ADELAIDE: Rain has stopped the play of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia on the third day at Adelaide Oval.
Australia have enforced follow-on after Pakistan could secure only 302 runs in the first innings.
In the second innings, Imam-ul-Haq was sent to the pavilion without scoring any runs and Pakistani skipper Azhar Ali followed him with just nine runs from eight balls. Pakistan were 11 for two wickets down and the troubled team still trail by 276 runs.
Yasir Shah scored his maiden Test century with 13 remarkable boundaries and Babar Azam once again reinforced his standing as Pakistan’s talisman with 97 runs and 11 marvelous boundaries this time, but couldn’t complete his century. Yasir Shah scored 113 runs from 213 balls.
Azam displayed his maximum batsman capabilities for recovering Pakistan out of massive trail set by Australia, but was caught by Aussie skipper Tim Paine in the over of Mitchell Starc.
Babar Azam and Yasir had resumed on 96 for six in reply to Australia’s declared first innings total of 598 for three.
They frustrated Australia’s bowlers for most of the session but Starc broke Azam and Yasir’s 105-run partnership at the start of a new spell, having Azam caught behind for 97.
The middle order batsman had played with admirable discipline to reach the cusp of a second successive century following his 104 in Brisbane.
However, he was out playing away from his body, trying to thrash the left-armer through the covers.
Starc dismissed Shaheen Afridi lbw on the next delivery with a sizzling yorker, and the tail-ender threw away a referral which confirmed he was trapped plumb in front.
Abbas came in to survive a furious hat-trick ball, with a leading edge falling safely.
Australia’s hopes of rattling through the tail were hurt by some sloppy fielding, with part-time legspinner Marnus Labuschagne putting down a simple caught-and-bowled chance when Yasir was on 43.