Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Unheralded Maqsood picked in Pak squad for T20 series against Australia

Unheralded Maqsood picked in Pak squad for T20 series against Australia

Sarfraz Ahmed was sent to the hospital for the concussion tests in the morning after he was hit on the helmet by Peter Siddle's bouncer on the third day while it was also confirmed that Usman Khawaja will not bat in the second innings following his injury. But across the first two days of the Test the outfield had proven to be a touch on the sluggish side, and the ball held up just inside the boundary.

Pakistan No.3 Azhar Ali found that out the hard way, when he was run out in the most unusual of circumstances on day three of the test against Australia in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan is now playing the two-match Test series against Australia.

The moment was not missed by the Twitterati with the majority calling Azhar Ali's run out the "most weird run out" in cricketing history.

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Resuming on their overnight score of 47/1, Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) started the day on a positive note before left-hander Head edged to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to become Abbas's first victim of the day.

Yasir dismissed number ten Jon Holland soon after lunch to hand Pakistan victory.

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"It's bitterly disappointing, no doubt", skipper Tim Paine said.

Serious questions will linger about how Australia managed to end up so far behind the game after an inspired Nathan Lyon spell left Pakistan reeling at 5-57 in the first innings.

But on a day that began with news Khawaja had torn the meniscus in his left knee, the Australians looked drained and down for the count.

Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Starc, however, denied them a wicket for 16 overs as they added 67 runs for the sixth wicket.

Both the teams now play a series of three Twenty20 internationals with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. While his hamstring was feeling the pinch, there was nothing wrong with Starc's arm as he threw the ball to the striker's end, where Paine was waiting to complete the freakish dismissal.

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