Pakistan escape with a draw in 2nd Test against Australia

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Pakistan’s second Check towards Australia ends in a tie. (File photograph)

Pakistan captain Babar Azam hit a career-best 196 earlier than the tailenders hung in to flee with a draw within the second check towards Australia on Wednesday.

Veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon grabbed three late wickets to complete with 4-112 however Pakistan vice captain Mohammad Rizwan thwarted Australia with an unbeaten 104 off 177 balls to information Pakistan to 443-7 in a sensational final hour on the ultimate day.

No. 9 batter Nauman Ali efficiently defended 18 balls with out scoring and noticed off the final eight overs with Rizwan after Pakistan had slipped to 414-7.

With 13 overs left within the recreation, Lyon made inroads into Pakistan’s decrease order when Babar gloved a catch near the wicket after defying Australia together with his knock off 425 balls over 10 hours.

Left-hander allrounder Faheem Ashraf edged a low catch within the slip off Lyon’s subsequent supply and Sajid Khan additionally supplied a tame catch to Smith earlier than Rizwan and Nauman batted patiently.

Debutant legspinner Mitchell Swepson (0-156) had supplied Australia with one other probability with 19 balls left within the recreation, however Usman Khawaja dropped a low catch off Rizwan at brief further cowl.

Rizwan raised his deserved century by hitting Lyon for 2 boundaries on both aspect of the wicket within the penultimate over earlier than working a single to succeed in the three-figure mark.

Babar’s marathon effort, throughout which he hit 21 fours and a straight six, was the best ever by any captain within the fourth innings of a check match and surpassed Michael Atherton’s 185 not out towards South Africa in Johannesburg in 1995.

Babar shared two strong stands on the final day, including 228 runs with Abdullah Shafique (96) after which, after dropping Fawad Alam within the second session, batting with Rizwan so as to add additional 115 runs.

It was a outstanding escape by Pakistan on the fortress of its check venues — the Nationwide Stadium — when it was out for 148 within the first ins on the third day towards the reverse swing of Mitchell Starc and conceded an enormous 408-run lead.

Australia then stretched its result in 505 earlier than declaring its second innings at 97-2, however its bowlers could not rattle the boldness of Babar, who batted virtually 5 classes and denied the guests from taking a 1-Zero lead within the three-match sequence.

Babar stayed agency and blunted the reverse swing of skilled quick bowlers Pat Cummins (2-75) and Starc (0-58), whereas additionally negating the spin risk of Lyon and Swepson for many of the final day.

Australia had its possibilities to dismiss Babar however Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne dropped two sharp catches near the wicket off Swepson’s profitable deliveries earlier than tea simply after the Pakistan skipper had surpassed his earlier check better of 143 made towards Bangladesh in Rawalpindi in 2020.

Cummins bought each wickets on both aspect of the primary two classes after Pakistan resumed on 192-2 with Babar resuming on 102 and Shafique on 71.

Shafique grinded out Australia’s bowlers for nearly eight hours.

When it appeared like Pakistan will go unscathed at lunch, Cummins bought the breakthrough within the penultimate over.

Shafique, who hit his maiden check century within the drawn first check in Rawalpindi, gave a wholesome edge to Smith at first slip, who had dropped a sitter when Shafique was on 20 on Day 4.

Babar continued to dominate each tempo and spin and likewise survived the brief pacey spells of Starc and Cummins, who could not get sufficient swing to hassle the batters with the second new ball simply two overs outdated when the day started.

The third and closing check begins in Lahore on Monday with Australia’s first check sequence in Pakistan since 1998 nonetheless tied 0-0.

(Reported by AP)

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