2nd Test, Abu Dhabi: Pakistan build on big lead after Mohammad Abbas’ five
Mohammad Abbas claimed Test-best figures of 5/33 in Abu Dhabi. @Getty

A career-best 5/33 from Mohammad Abbas handed Pakistan a lead of 137 during the afternoon session of day two of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, which by tea had been extended to 188 for the loss of Mohammad Hafeez. Australia surrendered eight wickets for 125 runs in 43.4 overs on Wednesday, with Abbas adding three and the offspinner Bilal Asif  also striking three telling blows as the visitors were bowled out for 145 – the fourth-lowest first-innings total in Asia.

Abbas had taken two wickets in a pacy burst on the first evening to leave Australia 20/2 at stumps, in the processing becoming the joint-fastest Pakistan pace bowler to 50 Test wickets, and on the second morning his two early strikes left them at 56/4. A boundary to Aaron Finch in each of the first three overs of the day hinted at an Australian revival, but in the fourth over Abbas had Shaun Marsh edging to first slip to peg them back. In his tenth over, Abbas produced a lovely delivery that had Head nicking to second slip. Abbas bowled out with a spell of 11-4-29-4.

These strikes put a break on the scoring rate, and the situation turned dire when Yasir Shah had Mitchell Marsh caught at first slip on 13. Asif bowled the 31st over and had Finch caught by a diving Fakhar Zaman at short leg, one-handed, followed by that of Australia captain Tim Paine who was lbw for 3 as lunch was taken.

Post-lunch, Australia lost Marnus Labuschagne who was run out for 25 while backing up, and then Asif and Abbas finished off the tail with the latter claiming his fifth when he trapped Mitchell Starc lbw for 34.

Starc was soon into the thick of things with the ball when he had Hafeez chipping a catch to Head at cover in the fifth over of Pakistan’s second innings. A few crackling boundaries to Fakhar Zaman off Starc and Nathan Lyon in a run-a-ball 32 not out ensured the hosts bossed the session.

Tea: Pakistan 282 and 51/1 lead Australia 145 (Aaron Finch 39; Mohammad Abbas 5/33) by 188 runs