Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Score Updates: Australia Aim To Continue Batting Dominance

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PAK vs AUS: Pakistan will aim to bundle out the Australian team quickly on Day 3.© AFP

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Score Updates: The Australian cricket team will aim to continue the good work done by the batters on Day 2 of the second Test which put them in a commanding position of 505/8 at Stumps. Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith laid down a perfect platform for their team to build upon as the middle-order also consolidated with important contributions. As far as the home team is concerned, the bowlers, especially the spinner will look to bundle out the Aussies and give their tired legs a rest. Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali have already bowled 99 overs combined in the first innings of the Test so far. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Pakistan Playing XI:Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan

Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Score Updates From National Stadium In Karachi​

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Alex Carey Misses Ton As Australia Pile 505/8 In 2nd Test vs Pakistan

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Wicketkeeper Alex Carey hoped cracks on the pitch would help spinners take 20 wickets after Australia piled up 505-8 on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi on Sunday. The left-hander became Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s only second Test wicket as he missed the part-timer’s straight delivery and was bowled for 93 with just two overs left before close. When stumps were drawn, Mitchell Starc was batting on 28 with touring skipper Pat Cummins yet to get off the mark after Usman Khawaja hit a memorable 160 in the country of his birth.

“There are some cracks opening,” said Carey. “I still think there’s opportunities for us to pick 20 wickets going into tomorrow and day four and five.”

On missing a hundred, Carey admitted the opportunity was lost.

“I am always disappointed when I get out. It was so close. Unfortunately, it’s the way it goes.”

When the wily Pakistan spinner Sajid Khan produced a sharp turning delivery that beat Khawaja’s defensive push on the back foot to clip the top of the off stump, Pakistan had thought they would wrap up the Australian innings soon.

But Carey and Starc frustrated the home team during their eighth-wicket stand of 98 as the National Stadium pitch offered slow turn and low bounce.

Carey batted for 187 minutes, hitting seven boundaries and two sixes in his highest Test score, improving upon his previous best of 51 against England at Adelaide in December last year.

Sajid’s spin partner Nauman Ali bowled Cameron Green for 28 in the last over before tea but Pakistan’s plans to bat today were spoiled by Carey and Starc.

Pakistan took the third new ball after 163 overs with Australia’s total at 453-7 but none of the pace bowlers could get the breakthrough.

Ashraf (2-55) and Sajid (2-151) were the main wicket takers in Pakistan’s 180 overs of hard work.

This is the first time Australia have batted 180 overs in Asia since their 179.3 overs, scoring 577 against India in the Delhi Test of 2008.

Sajid had given Pakistan a double break in the post-lunch session with the wickets of a stubborn Khawaja and Travis Head for eight.

Until then, Khawaja had defied Pakistan’s attack for nine hours and 12 minutes in an anchoring role since Australia won the toss and opted to bat on Saturday.

The left-hander from Queensland smashed 15 boundaries and a six in his third 150-plus masterly knock.

Sajid had earlier dismissed Head, leg-before wicket off a sharp delivery, while nightwatchman Nathan Lyon was bowled by Ashraf in the first session for 38.

It was a dull morning session as Australia added 81 after resuming on 251-3 as the pitch held its flat nature.

Khawaja added 54 for the fourth wicket with Lyon to frustrate the Pakistan bowlers who were looking for early wickets to halt Australia’s progress.

Ashraf could have dismissed Lyon on 31 but failed to hold on to a return catch to his left.

Lyon capitalised on the reprieve with a sweetly-timed boundary but Ashraf had the last laugh three overs later, with a delivery that clattered into the stumps after brushing the Australian’s pads.

Lyon, dropped on nought by Imam-ul-Haq off pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi on Saturday, hit five boundaries during his stubborn knock of 38.

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Khawaja was unflustered and pushed Hasan Ali for a single to complete his 150.

Australia, touring Pakistan for the first time in 24 years, will play three Tests, three one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 international on the tour.

