Pakistan collapse to HUGE first innings deficit in second Test against Australia… but visitors do NOT enforce follow-on despite being 408 runs ahead
- Australia in total control in second Test after piling up mammoth 556 total
- Pakistan trail by 408 runs after dismal batting display Day 3 in Karachi
- Mitchell Starc claimed three wickets in just 13 overs as visitors ran riot
- Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Cameron Green took one wicket each
- Debutant Mitchell Swepson took two wickets and ran out Abdullah Shafique
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc used reverse swing to devastating effect Monday, claiming three wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 148 in just 53 overs on the third day of the second Test in Karachi.
At the tea break skipper Babar Azam was on a fighting 29 and Hasan Ali yet to score as the home team chase 257 to avoid the follow-on with just three wickets intact.
Australia had declared their first innings on a mammoth nine for 556.
Mitchell Starc ran through Pakistan’s batting line-up, claiming three wickets on Monday
Starc, who went wicketless in the drawn first Test in Rawalpindi last week, had Azhar Ali (14), Fawad Alam (nought) and Sajid Khan (five) out as Pakistan lost six wickets in the space of 62 runs in the session.
It all went wrong in the first over after lunch when Imam-ul-Haq – who scored twin centuries in the opening Test – fell to a rash shot for 20, lofting spinner Nathan Lyon to skipper Pat Cummins at mid-on.
Starc then had Azhar caught in the slips and next ball trapped Alam with a sharp in-dipping yorker. He almost had a hat-trick when Mohammad Rizwan was beaten neck and crop, but didn’t edge.
Rizwan didn’t last long, however, as he edged Cummins for wicketkeeper Alex Carey to take a simple catch on six, and next over Cameroon Green trapped Faheem Ashraf leg before for four.
Australia skipper Pat Cummins (left) also took a wicket, removing Mohammad Rizwan
Debutant Mitchell Swepson (centre) ran out Abdullah Shafique early in Pakistan’s innings
The Pakistani opener was run out for 13 as the home side faltered badly at the start
Starc then had Sajid caught behind, taking three wickets for 24 runs in 10 incisive overs as wickets fell in a cluster, in contrast to Australia’s run-spree on a low bounce National Cricket Stadium pitch.
Earlier, opener Abdullah Shafique was run out for 13 as Pakistan faltered at the start.
Shafique, who hit a brilliant unbeaten century in Rawalpindi, had made 13 of Pakistan’s 26-run opening stand when he failed to beat debutant Mitchell Swepson’s direct throw from point after being called for a sharp single.
Australia had resumed the third day on eight for 505 as Cummins opted to bat on.
Imam-ul-Haq scored centuries in the opening Test but fell cheaply in Karachi
Pakistan struck with the second ball of the day when fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi had Starc caught at cover by Azhar without adding to his overnight 28.
But that was all the success they had as Cummins, who finished on 34 not out, added a brisk 51 for the ninth wicket with Swepson (15) before declaring.
All-rounder Ashraf was the pick of the attack with his two wickets for 55 runs from 21 overs, while off-spinner Sajid Khan took two wickets for 167 runs from 57 overs.
Australia are on their first tour of Pakistan since 1998, having previously refused to visit because of security reasons.