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Lahore Test: Abdullah, Azhar solid in reply of Australia’s 391


LAHORE: Pakistan scored 90 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first inning after Australia were bowled out for 391 as Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed four wickets in their first innings at the Gaddafi Stadium on day two.

Opener Abdullah Shafiq 45 and Azhar Ali 30 were at the wicket after Imam ul Haq got out on the bowling of Pat Cummins when he was playing on 11.

Resuming the innings on Tuesday, Australia managed to bat 17.3 overs after lunch thanks to brilliant half-centuries from Alex Carey and Cameron Green. The duo made 135 runs stand for the sixth wicket.

Green departed after scoring 76, whole Carey made 67,

Shaheen ended up with figures of four for 76 in his 24.3 overs, while Naseem claimed four wickets for 58 runs in his 31 overs.

Earlier, At the start of play Pakistan would have felt they could make early inroads with the second ball only five overs old.

But Australia, who resumed at 232-5, took advantage of a placid Gaddafi Stadium pitch to bat through 28 overs unscathed.

The first two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi both ended in draws where the bat dominated the ball.

With the Lahore pitch becoming benign the final Test could be heading for the same fate, though Pakistan thought they had removed Carey for 27 when umpire Aleem Dar gave him out caught behind off fast bowler Hasan Ali.

But the Australian reviewed straight away and technology showed that Carey had missed the ball, which also had not carried to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

Carey took full advantage of his reprieve by smashing spinner Sajid Khan for two of his five boundaries in all before completing his third Test fifty with a single.

Green was as stubborn as he reached his fourth Test half-century off 117 balls with five fours.

The Pakistan pace duo of Naseem Shah (2-45) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-56)  were the most successful home bowlers.

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

The match marks the return of Test cricket to Lahore for the first time since a 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus caused Pakistan to have to play their home matches abroad for a decade, mainly in the United Arab Emirates.


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