Aaron Finch, Marsh brothers boss Pakistan A after Nathan Lyon’s eight
An eight-wicket haul from Nathan Lyon started a dominating day for Australia. @Getty

Day two of Australia’s warm-up game with Pakistan A saw the touring team take the honours for a second day running, with all but 71 runs of the home team’s first-innings total of 278 erased. Australia closed Sunday on 207/2 after 80 overs, with Aaron Finch taking a step closer to a fairytale Test debut with 54 off 91 balls and the brothers Marsh each not out on their own half-centuries at stumps in Dubai.

Eight wickets to the offspinner Nathan Lyon bowled out Pakistan A for 278 from an overnight 247/6, and then Finch and Usman Khawaja put on 82 in 30.2 overs for the first wicket. Khawaja – owing to the injury the Test opener Matt Renshwaw suffered while fielding – was made to open and scored a watchful 36 off 131 balls until he fell to Iftikhar Ahmed, and 22 runs later Finch became the second and last Australian wicket to fall when he edged Waqas Maqsood to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

From 104/2, Shaun (54*) and Mitchell Marsh (53*) saw out the remainder of the day without further loss.

Lyon’s 8/103 from 39.1 overs was a great way for Australia’s most successful finger spinner to warm-up for the Tests against Pakistan starting October 7.

Sunday also saw concerning head blow to Renshaw, who was floored in the first 30 minutes of the day and forced of the field immediately with the team doctor. Renshaw was struck on the helmet when fielding at shot leg and subsequently withdrawn from the game as a precaution.

Brief scores: Australia 207/2 in 80 overs (Finch 53, S Marsh 54*, M Marsh 43*) trail Pakistan A 278 (Abid Ali 85, Lyon 8/103) by 71 runs