Glenn Maxwell who made his way to the crease and started of in a blistering format, hitting fours and sixes but fell for 37 off 28 deliveries © Getty Images (File Photo)
Glenn Maxwell who made his way to the crease and started of in a blistering format, hitting fours and sixes but fell for 37 off 28 deliveries © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Ayush Gupta

Nov 1, 2014

Australia are 120 for five at lunch on Day 3 of the second Test against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The visitors lost four wickets in the session and currently have half of their team back to the pavilion as they still trail by a mammoth 450 runs.

Australia, who started the day on 22 for the loss of just one were down to two after on 34 after explosive opening batsman, David Warner was dismissed for a mere 19 off 28 balls, who fell to Rahat Ali after handing a simple catch to Yasir Shah at the point. Following his departure, it was Glenn Maxwell who made his way to the crease and started of in a blistering format, hitting fours and sixes. However, Test cricket being a different ball game could not make his explosive attitude last longer and fell to Zulfiqar Babar for a quickfire 37 off 28 balls.

Next in was the skipper, Michael Clarke who was with a clear intention to last long on the crease and play his natural as well as defensive game. With Nathan Lyon on the other side serving his tenure as the night watchman from the previous day, both the batsmen managed to score just few runs. It was at the score of 97, Lyon had to walk back to the dressing room as he got bowled by Rahat after scoring 15 off 85 balls, having completed his role good.

Steven Smith was the next man in but was dismissed for a golden duck off Babar having faced just six balls. As of now it stands, it’s the skipper, Clarke and Mitchell Marsh on the crease batting on 34 and eight respectively with two more long sessions to go and would be interesting to see if these both batsmen can steer the innings to a respective total or suffer a follow-on.

Brief scores:

Australia 120 for 5 (Glenn Maxwell 37; Rahat Ali 2 for 23) trail Pakistan 570 for 6 (Younis Khan 213, Azhar Ali 109; Mitchell Starc 2 for 86) by 450 runs.

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(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer)