Australia vs Pakistan, Day-Night Test: Pakistan fights to avoid defeat against Australia

ADELAIDE: Pakistan was struggling to avoid defeat in the second round of the day and night against Australia on Sunday after being forced to continue, with Tim Paine Men who need seven wickets to secure the 2-0 series.


The visitors, who lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, had big problems with 39 by three when the rain forced an early finish, 248 races with two days remaining and their higher order decimated.

They had resumed on a cloudy and cold afternoon that ran at 96 for six in their first innings, in response to Australia's 589 declared by three, built on the back of David Warner's monumental 335 that was not outside.

Yasir Shah hit a persecuted maiden Test century and Babar Azam he reached 97, but they were all out for 302 and still 287 drifting races, with Mitchell Starc The hero, taking 6-66.

Australian skipper Tim Paine enforced the follow on and it started badly for Pakistan, whose first task was to survive intact for 15 minutes before the dinner break.

They failed with the first game, Imam-ul-Haq, remembered after being overlooked for the first Test in Brisbane, who lost by one inning and five runs by a duck against Josh Hazlewood.

It was quickly 11 for two with Starc's tempting captain, Azhar Ali, on a thick outer edge and Steve Smith taking a quality catch a few seconds before a shower forced them out.

The rain had been threatening all day and when they returned after 30 minutes, Hazlewood pocketed the key gate of the danger man Azam for two, trapped by Paine.

But soon more rain came, to the frustration of Australia, and the referees called him one day.

Previously, Yasir and Azam had kept Pakistan's low hopes alive with the disciplined batting of the first innings.

Better known as a spinning player, Yasir had never been better than 42 in his 36 previous Tests, making his 113 against one of the most fearsome rhythm attacks in the world even more remarkable.

In a sparkling spell under the lights on Sunday night, the left point guard Starc took four quick wickets and omens for Pakistan didn't look good.

But the bleak conditions at Adelaide Oval offered little to the bowlers during the daylight hours of Sunday and Azam and Yasir took advantage.

They put up a 105-run position and Azam seemed destined for a third century of trial until Starc jumped again, with the 25-year-old overcoming an attempt to drive Paine behind the stumps in 97.

Azam, who scored a century in the first Test in Brisbane and is quickly emerging as the best hitter in his country, left the downed field but to a great ovation.

The next ball that Starc grabbed his sixth, with Shaheen Afridi lbw before Mohammad Abbas defended himself from the hat-trick ball.

Abbas made a brave 29 before a Pat Cummins goalie undid him, trapped in the ravine by Warner.

At the other end, Yasir showed composure to compile his first ton, pulling out the 192-ball milestone, hitting 12 legs and kissing the grass in celebration.

He almost missed Marnus Labuschagne's bowling on 33. Steve Smith believed he caught it with a slip and made a great appeal, but the reps showed that the ball fell just below his fingers.

Yasir was thrown by Labuschagne from his own bowling alley in 43.

I was finally hooking a delivery of Cummins to Nathan Lyon.