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Pakistan fight to avoid defeat against Australia

By The Assam Tribune

ADELAIDE, Dec 1: Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat in the day-night second Test against Australia on Sunday after being forced to follow on, with Tim Paine�s men needing seven wickets to clinch the series 2-0.

The visitors, who have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, were in big trouble at 39 for three when rain forced an early end, 248 runs behind with two days left and their top order decimated.

They had resumed on an overcast and cold afternoon teetering at 96 for six in their first innings, in reply to Australia�s 589 for three declared, built on the back of David Warner�s monumental 335 not out.

Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Test century and Babar Azam hit 97 but they were all out for 302 and still 287 runs adrift, with Mitchell Starc the hero, taking 6-66.

Australian skipper Tim Paine enforced the follow on and it started badly for Pakistan, whose first task was to survive intact for 15 minutes before the dinner break.

They failed with opener Imam-ul-Haq � recalled after being overlooked for the first Test in Brisbane, which they lost by an innings and five runs � out lbw for a duck to Josh Hazlewood.

SCORECARD

Australia 1st innings 589-3 dec Pakistan 1st innings 302 Pakistan 2nd innings: S Masood not out 14, Imam-ul-Haq lbw Hazlewood 0, A Ali c Smith b Starc 9, B Azam c Paine b Hazlewood 8, A Shafiq not out 8. Extras: 0. Total (three wickets; 16.5 overs) 39. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-11, 3-20. Bowling: Starc 4-1-10-1, Hazlewood 8-3-15-2, Cummins 4.5-2-14-0. � AFP

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Pakistan fight to avoid defeat against Australia

ADELAIDE, Dec 1: Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat in the day-night second Test against Australia on Sunday after being forced to follow on, with Tim Paine�s men needing seven wickets to clinch the series 2-0.

The visitors, who have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, were in big trouble at 39 for three when rain forced an early end, 248 runs behind with two days left and their top order decimated.

They had resumed on an overcast and cold afternoon teetering at 96 for six in their first innings, in reply to Australia�s 589 for three declared, built on the back of David Warner�s monumental 335 not out.

Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Test century and Babar Azam hit 97 but they were all out for 302 and still 287 runs adrift, with Mitchell Starc the hero, taking 6-66.

Australian skipper Tim Paine enforced the follow on and it started badly for Pakistan, whose first task was to survive intact for 15 minutes before the dinner break.

They failed with opener Imam-ul-Haq � recalled after being overlooked for the first Test in Brisbane, which they lost by an innings and five runs � out lbw for a duck to Josh Hazlewood.

SCORECARD

Australia 1st innings 589-3 dec Pakistan 1st innings 302 Pakistan 2nd innings: S Masood not out 14, Imam-ul-Haq lbw Hazlewood 0, A Ali c Smith b Starc 9, B Azam c Paine b Hazlewood 8, A Shafiq not out 8. Extras: 0. Total (three wickets; 16.5 overs) 39. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-11, 3-20. Bowling: Starc 4-1-10-1, Hazlewood 8-3-15-2, Cummins 4.5-2-14-0. � AFP