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2 December, 2019 12:03:10 PM

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Pakistan fight to avoid innings defeat against Australia

YASIR SHAH HITS MAIDEN TON
AFP, Adelaide
Pakistan fight to avoid innings defeat against Australia

Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat in the day-night second Test against a relentless Australia on Sunday after being forced to follow on, with Tim Paine’s men needing seven wickets to clinch the series 2-0.

The visitors, who have lost 13 consecutive Tests in Australia, were in big trouble at 39 for three when rain forced an early end, 248 runs behind with two days left and their top order decimated.

They had resumed on an overcast and cold afternoon teetering at 96 for six in their first innings, in reply to Australia's 589 for three declared, built on the back of David Warner's monumental 335 not out.

Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Test century and Babar Azam hit 97 but they were all out for 302 and still 287 runs adrift.

Mitchell Starc was the hero, taking 6-66, but he put Australia's commanding position down to greater consistency within the team.

“The first two Test matches, the huge partnerships we've had, the individual scores. We've talked a lot about big first innings totals and the guys have really responded,” he said.

“We've been fantastic in bowling partnerships as well.

Pakistan have had a couple of positive innings individually, but probably haven't had that consistency.”

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 opener Imam-ul-Haq -- recalled after being overlooked for the first Test in Brisbane, which they lost by an innings and five runs -- out lbw for a duck to Josh Hazlewood.

It was quickly 11 for two with Starc tempting skipper Azhar Ali into a thick outside edge and Steve Smith taking a quality catch just seconds before rain forced them off.

BK

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