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Nathan Lyon got the important wickets of Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haw and Asad Shafiq Getty Images

Pakistan have reached 91 for 5 wickets at the end of the second session, of the second Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). They still trail Australia by 90 runs, with Azhar Ali unbeaten on 34 the man who scored a stunning double-hundred in the first innings. At the other end is Sarfraz Ahmed (1). Nathan Lyon (3 for 21) stood tall among Australian bowlers, as he dismissed Younis Khan (24) and Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (0) in a span of three deliveries. The matter turned worse for Pakistan when Asad Shafiq (16), too, departed. Having lost half the side, Pakistan is likely to face an embarrassing defeat despite rain spoiling almost a day’s play.

Resuming from 6 for 1, the tourists had Azhar and Babar Azam at the crease playing at 1 and 3 respectively. But Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood struck immediately and got rid of Azam (3) by trapping him in front. Pakistan had lost 2 wickets with just 6 runs on the board. As a result, downfall was again expected. However, Younis and Azhar batted showed some ressistance. Hazlewood and Jackson Bird kept on testing their patience by bowling tight line and length.

Live cricket scorecard: Australia vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Melbourne

Despite this, both batsmen managed to survive and went on to put up an important partnership of 57 runs from 15 overs. They timed the ball to perfection, and guided the ball through gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Australian skipper Steven Smith then was forced to introduce Nathan Lyon in the attack. Lyon straightway produced good bounce as well as turn. But in his initial overs, he strayed down the leg-side that helped the batsmen score easy runs, playing past the wicketkeeper. But Lyon bucked up and straightened his line. He was soon rewarded with a wicket and that too of the veteran Younis. Peter Handscomb took a sharp catch at forward short-leg to make Younis walk back to the dressing room.

Misbah, who walked in after Younis’ dismissal, played a horrendous shot to throw away his wicket. He swept both the deliveries he faced, eventually top-edging the second ball to Nic Maddinson at short fine-leg.

Though Pakistan are in jeopardy right now, they will still count their chances, as they have in-form Azhar and wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz holding the fort. They still trail by 90 runs and would look to save the Test.

Pakistan 443 for 9 decl. (Azhar Ali 205*, Asad Shafiq 50, Sohail Khan 65; Josh Hazlewood 3 for 50) & /4 (Azhar Ali 34*, Younis Khan 24; Nathan Lyon 2 for 21) trail Australia 624 for 8 decl. (David Warner 144, Usman Khawaja 97, Steven Smith 165*, Mitchell Starc 84; Wahab Riaz 2 for 147) by 90 runs