Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 02:57 AM

PAK vs. AUS: 2nd Test – Day 2 highlights

Pakistan took a further stranglehold on the second Test, and the series, against Australia by comprehensively dominating day 2 in Abu Dhabi.

After declaring at a colossal 6-570, Pakistan restricted the tourists to 1-22 before bad light ended play early.

Brad Haddin suffered a shoulder injury early in the day, and after he was forced from the field, David Warner – who had earlier dropped a sharp catching chance at gully – missed a gilt-edged stumping opportunity.

Azhar Ali was the first man out for 109, caught behind by Warner off Mitchell Starc’s bowling, before Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq put on 181 for the fourth wicket, taking Pakistan’s score past 500. Breaking records left, right and centre this series, Younis’ charmed run saw him reach 213 before finally being bowled by Peter Siddle.

Misbah-ul-Haq also reached triple figures, smashing 10 fours and a six in his 168-ball innings of 101, Steve Smith ending the skipper’s thrilling knock with a caught-and-bowled effort.

Australia’s torture in the field was belatedly brought to an end after tea following quick-fire innings by Asad Shafiq (21) and Sarfraz Ahmed (19no).

David Warner smashed Imran Khan to the fence with the first two balls of Australia’s innings, but Imran had Chris Rogers caught behind for 5 to complete the besieged visitors’ day of misery.

Stud of the day

Misbah-ul-Haq’s swashbuckling innings rammed home Pakistan’s advantage.

Key moment

Australia badly needed to get through to the end of the day with no loss of wickets; Rogers’ dismissal was a devastating blow for the tourists.

Looking ahead

All of the momentum is flowing Pakistan’s way and another crushing victory appears imminent. Australia simply has to bat time, or they could be staring down the barrel of an innings defeat. Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon will resume at the start of day 3.

Fun fact

Courtesy of his fifth Test double century, Younis Khan became just the third Pakistani player to surpass 8,000 Test runs after Javed Miandad and Inzamam Ul Haq.

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