Saturday, 17 November 2018

Michael Vaughan says Abbas ‘would get me out every time’

ABU DHABI: Mohammad Abbas was the wrecker-in-chief as he helped Pakistan dismiss Australia for a meagre 145 in their second innings on day two of the second Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Abbas, playing only his ninth Test match, registered his career-best figures of 5/33. Impressed by Abbas, former England captain Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to laud his performance. Vaughan said that he has been watching M Abbas for a year now and the Pakistani pacer would get him out “every time within about 6 balls”.

Australia, who resumed their innings at 20/2 on the second day, were left in tatters as spinner Bilal Asif (3/23) along with Abbas rocked the Australian side.

Opener Aaron Finch (39) and Mitchell Starc (34) were the main run-getters for Australia. Usman Khawaja, who struck a wonderful century in the first Test, failed to repeat his performance as he was dismissed for just 3 runs.

The first day of the second Test saw Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz Ahmed score a calculated 94, helping their team reach 282 in their first innings. However, neither of them could reach the coveted three-figure mark as Marnus Labuschagne dismissed both of them.

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar was quick to spot Vaughan tweet as he dubbed it “one of the best tweets.”

Abbas’ first wicket of the match made him the joint-second fastest Pakistani, in 10 Tests, to 50 wickets. Abbas joined Waqar Younis and Shabbir Ahmed in the list. Spinner Yasir Shah leads the list as he scalped his 50th Test wicket in 9 Tests. Khawaja (3), Peter Siddle (4), Shaun Marsh (3), Travis Head (14) and Mitchell Starc (34) were Abbas’ victims. The first Test of the two-match series in Dubai had ended in a draw.

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