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    Pakistan hit back with 2 wickets after being bowled out for 282 on Day 1 of the 2nd Test

    im Paine's Australia are confident after their thrilling draw in Dubai, and the pressure will be on Sarfraz Ahmed's Pakistan to make the most of home conditions and wrap up the series.

    Overview
    Pakistan v Australia
    2nd Test
    Zayad Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
    Tuesday, 16 October, 10:00am local, 6:00am GMT


    Australia’s great escape in the first Test in Dubai was one for the ages, but Pakistan will be looking at it as an opportunity lost. Their proud record of never having lost a series in their adopted home in the United Arab Emirates since 2009 was broken when Sri Lanka visited last, winning 2-0. The hosts will want to sort that record out.

    In the drawn Test in Dubai, Pakistan can be accused of not pressing for the win when the Australians were down. But there are few individual performances that can be faulted. They had contributions with the bat through the order, while their bowlers asked all the right questions with both reverse swing and spin. The pressure will be on captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who after the Asia Cup disappointment, wouldn’t want to apologise to the fans again.

    They have been forced to make a change, with opener Imam-ul-Haq fracturing his finger. Azhar Ali could come up the order in his place and will be hoping to rediscover his form.

    "The key to batting will be to be patient and look for opportunities to score and try and absorb the pressure," Ali said. "It is the key even when you are facing the new ball or batting in any time of the day. The important thing is to stay focused and try and believe that once you get a good knock behind you, things will start rolling again."

    Australia’s fighting draw hid some chinks they will want to iron out quickly. The middle order still looks shaky, with the Marsh brothers not making contributions of note in the first Test. It could mean a shake-up in the batting order, Paine said.

    There were also some concerns with the fitness of Mitchell Starc, although the bowler himself has dismissed suggestions that he needs a rest. Starc and fellow pacer Peter Siddle had a considerable workload in the first innings, but they weren’t always as effective as Pakistan’s Mohammad Abbas.

    But in Usman Khawaja, who made a record-breaking fourth-innings century, they have a template of how to tackle the spin attack and the assurance that with some application, their plans do work.

    And if they do work, the reward is huge: a rare win in Asia. Said Paine, "Not many people gave us a chance over here which a great opportunity to prove people wrong. It's a great thing to keep driving us. We are trying to get better every day and if we manage to play our best next week, then maybe that's possible."

    Key players

    Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan): The paceman aimed to be the quickest Pakistan bowler to get to 50 Test wickets, but it wasn’t to be. He’s still one short, but will be backing himself to deliver. He has proved himself capable of bowling long, incisive spells, and his reverse swing will be important again.

    Mitchell Marsh (Australia): In recent times, poor scores by Mitchell Marsh have been followed by big innings. Marsh, one of the two new vice-captains, had 12 and 0 in Dubai. And given that he came into the Test on the back of two first-class hundreds, he won’t be short on confidence.

    Conditions

    Sunny skies are expected in Abu Dhabi with temperatures of around 33C. Players were greeted with a green top a couple of days before the Test, but that might not last, and the surface is expected to aid spin as usual.

    Squads

    Australia: Tim Paine (c), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc

    Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez
    Last edited by giri26; 16th October 2018 at 09:46.


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    Test of Sarfaraz and Mickey Arthur. If Sarfaraz loses toss, Australia might trouble the team big time.

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    I hope we will win toss. No hope from this team batting second. We never won anything batting second except once against SL.

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    easy win for pakistan

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    Hopefully Aus bat first to make it a good game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanzcool View Post
    Hopefully Aus bat first to make it a good game
    Pakistan won the toss in first test , yet it was a good test.

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    So Pakistan batting first again. No luck for Australia at all


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    Pakistan have won the toss and elect to bat. 😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakprideuk View Post
    Pakistan have won the toss and elect to bat. 😎
    Yuppy

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    Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first in the 2nd Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi;


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    Good to see Hamza finally hope he performs


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    How is the pitch expected to play?


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    278 Wickets at an average of under 18 is insane, Mir Hamza has really earned his test spot.

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    Liking the test side honestly, glad Hamza's got a debut his domestic numbers are incredible. I also feel Fakhar deserved a chance to with Imam injured.

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    FZ off the mark

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    Fakhar off the mark


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    Lets see what Fakhar does in his Test debut

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    Hopefully the last game for Sarfraz/Mickey combo. Both of them should be ousted after this.


    Dukh taan sunadi saray tod dene aa.

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    This pitch will be extremely slow by day 4.


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    Why does this myth persist that the white ball swings more than the red ball? Both Waqar and Julian talking nonsense.


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    Brutal short ball.


