Sunday, Jul 03, 2022

PAK Vs AUS, First Test: Australia End Day 2 At 5/0, Trail Pakistan By 471 Runs - Highlights

Pakistan batters dominated Day 2 as well before Australia could bat for just one over as bad light forced stumps. Check PAK vs AUS 1st Test Day 2 highlights here.

Usman Khawaja and David Warner walk back to pavilion at end of play on Day 2 of PAK Vs AUS 1st Test.
Usman Khawaja and David Warner walk back to pavilion at end of play on Day 2 of PAK Vs AUS 1st Test. AP

Pakistan, who started Day 2 on Saturday at 245 for one wicket, piled on Australia's misery by posting a mammoth total of 476/4 before declaring. Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq extended their partnership for the second wicket to 208 runs before Imam fell to Pat Cummins on 157. Azhar Ali then joined hands with Babar Azam and the duo together stitched 101 runs for the third wicket before babar got run out. In a bid to boost run rate, Azhar too went back to pavilion on 185 after getting out on the ball of Marnus Labuschagne. Pakistan declared at 476/4 but they were certainly late in planning as bad light forced the game to stop after Australia were 5/0 after the 1st over. (SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING | INDIA vs SRI LANKA HIGHLIGHTS)

05: 36 PM IST: Stumps

The umpires have called for Stumps on Day 2.

Another gruelling day for Australia and they won't mind the Stumps being called a little early. Both openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja can have some rest and come back on Day 3 with some added energy as Australia (5/0 after 1st over) trail Pakistan by 471 runs. 

05: 20 PM IST: Bad Light Stops Play

A decent first over for Australia as they managed to get 5 off it.

Here is another twist. The players are walking back to pavilion as umpires feel, the light is not good enough even for spin bowling. Is it Stumps? Hang on, we'll be getting back to you with the latest update.

AUS 5/0 (1)

05: 15 PM IST: Australia Begin Chase

Usman Khawaja and David Warner have come out to open for Australia.

Oh! Here is the twist. Pakistan cannot bowl fast due to bad lights and umpires inform fielding captain Babar Azam about it.

After some discussions, Sajid Khan has been handed the ball.

05: 00 PM IST: Pakistan Declare At 476/4 (162)

Here is the awaited declaration from the Pakistan team. Babar Azam signals batters Rizwan and Iftikhar to walk back.

04: 50 PM IST: Drinks Break

Pakistan have scored 464 runs at the loss of 4 wickets in 160 overs. The idea of declaration must be looming around. However, a lot depends on whether Australia take the new ball quickly or test the patience of Mohammad Rizwan (27* off 44) and Iftikhar Ahmed (3* off 11).

22 runs have come off the last 4 overs.

PAK 464/4 (160)

04: 30 PM IST: Wicket! Azhar Ali Is Out

Azhar Ali has fallen 15 short of double hundred. He scored 185 off 361 deliveries. Gets an standing ovation on his return to pavilion. Marbus Labuschagne gets his wicket.

It was a leg spin bowled by Labuschagne to which Azhar tried to play a reverse sweep and get it over the fielder inside the circle, but handed a catch to Cameron Green.

PAK 442/4 (155.4)

Watch the wicket here:

04: 28 PM IST: Pakistan Going Steady 

Pakistan are not trying too much to score. The session though started with some attacking intent from Azhar Ali but since the fall of Babar's wicket, things seem to have calmed down a bit, batting one six Azhar hit off Nathan Lyon on the last ball of the 152nd over.

PAK 441/3 (155)   

03: 54 PM IST: Out! Babar Is Gone

Pakistan lose their third wicket as Babar Azam (36 off 82) is run out. He tapped a Nathan Lyon delivery on leg side and ran for a quick single, Labuschagne ran and collected the ball from his right hand and rattled the stumps at the non-striker end as Babar was caught inches short of the crease.

Energy is back in the Australian camp.

PAK 414/3 (147.1)

Watch the wicket here:

03: 37 PM IST: 12 Came Off It

Three boundaries came off the over of Labuschagne. Azhar Ali hit the first boundary through a slog sweep while the other two were square cuts played by him.

The intent is clear from Pakistan, they are looking for runs now.

PAK 406/2 (143)

03: 32 PM IST: Action Resumes

We are into the final session of Day 2. Pakistan will look to play some attacking game, while Australia will look to use the opportunity to get some wickets and get back in the game. Anyway, we are going to see some more action for sure in this session.

Marnus Lavuschagne will bowl the 143rd over. 

03: 14 PM IST: Tea Break

No respite for Australian bowlers as Pakistan batters keep piling on their misery. The duo of babar Azam (33*) and Azhar (151*) have added 81 runs for the third wicket so far. They look solid, while Australia are still 18 overs away from getting the new ball.

PAK 394/2 (142)

03: 08 PM IST: 150 Runs For Azhar Ali

After Imam, now Azhar Ali scores 150. What an innings this has been from Azhar. He knows the value of his wicket and thus played sensibly on the Rawalpindi track that has very less help for the bowlers.

