon. The fact that he now becomes the 4th highest wicket taker for Australia in Tests speaks so much about how he goes about his job quietly. Only Warne, McGrath, Lillee have taken more wkts for Australia. #PAKvAUS
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 16, 2018
Some unreal is stuff going on in Abu Dhabi. Nathan Lyon in his last two overs didn't concede a run and picked up four wickets.
Pakistan is in all sorts of trouble.#PAKvAUS
— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) October 16, 2018
— Akhil Gupta 🏏 (@Guptastats92) October 16, 2018
Nathan Lyon undoubtedly the best spinner in tests right now #PAKvAUS
— Surcasm (@Sur_casm) October 16, 2018