Abbas triggers Aus collapse

HIGH FLIER: Mohammad Abbas celebrates the dismissal of Shaun Marsh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. AP/PTI

Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan to a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Abbas finished with five for 33 to bowl out Australia for a paltry 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in the first innings on the second day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan stretched that lead to 281 as they were 144 for two at close, with Azhar Ali not out on 54 for his first half-century in the series and Haris Sohail on 17 not out.

With eight wickets in hand Pakistan were in a great position to force a 1-0 lead in the two-match series after the first Test ended in a fighting draw in Dubai last week.

Azhar, who fell for disappointing scores of 18, four and 15 in the last three innings, batted with resolve, having so far hit three boundaries.

But it was once again debutant Fakhar Zaman who lifted Pakistan with a brilliant 66 following up his 94 in the first innings, before giving a return catch to Nathan Lyon who took an evasive action but still managed to hold onto the ball. Zaman hit seven boundaries in an enterprising knock.

Earlier, Abbas and spinner Bilal Asif (3-23) wrecked Australia for 145 in their innings.

Abbas dismissed Shaun Marsh for three and Travis Head for 14 before wrapping up the innings by trapping Starc leg-before for 34. Asif removed Aaron Finch (39) and Tim Paine for three.

Marnus Labuschagne offered some resistance during his 25 before falling to a freakish run out, backing up too far as a drive from Starc was deflected to the stumps by Yasir Shah with Labuschagne out of his crease.

 

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