That has been an outstanding knock from Azhar as he took timely and calculated risks, did some solid defense and rotated the strike beautifully.

PAK 391/2 (140.2)

02: 27 PM IST: Pakistan Accelerate

29 runs came off the last 5 overs. Pakistan are accelerating the innings as the platform for some attacking play has already been laid. Meanwhile, Azhar Ali races to 126. Babar Azam is unbeaten on 18.

PAK 354/2 (130)

02: 02 PM IST: Australia Look To Bounce Back

Good bowling from Australia since the fall of Imam's wicket, but they need at least a couple of more wickets here to get back in the game. They have already bowled 125 overs in the match, something that is evident from the tiresome face of their bowlers.

PAK 325/2 (125) 

Check out Babar's spectacular drive:


Imam-ul-Haq is out on 157 (358). That's a big-big wicket for Australia and captain Pat Cummins is the man to bring the dismissal.

Cummins bowled it straight onto the stumps and Imam missed the shot to get out LBW. Babar Azam comes in at number 4.

PAK 313/2 (120.5)

01: 30 PM IST: Century For Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali finally reaches the three-figure mark. He has been solid alongside Imam in this innings. Australia are struggling here.

Azhar's teammates are on their feat, applauding the beautiful knock.

PAK 312/1 (120)

01: 15 PM IST: Second Session

We are into the second session of Day 2 now. Nathan Lyon bowls to Azhar Ali.

One run came off the over. 

PAK 303/1 (116)

12: 36 PM IST: Lunch Break

That's the lunch break on Day 2. No wicket for Australia in the first session, while Pakistan added 67 runs from the 25 overs they played today. Given the hosts have wickets in hand, they would look to accelerate a bit in the second session, not before Azhar Ali, who is unbeaten on 95, reaches the three-figure mark. Not to forget a settled Imam also, who is batting on 154 and is going really smooth in his innings.

PAK 302/1 (115)

12: 08 PM IST: Imam-Ul-Haq Races To 150

He is capitalizing on the opportunities beautifully here Imam. He had scored his maiden Test century on Day 1 and now he makes the knock look bigger with an unbeaten 150.

PAK 293/1 (110)

12:04 PM IST: Lucky Escape For Imam

On the first ball of the 110th over, Iman got a bottom edge off Nathan Lyon and Alex Carey collected the ball comfortbaly. The Australians even appealed for it but umpire was unmoved. An unsure Pat Cummins decided not to review. And guess what? The ultraedge revealed it was a nick there.

11: 43 AM IST: Australia Keep It Tight

Australian bowlers have kept it really tight in the past 5 overs, giving away just 8 runs. They have bowled well since the morning on Day 2.

PAK 272/1 (105)

11: 27 AM IST: IND, SL Players Pay Homage To Warne, Rodney

Meanwhile, in Mohali too, the India and Sri Lanka players are wearing black armbands in memory of Australian legends Shane Warne and Rodney Marsh. The two former players passed away Friday.

The players of India and Sri Lanka had also observed a minute's silence before the start of Day 2 of the ongoing first Test between the sides.

11: 22 AM IST: Slow Start For Pakistan

Pakistan have scored 19 runs off the first ten overs on the day, but most importantly they haven't lost any wicket. Partnsership between Azhar Ali (78*) and Imam-ul-Haq (137*) is now of 159 runs.  

PAK 264/1 (100)

10: 59 AM IST: 10 Off First 5 overs

10 runs came from the first 30 balls bowled today. Pakistan would be happy with the start as long as they don't lose any wicket.

PAK 255/1 (95)

10: 34 AM IST: It's Game Time

The match resumes. Pat Cummins bowls the first over of the day, Imam-ul-Haq faces him.

It's a maiden over.

PAK 245/1 (91)

10: 31 AM IST: Homage To Shane Warne

The players from both the teams observe a minute's silence in memory of great Australian spinner Shane Warne who passed away Friday at 52, and for the people who lost their lives in Peshawar blast on the very same day.

10: 18 AM IST: Important News
It should be noted that the ongoing first Test match between Pakistan and Australia will continue despite a suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Peshawar a day ago. Read Complete Report

10: 07 AM IST: Good Morning

Hello guys. Welcome to the day 2 live blog of the Australia Vs Pakistan first Test.

Will the guests have some respite today or Pakistan pile on their misery? A lot will unravel when the play on Saturday kicks off. We are hardly half an hour away from the start.

Two century stands - first between Imam Ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique and now the unbroken one between Haq and Azhar Ali - have vindicated Babar Azam's decision to bat first on a good batting surface in Rawalpindi.

The left-handed Imam Ul Haq was 132 not out on a typically slow and grassless subcontinent wicket. Veteran Azhar Ali is also looking solid on 64 not out. Pakistan have lot of batting to come and Aussie bowlers could have another long day on Saturday.

Australia might have missed a trick by opting to go with their three frontline fast bowlers, who hardly troubled the batters with both the new and old ball. Australia even used their three part-time spinners — Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Steve Smith — without any reward.

Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and skipper Pat Cummins hardly troubled Pakistan’s top order in their short spells as they bowled 45 overs between them.


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