Pakistan vs Australia 2nd Test Day 1: Zaman, Sarfraz fight, but Lyon gives Australia slight edge

Nathan Lyon four wickets in six balls Pakistan Australia 2nd Test Day 1 Abu Dhabi cricket

Nathan Lyon took four wickets in six balls and surpassed Mitchell Johnson to become Australia’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test history

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Pakistan debutant Fakhar Zaman and captain Sarfraz Ahmed both scored 94, but Nathan Lyon’s four-wicket haul gave Australia the edge on the first day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan made a dismal start to their innings as opener Mohammad Hafeez was brilliantly caught by Marnus Labuschagne off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for four runs.

Zaman and Azhar Ali made up for the loss of Hafeez with a 52-run partnership before Azhar was caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon for 15.

Lyon removed Haris Sohail the very next ball before taking out Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam in the space of three balls in his next over.

With Lyon having taken four wickets in six balls, which saw him surpass Mitchell Johnson to become Australia’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in Test history, Pakistan, who failed to add a run to their total during that period, slumped to 57/5.

However, Zaman and Sarfraz came to the rescue as they amassed a 147-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Zaman was trapped lbw off the bowling of Labuschagne for 94, which came off 198 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Fakhar Zaman 94 Pakistan Australia 2nd Test Day 1 Abu Dhabi cricket

Fakhar Zaman fell six runs short of scoring a century on debut

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Bilal Asif only scored 12 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Labuschagne, who then proceeded to remove Sarfraz for 94, which came off 129 deliveries and included seven boundaries.

Sarfraz Ahmed 94 Pakistan Australia 2nd Test Day 1 Abu Dhabi cricket

Sarfraz Ahmed fell six agonising runs short of his fourth Test hundred

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Yasir Shah made a useful 28 before Pakistan were bowled out for 282 when Mohammad Abbas was clean bowled by Starc for 10 runs.

Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Labuschagne snapped up three, Starc took two and Mitchell Marsh claimed one.

Trailing by 282 runs, Australia failed to get off to a good start as Abbas has Khawaja caught behind for three runs before trapping Peter Siddle, who was sent out as the nightwatchman, lbw for four runs.

As soon as Siddle was dismissed, stumps was called, which left Aaron Finch unbeaten on a 19-ball 13, which included two boundaries.

Abbas was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Australia ended day one on 20/2 and will continue batting on Wednesday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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