Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3: Pakistan remain in complete control after dismissing Australia for 261

Marsh's gutsy knock of 87 was not enough to stop his side from being bowled out for 261

Marsh’s gutsy knock of 87 was not enough to stop his side from being bowled out for 261

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Despite scoring a career-best 87, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was unable to stop his side from being bowled out for 261 by Pakistan on the third day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

Marsh was well supported by Australia captain Michael Clarke, who scored 47.

Starting out the day on 22/1, David Warner and Nathan Lyon only managed to add 12 runs to their one-run partnership before Warner was caught by Yasir Shah at point off the bowling of Rahat Ali for 19 runs.

Glenn Maxwell made a quickfire 37 before he was clean bowled by Zulfiqar Babar.

Lyon went on to score 15 runs before he was cleaned up by Ali.

Steven Smith failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Babar for a duck.

Smith was not given out initially, but Pakistan decided to review the decision. Replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle stump, which led to third umpire overturning the original decision.

Clarke and Marsh stabilised the innings with a 64-run partnership before Clarke was clean bowled by Imran Khan for 47.

Brad Haddin only made 10 runs before he had his stumps shattered by Shah.

Mitchell Johnson did not score any runs as he was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at short midwicket off the bowling of Shah for a duck.

Marsh and Peter Siddle amassed a valiant 62-run partnership before Marsh was caught by Ali at mid-on off the bowling of Khan.

Marsh’s career-best knock of 87 came off 116 balls and included 13 boundaries and a six.

Australia were bowled out for 261, which gave Pakistan a 309-run lead, when Siddle was caught by Shah at long-on off the bowling of Hafeez for 28.

Khan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Babar, Ali and Shah snapped up two wickets apiece and Hafeez chipped in with one.

Khan finished with figures of 3-60 off his 14 overs

Khan finished with figures of 3-60 off his 14 overs

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With a 309-run lead in hand, Pakistan got off to a terrible start as opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was clean bowled by Johnson for 14.

Hafeez only made three runs before he was caught by Starc at mid-off off the bowling of Johnson.

Azhar Ali and Younis Khan put together an unbeaten 40-run partnership before bad light ended play early.

Ali finished on 21 off 54 balls, which included two boundaries, while Khan remained undefeated on 16 off 60 deliveries, which included two boundaries as well.

Johnson picked up both wickets, while the rest of the bowling attack struggled to have an impact.

Johnson removed Shehzad and Hafeez in quick succession

Johnson removed Shehzad and Hafeez in quick succession

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Pakistan ended day three on 61/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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