Pakistan has scored 192 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in pursuit of the 506-run target against Australia thanks to a century by captain Babar Azam and a responsible batting by Abdullah Shafiq. On the fourth day of the second Test match between Pakistan and Australia being played at the National Stadium Karachi, Usman Khawaja and Marin Labushin started the incomplete innings for Australia.
At the start of the match, Labushin, who was playing for 44 runs on a total score of 97, returned to the pavilion, which was bowled by Shaheen Afridi.
Australian captain Pat Cummins declared Australia’s second innings unexpected after Marnos LeBushin was dismissed. Hassan Ali and Shaheen Afridi took one wicket each in the second innings for Pakistan.
In pursuit of a big target of 506 runs, Pakistan’s second innings started worse than the first innings and Imam-ul-Haq became the wicket of Nathan Lane after scoring just one run.
Azhar Ali and Abdullah Shafiq shared a 19-run partnership off 99 balls. Azhar Ali tried to dick Chris Green’s short pitch ball but the ball did not bounce as expected and hit his arm in front of the wickets on which the umpire declared him out.
Azhar Ali did not take the review but he could have survived if he had done so as the ball hit his arm after hitting his gloves. After losing 2 wickets for 21 runs, Babar Azam came to support Abdullah Shafiq and both of them started batting and moving the score forward.
Both the players completed the team’s century and did not allow any wicket to fall till the tea break. In the next session too, both the players played responsibly and did not allow any wicket to fall. Meanwhile, Abdullah Shafiq completed his half-century while Babar scored a century while batting relatively fast.
By the end of the fourth day’s play, Pakistan had scored 192 for two, with Babar Azam at 102 and Abdullah Shafiq at 71.
Pakistan needs 314 more runs to win the match.
Earlier, at the end of play on the third day of the second match of the Test series, Australia had strengthened their grip in the second Test of the series by taking a total lead of 489 runs by scoring 81 runs for the loss of one wicket in their second innings.
Australia started their second innings despite the entire Pakistan team being followed on 148 runs.