Live blog: Pakistan v Australia, second Test at Abu Dhabi

PAKISTAN v Australia, second Test, day one — Four wickets in six balls from Nathan Lyon has put Australia firmly on top in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan is 5-144 after wining the toss, with Fakhar Zaman (70*) batting opposite captain Sarfraz Ahmed (47*).

Lyon put an end to a 52-run second-wicket stand when he caught Azhar Ali (15) off his own bowling. He followed that up by immediately removing Haris Sohail (0), caught at silly point, before Asad Shafiq survived the hat-trick ball. Shafiq did not survive much longer though, caught at bat-pad on review on the next delivery for zero. Two balls later Babar Azam charged the spinner only to have his stumps pegged back to depart for a duck.

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Lyon takes 4-0 from 6

Lyon takes 4-0 from 6


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First Test century-maker Mohammad Hafeez was the first man out, caught at bat-pad off the bowling of Mitchell Starc in the third over. Labuschagne was not quick enough to get his hands to Hafeez’s clip off the pads, wearing it on the inner thigh. However, he was fast enough to react to the ball ricocheting off both his knees, holding it between his legs before completing the catch while facing the square-leg umpire.

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Labuschagne's crafty catch

Labuschagne's crafty catch


Australia has named an unchanged XI, while Pakistan has picked two debutants with Zaman and Mir Hamza coming into the XI. Zaman comes in for Imam-ul-Haq, who broke his finger in the first Test, while replaces Wahab Riaz.


Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine (c), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Matt Renshaw (12th man)

Pakistan XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Abbas

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