‘Seriously good bowling’: Aussie ‘masterclass’ as Pakistan suffer shock collapse

‘Seriously good bowling’: Aussie ‘masterclass’ as Pakistan suffer shock collapse

Australia are tearing through Pakistan’s batting order at a rapid pace, as the hosts are down eight wickets with Nauman Ali and Babar Azam doing their utmost to chalk up some runs.

‘Seriously Good Bowling’: Aussie ‘Masterclass’ As Pakistan Suffer Shock Collapse

The second session of Day Three in the Second Test saw the Aussies take 6/62 and firmly take the ascendancy in a clash that threatened to peter out to yet another draw.

Abdullah Shafique was the first to go after he was run out by Mitchell Swepson for 13 in the first session of the day, before Imam-ul-Haq cheaply gave his wicket away not long after lunch and exited for 20.

It was Azhar Ali who walked off the pitch next, nicking a Mitchell Starc delivery to Cameron Green at second slip to depart for 14.


Starc then claimed Fawad Alam for a golden duck, trapping him in front of the stumps and leaving the umpire with no doubt of giving him out.

And the swinging sensation came absurdly close to securing a hat-trick.

Starc had Mohammad Rizwan utterly bamboozled and the ball was millimetres away from nicking the edge of Rizwan’s bat.

Pakistan survived another major scare, as a Pat Cummins delivery nicked off an edge that Steve Smith got a hand to but couldn’t hold on, although he might want to have that chance again and leave it to wicketkeeper Alex Carey who would’ve had a more comfortable catch.

But Cummins eventually got his man, as Rizwan clipped a delivery straight through to Carey who was all too happy to take the catch and send Rizwan back to the pavilion for 8.

Faheem Ashraf didn’t last terribly long at the crease, amassing just 4 runs before Cameron Green claimed him LBW for the youngster’s first wicket of the Second Test.

Starc returned to the wicket-taker circle, as his delivery caught the edge of Sajid Khan’s bat and again was caught by Carey.

At first the umpire didn’t give out, but a review from Carey proved a masterstroke to send Khan on his way.

Marnus Labuschagne then produced a dazzling run-out, taking advantage of some mid-run confusion between Azam and Hasan Ali to clean out the stumps at the wicketkeeper’s end and give Ali his marching orders.

Imam-ul-Haq was sent on his way for 20 after his eyes widened and attempted to smack Nathan Lyon down the field.

However, he failed to get enough juice on it as it went straight into the grateful hands of Pat Cummins at mid-on to leave Pakistan at 2/45.

It was a rash shot selection from Imam-ul-Haq, playing at a shot he perhaps didn’t quite need to.

Commentator Mike Haysman was scathing in his review.

“That’s unnecessary,” Haysman said.

“That is a really poor shot, I’m afraid.

“That is exactly what Australia wanted to happen.”

Urooj Mumtaz echoed Haysman’s thoughts.

“Disappointing,” Mumtaz said.

“He was clearly disappointed, stood in disbelief as he lobbed that one straight to mid-on.”

The Aussies came awfully close to getting a third wicket as well, as Cummins trapped Babar Azam in front of the stumps.

The umpire did not raise his finger, but Cummins reviewed the decision.

Somehow the ball simultaneously hit Azam’s pad and his bat at the same time, meaning he would remain at the crease as Australia lost their review.

Imam-ul-Haq’s departure means Pakistan have lost their opening pair after Abdullah Shafique basically ran himself out thanks to Mitchell Swepson’s pinpoint throw at the stumps.

Shafique came under plenty of criticism for his role in running himself out, with commentator Waqar Younis in disbelief as to why he elected to take the run on.

“What were they thinking,” Younis said.

“What were they doing?

“There was never a single there, and the body language of Abdullah Shafique is telling a big story here.”

Former Australian batter Simon Katich was in full agreement, describing Shafique’s work as a “terrible piece of running.”

Perhaps another wicket could have come earlier, as Cummins’ field positioning on during Nathan Lyon’s bowling caught the watchful eye of commentator Mike Haysman.

Cummins elected to have a long off, but Haysman was perplexed as to why they didn’t bring them closer in and put the pressure on Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq.

“This long off makes no sense at all,” Haysman said.

“Why wouldn’t you have a man in and ask him (the batsman) to go over the top?

“Maybe run past one or get an edge and hit it to covers.

“That’s a very strange position.”


Australia skipper Pat Cummins finally decided to declare after 189 overs of action in what was the visitors’ longest first innings in a Test since 1993.

The visitors looked to top up their total as Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc strolled out to the crease, but Starc was dismissed with the second ball of the day, departing for 28.

Starc attempted to loft a ball over cover but didn’t get enough of the cherry as it was happily gobbled up by Azhar Ali.

Swepson got his first chance to get some international Test runs under his belt and finished 15 not out, as Cummins also exploded with a late flurry of boundaries to end the innings at 34 not out.

The attention now shifts to Australia hoping to bowl Pakistan out twice in Karachi without needing to return to the crease. in the hope of bowling Pakistan out twice in Karachi without needing to return to the crease.

To do that, Australia will need some assistance for the spinners from the wicket which was slowly but surely starting to show some signs that it might spin big late in the game.


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

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

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