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.
Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat in the day-night second Test against Australia after being forced to follow on, with Tim Paine's men needing seven wickets to clinch the series 2-0. Pakistan resumed day three of the second Test on 96-6 but a stand of 105 between Yasir and Babar Azam did see them mount a recovery of sorts. Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Test century and Babar Azam hit 97 fell three short of a second consecutive century but they were all out for 302 and still 287 runs behind. Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins took 6 and 3 wickets respectively and enforced the follow on and it started badly for Pakistan. At the final session of day 3, Pakistan gave away easy wickets at the start of their second innings. At the end of the day, Pakistan were 39-3, still trailing by 248 runs with 7 wickets in hand.
Australia are 7 wickets away from a whitewash of Pakistan in their two-match series after another dominating day. Australian skipper Tim Paine enforced the follow on and it started badly for Pakistan, whose first task was to survive intact for 15 minutes before the dinner break. They failed with opener Imam-ul-Haq recalled after being overlooked for the first Test. Pakistan lose two early wickets, Captain Azhar Ali failed to score run yet in another innings. Due to rain, the match was stopped for 30 minutes. After returned into the match Hazlewood took the key wicket of Babar Azam for two, who scored 97 in the first innings. But more rain soon blow in and the umpires called it a day. Pakistan have lost 13 consecutive tests in Australia, are in big trouble at 39 for 3 and still 248 runs behind with two days left and their top order decimated. Rain stopped play prematurely and could frustrate Australia on day four, but with a better forecast for day five, the hosts should have plenty of time to wrap up a 2-0 win.
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