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“It’s Ridiculous”: Waqar Younis Tears Into Pakistan’s Tactics On Day 1 Of 2nd Test Against Australia

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Waqar Younis has slammed Pakistan for their tactics against Australia on Day 1.© AFP

Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis slammed the team for their “tactics” against Australia on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test at the National Stadium in Karachi. This comes after the first Test had ended in a tame draw as batters dominated their counterparts. There was a lot criticism off the pitch used in Rawalpindi, and the Pakistan team had also received a demerit point under ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process. With the Australia batters being largely untroubled on Day 1, Waqar termed Pakistan’s tactics as “ridiculous”, saying that the game is already heading towards another stalemate ahead of the final Test in Lahore.

“The tactics I’m seeing at the moment is like we’re looking for a draw on the first day. It’s ridiculous,” Waqar was quoted as saying on-air by cricket.com.au.

Riding on Usman Khawaja’s unbeaten century, Australia managed to reach a total of 251 for three at stumps on Day 1.

For Pakistan, Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf had dismissed David Warner (36) and Steve Smith (72), respectively, while Marnus Labuschagne was run out for a duck.

Meanwhile, Australia had crossed the 300-run mark after resuming play on Day 2.

Nathan Lyon, who had come in as a nightwatchman ahead of stumps on Day 1, scored a fine 38 before Ashraf castled him in the first session on Day 2.

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The third and final Test will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore from March 21-25.

The Test series will be followed by three ODIs, and a one-off T20I. All four white-ball games will be played in Rawalpindi.

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Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 2 Live Score Updates: Usman Khawaja Hits 150 As Australia Continue To Pile Runs

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2nd Test, Day 2 Live: Usman Khawaja resumes his innings at 127 not out.© AFP

PAK vs AUS, 2nd Test, Day 2 Live Updates: Usman Khawaja continued his rich run of form on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi. After resuming play from his overnight score of 127, Khawaja has crossed the 150-run mark as Australia continue to pile runs against Pakistan. Nathan Lyon, had joined Khawaja as a nightwatchman after Steve Smith (72) had got out ahead of stumps on Day 1, scored fine 38 before being dismissed on 38 by Faheem Ashraf. Khawaja will look to take Australia to a big total but would need a helping hand. Earlier, David Warner (36) and Marnus Labuschagne (0) had got out on quick succession. For Pakistan, Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf have taken a wicket each. Pakistan will hope to roll over Australia as early as possible on Day 2. Initially, Australia had won the toss and elected to bat. (Live Scorecard)

Here are the LIVE Updates of Day 2 of the second Pakistan vs Australia Test from the National Stadium in Karachi

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Pakistan Batting Great Zaheer Abbas Inducted In PCB’s Hall of Fame. See Pics

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Zaheer Abbas, Pakistan’s batting great from yesteryears was on Saturday inducted in Pakistan Cricket Board’s Hall Of Fame. 74-year-old Abbas made his Test debut in 1969 and played his first one-day international in 1974. The right-handed middle-order batter scored 5062 runs in 78 Test matches at an average of nearly 45. He also scored 2572 runs in 62 ODIs at an average of 47.62. Abbas was part of the Pakistan team that reached the semi-final of the 1979 World Cup.

Abbas has the distinction of being the only Asian batter to have scored more than 100 centuries in first-class cricket, which includes 12 Test tons.

Abbas is the third Pakistan cricketer to be inducted in PCB’s Hall Of Fame after Fazal Mahmood and Wasim Akram. There are five more inductions to take place in due course.

The induction took place on day 1 of Pakistan’s second Test match against Australia at the National Stadium in Karachi.

“I feel humbled to have been recognised in such a respectful and honourable manner by my parent organisation at my home ground, during play of my favourite format of the game and in front of passionate cricket fans, who have also played an integral part throughout my cricketing career.

“It has been a privilege to have represented Pakistan for nearly two decades and contribute in the national side’s growth in terms of stature and reputation. It was a delight to play with and against some of the all-time greats in an era when cricket regulations and playing conditions were not as stringent as today. Of course, the opportunities were also limited as compared to today, but the rewards, appreciation and acknowledgement was always extremely high and satisfying,” Abbas was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

“Cricket has moved on from my playing days but it still remains a gentleman’s game. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction to see that this beautiful sport remains in the safe and capable hands of modern day elite cricketers who, day in day out, give their very best in striving to continue to enhance the standard of this sport and in doing so, attract, inspire and motivate younger generation of cricketers.

