PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
David Warner smashed an unbeaten 335 while Steve Smith became the fastest man to 7,000 Test runs as Australia took control of the second Test against Pakistan. Skipper Tim Paine waved his players back into the pavilion at 589 for three ahead of the second day's dinner break. Once again, the top-order batsmen failed to get Pakistan off to a good start. Mitchell Starc wreaked havoc on Pakistan batting lineup taking four wickets. At the end of day 2’s play, Pakistan were struggling after losing six wickets for 96 runs. Babar Azam was not out 43 and Yasir Shah was on four. Earlier the day they removed Marnus labuschagne foe 162 in the opening session and also removed Smith for 36. Smith reach 7000 runs in his 126th innings and broke 73 years old record by Wally Hammond who reached the milestone in his 131 innings. Smith also moved past legendary countryman Donald Bradman's 6,996 Test runs to become Australia's 11th highest scorer.
After their sorry tale with the ball, the Pakistan camp would have expected a good show from the batsmen, but once again, the top-order batsmen failed to get Pakistan off to a good start. The likes of Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, and Imam-ul-Haq were guilty of getting caught in the crease as Australia made incisions at regular intervals. Iftikhar and Mohammad Rizwan followed his team-mate back to the pavilion as Pakistan lost 6 wickets only for 96 runs in just 35 overs. Babar Azam stood alone amidst the ruins by cracking some eye-catching drives and flicks. Babar Azam remained the lone Pakistan batsman to put up a fight. Azam walked off the ground with 43 runs from 67 deliveries to his name. Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets while Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood took 1 wicket each.
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