Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Yasir hits century, Babar 97 but stubborn Pakistan forced to follow on

Yasir hits century, Babar 97 but stubborn Pakistan forced to follow on

The visitors began their second innings on a torrid note as they lost their three wickets very quickly to finish the day at 39/3 as they still have a deficit of 248 runs. Azhar Ali was sent back off a brilliant diving catch by Steve Smith in the slips, off Starc, who picked his seventh wicket of the game.

With already 181 runs in three innings, Yasir is now Pakistan's second-leading scorer in this series after Babar Azam (202).

Anchored by a magnificent 335 by David Warner, the home side declared their first innings closed at a mammoth 589 for three on day two and then reduced Pakistan to 89 for six in the evening session.

With Pakistan trailing by 287 runs, Australia made a decision to enforce the follow-on on day three of the second Test match here on Sunday.After resuming the day from 96/6, Pakistan managed to end their first innings on 302 with the help of Yasir Shah's ton.

After bowling Pakistan out for 302 before dinner, Australia enforced the follow-on and Josh Hazlewood duly rewarded skipper Tim Paine with two early wickets, with Mitchell Starc chipping in one.

But more rain soon blew in, to Australia's frustration, and the umpires called it a day. Shah also created an unwanted record of being the joint-fastest to concede 1000 Test runs in a single country, a feat previously held by the highest wicket-taker in five-day cricket- Muttiah Muralitharan, who conceded the same in India, albeit at a slightly better average (45.5) than the Pakistan spinner.

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"It is a dream come true for any batsman to score 100 against Australia".

"They might ask me (to rest) but I'm not going to put my hand up for it", Starc said.

"I've never got a hundred before, anywhere, so I felt a little bit of pressure on 99".

The 25-year-old fast bowler further said that domestic cricket is a "learning institute" for players where they can learn all aspects of the game.

Azam - who scored a century in the first Test at Brisbane and is rapidly emerging as his country's top batsman - left the field dejected but to a standing ovation. Their awful sigh and incapacity to take hang of wickets received scathing remarks from broken-down Australia skipper Ricky Ponting who believes they're the "worst bowling attack" he has considered in a really long time playing on their soil.

Matthew Wade should have had him run out, while Paine missed a stumping chance off Nathan Lyon that bounced and turned between bat and pad.

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