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    Incredible catch !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    This pitch will be extremely slow by day 4.
    Slow pitches do not help spinners , batsmen have too much time.

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    Hafeez has to go.

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    Unlucky there for hafeez

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    Thank God.


    Dukh taan sunadi saray tod dene aa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justcrazy View Post
    Slow pitches do not help spinners , batsmen have too much time.
    I know. It just makes for boring cricket.


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    Excellent, hope we kick Hafeez out before going to South Africa.

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    Excellent bowling by Starc. Short ball, then good length , then one fuller.


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    Could have don't with a big partnership between zaman and hafeez as both score quickly

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    Hardly Hafeez fault

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    If there’s anything that gives me more pleasure than hafeez failing away from home, it’s hafeez failing at home. Two short balls brings out the real hafeez

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    Big shout

    Australia goes for review.

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    Australia got carried away with a wicket , they waste a review.

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    Zaman seems clueless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first in the 2nd Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi;


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    There is a whole lot of info on Australia sheet.

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    Fakhar needs to score a hundred here to keep Hafeez out of SA tour. Hafeez cant score a 100 runs in 3 test matches combined in SA. Giving the chance to newcomer will help in his development

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    Starc is bowling well here , with fire

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    Lets play Fakhar some test matches so he can be kicked out from other formats all together.
    Pathetic strategy from Micky to select same players for all formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinnegan Sasuke View Post
    Zaman seems clueless.
    Let him settle in.

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    Beautiful straight drive by zaman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Lets play Fakhar some test matches so he can be kicked out from other formats all together.
    Pathetic strategy from Micky to select same players for all formats.
    I dont think failures in test matches should affect his white ball performances. If tht happens, then Fakhar is definitely not suitable for top level cricket. Look at what shikhar dhawan did in Asia cup, after a terrible england test series

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed216 View Post
    I dont think failures in test matches should affect his white ball performances. If tht happens, then Fakhar is definitely not suitable for top level cricket. Look at what shikhar dhawan did in Asia cup, after a terrible england test series
    That's how PCB works. Play same players all formats and then dump the players all together

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    Hope Azhar Ali opens his account before lunch

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    siddle schooling Starc on what line/length to bowl here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed216 View Post
    Hope Azhar Ali opens his account before lunch
    He is after breaking his hero Misbah’s record of some 30+ deliveries


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    Disappointing to see a veteran of 50 tests be as timid as a debutant.

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    Has anyone else noticed how wide Fakgar is standing at the non-striker's end? He won't be much help if there is a review...

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    hope fakher proves me wrong and score a hundred here

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    Never seen an Abu Dhabi pitch offer this much to the seamers - bounce and a little bit of nip around. What did the curators do this time which they never did for 8 years.

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    Very ordinary bowling side.

    3 regulars and one part timer.

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    Excellent first hour fr Pakistan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Lets play Fakhar some test matches so he can be kicked out from other formats all together.
    Pathetic strategy from Micky to select same players for all formats.
    Playing Fakhar is the right strategy. Pakistan needs quality batsmen wherever they can find them. It is not as if there are many waiting in the wings.

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    Spinners in action ...


    Hey Jazba Junoon to himat na haar.......

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    Hope fakhar plays the spinner sensibly.


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    zaman is vital to counter attack rabada in south africa

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    Good running by Zaman.

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    Australia don't take the review and good that they don't.

    Lol Zaman dropped the next ball

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    Poor cricket all around.


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    Fakhar has been dropped!

    A simple catch shelled

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    50 partnership is up.

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    Fakhar living dangerously.


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    Azhar


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    Azhar's poor form continues.

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    Dear oh dear what was Azhar doing?

    Well done Azhar for blocking your way to a 45 average.
    A truly great feat but really what sort of idiotic batting was that???

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    WTH Azhar just did?

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    Haris goes too.


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    Two in two

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    Failed the basics , haris sohail.


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    When Micky kick out Azhar?

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    What the hell is going on there.

    Lyon on a hat-trick

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    Lyon on a hatrick

    Pakistan may be in real trouble here

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    Self-destructive mode ON!

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    57-3

    Pakistan in big trouble

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    Shafiq simply has to score and score big here.

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    Oh my god
    Here we go
    Harris golden duck and Pakistan 3 wickets down

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    First ball and you go on to defend with hard hands. Wow.


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    Very poor play in last 10 minutes. Fakhar can go anytime soon too, if he continues living dangerously. This field setting is not an ODI field setting.

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    I did say that Nathan Lyon will go through our batting line up in one of the two innings

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    Quote Originally Posted by JibranAnsari View Post
    First ball and you go on to defend with hard hands. Wow.
    What do you expect from a “Brilliant player of pace bowling”


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