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“I am pleased to see a full-strength Australia side play at the National Stadium after 24 long years. I have been part of some great Tests against Australia and I hope that with this tour, the rivalry between two proud nations will revive which, in turn, will only help cricket become stronger.

“I want to thank the PCB, my family, friends and all my contemporaries who supported me in this memorable journey and helped me perform for this great country as well as my national, domestic and England teams,” the batting great added.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Twitter Trolls Pakistan Cricket Board Over Marnus Labuschagne’s “Daal And Roti For Lunch” Pic

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After a drab draw in the opening Test between Pakistan and Australia in Rawalpindi, the two teams resumed rivalries in the second Test in Karachi that started today. Ahead of the Karachi Test, Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne on Friday shared a picture of him enjoying “daal and roti” for lunch. The Australian cricketer wrote that the meal was “delicious”, however, Twitter was not impressed. Many fans took to the social media platform to troll the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“Daal and roti for lunch too. Delicious,” tweeted Marnus Labuschagne with a picture of his meal.

Twitter was having none of it with many comparing it to food given in prisons.

On Saturday, Australia captain Pat Cummins won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the second Test in Karachi.

The visitors dropped fast bowler Josh Hazlewood from the first Test line up and handed a debut to leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson to bolster their spin attack.

The 28-year-old Swepson is the first specialist leg-spinner to play a Test for Australia since Bryce McGain against South Africa in 2009.

Pakistan brought back frontline paceman Hasan Ali and allrounder Faheem Ashraf — who both missed the first Test due to injuries — replacing Iftikhar Ahmed and Naseem Shah.

Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets in Karachi last year with spinners taking 18 of the 33 wickets to fall, with current Pakistan squad member Nauman Ali taking seven on debut.

Australia are on their first tour of Pakistan since 1998, having previously refused to visit over security fears.

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(With AFP inputs)

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Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1 Live Score Updates: Mitchell Swepson Makes Debut As Australia Eye Win vs Pakistan

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2nd Test Live: Mitchell Swepson set for debut as both teams eye win in Karachi.© Twitter

PAK vs AUS, 2nd Test, Live Updates: Pakistan face Australia in the second Test at the National Stadium in Karachi. After the first Test ended in a dead-rubber, both teams will look to register a win ahead of the final Test in Lahore. Imam-ul-Haq was the star of the show with the bat as the Pakistan opener scored a century each in both the innings. Azhar Ali also scored a mammoth knock of 175 in the first innings while Abdullah Shafique scored his maiden Test ton in the second innings. It was a difficult outing for the bowlers, except Nauman Ali, who took six wickets in Australia’s first innings. Australia skipper Pat Cummins confirmed on the eve of the second Test that Queensland spinner Mitchell Swepson will make his Test debut in Karachi. He will replace Josh Hazlewood in the playing XI. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Here are the LIVE Updates of the 2nd Test Pakistan vs Australia Test from the National Stadium in Karachi

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Watch: David Warner, Steve Smith Seen Playing Tennis Ahead Of 2nd Test Against Pakistan

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David Warner playing tennis along with his teammates ahead of 2nd Test against Pakistan

Australia will take on Pakistan in the second Test match from Saturday in Karachi and both teams will look to break the deadlock in the series after the first match at Rawalpindi ended in a tame draw. Australia will depend on its bowling attack to find a way to get past the Pakistani batters. The hosts on the other hand would want to negate the threat of the Australian pace attack, but another dead pitch will make for poor advertisement for Test cricket and that must be playing on the mind of the Pakistan board.

Away from all the cricketing preparations, a group of Australian players decided to play some tennis in the free time they got before the start of the match.

Opening batters David Warner and Usman Khawaja teamed up in a doubles contest against Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. The video was uploaded by Warner with the caption. “What do we do in our spare time!! We play a little bit of tennis, well I do, but these other three play a lot and are very good.”

