Published on January 4th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
Azhar, Younis Survive Pakistan on Tough Day
Scorecard: Pakistan 126/2(Younis 64*, Azhar 58*, Hazlewood 2-32) trail Australia 538/8d (Renshaw 184, Warner 113, Handscomb 110, Wahab 3-89)
Last match double centurion Azhar Ali and experienced Younis Khan decided not to give up against Australian pacer on tough day. Both batsmen survived Pakistan after two quick wickets before tea, till the end of day’s play and ensured solid fight back in reply of Australia’s 538 on day 2.
Peter Handscomb continued his solid form with yet another fine inning scoring his second test hundred. With his today’s inning, he has now 50+ scores in all test matches he played since his debut. Overnight centurion Matt Renshaw missed his first double hundred when he tried to take on good length delivery outside the off and an inside edge knocks his stump off Imran. A 20-year old boy played fine inning for Aussies which helped them to score pass 500. Hilton Cartwright with Handscomb grabbed some runs with useful 91 runs partnership for fifth wicket. Misfortunate Handscomb lost his control over his position on Yorker bowled by Wahab and his bat hits leg stump to dislodged leg bail before he made 110. Wade, Starc tried some quick runs before smith announced their inning on 538, 15 minutes before team interval.
Debutant Sharjeel Khan with Azhar opened Pakistan’s inning and Hazlewood strikes in his second over to dismiss Sharjeel for just 4. Before the Test match started, a question was being asked whether Sharjeel’s inclusion in team is a right decision or not and Sharjeel failed to answer with his bat. He had not scored any hundred in past three years in first class and he had been given chance to open an inning for Pakistan. In the same over Hazlewood’s fuller and straight delivery caught Babar Azam for duck and Pakistan lost their second wicket just before tea. That brought Pakistan into bit tense when visitors already lost the series.
The final session of the day went for Pakistan’s way as both Azhar Ali and Younis Khan showed their temperament on crease and how to handle tough situations. Azhar steadily progressed towards his half century while Younis took advantage of loose deliveries. At the end of day, Pakistan somehow manage to keep their wicket in final session and finished the day on 126 for 2, Azhar and Younis on crease with their half centuries. Though, the situation is not in favour of Pakistan yet as Melbourne test was one of the example of Pakistan’s batting collapse, expectations are now from Azhar and Younis on third day. Pakistan are still trailing Australia in first inning by 412 runs with 8 wickets in hand.