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Pakistan v Australia, second Test at Abu Dhabi

PAKISTAN v Australia, second Test, day three — Australia needs to make history if it is going to escape the Test series against Pakistan with a draw let alone a victory.

And the Australians are off to a horror start at 1-14 after Shaun Marsh was bowled by debutant Mir Hamza for four. Marsh was opening the batting with Aaron Finch (4*) after Usman Khawaja missed the day on the field with a knee injury. Finch has been joined in the middle by Travis Head (4*).

Pakistan declared its innings at 9-400 late on day three, leaving Australia a target of 538 to chase with two days and 12 overs to survive.

The highest succesful chase in history is 418, while the longest ever fourth-innings in Asia ia 143.1 overs.

Babar Azam was Pakistan’s highest-run scorer falling lbw to Mitchell Marsh one run short of a maiden Test century, while Nathan Lyon was Australia’s best bowler with four wickets.

Earlier, Azhar Ali was run out for 64 in comic fashion. Thinking he had picked up a boundary, Ali stopped mid-pitch to punch gloves with Shafiq. In reality the ball had stopped a metre short of the ropes and he was run out before he even realised what was happening. Allan Border described it as “total stupidity” in the commentary box.

Teams

Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (c), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Matt Renshaw (12th man)

Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas .

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