Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 4, Abu Dhabi

Annette Crawford
October 19, 2018

Pakistan selectors once again left out fast bowler Mohammad Amir from the country's 15-member squad set to square off against Australia during the three-match Twenty20 series starting next week. The first Test ended in a draw in Dubai last week.

In freaky scenes early on day three in Abu Dhabi, Azhar convened mid-pitch with Asad Shafiq after an edge to Peter Siddle which flew past gully and seemed destined for the boundary. He quickly picked it up and threw the ball to wicket-keeper Tim Paine, who effected the run out.

No team has ever chased more than 418-7 to win a Test, made by the West Indies against Australia at Antigua in 2003.Pakistan piled on the runs with Babar, Sarfraz and Azhar Ali - who was the casualty of a freaky run out - all making half-centuries to build on the hosts' 137-run first-innings lead.


While Ali and Asad Shafiq were chatting mid-pitch, the ball stopped just short of the rope. The Australian skipper collected the ball from the fielder and disturbed the furniture before appealing for a run-out. It was Azhar Ali, who made headlines for all the wrong reasons in Abu Dhabi. At the time of writing, Pakistan are in a commanding position versus Australia, they have taken a mammoth 420 runs in the 2nd Test. The incident took place in the 52nd overs during Pakistan's second innings, when Peter Siddle was bowling and Azhar Ali was at the crease.

When the wickets were falling on another end, the Australian opener, Aaron Finch scored a decent knock of 39. Pakistan started their second innings with the healthy lead of 137 runs but found themselves in a pressure after losing Hafeez for just 6. In the same innings, Azhar Ali got run-out in a weird fashion.

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