Watch: Warner, Smith, Khawaja and Labuschagne play tennis

The Australian batters were able to respond to Pakistan’s big first innings score in Rawalpindi by scoring in excess of 400 themselves but none of the batters managed to score a century. This could backfire for the tourists in the upcoming matches and the likes of Warner, Smith, Labuschagne and Khawaja would want to carry on and get big scores under their belt in the two remaining matches.

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Pakistan vs Australia: Steve Smith Trolls Himself In Congratulatory Tweet For Mitchell Swepson

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Mitchell Swepson will make his much-awaited Test debut when Australia take on Pakistan in the second Test of the three-match series starting on Saturday at the National Stadium in Karachi. His selection in the playing XI has a special significance as he his call-up comes a week after legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne died in Thailand. Since Pat Cummins announced Australia’s playing XI for the Karachi Test, many have taken to social media to congratulate Swepson, among them was Australian superstar Steve Smith.

Smith took to Twitter to congratulate Swepson on his selection but did so by trolling his own abilities.

“It’s been a while since a Leg spinner debuted for Australia in Test cricket. I have no doubt Mitch Swepson will be far more successful than the last leggie. Good luck mate! Can’t wait to walk out there with you tomorrow,” Smith tweeted with a split image of him bowling leg-spin and Swepson on the other.

Swepson will come in for fast bowler Josh Hazlewood in a twin spin attack alongside the experienced Nathan Lyon.

During the pre-match press conference, Cummins said Swepson was “pumped up” about making his debut.

“He’s pumped and to be honest we’re all pumped for Swepo,” said Australian skipper Pat Cummins.

“It’s been a long time running drinks over the last couple of years, but he’s absolutely ready. He’s been a huge part of the squad, even though he hasn’t been playing.

“So we’re really excited to see him get a chance.”

The Australian skipper also acknowledged the Warne link.

“I think all spinners have a close affinity with Warnie and he inspired everyone,” said Cummins.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam says his batsman will do their homework on the debutant Swepson.

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“We have not seen him bowl much but will watch his videos and plan accordingly,” said the right-handed batter.

(With AFP inputs)

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Pakistan vs Australia: Pat Cummins Announces Australia Playing XI For 2nd Test

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Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson will make his long-awaited Test debut for Australia as the tourists opted for two spinners for the second Test against Pakistan starting on Saturday. After a dreary draw on a flat Rawalpindi pitch in the first Test there is hope that Karachi will live up to its reputation of producing a result through spinners. The 28-year-old Swepson will become the first specialist leg-spinner to play a Test for Australia since Bryce McGain against South Africa in 2009. His inclusion is poignant because it comes a week after legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne died of a suspected heart attack in Thailand.

Swepson will come in for fast bowler Josh Hazlewood in a twin spin attack alongside the experienced Nathan Lyon.

“He’s pumped and to be honest we’re all pumped for Swepo,” said Australian skipper Pat Cummins.

“It’s been a long time running drinks over the last couple of years, but he’s absolutely ready. He’s been a huge part of the squad, even though he hasn’t been playing.

“So we’re really excited to see him get a chance.”

Cummins acknowledged the Warne link.

“I think all spinners have a close affinity with Warnie and he inspired everyone,” said Cummins, who hopes the Karachi pitch will assist the spinners.

Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets in Karachi last year with spinners taking 18 of the 33 wickets to fall, with current Pakistan squad member Nauman Ali taking seven on debut.

“The wicket here is a little bit drier and historically a bit friendlier for the spinners, history shows the spin is probably more damaging here than the pace,” said Cummins.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam says his batsman will do their homework on the debutant Swepson.

“We have not seen him bowl much but will watch his videos and plan accordingly,” said Azam, who believes Pakistan were the dominant side in the first Test despite the draw.

Pakistan are likely to bring in frontline pacer Hasan Ali and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf — who both missed the first Test with injury — in place of Naseem Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed.

Ashraf tested positive for Covid on Wednesday but returned negative a day later to join the squad.

“This pitch looks sporting and will help spinners,” said Azam.

The third and final Test is in Lahore from March 21-25.

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Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson

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