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Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: Pakistan Declare At 476/4, Australia Openers Survive Till Stumps
PAK vs AUS1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: David Warner and Usman Khawaja will resume batting on Day 3 for Australia against Pakistan in their ongoing first Test match, in Rawalpindi.
1st Test Day 2: Pakistan players walk back to the dressing room at the end of play.© AFP
PAK vs AUS 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: Australia's openers survived till stumps against Pakistan on Day 2 of their ongoing first Test match in Rawalpindi on Saturday. Usman Khawaja (5*) and David Warner (0*) remained unbeaten, facing only one over as Australia posted 5/0 at Stumps. Earlier, Pakistan had declared at 476/4, courtesy of fine centuries by Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali. Opener Imam smashed 157 runs off 358 balls, hammering 16 fours and two maximums. Meanwhile, Azhar registered 185 runs off 361 balls, bagging 15 fours and three sixes. Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins and Marnus Labuschagne registered a wicket each for Australia's bowling department. (SCORECARD)
Here are Highlights of the Day 2 of the first Pakistan vs Australia Test from the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi
1st Test, Australia in Pakistan, 3 Test Series, 2022, Mar 04, 2022
Day 5 | Match Ended
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Pakistan drew with Australia
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Finally!!! We're ready. Usman Khawaja on strike...
The roller is slowly leaving the field now. Australia won't mind the delay. The two umpires get together and they have a worried look on their faces. Perhaps, they are advising Babar Azam to use spinners as the light is not conducive to face fast bowling. Babar consults his deputy, Rizwan, and they have agreed. Shaheen goes off his bowling mark and it's going to be Sajid Khan to start proceedings. More time wasting as the close-in fielders are wearing their protective gears.
The men concerned are back on the field. David Warner and Usman Khawaja are the Aussie openers. Their main aim will be to see off the day's play carefully. That said, they can't get over-defensive against the Pakistan bowlers. Shaheen Afridi is getting ready to bowl the first over. There is a buzz around the stadium. The heavy roller is still doing its job, so there is a small delay. Warner is seen having a word with Shaheen.
... SECOND INNINGS ...
Right then, the crowd is getting excited about the prospect of watching the Pakistan bowlers bowl this evening, that too under lights. They are warming up. Around 56 minutes left in the day's play but considering the fading light, we will be lucky if the play lasts the distance. Anyway, stay tuned as the Australian openers will be out soon with their reply.
Here comes the declaration! Babar Azam whistles and calls his boys back. Pakistan have declared their first innings on 476/4! A strong batting show by the home team after winning the toss. The first three wickets were involved in valuable stands and that propelled them to a sizable total. Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali were the chief architects and the others around them also chipped in with useful runs. Nothing much to write home about Australia's bowling. They toiled hard on a docile surface but without much success. One thing they did do well was to keep the scoring rate under check.
Full and floated around off, Iftikhar Ahmed lunges and eases it to point.
Turning away from the batter, short in length, Ahmed cuts but finds point.
Shortish and on middle, forced down in the gap at mid-wicket for two.
FOUR! A freebie and it has been put away! A low full toss around leg, Iftikhar Ahmed uses his wrists and whips it in the gap at mid-wicket for a boundary.
Short and around off, punched to point.
Floated and full, around middle, spinning away, Iftikhar Ahmed tries to flick but gets a leading edge through covers for a couple. The umpire asks Iftikhar Ahmed to stay away from the danger area while running.
Spears it very full and on middle, Ahmed tries to drive straight but it takes the inner edge and rolls in front of square leg. They cross for a run as Starc chases and slides to collect the ball.
Serves it on a length around middle and off, Iftikhar Ahmed defends it back from the crease.
Fuller and around off, pushed back to the bowler. Rizwan has a word with his partner.
Pitches it up and wide outside off, Rizwan reaches out and drives. The cover fielder misfields and concedes a single.
Short and wide outside off, Ahmed steers it down to deep point for one.
On a good length, angling away from around off, Rizwan decides to leave but is late in withdrawing his bat. It takes the toe end and runs down to third man for a run.
Drinks break. 70 runs in the first segment of play after Tea and there is definitely more intent shown by the Pakistan batters. They lost both Babar Azam and Azhar Ali in the process but have a perfect pair in the middle to do quick scoring. 20 overs left in the day's play, light permitting. It's been overcast for quite some time and we are playing under lights. That might also play a role in Pakistan's declaration as the light is not supposed to improve much. Mitchell Starc to bowl after the break...
Beaten! Excellent drift on this delivery. It lands close to off, spins away a shade as Iftikhar Ahmed prods forward in defense and misses.