Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Pakistan fight back after big Aussie declaration

Australia v Pakistan:  Azhar Ali’s run-out ended a stubborn century stand

SYDNEY: Younis Khan and Pakistan maintained a solid vigil at the crease after play finally resumed on a rain-blighted Jane McGrath Day of the SCG Test match. Play was delayed until 2.45pm by light but persistent showers, reducing the minimum overs to be bowled on the day to 54. Younis was unperturbed by the break, continuing in a methodical manner on resumption and working his way towards a century. He was however complicit in the run out of Azhar Ali, who made it as far as 71 before he was undone by the combination of a ball driven fractionally out of the reach of mid on – whom he had to wait for – and the strong left arm of Mitchell Starc, who threw adroitly to the substitute gloveman Peter Handscomb; Matthew Wade being off the field with illness. There had been some reverse-swing for Starc and Josh Hazlewood when play began, the captain Steven Smith preferring the pace pair to spin for the first 12 overs of the day. In that time Azhar evaded a close lbw shout from Hazlewood when on 59, the ball hitting leg stump but not enough to overrule the on-field call. A couple of other shots fell fractionally short of the fielders, and when Lyon was introduced he was able to gain some appreciable turn. However Azhar’s run-out was the only wicket, as Misbah-ul-Haq hung on grimly in Younis’ more comfortable company until the interval.

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